Small Organisms called meiofauna which live in sediments help provide essential services in food production and nutrient cycling which are essential to human life. In addition to serving as food at a basic level, meiofauna also stimulate bacterial activity and contribute to producing low quality organic material by making it available at higher levels in the food chain, to fish and seabirds and potentially humans. Click here to read more.

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) does more to protect wildlife and humans than some might think. One major achievement was banning DDT, a widely used insecticide, in 1972 when it was found to be poisoning wildlife. The EPA continues to monitor the use of pesticides, and insecticides, ensuring they are not causing harm to humans or wildlife. The EPA has also helped protect animals from lead and mercury poisoning by restricting emissions of these chemicals into the environment. A weakened EPA could have damaging effects on wildlife and their habitats. Click to read more.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program and the Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative (SEA-MDI) developed the app to help locate where and what type of trash is being found along coastlines and waterways. Run out of the University of Georgia College of Engineering, this tool is a great way to get involved in local data collection. Click here to read more.

Join the millions of caring Canadians like you to protect animals of every size, shape and colour.

Majestic and complete, animals move in a world far older than our own.  Soaring through the heavens, racing across the land and diving beneath the ocean they fill us with joy and wonder.

Researchers examine what a future in the far North may be like in the near future while searching for ways to help save species and maybe even bring back sea ice. Read the full article here.

By removing inspection reports and information about the treatment of animals at thousands of research facilities, zoos, and breeders from its website, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made it harder for animal welfare advocated to monitor government regulations on animals. Citing court rulings and privacy laws for the change in disclosure of the information, the documents, including records of enforcement would now be accessible only by Freedom of Information Act Requests, which sometimes takes years. Read the full story here.

Scientists now believe that warmer oceans are not only leading to widespread die-offs in ocean species but also may be making some seafood favourites too toxic to eat. Warming waters in some areas are causing more frequent algae blooms leading to elevated levels of domoic acid, a neurotoxin, in the water that can build up in sea creatures including Dungeness crab, mussels, clams and anchovies. Click here to read more.

The kindness and generosity of caring people like you means The Humane Society of Canada can help even more animals during this Christmas Season and the Holidays.  On behalf of the animals a heartfelt thanks.

 

VANCOUVER, DECEMBER 20, 2016 - Entries are now being accepted by The Humane Society of Canada for their Pets Watching Hatching Hatchimals Photo Contest which launches today and runs until January 1st, 2017, according to HSC Chairman & CEO. Michael O'Sullivan, whose family shares their lives with a houseful of cats, a dog and a rabbit.

 

 

Submit your pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enter.  The prize is bragging rights that you are posting your photo across Canada and around the world.  Anyone can enter and below are a number of simple rules to follow. 

VANCOUVER, DECEMBER 14, 2016 - "Have your family and fur angels join ours with a Countdown for Animals during the 12 Days of Christmas.  Visit us each day until Christmas Day and give us your thoughts and ideas to help animals better, stronger, faster" invites HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O'Sullivan.