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October 27, 2019, 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.

iStock 1040975032VANCOUVER, September 4, 2019 - The Humane Society of Canada has launched a global appeal for donations to buy food, bottled water, veterinary supplies, rescue equipment and to transport them to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and the families affected by Dorian,” says Michael O’Sullivan, Chairman & CEO of The Humane Society of Canada.

“We are also asking people to remember animals, often the forgotten victims in such troubled times, says O’Sullivan.” The animal charity says that while there are hundreds of relief agencies working to help people, working alongside them are only a relatively small number of groups working to help animals.

“Each one of these hard-hit communities, having lost so much, includes families who are missing their animals. Orphaned and injured wildlife are also at risk,” says O’Sullivan who has worked in disaster and war zones around the world. He says that he has no illusions about the staggering challenges faced by people and animals in overcoming the impact of this terrible disaster. “What we accomplish here will be measured by saving one animal at a time. We are talking about tens of thousands of dogs, cats, birds, livestock and wildlife who have been affected and still need help.”

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 Dorian.

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As I have since 1980, I am in Geneva participating in CITES.   

As one of three co-founders in 1993 of the Species Survival Network, please find formatted versions of the SSN CoP18 Digest at the links below which reflect The Humane Society of Canada's position along with the 90 strong animal/environmental protection groups worldwide.

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Open Letter To Prime Minister Trudeau

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, 

These matters are extremely urgent and critically time-sensitive here in Geneva at the UN CITES Treaty Negotiations where, in the main, Canada has a long-standing well deserved and very tarnished reputation for promoting the killing of wildlife.  

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Open Letter To Prime Minister Trudeau

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,   

As of today, Canada is still undecided or opposing actions to protect otters, whales, elephants, rhinos, rare woods, saiga antelope and glass tree frogs.  This does not reflect Canadian values and concerns for wildlife at home or around the world.

Having worked on CITES for at least 18 years longer than members of your government delegation and for more than 50 years on the ground in the wildlife field and undercover investigations in developing nations, I am very much aware of document-heavy matters, which in our hard-won experience, emphasize process over substance.  

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Open Letter To Prime Minister Trudeau

Dear Prime Minister,

We are aware of your own personal concern for the protection of animals and those who care deeply about them.

Federal government studies have shown that over 95% of Canadians support the protection of wildlife and nature.  And that Canadians would contribute up to $ 400,00 to protect a single polar bear.

iStock 505126352February 14, 2019, 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.

Thank you, Madam Chair and good morning. We are delighted to be in Switzerland and thank our gracious hosts and the secretariat for making this meeting possible.

I make this intervention on behalf of the following 17 NGOs: Animal Welfare Institute, Born Free Foundation, Born Free USA, CATCA Environmental and Wildlife Society, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Environmental Investigation Agency, IFAW, Humane Society International, Japan Wildlife Conservation Society, Natural Resource Defense Council, ProWildlife, Robin des Bois, Shark Research Institute, Special Survival Network, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and World Animal Protection.

At our last meeting, ten months ago, this Committee unequivocally found Japan to be in non-compliance with the Convention for its introduction from the sea since 2002 of 1,584 sei whales—recorded by IUCN as an endangered species— for commercial purposes, including more than 1,500 metric tons of meat from 131 sei whales caught in 2018. At SC70 the Standing Committee requested that Japan report on its implementation of remedial actions so that SC71 can decide if the provisions of Article III, paragraph 5(c), have been met or if compliance measures are necessary.

As we have heard from many previous speakers, Japan has an important issue to resolve before it is in full compliance with the Convention. Article VIII clearly requires parties to confiscate specimens that have been traded in violation of the treaty. In this case, Japan must confiscate all the sei whale meat and blubber that remains in commercial circulation, as well as unsold stock held in freezer warehouses. It must then dispose of it consistent with the provisions of Resolution Conf. 17.8 on disposal of illegally traded and confiscated specimens of CITES-listed species.

In fact, Japan is currently doing the opposite; the government assures whale meat vendors that sei meat is legal to sell and, according to a survey conducted by NGOs in June 2019, sei whale meat is widely available. Seventy four percent of whale meat vendors could supply sei products, including canned and frozen items. Sei whale meat is especially widely available online: Yahoo! Shopping Japan offered 118 different sei whale products for sale on a randomly selected day in April 2019 while a new online whale meat seller, Kujiraniku, held stocks of at least 78 tons of sei whale products in June.

CITES Parties have agreed that the commercial use of illegally traded Appendix I specimens is unacceptable; it stimulates demand and undermines the very purpose of an Appendix I listing. We urge this Committee to decide, consistent with the recommendation made by Niger and supported by many other parties, that Japan must now confiscate and dispose of all remaining sei whale products introduced from the sea since 2002.

Thank you

citesbanner2For 37 years, the staff of The Humane Society of Canada have actively participated in the administration and enforcement of CITES, an United Nations treaty to which 188 nations, including Canada (which was a founding member) are signatories. CITES stands for the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species and is the most important wildlife treaty in the world.

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.

Toronto, July 19, 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.

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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!