On Tuesday morning, the world changed forever.

day3-04.jpgWith the launch of these brutal attacks, and those that will surely follow, thousands of lives and dreams were shattered forever. Suddenly, without warning, the lives of every man, women and child on the planet are now at risk.

In the dawn of a new millennium, the apocalypse has been triggered by subhuman monsters, acting they say in the name of destiny, and in the name of God. They vow that this only the beginning.

These fanatical sociopaths who have no regard for life are extremely well organized, well trained, well funded and are riding a wave of global anti-American sentiment. However, by their words and actions, it is not Americans that are under attack. In order to protect life on earth, we need to understand that it is humanity that is under attack.

These terrorists vow that they will never give up. Neither must we.

The true measure of a person and a nation is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in moments of conflict and controversy. Canadians from all walks of life, and indeed those men, women and children in every corner of the world will have their measure taken in the days and the years that lie ahead.

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In challenging a world whose attitudes and conditions often defy human hope, we believe that the indomitable will of the human spirit will prevail. Now, more than ever before, we need humanity’s quiet strength of purpose and courage to win out over a small group of madmen who threaten to reign a fiery death down upon all of us, unless we bow to their version of God’s words.

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The way we treat animals is a reflection of the way in which we treat each other. As human beings, we are cursed as being the only species which wages war upon ourselves and upon other living creatures with whom we share this planet. However, we are also blessed with both the ability to reason and the freedom of choice. We can choose not to inflict pain and suffering. Only in this way can we build and sustain a truly global “humane society”. However, this does not mean we need to surrender our way of life and that of future generations to those who would seek to destroy the very fabric of life on earth. Indeed, we need to fight and conquer such sociopaths with the combined resources of every nation on earth.

At the end of the day, we need to show the strength of commitment with deeds, not words, because all of the talking in the world will not stop such madmen. Instead, it will be the people who care, the people who make the sacrifices, the people who take the practical steps to get the job done. People like you and me.

Their lives must not be in vain. All of those people and their families and friends whose lives were torn asunder. Such a staggering and senseless loss of life affects each and every one of us. Fathers and mothers who will never again hold their children in their arms. Children who will never grow up and change the world, or just live out their lives like the rest of us. Brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, friends and colleagues who will never again share a gentle moment, shed a single tear, or experience life’s moments of hope and triumph.

The victims and their families are in our hearts and in our prayers.

Please read the transcript of America: The Good Neighbour, which appeared recently in the Toronto Sun newspaper; a reprint of a CFRB radio broadcast by Gordon Sinclair which was first heard on the 5th of June, 1973 and became a part of history when it appeared in the Congressional Record.

LOVING PETS AND BEING LOVED BY THEM IN THIS TIME OF TRAGEDY

The victims and their families also have other members of their family who sit by the window awaiting their companion's return. The dogs, cats and other pets belonging to those who were either killed or hospitalized may also need our help, particularly where this is no other family member or friend available to provide food, water, shelter and care. These animals may be suffering hunger, thirst and anxiety.

In such terrible times of shock and grief, our pets not only want our love, in turn they will provide us with comfort and solace. With their soulful eyes, and the warmth of their unconditional love in the difficult days and weeks that lie ahead, the human-animal bond will become stronger than ever before. If you have ever looked into the eyes of a shivering, frightened animal and through a simple act of kindness been rewarded by a gentle nuzzle, the sounds of a whimper or a contented purr, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. As you feel the gentle warmth of their heartbeat, you know that you have truly made a difference for an animal that has turned to you for help. They give us so much, and ask for so little in return.

Since most people regard their pet as a part of their family, it is hardly surprising that our experience in war zones and disaster rescues is that time after time, people will not leave their pets behind, and in some cases even refuse to evacuate. Helping animals is not only the right thing to do, it makes it easier for human relief workers to do their jobs.

We have received many telephone calls and e mails from Americans, Canadians and others from around the world who remember, this is just one of them:

Dear Michael,

My name is Clare and I am, as many are, an animal lover. I have three dogs and one cat, all of which I rescued from shelters or abandonment.

It is with a heavy heart that as a New Yorker...as an American we have lost so many innocent lives in this terrible tragedy. While most of the effort is to rightfully rescue and recover human lives first, I feel compelled to be a small voice and perhaps be one of many that may start or continue a chain effect of awareness for all the beloved pets of the victims which may not be returning home. I was hoping if at all possible could you please get the message out by internet, T.V. and Radio that if neighbors living in homes or apt. buildings that might hear cries of near by animals to please start checking if anyone is home or to notify superintendents so that if at all possible someone could get inside to feed, water or comfort any animal which owners may not be returning home to.

Please post something on your website about this and also please have a link on all website home pages so that as many people as possible can see this and possibly save the beloved pet of a victim who would have wanted someone to watch over, care, and love their pet as they would have.

Thank you for your time and God Bless You and your society for all the wonderful work you do.

Clare

WHAT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF CANADA IS DOING TO HELP

When tragedy struck we offered our condolences for the victims and their families, and immediately offered our help by telephoning and sending e-mails to The American SPCA based in New York CITY and The Washington Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States based in Washington, D.C.

The evacuation of Washington, D.C. reportedly went smoothly with no animals being directly harmed, and people have now been allowed to return home and to work.

Also please take the time to read Animals at Risk in Canada, a summary of action taken by The Humane Society of Canada to safeguard the lives of animals here in Canada.

SHORTLY AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS WERE LAUNCHED, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF CANADA:

  • Immediately contacted the Office of the Minister and Agriculture Canada (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) which is responsible for monitoring the movement of animals in and out of Canada
  • Confirmed that police continue to monitor long lineups at border crossings and where they are aware of animals being part of a shipment, they move that vehicle to the front of the line wherever possible (i.e. by using the emergency lane)
  • Confirmed that all Provincial/Territorial Ministries of Agriculture also on alert to assist with the welfare of animals in transit
  • Confirmed that Agriculture Canada also contacted industry associations asking their members not to ship animals to Canada during the current crisis
  • Confirmed that Agriculture Canada contacted their counterpart, The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to coordinate the welfare of animals in transit
  • Confirmed that the Ministry of Transportation is regularly updated their website to show the current status of all border crossings, indicating delays, and suggesting alternate routes
    • Confirmed that major highways have programmed overhead flashing signs to advise of the current status of border crossings, and to suggest alternate routes
    • Immediately contacted Transport Canada and were advised that each individual airline has legal responsibility for, and backup plans for, the offloading and care of animals in transit in the event of any delay or emergency and that currently no animals were in distress
    • That the airlines were also taking steps to ensure that animals on flights that were diverted to Canada from US airspace would be cared for
    • The Humane Society of Canada offers of assistance to Agriculture Canada and the airlines was gratefully acknowledged and we were advised we would be contacted if the need arose
    • We also confirmed that the The American SPCA's animal holding facility at JFK Airport was operational and ready to receive domestic animals and wildlife
    • The Humane Society of Canada will continue to stay in close touch with government officials to learn the current status of animals in transit
    • The Humane Society of Canada also intends to hold follow-up meetings with Agriculture Canada, Transport Canada, airline officials and other interested parties for an aftermath examinations of existing procedures and where they can be strengthened

    WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PEOPLE AND THEIR ANIMALS

    In Canada contact the Canadian Blood Services Agency which can be reached by calling toll free 1-888-236-6283 to donate blood. While all blood types are needed, o negative is particularly important. Since Tuesday, Canadians have donated more than 30,000 units of blood, which have been sent to the United States.

    In the United States please contact the American Red Cross by calling toll free 1-800-help now or the New York Blood Center to donate blood.

    The Humane Society of Canada has several useful items available at our OnLine Store, including Animal First Aid Kits, and Disaster Relief planning kits.

    For information on the victims and survivors of the terrorist attacks call the office of victims of crime toll free at 1-800-331-0075

    For more informationa about the terrorists wanted for these atrocities, please check out the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List

    IN CANADA
    If you have any information on the terrorist attacks, contact The RCMP online or by calling toll free 1-888-349-9963

    IN THE US
    If you have information on the terrorist attacks contact the FBI online or by calling toll free 1-866-483-5137.

    If you live in the area in and around New York City, this information may be critical to saving the life of your animal, or the beloved pet of another.

    From what we have been able to determine, none of the animal shelters have been damaged by these attacks. We are uncertain about veterinary hospitals at this time. Access is currently restricted to emergency and law enforcement personnel. If you want to volunteer, please do so only through the coordinated efforts of one of the officially designated animal protection agencies authorized to perform this work.

    If you need assistance for your pet, or your pet is lost, call 1-888-LOST-123 or (718) 272-7200.

    We have a number of resources listed at our site, including Veternarians, shelters and other aid organizations.

    CONTACT: Al Hickey or Michael O’Sullivan by calling toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com
  • [For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA. Over the past 30 years Michael O’Sullivan has worked here in Canada and in over 85 countries helping people, animals and nature.]

    The Humane Society works to protect dogs, cats, horses, birds, livestock, lab animals and the environment. They carry out hands on programs to help animals and nature, mount rescue operations, expose cruelty through hard hitting undercover investigations, work to pass laws to protect animals, fund scientific research, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres and spreads the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education