Canadians care deeply about animals and the environment, and the federal government’s own public studies show that some 95% of Canadians support the protection of wildlife and habitat at risk and that less than 5% of Canadians hunt. One-third of Canadians feed and watch birds. There are an estimated 100,000 horses and some 18 million dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and other small animals and fish kept as pet in 6 out of 10 Canadian homes (Based upon our research and experience, many more would have pets if their circumstances such as allergies, work schedule and rental situations would allow).
A recent Harris Decima poll conducted for WSPA found that more than 95% of Canadian agree that animal pain and suffering should be reduced as much as possible, even in those cases in which the animals are raised to be slaughtered. Nearly as many, 88% support the animal protection’s movement core goal of minimizing and eventually eliminating all forms of animal cruelty and suffering.
Gandhi once said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
There is a proven link between cruelty to animals and later violent criminal behaviour towards people. The FBI considers cruelty to animals one of the three primary indicators of future criminal behaviour.The cycle of violence it seems is continuous.
Kindness towards animals and respect for nature makes us better people and strengthens the social fabric of Canadian society. Enlightened self interest along with common sense and hard earned lessons tells us that whatever we do to animals and the environment we do to ourselves.
Better informed and socially concious consumers have a wide range of ways to spend their hard earned money - failing to care properly for animals and the environment puts Canadian businesses at a competitive disadvantage if other nations blaze a trail and we are left behind.
Along with deserving protection in their own right, the humane treatment of animals and nature upon whom we depend provides us with environmental and economic security.