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As part of The Humane Society of Canada's Disaster Relief, Rescue and Recovery Program, we monitor the Canadian Hurricane Centre, NASA and the US National Weather Service for up to date information on developing Hurricane Barry.

Toronto, July 10, 2019 – With a dramatic, hard hitting public service announcement: The Heat Is On, The Humane Society of Canada is again launching its nationwide campaign asking people to leave their pets at home during hot weather. 

VANCOUVER, July 5, 2019 - 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 from July 5-14.

Screen Shot 2019 07 01 at 5.21.26 PM"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."

VANCOUVER, July 6, 2018 - 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 from July 6-15.

iStock 175230610June 12, 2019, VANCOUVER – June 16 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).

“Our Online Adventure Store features some quality gifts for fathers – especially those who seem to have everything and are difficult to buy for,” says HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

Dear Friend of Animals,

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The situation facing animals is serious, the problems intimidating, the challenges immense.  At the end of the day, help comes from those who make the personal sacrifices to get the job done.  Caring people like you and I are all that stand between animals and those who want to harm them.

The good news is that with your love and donations, we are attracting more animal lovers to our family. Which means our new and improved programs make us better, stronger and faster when we work to shield animals from cruelty and suffering.

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If you have already made a donation to help sick, injured and orphaned animals at risk, we would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity.

If have not yet made a donation, please help us save just one more life. 

We have very good news.  A generous benefactor has agreed to triple your donation and we are coming ever closer to our goal of raising $ 50.000 to help even more animals.

Please make your life saving donation now and every $ 1 you donate will be matched by $3. 

VANCOUVER, DECEMBER 22/2018 - As families have for more than 50 years, children and their parents eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa and his reindeer can watch them as they travel around the world spreading joy and Christmas cheer relying on the high tech folks at NORAD says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).  “That wonderful bond between Santa, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course Rudolph reminds us once of that special age old bond between people and animals, “ says HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

iStock 889086832Family, friends, parties, decorations, food. Christmas can be a wonderful time of year. However, many of the same things that make the holiday season an enjoyable time for humans, make it a dangerous time for household pets and larger animals such as horses.

iStock 175230610June 12, 2018, VANCOUVER – June 17 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).

“Our Online Adventure Store features some quality gifts for fathers – especially those who seem to have everything and are difficult to buy for,” says HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

iStock 675330656 1May 8, 2018, Vancouver, - May 13th is Mother's Day and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) wants people to know that they can find that special gift for Mothers and Grandmothers who like animals and nature at The Humane Society of Canada’s (HSC’s) Online Adventure Store at www.humanesociety.com. Not only will you be surprising the recipient with a thoughtful present, but your gift will be helping animals and the environment as well!

polar bear sunsetThe Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking women, men and children all across Canada to go "lights out" on March 24, 2018 for Earth Hour to help combat global warming by helping to reduce their environmental footprint. Each one of us can take small steps in our daily lives to the make the world a better world for all of us, according to The HSC's Executive Director Michael O'Sullivan. 

iStock 505126352February 12, 2018, VANCOUVER – If you are looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift for that special person or furred, feathered or finned someone in your life, you might consider doing your shopping at The Humane Society of Canada’s (HSC’s) Online Adventure Store. Not only will you be surprising the recipient with a thoughtful present, but your gift will be helping animals and the environment as well!

We have very good news this Valentine's Day. A generous benefactor has agreed to triple your donation! If you have not yet made a donation, please help us save just one more life.

January 5, 2018, TORONTO - "The arrival of biting winds, brutally cold temperatures and snow is putting some pets at risk," warns HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan. 

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.

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VANCOUVER, DECEMBER 24/2017 - As families have for more than 50 years, children and their parents eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa and his reindeer can watch them as they travel around the world spreading joy and Christmas cheer relying on the high tech folks at NORAD says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).  “That wonderful bond between Santa, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course Rudolph reminds us once of that special age old bond between people and animals, “ says HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

Capture2Dear Friend of Animals,

If you have already made a donation to help sick, injured and orphaned animals at risk, we would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity.

If have not yet made a donation, please help us save just one more life. 

We have very good news.  A generous benefactor has agreed to triple your donation and we are coming ever closer to our goal of raising $ 50.000 to help even more animals.

Please make your life saving donation now and every $ 1 you donate will be matched by $3. 

iStock 695463970While it is obvious to most people, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is once again reminding the public that animal companions are sentient beings who should not be given as presents at Christmas - or any other time. Every time HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan hears of someone giving a pet as a present, his blood starts to boil.

iStock 889086832Family, friends, parties, decorations, food. Christmas can be a wonderful time of year. However, many of the same things that make the holiday season an enjoyable time for humans, make it a dangerous time for household pets and larger animals such as horses.

VANCOUVER, NOVEMBER 23/2017 With Christmas and the Holiday Season just around the corner, The Humane Society of Canada is asking you to give thoughtful gifts that also help animals. “We have a wide range of gifts for your pets, family and friends. When you spend your hard earned money with us every dollar goes to help animals,” says HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

The animal charity says that their most popular gifts are the Animal Guardian and Wildlife Guardian Programs protecting everything from polar bears and elephants to horses and birds to dogs and cats. 

iStock 675330656 1May 8, 2019, Vancouver, - May 12th is Mother's Day and The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) wants people to know that they can find that special gift for Mothers and Grandmothers who like animals and nature at The Humane Society of Canada’s (HSC’s) Online Adventure Store at www.humanesociety.com. Not only will you be surprising the recipient with a thoughtful present, but your gift will be helping animals and the environment as well!

Cold weather and snow is making its’ seasonal appearance over much of Canada making it increasingly difficult for birds to find enough food. The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) says that people and birds can both benefit when humans assist their feathered friends by supplying them with a continual supply of quality bird feed.

October 31, 2017, VANCOUVER – Halloween is a lot of fun for children, but it can be a terrifying time, and even a dangerous one, for many pets says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). The national animal charity is asking that people ensure that their animal companions don't suffer during Halloween.

"While animal protection organizations have been effective in getting the word out about protecting black cats at Halloween, we need to be as effective about warning people with pets about more common Halloween hazards," states HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

AUGUST 31, 2017, TORONTO - A constellation of stars from science fiction, movies, television and comic books kicked off the annual FAN EXPO CANADA extravaganza being held at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto with more than 100,000 fans expected to attend this four day event which is the third largest of its kind in North America.  The event is being held at the Metro Convention Centre and runs from August 31-September 3.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and the families affected by Hurricane Harvey,” says Humane Society of Canada Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

“In the aftermath of natural disasters, The Humane Society of Canada is also asking people to remember animals, often the forgotten victims in such troubled times.” The animal charity says that while there are hundreds of relief agencies which continue to work to help people, there are only a relatively small handful of groups working to help animals.

VANCOUVER, July 11, 2017 - 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 from July 7-16.

"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."

Learn about how one company in Africa is helping to raise awareness and clean up the world’s oceans by transforming discarded flip-flops into vibrant pieces of colourful art. Click here to read more.

A Department of Energy Report released in January provides the clearest picture to date as to where America’s energy employment currently stands. The report highlights coals continued decline and that future energy employment opportunities lay with renewable energies. Click here for more details.

Countless animals of all shapes and sizes are now free from the confines, abuse and controversy surrounding circuses in Guatemala. In a compassionate move, Guatemala has now banned animal use in circuses, setting an example for other countries to follow. Click here to sign a petition letter of praise and for further details.

South Africa’s constitutional court dismissed an application to appeal from the government to keep a ban on the trade of rhino horns; making it legal once again soon to buy and sell rhino horns in South Africa. This marks the end of a long and disputed legal battle between rhino owners, who farm rhinos like livestock and the government’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Click here to read more.

Senators in the United States have banded together in an effort to address the marine debris crisis affecting America’s ocean shorelines and inland waterways. Click here for more details.

Imagine a future where solar energy is utilized to power everything from everyday electronics to vehicles to entire skyscrapers and cities. Solar researchers are experimenting with a range of new materials that can harvest light energy when turned into a crystalline structure. Click to read more.

Scientists detail new “biomimetic” underwater glue inspired by shellfish like mussels, as most artificial glues prove inefficient underwater. Mussels are able to stick to underwater surfaces using tiny hairs coated in natural glue found to be high in an amino acid called DOPA, which doesn’t interact with the surrounding water. The new glue scientists created was found to be 17 times stronger than even the natural glues used by mussels. Click to read more.

Technology’s role in agriculture is changing quickly. Imagine a farmer calling a hotline about a pest attack on his farm; a local agriculture expert picks up the farmer’s call who immediately has access to specific details - from the farmer’s education level, size of his farm, cropping history, and soil characteristics based on recent soil tests. With all this information available at the fingertip, the expert offers valuable advice to the farmer. By combining information and communication technology with agriculture this is the goal of the Agriculture Department in Punjab, India. Click to read more.

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.

11April 22, 2019, VANCOUVER – Monday is Earth Day and a reminder that with only one planet to call home, everyone needs to pitch in and make sure that we treat every day as Earth Day says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).

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.

iStock 000002183032SmallApril 18, 2019, VANCOUVER – With Easter just around the corner The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking people to help animals during this holiday, by not buying or giving small animals and birds as gifts.

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. 

Dear Friend of Animals,
 
Exciting News !  As a caring member of our family whose kindness and generosity has helped so many animals, we are making this exclusive Hatchimal offer to you.
We have 18 Hatchimals on hand with more on the way and 100% of all the money raised will go towards our programs to protect our furred, finned and feathered friends.

Get your Hatchimal here before they are gone!

Dear Friend of Animals,

 

If you have already made a donation to help sick, injured and orphaned animals at risk, we would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity.


If have not yet made a donation, please help us save just one more life.

Mississauga is home to a new aquaponics farm, aquaponics combines aquaculture and hydroponics into one system. The new farm began construction in August and began growing fish and food in late September. Operating as a closed system 24 hours a day, fish and plants help each other grow providing a level of freshness the food bank says it’s desperately lacking. Click here to read the full story.

Cold weather and snow is making its’ seasonal appearance over much of Canada making it increasingly difficult for birds to find enough food. The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) says that people and birds can both benefit when humans assist their feathered friends by supplying them with a continual supply of quality bird feed.

October 31, 2016, VANCOUVER – Halloween is a lot of fun for children, but it can be a terrifying time, and even a dangerous one, for many pets says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). The national animal charity is asking that people ensure that their animal companions don't suffer during Halloween.

A new report has found that the continued destruction of habitat, deforestation, overfishing, hunting, climate change and pollution around the world are staging a mass extinction of wildlife globally. Animal populations between 1970 and 2012 have decreased by 58% and are projected to reach 67% by 2020. Such a staggering loss of wildlife has not occurred for millions of years on planet Earth and the effects could be devastating to the long-term biodiversity of the planet. The report warns that without swift action, 7 of 10 animals will vanish in 50 years with extinction rates currently 100 times their natural level. Click here to read the full story.

A new study found that the area affected by forest fires in the Western United States has doubled over the past 30 years due in part to human-influenced climate change. Fires have continually gotten larger and larger, increasing abruptly in the 1980s, measured by area burned, number of large fires, and length of fire sessions. Scientists and public officials place part of the blame on human-induced climate change. Read the full story here.

Achieving sustainable development goals in order to end global hunger is possible if countries prioritize necessary resources. A new report outlines the progress being made around the world to end world hunger especially in developing countries but notes the need to bring technology, knowledge, resources, and a sense of urgency and political will in line to achieve these goals. Aquaculture development could be one aid in the progress toward ending world hunger. To read the full article, click here.

SAR dog on 9/11

As we remember 9/11 we need to renew our faith in humanity and remember that we are not in this struggle alone," says Michael O'Sullivan, Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada. In honouring all of those fallen, as well as the brave men and women working as part of the rescue teams at Ground Zero, The Humane Society of Canada also honours the search and rescue dogs.

The exciting launch of Auction Saurus begins at 7 pm tonight so set your watches and phones. Items are being added daily and animal lovers Michael and Sue have generously agreed to donate a portion of their sales to help protect animals.

World-renowned comic book creator, Stan Lee, has designed a Brotherhood Lapel Pin signifying unity and delivering an inspiring message of respect for all. To find out more and to order your pin, visit handsofrespect.com

The United States will gradually tighten regulations surrounding seafood imports to force countries to meet U.S. conservation standards, banning imports from countries whose fisheries kill more whales and dolphins than U.S. standards allow. Click here to read more.

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Toronto, August 5, 2016 – With a dramatic, hard hitting public service announcement: The Heat Is On, The Humane Society of Canada is again launching its nationwide campaign asking people to leave their pets at home during hot weather. 

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.

October 31, 2018, VANCOUVER – Halloween is a lot of fun for children, but it can be a terrifying time, and even a dangerous one, for many pets says The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). The national animal charity is asking that people ensure that their animal companions don't suffer during Halloween.

"While animal protection organizations have been effective in getting the word out about protecting black cats at Halloween, we need to be as effective about warning people with pets about more common Halloween hazards," states HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

 

brown dog in grass"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."

Floating solar arrays are becoming increasingly popular in Australia, the United States and now Japan, the arrays have advantages over solar panels on land as they can be built under fewer regulations for structures built on reservoirs, water treatment ponds and other bodies of water not used for recreation and the fact that they can be hidden from view along with the added benefit of being cheaper than renting or buying land to build on. Read the full story here.

Study conducted believes it is our last chance to save Mexico's endangered Vaquita population. Vaquita bladders sell for large sums in the United States and Asia, and ultimately the responsibility for their survival lies with these three countries and better enforcement measures, read the full story here.

 

TORONTO, March 15, 2016 – The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) today expressed disappointment that the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear its appeal of a decision by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Cold weather and snow is making its’ seasonal appearance over much of Canada making it increasingly difficult for birds to find enough food. The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) says that people and birds can both benefit when humans assist their feathered friends by supplying them with a continual supply of quality bird feed.

valentinedogFebruary 11, 2016, VANCOUVER – If you are looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift for that special person or furred, feathered or finned someone in your life, you might consider doing your shopping at The Humane Society of Canada’s (HSC’s) Online Adventure Store. Not only will you be surprising the recipient with a thoughtful present, but your gift will be helping animals and the environment as well!

polar bear sunsetThe Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking women, men and children all across Canada to go "lights out" on March 30, 2019 for Earth Hour to help combat global warming by helping to reduce their environmental footprint. Each one of us can take small steps in our daily lives to the make the world a better world for all of us, according to The HSC's Executive Director Michael O'Sullivan. 

Cold weather and snow is making its’ seasonal appearance over much of Canada making it increasingly difficult for birds to find enough food. The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) says that people and birds can both benefit when humans assist their feathered friends by supplying them with a continual supply of quality bird feed.

The increasing consumption rate of plastic is exasperating the fact that almost a third of all plastic disposed of escapes collection and the material has one of the lowest reuse rates compared to other commonly consumed industrial materials, clogging up infrastructure and our oceans. By 2050 experts at the World Economic Forum predict that pound for pound plastic will outweigh fish in our oceans. Click here to read more.

With about one in five fish around the world being caught illegally, satellite systems are proving to be effective in tracking and policing vessels in remote waters. Read the full story here.

Experts are hailing Oman's efforts to help save endangered sea mammals such as dolphins and whales by increasing effective stranding and entanglement response. Read the full story here.

Scientists trump poachers by withholding publication of geographical data on newly discovered, endangered and threatened species in scientific papers. Read the full story here.

Dear Friend of Animals,

If you have already made a donation to help sick, injured and orphaned animals at risk, we would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity. 


If have not yet made a donation, please help us save just one more life.  

We have very good news.  A generous benefactor has agreed to triple your donation and we are coming ever closer to our goal of raising $ 50.000 to help even more animals.

Dear Friend of Animals,


If you have already made a donation to help sick, injured and orphaned animals at risk, we would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity


If have not yet made a donation, please help us save just one more life.  

We have very good news.  A generous benefactor has agreed to triple your donation and we are coming ever closer to our goal of raising $ 50.000 to help even more animals.

Please make your life saving donation now and every $ 1 you donate
will be matched by $3 
             

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 24/2015 - As families have for more than 50 years, children and their parents eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa and his reindeer can watch them as they travel around the world spreading joy and Christmas cheer relying on the high tech folks at NORAD The Humane Society of Canada (HSC).  “That wonderful bond between Santa, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course Rudolph reminds us once of that special age old bond between people and animals, “ says HSC Chairman & CEO, Michael O’Sullivan.

Family, friends, parties, decorations, food. Christmas can be a wonderful time of year. However, many of the same things that make the holiday season an enjoyable time for humans, make it a dangerous time for household pets and larger animals such as horses.

While it is obvious to most people, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is once again reminding the public that animal companions are sentient beings who should not be given as presents at Christmas - or any other time. Every time HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan hears of someone giving a pet as a present, his blood starts to boil.

New York Times, April 13, 2015 - Japan's ongoing whaling activities in the Antarctic has failed to convince a panel of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) who argue that Japan's proposal fails to demonstrate a need for "lethal sampling" to achieve it's stated objectives. To read more please click here.

siameseshepherdsmallVANCOUVER, NOVEMBER 29/2011 - With Christmas and the Holidays just around the corner, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is urging people to find out if the company they work for has a Matching Gift Program that can double their donation to  help animals.

"Sometimes, a person will have worked for a company for a number of years without realizing that their employer will match their kindness and generosity, dollar for dollar, meaning we can help even more animals at risk," explains, Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.

To make it easier for people to check, The Humane Society of Canada, has a directory of companies in Canada and the United States which can be found here. Canadians living and working in the United States, along with Canadian employed by American companies here in Canada can also donate through a matching gift program.

The animal charity is also asking people to encourage their employer to set up a Matching Gift Program if they don't already have one, and can give them tips and guidelines on how to do this.  If a person needs help with finding their company, they can contact The Humane Society of Canada toll free by calling 1-800-641-KIND (5463) or writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

canadapostThe Humane Society of Canada is asking our donors to donate online or via our toll free number (1-800-641-5463) in order to avoid delays to their donations.

For people making celebration or memorial donations, we now offer an ecard function, which will allow you to send a card to someone and make a donation afterwards.

We would like to thank people who are waiting for pet tags, merchandise or tax receipts for being so patient and understanding during this strike.

 


 

 

3rd June 2011                                                   By e mail, fax and mail

Hon. Ed Stelmach

Office of the Premier
Room 307, Legislature Building
10800 - 97th Avenue
Edmonton AB T5K 2B7

Re:       Shutting Down Guzoo Farm

Dear Premier,

I am writing to you in my capacity as Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada on behalf of the millions of Albertans and many others from around the world who share our concern about the protection of animals.

We were grateful to learn that on 1st June 2011 your Government has decided to shut down Guzoo Farm through a process outlined in part setting our that: “… Over the next seven days, both departments will work with the zoo operator to identify an orderly decommissioning process to remove and disperse the animals in a way that is sensitive to the needs of the animals as well as the operator’s business...” (see attached)

However, we are deeply concerned that for decades your Government and your staff have allowed the owner of this facility to play a game of brinksmanship with the animal’s lives under your joint care.  While the owner has primary care responsibilities, as we have indicated in previous correspondence, your Government and your staff share equally in the manner in which these animals have spent their lives for years.  More specifically, we are alarmed by the owner’s well documented and often repeated public threats that he will kill and stuff the animals if the facility is closed.

We appreciated the opportunity to speak with Dave Ealey of the Communications Department earlier today about the decommissioning of Guzoo Farms in Three Hills, AB.  While we can appreciate that the discussions are ongoing, we would urge the government not to allow the owners to kill the animals and send them to the taxidermist rather than find suitable permanent and caring homes for them.

As you are fully aware, under the law, now that a full investigation has taken place and a decision reached, the animals on this farm, can be seized by the government and either cared for in situ or housed elsewhere until such time as suitable permanent and caring homes can be found for them.

As stated in news releases and on your government’s website, the decommissioning of Guzoo farm has been given a one week period time.  We are concerned that this is not enough time in which to find suitable new housing, and that the animals will be killed by an angry and resentful owner who has repeated threatened to kill them and that he may use this short time frame as yet one more excuse to do so.  His publicly reported suggestions that moving the animals will cause stress flies in the face over his apparent lack of concern for the stress caused to the animals while under your joint care that led to the closure of the facility in the first place.

We look forward to advising the millions of concerned Albertans and others who care about animals along with the media about the positive steps you are taking to resolve these very serious allegations.

Awaiting your reply, I remain, yours sincerely,

Michael O'Sullivan
Chairman & CEO

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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 (www.voteforanimals.ca)

Government sources include Environment Canada and Statistics Canada

Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare

A declaration of our duty to respect animals and their welfare needs would have a sustained and beneficial impact on the long term health and welfare, economic and environmental security, for people animals and the environment.

Agreement on the importance of an issue affects people's attitudes, and attitudes affect actions.

What is it?

A Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare would be an agreement among people and nations that:

Animals are sentient and can suffer.

Animals’ welfare needs must be respected.

Animal cruelty must end for good.

View the draft declaration (PDF file, 65KB)

What will it achieve?

The adoption of a UDAW by the United Nations would:

Establish animal welfare as an international issue.

Encourage governments to improve and enforce national animal welfare legislation by providing a benchmark.

Recognize that animal welfare is a key factor in humanitarian and environmental policy making.

Encourage industries which use animals to keep welfare at the forefront.

Acknowledge the risks to animals caused by environmental factors such as climate change, habitat loss and pollution.

Create a more compassionate global attitude to animal welfare, including their needs and habitats.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Gandhi once said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  1. Write down the names, telephone numbers (cell, home and work), and emails of everyone in your family who can vote (18 years of age and older and a Canadian citizen) and do not forget to include your grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, family friends and neighbours. Ask each one of them if they have registered to vote and if not show them how they can find the nearest voting (polling) station just by using their postal code
  2. If they are not yet registered, then most important of all, tell them that they can also register and vote on their provincial Election Day at the voting (polling) station. All they need is a photo id with their current address and a second piece of identification. If they have moved recently, then bring an electricity or gas or telephone bill or anything else as proof of where they live now.
  3. By law, their boss has to give them a total of three hours in a row off to vote.
  4. Try and help out your elderly neighbours and those with special needs by seeing if you can car pool or if someone can give them a ride to the voting (polling) station.
  5. For more updates you can find visit the provincial Elections' website or by visiting www.humanesociety.com.
  6. Learn more about the challenges facing people, animals and the environment using a wide range of references to get all sides of the issues. You can also visit www.humanesociety.com
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The alleys near the docks were dark, dank, and foul with refuse. Robbers lay in wait for sailors stepping ashore from their ships after months, even years, at sea. Stray cats slithered like treacle over fences as they any mangy dogs prowled for scraps or escaped the grasping hands of animal thieves. On the wet slippery roads the wretched, beaten horses strained and slipped as they tried, often in vain, to pull their loads along the icy roads or up the steep hills leading out of the city.

This was London, seven years after the Battle of Waterloo- the London of coffee houses which had seen the birth of great adventures as different as the first stirrings of Lloyd's of London and the early beat of the guitar. Some ideas failed; others succeeded beyond man's wildest dreams.

Old Slaughter's

In St. Martin's Lane, not far from Piccadilly Circus, stood Old Slaughter's Coffee House- named after its original owner- and on the evening of June 16, 1824, it was busier than usual. A row of the then fashionable stove-pipe hats hung from the rack near the front door. They belonged to men who had come to attend a meeting- one which was to succeed magnificently; a meeting to discuss ways of protecting animals from cruelty.

Two years previously an Irish member of Parliament, Richard Martin, had piloted a Bill through the House of Commons to give protection to domestic animals, but it needed teeth, it needed men of vision and courage to see that the clauses of the bill were put into effect. One man was determined to see that animal justice was done, to try and assist the police who in those days had more than enough work enforcing the laws protecting life and property.

That man was the Reverend Arthur Broome, who at the age of 42 had become Vicar of the parish of Bromley-by-Bow. Arthur Broome was a Devonshire man, educated at Balliol, an MA, who spent four years at Bromley- and about whom, ironically, little is known except the beautiful handwriting of his Minutes. We do not even know where he was buried when he died in 1837- but we do know that this quiet unassuming pioneer (who also had a practical streak to his character) was destined to change the face of humanity in its attitude to animals, that from these early endeavors a crusade of animal welfare would eventually encompass the globe. And so steadfast was his purpose, so great was his determination that he even languished in a debtor's prison after spending his money- and more besides- on the early struggles of the RSPCA which he founded.

"Humanity Dick"

So it all started in Old Slaughter's Coffee House, famous as a resort of painters and actors. The building has long since been demolished, though there is a plaque on a shop near Long Acre to commemorate the founding of the Society. Arthur Broome's idea was that if he could persuade a few prominent people to support him, he would found a society, employ an inspector to see that Martin's Act (as it was known) was properly enforced. Richard Martin nicknamed "Humanity Dick" by George IV was delighted, came to the meeting, and, among others who attended was a quiet, gentle man with a great social conscience His name was William Wilberforce.

Each realized the need for an organised effort to educate and publicise, to enforce the law, particularly as the magistrates in the Britain of those days viewed Martin's Act with, in the words of one historian, "professional torpor." So, out of this historic assembly was born the SPCA.

Arthur Broome must have been a man of enormous determination, for this was his second attempt to form a society. His first, two years previously just after Martin's Act had been passed, had failed- and it is interesting to note that the same fate befell a group of people in Liverpool who even earlier in 1809 formed a "Society for the Suppression and Prevention of Wanton Cruelty to Animals". (This in fact was the first Society ever to be formed but though we have records of these first meetings it seems to have been unable to continue.)

For two years Mr. Broome struggled to interest people- and raise money. And at the end, in 1824, he was successful, as this extract from the Minutes of June 16 shows- the first minutes of the Society that was to become a world-wide organization:

"At a meeting of the Society instituted for the purpose of preventing cruelty to animals, on the 16th day of June 1824, at Old Slaughter's Coffee House, St. Martin's Lane: T F Buxton Esqr, MP, in the Chair,It was resolved:

That a committee be appointed to superintend the Publication of Tracts, Sermons, and similar modes of influencing public opinion, to consist of the following Gentlemen:

Sir Jas. Mackintosh MP, A Warre Esqr. MP, Wm. Wilberforce Esqr. MP, Basil Montagu Esqr., Revd. A Broome, Revd. G Bonner, Revd G A Hatch, A E Kendal Esqr., Lewis Gompertz Esqr., Wm. Mudford Esqr., Dr. Henderson.

Resolved also:

That a Committee be appointed to adopt measures for Inspecting the Markets and Streets of the Metropolis, the Slaughter Houses, the conduct of Coachmen, etc.- etc, consisting of the following Gentlemen:

T F Buxton Esqr. MP, Richard Martin Esqr., MP, Sir James Graham, L B Allen Esqr., C C Wilson Esqr., Jno. Brogden Esqr., Alderman Brydges, A E Kendal Esqr., E Lodge Esqr., J Martin Esqr. T G Meymott Esqr.

A. Broome,
Honorary Secretary

Mr. Broome was not a man to waste time. Within four days one of the committees was meeting again, and Mr. Broome was able to announce that the Rector of Marylebone had offered to preach his sermon in support of the cause and that he had received an anonymous donation of £50.

All-but foundering

Yet during the next two years, the newly-formed SPCA all but foundered. The young Society was served by energetic and dedicated committee members, yet few had sufficient funds to tide the organisation over. By 1826 the funds were coming to an end and much of the work was suspended for nearly two years, even though Mr. Broome had resigned his living to devote his whole time to the cause.

This remarkable man not only provided his time for nothing- he paid all the out-of-pocket expenses when there was no money in the bank. By January 1826, the Society was nearly £300 in debt and even though Ann Radcliffe, one of the most successful novelists of her time, left a legacy of £100, the Society's first office- in the Quadrant in Regent Street- had to be closed, and future meetings had to take place in coffee houses.

Worse was to come. Arthur Broome- being responsible for the debts of the Society- was thrown into prison in January 1826; as one historian puts it with typical British understatement, 'a most unfortunate position for a clergyman'. Lewis Gompertz who had attended the first meeting was appointed "Hon. Secretary Pro Tem in the absence of Mr Broome,' a delicate way of covering up Mr Broome's unavoidable absence from home. Gompertz and a few friends hastily collected enough money to pay the debts, and Mr Broome was released. Even so the Committee could only repay Mr Broome £10 towards the sum the Society owed him. He never was repaid the remaining £70.

To punish cat-skinners

With only the slenderest financial resources, the Society struggled on on many fronts. It tried to ameliorate the shocking conduct of the Smithfield meat market, to punish cat skinners, men who used dogs as draft animals, and to alleviate the misery of horses.

The gallant Mr Broome was finding it increasingly difficult to attend the committee meetings and so Mr Gompertz dropped the words 'Pro Tem' and was elected official Honorary Secretary.

Gompertz has often been described as an eccentric. He was certainly a remarkable man, with 38 inventions to his credit who was also a talented author. He would never, he said, do anything that would cause suffering to animals and it was a creed he stuck to every day of his life, not only did he refuse to eat meat, but he would never ride in a coach because of the suffering to the horses.

He not only endeavored to abolish dog-pits- where animals fought to the death for the amusement of the onlookers- but he tried to ban bull-fighting and bull-baiting; perhaps even more important, he arranged for committee members to hold regular meetings with magistrates in an attempt to make them realise the importance of enforcing Martin's Act. And in this, of course, 'Humanity Dick' was only too eager to help.

That animals have rights

To Dick Martin must go the honour of being the first man in the world to force through any Parliament a law establishing as a legal principle that animals have certain rights. A man of great urbanity and wit, of passion and perseverance, "Humanity Dick" was a tremendous character, as his portrait in the Society's boardroom shows. He had an amusing habit of lapsing into Irish brogue, especially if angry. Annoyed once by an offensive report in the Morning Post about a speech of his, he waited for the editor, pointed out the offending passage and indignantly demanded, 'Sir! Did I ever spake in italics?'

He was also a fine duelist, and when King George IV visited Ireland at the time of an election, he solemnly asked 'Humanity Dick' which candidate would be returned, Martin bowed and replied, 'The survivor, Sire!'

'Humanity Dick's' fame spread as far as the US, and today the San Francisco SPCA bears on a frieze these words: 'Richard Martin known as 'Humanity Dick,' author of the first law to protect animals in England- 1822.'

He was not going to allow the magistrates to forget his Act, which in broad terms, stipulated that anyone ill-treating larger animals faced a fine of up to £5, or imprisonment for up to two months.

The only trouble was- more often than not the magistrates took no notice of the Act. Many regarded it as little more than a joke- or did until Dick Martin decided on a dramatic way to bring it to the public notice.

Bill Burns and his ass

He himself prosecuted a costermonger [fruit seller] called Bill Burns with cruelty to an ass. Though Burns was obviously guilty, 'Humanity Dick' sensed that- as so often happened in those days- the magistrates seemed hesitant to convict. The magistrates were obviously bored, couldn't care less about the fate of a miserable donkey, and Martin suddenly realised that the case was about to be lost.

He never hesitated. Without a word of warning, he sent for the donkey. Before the astounded magistrates and court officials, the donkey was led into the well of the courthouse, where its wounds could plainly be seen. Bill Burns was fined- and Dick Martin received all the publicity he wanted. An artist called Matthews painted a picture of the scene. Even better, the comedians in the music halls started singing a new ditty:

o 'If I had a donkey wot wouldn't go,
o D' ye think I'd wollop him? No, no, no!
o But gentle means I'd try, d' ye see,
o Because I hate all cruelty.
o If all had been like me, in fact,
o There'd ha' been no occasion for Martin's Act.'

Much of the early success of the SPCA rested on its attempts to enforce Martin's Law, and from the earliest days the Society had employed an Inspector- indeed it seems that Mr Broome even employed a Mr Wheeler personally form 1822-when his first efforts to form the Society failed- until 1824 when it was successfully launched.

63 offenders taken

Wheeler was the first of the now famous corps of over 250 British inspectors who today work for the RSPCA, and a year after the Society was formed, Wheeler asked for an assistant. No-one quite knows where the money came from, but a Mr Charles Teasdale was appointed and took 63 offenders, mostly from Smithfield Market, to court where they were successfully convicted.

Alas, the money ran out, and Inspector Wheeler's services had to be dispensed with, though he seems to have continued working as a volunteer, and was presented with the Society's Silver Medal in recognition of his services.

By 1832, however, there was more money in the bank- for the time being anyway, and two inspectors were appointed at a salary of 10s. a week, plus the moieties of penalties in successful prosecutions; others followed them, doing magnificent work in those early years, often in the face of ridicule, unfounded charges of bribery, and on many occasions at great personal risk, as when two inspectors went to Hanworth in Middlesex to try and stop a proposed cock fight.

They expected trouble- and wisely took along a bodyguard of two strong men. Together with Mr Henry Thomas, then Secretary of the Society- the party of five were waiting in 'The Swan,' a public house opposite the cockpit, when the 'cockers' launched a savage attack on them. Covered with blood, the men fought a retreating battle to another pub, 'The Brown Bear.' In the meantime, the Secretary had managed to call in six men of the Bow Street patrol, who arrested seven cock fighters, though not before one inspector, James Piper, was so badly beaten up that he had to be taken to hospital where he died.

Fortune smiles on the SPCA

Slowly, the society was growing from strength to strength, and by 1834 one of the committee members, Sir John de Beauvoir, went to Paris where, with French help, a society was subsequently started. But it was in the following year that fortune smiled on the SPCA. It came in the form of a letter dated July 4, 1835, from Kensington Palace, and it read:

'I have laid before the Duchess of Kent your letter of the 2nd inst. And its enclosure, relating to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals and Her Royal Highness very readily acceded to your request that her name and that of the Princess Victoria be placed on the list of Lady Patronesses.'

Within two years the Princess was to become Queen Victoria and her encouragement of the Society's activities was immediate and generous. She not only permitted the society to add the important prefix "Royal" to its name, but when the RSPCA asked her permission to establish a Queen's Medal, Victoria herself carefully sketched a cat into the group of animals in the proposed design. Ever since, the RSPCA has had a close association with Royalty.

More and more branches were opened- in Dublin, Wakefield, Plymouth. Sister societies sprung up abroad, in the most unlikely places as the British pattern was copied in Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Holland.

Many countries applied directly to the RSPCA for help in starting up similar organisations, though in many cases the Society did not wait for other countries to ask. It approached overseas powers through official channels, asking them to add animal welfare legislations to the laws of their country, while in some countries, local British residents took the initiative, starting societies in cities like Naples and Turin.

A fascinating digression

Now comes a fascinating slice of history even if it is a digression- the curious manner in which the RSPCA by chance became involved in leading the way to the formation of another great society-the NSPCC(National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

The trail that was to help children can be said to have started in New York where-as a direct result of British efforts-magnificent work had been done in suppressing cruelty to animals in the United States. Two men were responsible for the early efforts: the Secretary of the RSPCA in London, Mr John Colam, and Mr Henry Bergh of New York who, helped by Mr Colam, founded the American SPCA in New York with branches soon flourishing in many American cities. But what had this to do with children?

One day in New York a woman who did a lot of charitable work was sitting by the bed of a dying woman and asked: 'Is there anything more I can do for you?' To her astonishment she received an incredible reply. 'Yes, please, madam. In the next room there lives a woman who has a child. She leaves it alone every morning without food, and when this woman comes home at night, she beats the poor child so severely that her shrieks distress me.'

'A little animal'

The lady accepted the message as a dying charge and went to the police. There she was told firmly that the police could not interfere between parents and children. She then consulted her lawyer. He tried to persuade her from pursuing the matter. Indeed he refused to take up the case.

Undaunted, the lady went to Mr Bergh whose work for animals was well known,- and told a white lie. 'There is a little animal suffering from the unkind treatment of a bad woman.' Bergh immediately promised to interfere on behalf of the 'little animal.' Only then was he told that the victim was a child.

'Well! You've done this cleverly,' replied Bergh. 'But don't worry-I will not go back on my promise.'

Sure enough, the SPCA investigated the matter and brought the case before the court where it was contended successfully that the child was an animal. Mr Bergh was commended and the child was given proper care. The immediate result was that Mr Bergh was inundated with so many cases of cruelty to children that a New York society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was formed.

The news quickly reached John Colam at the RSPCA in London, and his immediate reaction was to try and persuade Britain to start a similar institution. Thanks largely to Colam- backed by Dr Barnado among others-his efforts succeeded and by 1886 the NSPCC was being granted the use of the RSPCA's boardroom in Jermyn Street for its meetings.

The help of the RSPCA forming this sister organisation was given public acknowledgement at a meeting in the Royal Albert Hall in 1887 when the Rev. Benjamin Waugh, usually regarded as the founder of the NSPCC, said: 'Your Society, the RSPCA, has given birth to a kindred institution whose object is the protection of defenceless children. That Society owes its present position greatly to the help afforded by your Society, and especially are we indebted to Mr Colam, for the wonderful energy and discernment he has thrown into the work of the establishment of the offspring born of your admirable institution.'

Mr Colam became a member of the NSPCC Council and Committee, and thus began a liaison between the two bodies which has continued happily ever since.

A ridiculous charge

The history of how the RSPCA came to be so closely linked with the NSPCC would seem to be the appropriate moment to digress once again-and deal with one of the silliest charges regularly leveled at the RSPCA; that animal charities receive more support than those for humans. Nothing could be more ridiculous-yet it is the sort of mischievous statement that too many people believe. The RSPCA went into the allegations very thoroughly some years ago, and discovered that out of every shilling given to charity in Britain, only one halfpenny went to the benefit of animals, and this figure does not include money given to religious bodies, much of which obviously must be used for the welfare of men and women.

Another ridiculous statement frequently leveled at the RSPCA is that animal charities receive better financial support than children's charities. In point of fact, out of every sixpence given at the last analysis, fivepence was devoted to children, one penny to animals.

As the years rolled by, the activities of the RSPCA grew more and more widespread. Not only was the Society concerned with bringing cruelty cases to court; equally important was its painstaking effort to get new Bills on the Statute Book, its magnificent work in alleviating the cruelty in the slaughter of animals. In one period of ten years the RSPCA spent over £250,000 on advocating humane slaughter. It financed mechanical stunning devices, bought the patents of other humane inventions. Men from all walks of life-as different as the author John Goldsworthy and Sir Bernard Spilsbury-have gone into the attach' on behalf of the RSPCA's demand for slaughterhouse reforms. Galsworthy wrote a series of damning articles in the daily Mail which were of tremendous help.

Protection from man

In the early days one animal above all merited the attention of the Society-ironically the one animal which least of all should have needed protection from man: the horse.

Of course in the early days of the Society, Britain was entirely dependent on the horse for the land transport of humans and freight. Stephenson's famous locomotive "The Rocket' was not built until 1829-seven years after Martin's Bill became law-and the stagecoach was still the chief means of traveling.

This pleasant afternoon is not perhaps the appropriate moment to dwell too much on the misery of the horses of those days. Often they could not be watered in times that were hard (for both man and beast, it must be said). Cab horses were mercilessly beaten and half starved. There were no legal limits to the amounts which draught horses could be forced to pull.

Over the years, the Society issued thousands of copies of 'The Horse Book' dealing with the care of horses. It made attempts to improve harness-on one occasion, in 1874, with the help of our old friend Mr Bergh of the New York SPCA who had helped to save the ill-treated child, Mr Bergh arranged for a special kind of harness to be sent to England where it came into general use, affording enormous relief to horses drawing two-wheeled carts.

Quick release from harness

In a curious manner, the centuries were spanned when the Society advocated a quick-release device to disengage a fallen horse from his harness. It proved invaluable-indeed it was so practical that it is still used today by yachtsmen the world over, and was supplied to airborne troops in World War Two so that they could quickly disengage themselves from their parachute harness.

Horse busses and horse trams caused great concern to the Society. It is not difficult to imagine how the horses suffered with the constant stopping and starting, to say nothing of the frequent use of the whip. At first the busses had no brakes, but one of the great workers for the Society, the Baroness Burdett-Coutts, came to the rescue. A suitable brake had been invented and she arranged for the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) to come and see it. He gave it his approval-and before long there was a brake on every bus.

Around the same time John Colam (who so actively helped to start the NSPCC) invented a device operated by a spring which assisted the starting of a tram, and thus eased the load for the horses.

(Baroness Burdett-Coutts, by the way, was born in 1814, and was a great friend of Queen Victoria's. A remarkable figure, with her shawl drawn across her shoulders, in the Victoria era. She had enormous energy. Nothing dismayed her, and her horizons knew no bounds. She founded the Costermonger's Club, she endowed churches and schools, she ran a fund for sufferers in the Russo-Turkish Wat, she helped Irish fishermen, she helped Dyaks in Borneo. A vice-patron of the RSPCA since 1839, she worked 60 years for the Society and founded the Ladies Education Committee. She lived through five reigns, and when she died in 1906 she was buried in Westminister Abbey, with two inspectors of the RSPCA attending the lying-in-state.)

ARP for animals

As the clouds of a new world war darkened the face of the earth in the late thirties, the RSPCA went on to a war footing. Though horses were not to be used on battlefields as much as previously, everyone knew this would be a war on civilians, and in the Greater London area just before 1939, the animal population consisted of 40,000 horses, 9,000 cattle, 6,000 sheep, 18,000 pigs, 400,000 dogs and an estimated million-and-a half cats. The Society published a pamphlet, "Air Raid Precautions for Animals,' setting out what should be done if or when the blitz started. It proved to be a best-seller, went into six editions, and sold more than 100,000 copies.

During World War Two, the RSPCA rescued 256,000 animals during bombing or shelling raids. Those inspectors who had not been called for military service ran animal clinics in many parts of Britain, helped by veterinary surgeons and volunteers. Shelters for horses sprang up in garages no longer needed because of petrol rationing. Even the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace became an animal shelter-affording refuge to horses from a nearby bombed brewery during a raid. Eleven of the Society's clinics were damaged in raids. The one at Southwark, London, was obliterated by a direct hit and its manager killed.

Not all animal rescue operations were easy, not all could be done according 'to the book'. On one particular Sunday morning after an all-night blitz, RSPCA officials went to the East End of London, which had been badly hit. Walking across the acres of broken glass- will anyone who lived through those days ever forget that Sunday?-they were searching for animals in need of help.

The found three horses. Miraculously they were unhurt, but they had been trapped in their stables by wrecked buildings surrounding them. There was only one way to freedom. They would have to be brought one by one through the hall of a half-demolished house.

Pull down the hall!

It seemed an excellent plan-until the first horse got stuck in the hall. Its girth was too wide. Now there was only one thing left to do-pull down the hall! The house had been smashed by a bomb anyway, so men from the demolition squad took down the hallway a few bricks at a time until the horse-which seemed to accept the situation quite calmly-was free to proceed.

While the civilian animals had to be taken care of, a great deal of assistance was needed for the horses and mules in the war fronts-particularly those used by our allies. Over £55,000 was raised on a special appeal, so that 150 veterinary chests and thousands of horse blankets could be sent to Greece. Other supplies went to Syria and Lebanon, and when hostilities ended there, the remaining materials were sent on to Greece. Today the RSPCA treasures a letter from the Hellenic Minister, which reads:

'I have been requested by cable by Her Royal Highness Princess Katherine to convey to the RSPCA her most heartfelt thanks for the 150 cases full of veterinary supplies for horses and mules of our army which have just arrived. HRH adds that she is most deeply touched and grateful allow me once more to add my personal gratitude for the assistance granted to us by your Society.'

Greece was over-run. But now Russia was in desperate straits-and employing many thousands of horses. In 1942 alone supplies worth £27,000 were sent by the Society-only eight per cent being lost by enemy action.

At the end of the war, Field-Marshall Viscount Montgomery sent a letter of appreciation to the RSPCA:

'I wish to express, through you and your Committee, my sense of gratitude to all those who, by their financial contributions, have made it possible for your Society to provide means to alleviate the suffering of animals needed during the 1939-45 War. This help had been of great use to the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and I would like to express my appreciation of the fact that the lot of animals who have helped us to win the War has not be forgotten.'

BOOKS AND ARTICLES ON THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE RSPCA

Articles

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals, The Times 17 June 1824 (a report of the inaugural meeting of the SPCA)

Harrison, Brian, animals and the State in Nineteenth-Century England, English Historical Review October 1973, p 786-820

 

Books

Fairholme, E G & Pain, W, A Century of Work For Animals: the History of the RSPCA 1824-1924

Lynam, Shevawn, Humanity Dick, London: Hamish Hamilton, 1975

Moss, Arthur W, Valiant Crusade: the History of the RSPCA, London: Cassell, 1961

Pain, Wellesley, Richard Martin, London: Leonard Parson, 1925

Brown, Antony, Who Cares for animals?: 150 years of the RSPCA, London: William Heinemann Ltd 1974/SBN 434 90189x

Budd, Wallace, Hear the Other Side: The RSPCA in South Australia 1875-1988, Australia, Investigator Press Pty. Ltd. ISBN 0 85864 112 7

Ryder, Richard, Victims of Science: The Use of Animals in Research - Chapter 14 The History of Compassion, London, Davis-Poynter Ltd., ISBN 0 7067 0151 8

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La Société Protectrice des Animaux et de l'Environnement du Canada (HSC) aimerait vous pousser à tous exercé leurs droits en tant que citoyens du Canada de voter aux élections fédérales le 2 Mai 2011.

La HSC fournit cette information de façon non partisane en fournissant des liens directement à Élections Canada et d'autres sites internet du gouvernement pour aider les Canadiens de tous les horizons de la vie de s’informer sur leurs droits démocratiques de voter.

Élections Canada se décrit comme «un organisme indépendant et non partisan qui relève directement du Parlement, veiller à ce que les Canadiens puissent exercer leurs droits démocratiques de voter et d'être candidat ». S'il vous plaît visiter leur site web qui a des informations détaillées en 27 langues et 11 langues autochtones à www.elections.ca.

Tandis que les liens et les informations disponibles sur cette page sont sur le site d'élections Canada - pour obtenir des renseignements à jour et l'exactitude s'il vous plaît veuillez visiter www.elections.ca

 

Jour d’Élections :

Lundi, 2 Mai, 2011 de 9 am à 9 pm

 

Le vote avancer aura lieu le :

Vendredi, 22 Avril, 2011 de 12 pm à 8 pm
Samedi, 23 Avril, 2011 de 12 pm à 8 pm
Lundi, 25 Avril, 2011 de 12 pm à 8 pm

 

Pourquoi je devrais voter?

Votre vote est le moyen que vous choisissez quelqu'un pour vous représenter au Parlement du Canada. En exprimant votre choix, vous exercez un droit démocratique qui est la clé du processus démocratique de gouvernement que les générations de Canadiens ont lutté pour construire.

Par exemple, le Vote étudiant, un groupe non partisan que les partenaires avec Élections Canada www.elections.ca dit que: « une composante essentielle d'une saine démocratie est la participation de ses citoyens dans le processus électoral Beaucoup affirment que le vote est le plus responsabilité fondamentale de notre citoyenneté. »

« Pourtant, le déclin de la participation électorale été un phénomène observé dans de nombreuses démocraties occidentales perpétuités des deux dernières décennies. Spécifiquement au Canada, le taux de participation a atteint un creux historique de 59 pour cent en 2008 des élections fédérales.

Il est devenu de plus en plus évident que cette tendance peut être attribuée à de faibles niveaux de participation électorale chez les jeunes canadiens.»

Élections Canada signale que ceci est illustré par le fait que moins de 4 citoyens sur 10 âgés de 18 à 24 ont voté à l'élection fédérale canadienne de 2008 (ie 37.4%) et dans l'élection de 2006 environ le même nombre (ie 43.8%) et dans l'élection de 2004 encore moins (ie 37%)

Assister à une manifestation de lancement commune avec le vote étudiant, Marc Mayrand, directeur général d'élections Canada président d'élection a déclaré: «Si les jeunes Canadiens ont voté dans les mêmes proportions (comme les 55 à 64 ans) ... il y aurait eu 800.000 plus comptés votes lors des dernières élections. La circonscription moyenne au Canada est d'environ 77.000 électeurs »

Vote Étudiant estime que l'une des meilleures façons d'aborder ce défi est de parvenir à canadiens jeunes tôt dans la vie et de leur donner la possibilité de cultiver des habitudes de la citoyenneté informée et engagée.

Les Jeunes canadiens devraient diplôme d'études secondaires à l'intérêt, les connaissances et les compétences nécessaires pour une citoyenneté effective. Ils doivent savoir pourquoi de vote, et surtout avoir une foi assez forte et l'engagement dans leur démocratie que, peu importe le cas, ils ne renoncent pas à ce sujet.»

 

Comment puis-je voter?

  • En personne le jour du scrutin ou sur l'un des jours de vote par anticipation
  • En personne à votre bureau local d'élections Canada de voter par bulletin spécial
  • Par la poste par bulletin spécial - pour ce faire vous devez vous inscrire mail d'abord, puis dans le bulletin de vote que l'on vous envoie. Élections Canada doit recevoir votre inscription par 18h00 le 26 avril, ils doivent ensuite recevoir votre bulletin de vote au plus tard le 2 mai 2011

 

Je fais partie de quel district électoral?

Afin de savoir quelle district vous appartenez, appuyer sur ce lien qui vous mènera au site Internet d'élections Canada et entrez votre code postal - cela va vous dire quelle district politique (domaine).

 

Quels candidats sont en lice ma région?

Une fois que vous avez entré votre code postal sur le site internet, élections Canada vous donnera votre district, si vous appuyer sur le lien «Qui sont les candidats dans ma région» sur le côté droit de l'écran et vous pouvez visualiser tous les candidats et leur affiliation à un parti.

 

Comment communiquer avec mon candidat?

Une fois que vous avez entré votre code postal, le site d'élections Canada vous donne votre district, si vous appuyer sur le lien « Comment peut ton communiquer avec les candidats dans ma circonscription électorale? » sur le côté droit de l'écran - vous trouverez les numéros de téléphone pour tous les candidates dans votre région. Certains candidats peuvent également fournir des sites Internet Web, courriel, adresses ou autres informations de contact. Regarder vos médias de nouvelles locaux aux pour l'information concernant les débats locaux et des présentations.

 

Où puis-je voter?

Entrez votre code postal dans ce lien sur le site internet d'élections Canada et il sera de retour le droit de vote) du scrutin) et le vote par anticipation (de vote) endroits dans votre région, et leurs heures d'ouverture. Vous pourrez également obtenir l'adresse et les heures d'ouverture au bureau du Canada élections où vous pouvez aller et vous inscrire pour voter par bulletin spécial entre le mardi 26 avril et lundi 2 mai 2011.

Personnes admissibles qui vivent dans les hôpitaux et les établissements qui offrent des soins de longue durée peut avoir l'option supplémentaire de vote à scrutin mobile (vote) station dans leur résidence. Élections Canada offre mobile de vote (vote) stations dans certains quartiers de résidence et l'hôpital. Si nécessaire, ils transportent les urnes d'une pièce à faciliter le vote. Pour savoir si il y aura bureaux de scrutin itinérants dans votre résidence, demandez à l'administrateur ou appelez élections Canada à 1-800-463-68688 ou pour les personnes sourdes malentendantes: ATS 1-800-361-8935 ou visitez le site ici.

Élections Canada fournit également des certificats de transfert pour assurer le transport le jour d'élection pour les personnes qui utilisent un fauteuil roulant ou qui ont d'autres handicaps physiques de vote dans les établissements qui offrent un accès de niveau si, dans des cas exceptionnels, leur propre droit de vote sites ne fournissent pas un tel accès. Pour de plus amples informations 1-800-463-8935 électorale du Canada.

 

Comment puis trouver l'endroit où voter

Aller à un site internet comme outil de cartographie mapquest.ca. Appuyer sur «Obtenir l'itinéraire» lien, et vous pouvez taper votre adresse et l'adresse de votre droit de vote centre.

 

Qui est admissible à voter aux élections fédérales

Vous pouvez voter dans cette élection fédérale si vous:

  • sont des citoyens canadiens
  • sera de 18 ans ou plus le jour de l'élection, le lundi 2 Mai 2011
  • sont inscrits pour voter

 

Est-ce que je suis inscrit pour voter?

La plupart des électeurs sont déjà inscrits dans le registre national des électeurs, une base de données des électeurs canadiens qui sont habiles à voter dans les élections et les référendums fédéral, Élections Canada enverra une carte d'information de l'électeur aux électeurs inscrits entre le 8 avril et 13 avril, 2011.

 

Comment puis-je inscrire?

  • Appel élections Canada au 1-800-463-6868
  • Visitez votre bureau local d'Élections Canada avant 18 heures, le Mardi 26 Avril 2011
  • Allez à votre bureau de vote avant le Vendredi 22 Avril, Samedi 23 Avril ou le Lundi 25 Avril 2011
  • Allez à votre bureau de vote le jour du scrutin sur le Lundi 2 Mai 2011

 

Pour vous inscrire

Il vous demandera de suivre :

 

Information pour les seniors

S'il vous plaît considéré a faire du bénévolat pour aider seniors qui vivent dans votre région ou communiquez avec votre église, centre local de la communauté, de retraite ou les foyers de soins pour savoir comment vous pouvez faire du bénévolat pour aider vote seniors. S’il vous plaît visitez le site internet d'Élections Canada.

 

Les jeunes électeurs

Vous avez des idées. Vous avez des plans. Vous avez des croyances.

Pour de l’information sur comment voter, visitez le site élections canada.

Pour plus d'informations sur la façon dont les jeunes peuvent devenir plus actifs en impliquant eux-mêmes, leurs familles et leurs camarades dans le processus de vote, et se préparer pour le jour où deviennent 18 et le droit de vote consultez voix des élèves.

 

Information pour les personnes ayant des besoins spéciaux

Objectif d'élections Canada est de s'assurer que tous les électeurs ont accès à l'information sur les produits et services disponibles pour les aider à exercer leur droit de vote:

http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=spe&document=index&lang=f

Personnes admissibles qui vivent dans les hôpitaux et les établissements qui offrent des soins de longue durée ont la possibilité supplémentaire de voter à une station de scrutin itinérant dans leur résidence. Élections Canada offre des bureaux de vote mobiles dans certaines résidences et à l'hôpital. Si nécessaire, nous transportons les urnes de chambre en chambre afin de faciliter le vote. Pour savoir si il y aura un bureau de scrutin itinérant dans votre résidence, demandez à l'administrateur ou appeler Élections Canada au 1-800-463-6868 ou pour les personnes sourdes ou malentendantes: ATS 1-800-361-8935 ou visitez ici.

Élections Canada offre également des certificats de transfert le jour du scrutin pour permettre aux personnes qui utilisent un fauteuil roulant ou qui ont d'autres handicaps physiques de vote dans les établissements qui offrent un accès de niveau si, dans des cas exceptionnels, de leurs sites propres sondages ne fournissent pas un tel accès. Pour de plus amples informations électorale du Canada 1-800-463-6868 ou pour les personnes sourdes ou malentendantes: ATS 1-800-361-8935.

 

Informations pour les électeurs autochtones

S'il vous plaît visitez le site web d'Élections Canada qui a des informations détaillées en 11 langues autochtones ; Inuktitut, Michif, Mohawk, Cri de la Baie James, Oji-cri, Cri-des-Plaines, Nisga'a, Montagnais (Innu), Gwich'in, Ojibway, Mi'kmaq à www.elections.ca

 

Informations pour les électeurs issus des communautés ethnoculturelles

S'il vous plaît visitez le site internet www.elections.ca d'élections Canada qui a des informations détaillées en 27 langues dont l'Arabe, le Bengali, Chinois (traditionnel), Chinois (simplifié), Croate, Farsi (persan), Allemand, Grec, Gujarati, Hébreu, Hindi, Hongrois, Italien , Coréen, Polonais, Portugais, Punjabi, Roumain, Russe, Serbe, Somali, Espagnol, Tagalog (Pilipino), Tamil, Ukrainien, Ourdou et Vietnamien.

 

Canadiens voyageant au Canada et qui voyagent et vivent à l'étranger

Les électeurs canadiens peuvent demander et d'exercer leur droit de vote à partir de n'importe où dans le monde.

Informations complémentaires pour les Canadiens à l'étranger peut être trouvé à l'un des bureaux du gouvernement du Canada à l'étranger.

 

Les membres des forces armées canadiennes

Pour nos hommes et femmes dans les forces armées canadiennes, de plus amples renseignements sur la façon de voter peuvent être trouvé ici.

Membres de la famille qui vivent avec le personnel des Forces canadiennes déployés à l'étranger ne peuvent pas voter en vertu des règles électorales spéciales pour les électeurs des Forces canadiennes. Ils peuvent, de voter par bulletin spécial.

 

Les électeurs sans adresse fixe

Électeurs admissibles qui n'ont pas de domicile fixe sont invités à s'inscrire et voter. Appuyer sur ce lien pour plus d'informations.

 

En savoir plus sur les résultats des dernières élections fédérales et des élections pour votre circonscription de 1996 à présent sur ​​site internet d'élections Canada.

Le site internet d'élections Canada a également la page des statistiques sur la participation électorale depuis 1867 pour les élections et référendums fédéraux.

L'historique des circonscriptions électorales fédérales depuis 1867 constitue une ressource électronique unique qui fournit des informations sur l'histoire électorale du Canada depuis la Confédération. Inclus vous trouverez les noms de tous les candidats à toutes les élections fédérales ainsi qu'une description de toutes les circonscriptions. Les utilisateurs peuvent effectuer une recherche par nom de la circonscription, le nom d'un candidat, un parti politique, des élections générales, et par l'élection, ou même faire une recherche plein texte sur la description d'une circonscription. L'utilisation de renvois "voir" au début et à la fin de la description de la circonscription permet aux utilisateurs de suivre l'histoire d'unecirconscription à travers les changements apportés à ses limites.

The Humane Society of Canada would like to urge everyone to exercise their rights as residents of Manitoba to vote in the upcoming Provincial Election on October 4th, 2011.

The Humane Society of Canada is providing this information in a non-partisan fashion by providing links directly to Elections Manitoba and other government websites to assist Canadians from all walks of life in exercising their democratic right to vote.

Elections Manitoba states on their website that it "operates free of political influence;conducts Manitoba's provincial elections, by-elections and referendums;ensures all eligible citizens have the opportunity to vote;promotes public awareness of voting and the electoral process". Please visit their website which has comprehensive details in english and french at www.electionsmanitoba.ca/.

While the links and information found on this page are to Elections Manitoba's website - for up-to-date information and accuracy please visit Elections Manitoba's website at www.electionsmanitoba.ca.

 

The Humane Society of Canada would like to urge everyone to exercise their rights as residents of Ontario to vote in the upcoming Provincial Election on October 6th, 2011.

The Humane Society of Canada is providing this information in a non-partisan fashion by providing links directly to Elections Ontario and other government websites to assist Canadians from all walks of life in exercising their democratic right to vote.

Elections Ontario describes itself as "a non-partisan Agency of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. We work under the direction of the Chief Electoral Officer, an officer of the Legislative Assembly.". Please visit their website which has comprehensive details in 2 languages at www.elections.on.ca

While the links and information found on this page are to Elections Ontario's website - for up-to-date information and accuracy please visit Elections Ontario website at www.elections.on.ca.


Election day is:
Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 9 am to 9 pm

 

Why Should I Vote?

Your vote is the way you choose someone to represent you in Ontario's Legislature. By expressing your choice, you are exercising a democratic right that is key to the democratic process of government that generations of Ontarians have fought to build.

For example, Student Vote, a non-partisan group that partners with Elections Canada www.elections.ca says that: "A central component of a healthy democracy is the participation of its citizens in the electoral process. Many argue that voting is the most basic responsibility of our citizenship."

"The decline in electoral participation has been a phenomenon observed in many western democracies throughout the past two decades. It has become increasingly evident that this trend can be attributed to low levels of electoral participation among young Canadians."

Specifically in Canada, voter turnout of 61.1 percent in the 2011 general election only slightly improved from an all-time low of 59 percent in the 2008 federal election. Ontario's last provincial election in 2007 received a record low turnout of 52.6 % of voters heading to the ballot, breaking the previous low of 54.7% voter turnout set in the1923 provincial elections and the low of 56.9% turnout in the 2003 election.

Student Vote believes that one of the best ways to approach this challenge is to reach young Canadians early in life and give them an opportunity to cultivate the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.


 

How Can I Vote?

  • In person on Election Day
  • In person at an Advanced Poll Day from Wednesday, September 21 to Friday, September 30, 2011 at your returning office from 10 AM to 8 PM local time. To find your local advanced poll click here
  • In person at your local Elections Ontario Returning office to vote by special ballot from September 8 to October 5, 2011 - On October 5 you must vote by 6:00 PM ET
  • By mail by special ballot - To do this you must register first and then mail in the ballot that they send you. Elections Ontario must receive your application for special ballot registration by 6:00 pm September 30th, they must then receive your ballot no later than October 6th, 2011.

 

What Riding (Electoral District) Do I Belong To?

In order to find out what riding you belong to click on this link which will take you to the Elections Ontario website and enter your postal code – this will tell you what political riding (area) you live in.

 

What Candidates Are Running in my Area?

Once you have entered your postal code Elections Ontario's website will give you your riding – if you click on the link “find my candidate” you can view all of the candidates and their party affiliations.

 

How Do I Contact My Candidates?

Once you have entered your postal code Elections Ontario's website will give you your riding – if you click on the link “find my candidate” you can view all of the candidates and their party affiliations. Some candidates may also provide websites, emails, addresses or other contact information. Watch your local news media for information concerning local debates and presentations.

Once you have found out who is running in your area, you can contact them via their party found below in alphabetical order by party:

Canadian's Choice Party

Communist Party of Canada (Ontario)

Family Coalition Party

Freedom Party of Ontario

Green Party of Ontario

New Democratic Pary of Ontario

Northern Heritage Party

The Only Party - (647) 785-6388

Ontario Liberal Party

Ontario Libertarian Party

Ontario Confederation of Regions Party

Pauper Party of Ontario - (519) 753-5122

Paramount Canadians Party

Party for Human Rights in Ontario - (416) 827-7119

Party for People With Special Needs

People First Republic Party of Ontario

Peoples Political Party

Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

Reform Party of Ontario

Socialist Party of Ontario

Vegan Environmental Party - (416) 922-5087

 

 

Where Do I Vote?

Your Notice of Registration Card will detail the name and address of the Advance Poll locations, as well as your election day voting location.

If you do not have your registration card, you can enter your postal code or address in this link on the Elections Ontario Website and it will return the Voting (Polling) location in your area, and their hours of operation. You will also get the address and hours of operation to the Elections Ontario office and the Advanced Polling locations where you can go and vote by special ballot between Wednesday, September 7th and Wednesday, October 5th, 2011.

Eligible people who are temporarily hospitalized and unable to vote at advance polls, on election day, or at the returning office may vote by Special ballot. To accommodate these electors, Special Ballot Officers will go to each hospital to facilitate the completion of the Special Ballot Application and voting processes.Hospitalized electors will be able to vote regardless of whether the hospital is inside or outside of the electors' electoral district at the time the election is held.The visit will be administered on September 26, 27, 28, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time each day.  To find out if there will be mobile polls in your residence, ask the administrator or call Elections Ontario at 1-888-668-8683 or for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: TTY 1-866-479-1118 or visit here.

An elector may make a request for a home visit to their local Returning Officer if it is impossible or unreasonably difficult for the elector to go to the returning office, and the elector requires assistance with making an application to vote by Special ballot because of a disability or because of the inability to read or write. You can call your returning office or satellite office starting on September 7, 2011.

 

How Do I Find Where I Vote?

Go to a mapping tool website like mapquest.ca. Click on the "get directions" link, and you can type in your address and the address of your voting (polling) centre.

 

Who is Eligible to Vote in the Federal Election?

You may vote in this federal election if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • will be 18 or older on election day, Thursday, October 6, 2011
  • are a resident of Ontario
  • are registered to vote

 

Am I Registered to Vote?

Most electors are already registered in the Permanent Register of Electors for Ontario, a database of Ontario electors who are qualified to vote in provincial elections and by elections. You can find out if you are on the register by clicking this link.  Elections Ontario will send a voter information card to registered electors. If you have not already received your voter registration card, please follow the steps below:

 

How Do I Register?

  • Before election day you can receive a Certificate to Vote up until 8:00 PM the day before the election. You will need to show proof of name and residence on one identification document. You can get the Certificate to Vote at your local returning office or Advance Poll location. When you go to vote, you will exchange your Certificate to Vote for a ballot at your voting location.

 

To Register

You'll be Asked the Following:

 

Information for Seniors

Please consider volunteering to help seniors living in your neighbourhood or contact your local church, community centre, retirement or nursing homes to find out how you can volunteer to help seniors vote. Please visit Elections Ontario's website.

 

Young Voters

You have ideas. You have plans. You have beliefs.

For information on how to vote visit Elections Ontario's website.

For more information on how youth can become more active by involving themselves, their families and their fellow students in the voting process; and prepare themselves for the day when they become 18 and eligible to vote check out Student Votes.

During an election, you may find yourself living away from your family's home. You may wish to vote for a candidate in the electoral district where you live while attending college or university or you may want to vote for a candidate in the electoral district where you live while not attending school.

You are given the opportunity to decide which residence you consider to be your principal residence. Regardless of which residential address you choose, all voting options, including voting by special ballot, are available to you.

If you are a student with a physical disability and cannot go to the returning office, advance poll or election day to vote, you may request a home visit.

 

Information for People With Special Needs

Eligible people who are temporarily hospitalized and unable to vote at advance polls, on election day, or at the returning office may vote by Special ballot. To accommodate these electors, Special Ballot Officers will go to each hospital to facilitate the completion of the Special Ballot Application and voting processes.Hospitalized electors will be able to vote regardless of whether the hospital is inside or outside of the electors' electoral district at the time the election is held.The visit will be administered on September 26, 27, 28, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time each day.  To find out if there will be mobile polls in your residence, ask the administrator or call Elections Ontario at 1-888-668-8683 or for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: TTY 1-866-479-1118 or visit here.

An elector may make a request for a home visit to their local Returning Officer if it is impossible or unreasonably difficult for the elector to go to the returning office, and the elector requires assistance with making an application to vote by Special ballot because of a disability or because of the inability to read or write. You can call your returning office or satellite office starting on September 7, 2011.

In the preceding 15 days before the election returning offices and satellite offices, assistive voting tools will be available that feature audio headphones, tactile buttons, large keypads marked with Braille, paddles and a "sip and puff" device

On election day, most voting locations will be wheelchair accessible, as indicated on your Notice of Registration Card. You may transfer to a more convenient voting location within your electoral district. Contact your Returning Officer to make arrangements.

On election day all voting locations:

  • Will have magnifiers, Braille ballot templates and other tools to assist voters who are blind or with vision loss.
  • Will provide pens and pads to help electors who are deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing to communicate.
  • Will provide the elector the opportunity to book a sign language interpreter paid by Elections Ontario through the Canadian Hearing Society's Ontario Interpreting Services to be with you at your voting location.

 

Information for Aboriginal Voters

We were unable to find information on the Elections Ontario website. For more information please call Elections Ontario at 1-888-668-8683.

 

Information for Voters from Ethnocultural Communities

We were unable to find information on the Elections Ontario website. For more information please call Elections Ontario at 1-888-668-8683.

 

Ontarians Travelling in Canada and Travelling and Living Abroad

Ontarian electors can apply and excercise their right to vote from anywhere in the world.

  • For Ontarians who are temporarily living abroad, you can apply to vote by Special ballot and also apply to be named on the Register of Absentee Electors, subject to certain conditions. If you are an elector temporarily living outside Ontario for a period of less than 2 years, you are eligible to vote by mail if you are 18 years of age or older on election day, a Canadian citizen, have not already voted in this election and you stopped living in Ontario in the two years before election day, you lived in Ontario for a minimum of 12 consecutive months before leaving the province and you plan to live in Ontario again
  • For Canadians who are travelling away from home in Canada, you can apply to vote by Special ballot.
  • Students attending a foreign eductational institution can vote regardless of the length of time they have been out of Ontario. They can apply to vote by Special ballot.

 

 

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces

For our men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces, they can vote in provincial elections regardless of the length of time they have been out of Ontario. They would apply to vote by Special ballot

Family members living with Canadian Forces personnel stationed overseas can also vote by special ballot.

 

Voters With No Fixed Address

Eligible electors who have no fixed address are welcome to register and vote.  The place where you most frequently eat or sleep during the five weeks prior to election day is considered your residence. Check our ID page (318KB PDF) to see if you already have a piece of ID that meets our requirements.

If you don't have ID showing proof of your name and residence, Elections Ontario has created a temporary form of identification – the Certificate of Identity and Residence – to meet the requirements to receive a ballot. The Certificate of Identity and Residence shows either a shelter, food bank or community health facility – a place where the elector returns to either eat or sleep in the 5 weeks preceding election – as the prospective voter's residence. If you eat or sleep at a shelter, food bank or community health facility, you can ask a staff member from that facility to help you fill out this form. You may also contact Elections Ontario for help.

Staff members of homeless shelters, food banks or community health facilities who would like to help their clients receive this temporary ID form are encouraged to contact Elections Ontario, or download the instructions and registration form (372KB PDF).

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The Humane Society of Canada would like to urge everyone to exercise their rights as residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to vote in the upcoming Provincial Elections on October 11th, 2011.

The Humane Society of Canada is providing this information in a non-partisan fashion by providing links directly to Elections Newfoundland and Labrador and other government websites to assist Canadians from all walks of life in exercising their democratic right to vote.

Elections Newfoundland and Labrador describes itself as "responsible for exercising general direction and supervision over the administrative conduct of elections and for enforcing fairness, impartiality and compliance with the Elections Act, 1991". Please visit their website at www.elections.gov.nl.ca

While the links and information found on this page are to Elections Newfoundland and Labrador's website - for up-to-date information and accuracy please visit Elections Newfoundland and Labrador website at www.elections.gov.nl.ca

 

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The Humane Society of Canada is providing this information in a non-partisan fashion by providing links directly to Elections Yukon and other government websites to assist Canadians from all walks of life in exercising their democratic right to vote.

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The Humane Society of Canada would like to urge everyone to exercise their rights to vote in the upcoming Provincial Elections on October 3rd, 2011.

The Humane Society of Canada is providing this information in a non-partisan fashion by providing links directly to Elections NWT and other government websites to assist people from all walks of life in exercising their democratic right to vote.

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Without prejudice By email and registered mail

 

30th March 2011

 

Premier Ed Stelmach
Office of the Premier
Executive Branch
307 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5K 2B6

Re: Additional Allegations and Evidence - Writ of Mandamus: Guzoo Farm - Licensed by the Government of Alberta as a Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, Three Hills, Alberta

 

Dear Premier Stelmach,

I am writing to you in my capacity as Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada on behalf of the millions of Albertans and many others from around the world who share our concern about the protection of animals. This letter follows our conversation with your staff in the Office of the Premier and our letter sent to you on 28th March 2011 and another letter with new information sent to you yesterday.

Regrettably, we have not heard back from you, and accordingly we are writing a third letter to bring other allegations and evidence to your attention.

Our research indicates multiple complaints and inspections regarding Guzoo Farm apparently without effect or resolution of the allegations involving repeated violations of animal welfare care and standards.

You are making a mockery of your fellow Albertans, the taxpayers who placed their trust and hard earned tax dollars in your hands. While we supported the passage of Alberta’s Zoo Standards in 2005, we have now learned that Mr. Gustafson reportedly ran a fur farm in the 1980’s which involved putting wild animals in wire cages to be cruelly raised and killed for their luxury fur. When that didn’t work out, from Guzoo Farm owner Mr. Gustafson’s current remarks, we believe that dozens of these wild animals being raised for fur were killed instead of being adopted out to wildlife sanctuaries.

We look forward to the results of your investigation to determine if this in fact was the case, because it would show a pattern of behaviour at law that should be taken very seriously with regards to Mr. Gustafon’s repeated intentions about the animals currently under his care. More specifically, yesterday in a Global Television report, his son was quoted: “ .... Gustafson said the family is not concerned about losing its permit. He said that a few years ago the province asked the family in a zoo-development plan: what it would do with the animals if it was forced to close its doors. "Most of the animals we have here, it would be pretty near impossible to find homes for them," said Gustafson. "So Dad put that they would all be euthanized and used for taxidermy. I don't think Fish and Wildlife really wants that."

So that there are no misunderstandings, please let us be perfectly clear. If these allegations and evidence of convictions are proven, then why in the world would anyone rely upon Mr. Gustafon’s statements or advice when there is overwhelming evidence and allegations that for decades he has been unwilling to follow the laws and care for a large number of animals. Just as importantly, why would your staff at your direction continue to bring injured and orphaned wildlife native to Alberta to his farm for care?

Finally, why does Mr. Gustafson hold the mistaken belief that it is his decision whether the animals live or die before they are even examined by high level expert veterinarians to determine if they could be relocated to wildlife sanctuaries?

Unbelievable as it may seem, equally devastating is that as Premier, you have sadly misled Albertans - reportedly in the very same year that Mr. Gustafson’s was charged and convicted for the illegal possession of exotic species, your staff issued him a licence to operate a zoo – along with the allegations that dozens of reports of violations have gone unresolved since he was issued a licence because of the failure of your staff.

There is ample reason why Mr Gustafson appears to be stating for the record that if he doesn’t like what the law requires him to do by providing suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for his animals he will have them killed, stuffed and sold for large sums of money – because civil servants and elected officials of your government are at law accessories before and after the fact.

In my experience over the past 40 years, I have worked across Canada and in over 110 countries around the world with a wide range of law enforcement agencies at every level of government including the RCMP, the FBI and INTERPOL. I hold a BSc in Agriculture and another three years of post-graduate studies; I have extensive field experience with domestic animals and wildlife and have been involved in conducting several thousand investigations. Our observations are based upon that hard won experience.

Regrettably, therefore, with no option remaining, we need to draw your attention to a powerful remedy under Canadian law to remind elected officials and civil servants that they work for taxpayers and are given a public trust to discharge. In our expert opinion, there is sufficient evidence prima facie to file a writ of mandamus, which your legal experts will advise has been used in Canada and its use reaffirmed by the BC Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. We are aware of another case where such a writ of mandamus has been filed against the Government of Quebec for failing to discharge its public trust funded by taxpayers in the matter of enforcing federal and provincial laws to protect animals. A ruling from the court which upholds a writ of mandamus forces the government to take immediate effective action to enforce laws for which it has been entrusted and funded by taxpayers.

Unless you and your government wish to be remembered in Canadian case law history as individuals who were forced by the court to discharge their public responsibilities in a way that Albertans expect and demand; and should you decide not to act in a way that is in the animal’s best interests, then having due regard to the weight of all of the foregoing allegations and evidence, we will have no choice left except to seek other legal remedies to compel you to act along with involving your civil servants and elected officials as accessories before and after the fact.

Notwithstanding your publicly stated intention not to run again for office, Albertans and others expect you to discharge your public trust responsibly and effectively until the day you step down as Premier.

We are repeating our call for an immediate high level expert investigation concerning allegations about the welfare of animals under the ownership, custody and control of those in charge of operating the Guzoo Farm. We also require assurances that following a professional veterinary examination of all animals that they receive immediate veterinary care and treatment, rather than being euthanized.

Attached is a Facebook link reportedly showing pictures of animals at the facility, http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=636678&id=563805693&fbid=10150443011925694P. The best way to ensure the safety of these animals is to carry out an immediate high level expert on-site investigation.

We look forward to advising the millions of concerned Albertans and others who care about animals along with the media about the positive steps you are taking to resolve these very serious allegations.

Awaiting your reply, I remain, yours sincerely,

Michael O'Sullivan
Chairman & CEO

(416) 368-0405
www.humanesociety.com


Gustafson said the family is not concerned about losing its permit. He said that a few years ago the province asked the family in a zoo-development plan: what it would do with the animals if it was forced to close its doors.

"Most of the animals we have here, it would be pretty near impossible to find homes for them," said Gustafson.

"So Dad put that they would all be euthanized and used for taxidermy. I don't think Fish and Wildlife really wants that."

GLOBAL TELEVISION MARCH 29/2011

 

Guzoo started as a fur farm in the 1980s, and in '89, Gustafson was convicted for illegal possession of exotic animals – the same year he got his zoo licence.

EDMONTON EXAMINER, MARCH 29/2011

 

Guzoo’s 23-year history has included dozens of violations against its zoo permit — prompting a health review —and three convictions of Guzoo owner under the Wildlife Act and Animal Protection Act.

METRO EDMONTON, MARCH 29/2011

Without prejudice By email and registered mail

29th March 2011

Premier Ed Stelmach
Office of the Premier
Executive Branch
307 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5K 2B6

Re: Writ of Mandamus: Guzoo Farm - Licensed by the Government of Alberta as a Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, Three Hills, Alberta

Dear Premier Stelmach,

I am writing to you in my capacity as Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada on behalf of the millions of Albertans and many others from around the world who share our concern about the protection of animals. This letter follows our conversation with your staff in the Office of the Premier and our letter sent to you yesterday.

Regrettably, we have not heard back from you, and accordingly are bringing other evidence to your attention. Our research indicates multiple complaints and inspections regarding Guzoo Farm apparently without effect or resolution of the allegations involving repeated violations of animal welfare care and standards. While we supported the passage of Alberta’s Zoo Standards in 2005, we are also aware from hard lessons in the past that the movement of pen across a piece of paper is meaningless without the necessary human, financial and technical resources along with the political will to get the job done. In a perfect world everything would be voluntary. That is not the world we live in.

In fact passing a law and then failing to enforce it is even worse because it gives taxpayers the misleading impression that something meaningful has been accomplished.

In a CTV news report yesterday, the owner of Guzoo Farm, Mr Gustafson is quoted: “...if he is forced to give up his animals, they will never go anywhere else. "That lion is worth $10,000 to taxidermy, and if that's what these people want -- that's what they'll get.".”

In his own words, Mr Gustafson appears to be stating for the record that if he doesn’t like what the law requires him to do in by providing suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for his animals he will have them killed, stuffed and sold for large sums of money.

In my experience over the past 40 years, I have worked across Canada and in over 110 countries around the world with a wide range of law enforcement agencies at every level of government including the RCMP, the FBI and INTERPOL. I hold a BSc in Agriculture and another three years of post-graduate studies; I have extensive field experience with domestic animals and wildlife and have been involved in conducting several thousand investigations. Mr. Gustafson’s reported remarks in our professional opinion are not the hallmark of someone who cares deeply about the animals which are under his daily care and control; and they should give great pause to your own staff who reportedly take orphaned wildlife to him for care and who will be held legally responsible along with your government for facilitating these practices before and after the fact as accessories.

Regrettably, therefore, with no option remaining, we need to draw your attention to a powerful remedy under Canadian law to remind elected officials and civil servants that they work for taxpayers and are given a public trust to discharge. In our expert opinion, there is sufficient evidence prima facie to file a writ of mandamus, which your legal experts will advise has been used in Canada and its use reaffirmed by the BC Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. We are aware of another case where such a writ of mandamus has been filed against the Government of Quebec for failing to discharge its public trust funded by taxpayers in the matter of enforcing federal and provincial laws to protect animals. A ruling from the court which upholds a writ of mandamus forces the government to take immediate effective action to enforce laws for which it has been entrusted and funded by taxpayers.

Notwithstanding your publicly stated intention not to run again for office, Albertans and others expect you to discharge your public trust responsibly and effectively until the day you step down as Premier.

We are repeating our call for an immediate high level expert investigation concerning allegations about the welfare of animals under the ownership, custody and control of those in charge of operating the Guzoo Farm. We also require assurances that following a professional veterinary examination of all animals that they receive immediate veterinary care and treatment, rather than being euthanized.

Attached is a Facebook link reportedly showing pictures of animals at the facility, http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=636678&id=563805693&fbid=10150443011925694P. The best way to ensure the safety of these animals is to carry out an immediate high level expert on-site investigation.

We look forward to advising the millions of concerned Albertans and others who care about animals along with the media about the positive steps you are taking to resolve these very serious allegations.

Awaiting your reply, I remain, yours sincerely,