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Humane Canada statement on recent incident at Edmonton Humane Society
OTTAWA – June 7, 2018 – Humane Canada is saddened by the recent incident at the Edmonton Humane Society involving three cats being accidentally left in one of the organization’s transport vehicles. Edmonton Humane Society has acted swiftly to review and change their transfer policy and procedures in order to prevent this kind of gravely serious error from ever happening again.
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Now that 2017 has come to a close, Humane Canada (also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies) is once again asking: are things getting better or worse for animals in Canada?
Read more “2017 in Review: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly in Canadian Animal Welfare”
For decades, cat people and bird people have been at odds with each other. But the welfare of one does not need to be sacrificed in order to protect the other. We have a responsibility to all of this country’s animals and need to work to improve the situation for both cats and birds. Pitting them against each other fails to address the perils facing both. Solutions for our embattled birds are necessary, but we can’t lose sight of how dire the situation is for Canada’s cats.
Read more “Uniting for cats and birds”
Two years ago today, Canada’s Criminal Code was amended to make the harming or killing of police, military or other service animals a special offence. Called the Justice for Animals in Service Act, this piece of legislation is better known as Quanto’s Law.
Read more “Celebrating two years of Quanto’s Law”
As a young girl, my first love was my dog Patty, a beautiful golden Cocker Spaniel who used to collect rocks and line them up on our back porch. She would patiently let me stroke her long nose and make her floppy ears dance in the air. She was, to say the least, very tolerant of my childish antics. After Patty, a string of succeeding loves came as I grew up – Copper, Pokey and Casey (a Springer Spaniel, a Black Lab, and a Yorkie respectively) and, of course, our indignant cat, Sneaker. They all helped shape my childhood and left their mark on me in some way, but the true force behind it all was my mother.
Read more “How women are creating a humane Canada”
The humane slaughter of farm animals is of great concern to Humane Canada™ (also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies). Canada’s current humane slaughter regulations are weak, and enforcement of these regulations is inadequate.
Read more “Farm Animal Slaughter in Canada”
June is Disaster Preparedness Month, and I took the opportunity to have a conversation with Tara Clarke, the outgoing Executive Director of Fort McMurray SPCA, to hear what the organization learned about disaster preparedness after living through the largest animal disaster rescue in Canadian history: the Fort McMurray wildfires. It’s been just over a year since the wildfires hit, and the Fort McMurray community is still in the process of rebuilding and recovering.
Read more “Lessons learned from the Fort Mac wildfires”
The Five Freedoms is a core concept in animal welfare that originated in a UK government report in 1965 and was then refined by the Farm Animal Welfare Council. It states that an animal’s primary welfare needs can be met by safeguarding the following five freedoms:
Read more “Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare”
Read more “What’s the difference between a humane society/SPCA, rescue, municipal pound and satellite adoption centre?”
This generally refers to an organization dedicated to the betterment of animal welfare. They usually run a shelter and an animal adoption program to find new homes for abandoned, mistreated and/or surrendered animals. They also conduct education in their community and are often mandated to enforce provincial and federal animal cruelty laws.