Advancing Animal Welfare with a Multigenerational Approach

When I look back to my early childhood (as much as my memory will allow it!), two powerful images come to mind. My love for animals and my love of teaching. My dominant happy times were with our family dogs and also “playing teacher” with my friends (I can recollect the wonderful patience of our Irish Setter, Shannon and toy poodle, Cocoa sitting quietly as students in my pretend classroom). I also vividly remember my parents instilling in me that “dogs rule” and that there needs to be compassion, kindness, and equality for all species.

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It’s an ‘Ag Gag’: Farmers in Canada shift away from transparency, silence whistleblowers, and increase the vulnerability of farm animals

This fall, Alberta and Ontario introduced American style “ag gag” legislation that targets people who would report poor farmed animal conditions, abuse and cruelty. Typically, this type of legislation contains provisions that prohibit people from deceiving their employers and taking or possessing photographs, video or audio recordings without the farm owner’s consent, and levies significant fines to deter this kind of action.

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What do human and animal abuse have in common?

Have you heard that Humane Canada is presenting Canada’s first national conference on the violence link in December?

If you aren’t familiar with the violence link, it’s the proven link between violence against animals and violence against people. This can manifest in many ways, including a pet being harmed or killed after a woman leaves an abusive relationship or a serial killer practicing his or her abuse on animals before moving on to human beings. Over the last decade, this pattern has come to be known as the violence link.

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