In a rare instance, a wild beluga whale appears to have become attached to a fisherman undergoing cancer treatment. Off the shores of Hokkaido, Japan where Yoichi Ishigaki, 55, farms scallops, the beluga's endearing presence on repeated trips has been an empowering and hopeful spirit in his fight against cancer he says. Click here to read more.
Bretagne, the last known Ground Zero search-and-rescue dog passed away at the age of 16 on June 6, 2016. One of about 300 dogs who took part in rescue efforts following 9/11, Bretagne served with Texas Task Force 1 and also helped with rescue efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in her impressive record of service. She will be missed and her memory and inspiration will live on. Click to read more.
VANCOUVER, July 11, 2016 - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is once again asking Canadians and companies not to support the cruel animal spectacles that form a part of rodeos like the Calgary Stampede which takes place this year July 8-17.
With around 90% of the world’s fish stocks now fully or overfished and almost 20% increase in projected production by 2025, the UN is warning fish stocks are approaching their sustainable limits. Click here to read the full story.
Corals and fish inhabiting the Great Barrier Reef are succumbing more and more to disease and illness due to warming oceans and increasing acidity, possibly leading to more human illness as well. Bleaching and overfishing effects on the reef are causing permanent damage effecting biodiversity and the susceptibility to disease. Click to read the full story.
June 13, 2015, VANCOUVER – June 19 is Father’s Day and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) would like to remind shoppers looking for that special gift for Dad to check out The HSC “Online Adventure Store” at www.humanesociety.com or call The Humane Society of Canada, toll free, at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).
There are many fingers to point when it comes to the decline in coral reefs around the world. A culmination of human and environmental factors converge and attribute to acidification and huge bleaching events. A new study examining local and global stressors on corals found that abundant herbivorous fishes and clean water are key to helping coral reefs survive increasingly stressful normal ocean temperatures. Click here to read more.
The 72nd International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting acknowledged that the illegal wildlife trade threatens the survival of many endangered species and vowed to work with government authorities and conservation organizations in the fight against traffickers of endangered animals. A resolution was unanimously endorsed to commit additional resources to the fight against illegal trafficking within the airline industry. Click here to read the full story.
Pew Charitable Trusts claims that United Nation members are not following through on their commitments to protect fish stocks under the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement which comes under evaluation this month. To read the full story, click here.
"Animal companions who are frightened of loud noises and bright flashes react in any of a number of ways," says Michael O'Sullivan, HSC Executive Director. "Some pets become anxious or nervous while other are terrified and try to escape – running the risk of becoming lost or injuring themselves," suggests O'Sullivan. "These animals need comforting and to be protected from potential harm."