An important new FB page where you can upload your personal video messages to Harper.
Letter from CFAWR Copied and pasted (unedited and with permission)
(links and pictures provided from prior Blog posts)
Subject: TO STEVEN HARPER YOUR LIST OF POLITICAL BLOWS TO THIS COUNTRY GETTING LONGER
STEVEN HARPER STOP DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY PIECE BY PIECE?
YOU ALLOW THE SEAL HUNT TO CONTINUE in flagrant denial and disregard of 80% of Canadian citizens… that’s 27 million people… and the world.. WHO WANT IT STOPPED
YOU ARE MESSING UP THE LIVES OF CANADIAN SENIORS!!!!
YOU ARE TRYING TO DESTROY OUR ENVIRONMENT AND SELL OUT CANADA
YOU ALLOW FARM ANIMALS TO BE TRANSPORTED AND SLAUGHTERED IN THE MOST INHUMANE CONDITIONS AND DON’T MONITOR THE TRANSPORT DRIVERS OR FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY OFFICERS
YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING TO SUPPORT YOUR GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT IN PRINCIPLE TO THE UDAW UNIVERSAL DECLARATION ON ANIMAL WELFARE
YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE AN “ ANIMAL LOVER” BUT ALLOW PRODUCTS INTO THIS COUNTRY MADE FROM CATS AND DOGS FUR.. ANIMALS WHO HAVE BEEN SKINNED ALIVE.
YOU ARE ALLOWING HORSES TO BE SLAUGHTERED AND ALLOWING THE PRACTICE OF HAVING TO SHOOT A HORSE 11 TIMES ON OCCASIONS BEFORE IT IS DEAD
Billboard placed just outside of Ottawa, Ontario…the Nation’s Capital. Canada continues to import wild horses rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management for slaughter in the US; Alberta’s horses face the same fate
Is it bad enough for you? Wild Horses 2
Mare sniffing foal murdered at birth
DID YOU KNOW UNDER CANADIAN LAW YOU CAN BEAT YOUR DOG TO DEATH WITH A HAMMER... AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT “ SUFFER” TOO MUCH YOU WILL NOT BE PROSECUTED “ Actual case? Yes.
YOU ARE DOING NOTHING TO UPDATE OUR USELESS INEFFECTIVE 120 YEAR OLD ANIMAL CRUELTY LEGISLATION
Found alive and frozen to wooden floor of Dog house: NWT
Pokiak Victims NWTMother and daughter starving NWT
Dogs starving in NWT, no charges ever laid
BLOGGERS NOTE: YOU FAIL TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND RECOGNIZE THE LINK BETWEEN ANIMAL CRUELTY AND HUMAN VIOLENCE
YOU HAVE DECIDED FOR US THAT WE ARE NO LONGER A MEMBER OF THE KYOTO PROTOCOL ( you never asked us how we felt)
YOU PAY YOUR FAVORITE SUPPORTERS …YES we have noticed that so many of your supporters are now in high paying government positions?????????
YOU ARE INVADING OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY…. and that’s not even half of what you are doing to this country !!!
CFAWR is one of the few groups that are connecting all the dots with regard to your ineffectiveness as a leader we can trust and rely on ! Our list of your “ political blows” to Canada is getting longer by the minute. You are seriously eroding this country’s integrity and our international and global reputation inch by inch .
WE SERIOUSLY WANT YOU GONE and we will do all in our power to educate the public and the media via …legal ,appropriate and professional means … in looking at all the destructive and politically “ unsound” decisions you are making. We the people got you voted in and we the people want you out and we will get you out!.
CFAWR Invites the media contacts we have sent this to ….. to take some time and create a big picture of exactly what you doing to this country, week by week… month by month… hour by hour!
You are most welcome to respond and yes we have used caps because we are shouting at you ! The tide is turning against you and If you have any sense left you will pay attention to Canada and her citizens. You do not have our permission to destroy our country or our lives Steven Harper
Sarah West Founder/President
Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org
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BLOGGERS NOTE: Until such time that WE as Canadians stand up to protect our country, our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, our Privacy, our Environment, Animals and Wildlife, our fresh water resources AND our mineral rights Canada will continue to be SOLD OUT to highly profitable foreign investors. The continued EXPLOITATION of our country must be STOPPED. The VIOLATION of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms MUST be STOPPED.
Dictatorship destroys Democracy!!
Canada belongs to all Canadians, not JUST one Canadian in power with a seemingly personal agenda.
ADDED TO THE GROWING LIST:
INADEQUATE WATER MONITORING OF POLLUTANTS ENTERING ATHABASCA RIVER FROM ALBERTA’S OIL SANDS RESULTING IN THE POISONING OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES, THE LAND, FISH, WILDLIFE AND HABITAT!!
Defend Canada’s Democracy and Environment from Bill C-38
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All across this country Canadians are SHOUTING!! Canadians are PROTESTING!!!
Quoted from the AAEV:( Environmental Voters Party of Canada) : “Harper intends to make toothless most of the legal and regulatory framework that protects Canada’s environment and animals. The Species at Risk Act, the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the National Energy Board, all these and more are being gutted, hamstrung, neutered to give Harper-friendly industries unfettered license to degrade, to destroy, to kill the environment and animals. All to fuel their reckless drive for profit – and damn the cost!”
We must speak out against this budget and his plans to sell out and destroy Canada. This is OUR magnificent land, NOT his!! We must support all those int he fight to STOP HARPER…people like Francois Paulette who has worked so hard bringing the truth to the world about the Oilsands, the ACFN who fight against Shell..it is up to all of us to STAND TOGETHER UNITED in ONE VOICE. Letters and emails must be sent out to Opposition Party Environment Critics, to your Members of Parliament. All our lives and that of future generations depends on STOPPING this.
OPPOSITION PARTY ENVIRONMENT CRITICS:
Megan Leslie, NDP: Ottawa (613-995-7614) N.S. (902-426.8691) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirsty Duncan, Liberal: Ottawa (613-995-4702) Etobicoke (416-747-6003) email@example.com
Elizabeth May, Green Party: Ottawa (613-996-1119) B.C. (800-667-9188) Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca
MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT: The Hon. Peter Kent : Ottawa (613-992-0253) Thornhill (905-886-9911) firstname.lastname@example.org
BLACK OUT EVENTS ARE PLANNED ACROSS THE COUNTRY
THE FIGHT TO SAVE OUR HERITAGE, OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR CANADA!!!
IN THE NEWS:
NORTHERN JOURNAL: www.srj.ca
The AAEV is the only registered political party in Canada that can actively speak out on animal and environmental issues; that can effectively reflect the growing concern and outrage of Canadians across Canada with the way animals are treated in this country.
A situation that has not been addressed by the former Canadian Government, former Prime Ministers and those prior Members of Parliament whose salaries are dependent solely on the taxpayers of Canada.
International eyes continue to focus on the dismal and antiquated standards of animal care and protection in Canada. Canada’s ongoing negative record continues.
Positive change is needed, positive action needs to be taken.
Please use your vote to support a Candidate that will take positive steps to effect strict animal and environmental protection legislation in Canada.
AAEV Ad against Seal Hunt
AAEV Ad on Factory Farming
One need only look on Face Book or search the Internet to learn exactly what is going on in this Federal Election. Countless reporters are conducting their own interviews with each candidate, getting a feel for the mood of not only candidates but the Canadian Public. The media is in frenzy as Candidates tap into the thousands, millions of taxpayer dollars, to travel cross country, to advertise via the media, grab the photo ops and to promote their own party platforms and unfortunately what may be seen as one leaders personal agenda (power, control, power).
Fortunately a relatively new party, the AAEV prefers to utilize more subtle methods of reaching the electorate, via education and awareness: by speaking out on the issues that other candidates ignore, and the AAEV is doing so without spending, spending, spending….
Some parties chose to make seemingly impossible grand promises (those of Mr. Harper’s) which one must be reminded will not come to full fruition until such time as the Canadian deficit (Billions) is eliminated. It must be remembered that this deficit was accomplished during his tenure as Prime Minister and he plans to cut $11 Billion from our current Health Care to help wipe out his deficit. We have of course all witnessed the candidates bashing each other in front of the cameras for National Television, (televised debates). Great entertainment when you have nothing better to do with your time.
Conservative strong arm tactics and scandals are well known…then and now. The list is lengthy. This latest piece is now circulating.
Most certainly we all have a choice, we can exercise our Democracy and our God given right to vote in this election.
Do we vote to retain our Democracy and Inherent Rights, our Freedom of Speech, to keep Big Brother out of our bedrooms? Do we vote to ensure that future generations will have those same privileges? Do we vote to eliminate strong arm tactics and manipulations? Do we vote to ensure that Canada will remain Canadian? Do we want to protect our Environment passing the legacy onto future generations? Do we want a country free of scandal? Do we want to feel proud again?
Of course we all want that. We all want our government to reflect the values of each and every Canadian across this vast and beautiful land. We want our leaders to listen to us, the Canadian People, we do not want continued deception, scandal and propaganda. We do not want Big Business to always get the major large tax breaks, we want those tax breaks to go to those who truly need it, the Poor, the Lower and Middle Income families and Seniors. We do not want our social and healthcare programs cut, nor do we want them privatized. We do not want our established Charities to loose their charitable status should they speak out against government policy. We do not want our tax dollars supporting personal agendas and a personal quest for power or the stroking of an ego. We do not want our tax dollars spent with abandon (G8 Summit) (Millions spent overseas to lift the EU ban on the seal hunt). Better to spend that money on improvements to our healthcare, education system, the elimination of Green House Gas Emissions and developing alternative energy.
“The Animal Alliance Environment Voters party (AAEV) seeks to elect candidates who will fight for effective animal and environmental protection policies. In this election, however, AAEV’s candidates are campaigning for something more crucial to the Canadian way of life: a government that respects the rule of law, the principles of democracy and the values of most Canadians. “ (excerpt from post article below).
Have your say on May 2, 2011, exercise your right to vote.
Liz White, Leader of Animal Alliance Environment Voters supervises the rescue of over 30 sheep that were destined to be sold to slaughter by the University of Guelph.
Just received from S. Best Official Agent, AAEV
Congratulations to Liz White and her team!!!
Working together we can make a difference!!!
“Approved by the official agent for Bonnie Dawson.”
Living with Deception: The Conservative Way
Many across this vast and beautiful land we know to be our home, Canada, have yet to witness the brutality, not only inflicted on all living creatures here through acts of Criminal neglect and cruelty, but as well through the destruction of habitat so essential to all forms of life.
Canada’s dismal record on protecting the environment is known around the world and Canada continues to ignore World Leaders who pose these criticisms against our country. It is the people of Canada who are suffering the effects of the continued failure of our leaders to effectively address these issues and to take measures to ensure the health and quality of life Canadians have enjoyed for decades.
As evidenced in the links below: it would appear that the primary focus is placed on the $$ sign and the millions of taxpayers hard earned cash used to continue spewing out propaganda to support the lack of action on the part of government and their support of big business.
Would you want to live in Fort Chip and expose your children to this?
First Nations pay the price for John Duncan’s lobbying scandal, Posted on March 18, 2011
PRESS RELEASE,March 18, 2011
Canada is well known for the extreme cruelty that remains unchecked in the Factory Farm Animal industry, how Canadian law fails to protect these animals not only in these farms but also while these animals are en route to slaughter houses across the nation.
No one wants to hear about it, or to see the documentaries and videos of evidence. Why? Is it because it is to painful? Is it because one does not wish to know just how that bacon actually arrived on your breakfast plate?
Or why that tender slice of veal is so tender? Or are there actually too many Canadians that do not care? Hopefully that is not the case, evidently it is not the case, because more and more Canadians have chosen to do their research and are speaking out. More and more Animal Welfare Groups are forming.
If you dare, view these videos, if you wish to learn..view these videos… Some of the videos below were produced in the US, but don’t think it cannot possibly be happening here in Canada as well. At least the US is doing something about it? Will Canada?????
Canada: No Country for Animals
Sexual Deviance and Sexual Abuse of Animals: Factory Farming’s Dirty Little Secret
No one deserves to die this way, human or animal. Please speak out and support the call being made to our government to be far more discriminating in the way tax payer’s money is handed out.
Urge our government to carry out inspections of such pig farms to ensure safety measures are in place PRIOR to handing out their cheques!!!
No longer can Canadians continue to stick their heads in the sand. No longer can Canadians allow their government to ignore what Canada is so highly criticized for…be it on the antiquated Federal Laws pertaining to animals in this country or the continued failure to control Greenhouse Emissions, to end the destruction of natural habitat (which includes our fresh water resources). No longer can Canadians ignore the hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted fighting the EU ban on the barbaric seal hunt, the deplorable spending of our tax dollars focused in presenting Mr. Harper’s case to the WTO in an attempt to convince them to lift the EU ban.
Canadians cannot ignore the millions wasted on the G8 Summit, money that should have been directed to improved health care, education, women’s shelters, ever increasing hydro and fuel costs, issues dealing with the needs of seniors….the list goes on and on…..remember that according to Mr. Harper himself, until the elimination of the deficit which grew and grew under his own administration all of his campaign promises will not come to fruition. This online petition circulating is drawing thousands of signatures and is provided for information purposes. Whether you choose to sign it is a personal choice.
Only recently the Chinese Government whom Mr Harper struck his deal with to accept Canadian Seal Products, saw the Chinese people launch their own protest against the import of these products. China is well known for human rights abuses, as well as having a deplorable international reputation for their importing of ivory, bear bladders, tiger parts, ( thereby supporting illegal poaching). Mr Harper continues to allow Canada to import from China dog and cat fur despite the outcry to put an end to this. Where do you think the real fur used to make cute little puppy and kitten toys comes from. You may be wearing dog or cat fur unknowingly on that beautiful sweater or coat. China does not kill these animals humanely, often they are skinned alive left to suffer hours of excruciating pain before they finally succumb to shock and die.
With the Election looming over Canadian heads yet again, thanks to the Contempt of Parliament charges brought against the Harper government, one has a great deal to think about.
The future of all Canadians, not just the human population, but the populations of our diverse wildlife, of which we are so proud of is at risk. Habitat and natural resources, our rivers, parks, lands, our quality of life is at risk, unless we speak loudly and strongly….what will be left to future generations?
Conservative strong arm tactics cannot and should not continue to be tolerated. The post below is circulating and is for your information only: it represents just one of the many control tactics used by Harper’s team. http://petition.liberal.ca/stop-harper/
As Liz White, Leader of the AAEV has so eloquently pointed out, it is not just about the Environment and Animal Issues that the Animal Alliance Environment Voters is concerned about. It is the Democratic Process, the ability to voice concerns, it is having an accountable, transparent and open Federal Leadership and a Leadership that will actually listen.
More and more Canadians are rallying their courage and determination to make change happen in this country. Will you be one of them? Others are!
We all have a choice. Please exercise yours.
Each and everyone of us, every person on the Planet can and does make choices every day of their lives.
We can choose to be complacent and inactive, figuring someone else will step up the plate, or we can take an active role to make positive and much needed change. Ultimately it is your decision and yours alone.
Having chosen my path at an extremely young age, I have continued to remain true to my belief that all living creatures, no matter how big, or how small have an inherent right to life, an inherent right to a life of quality.
I learned very early on about birth and death. Awestruck by tiny featherless chicks in a Robins nest, fascinated by the tadpole that would become a frog, watching the birth of puppies and kittens, glorifying as I became so much a part of their developing lives and personalities. I have experienced the pain of deep loss having had beloved pets die in my arms, as well as those I rescued often too sick to survive as well.
I have shared the grief felt by the animal companions in my home which they felt so deeply at losing one of their own.
I have participated in programs whereby I visited respite care facilities with my two gentle Cavaliers, Rodney and Bentley (R.I.P.) and I experienced the joy and excited smiles and reactions of those patients at the sight of these loving little dogs.
I have seen how animals play such in important role in healthcare. How sensitively they respond to a terminally ill child or elder. I have witnessed how straight a child will seat a horse, a child who otherwise may walk crookedly due to a disability, or how a child who may be autistic and none responsive to human contact will light up and respond to an animal.
We all have a choice, and I made mine a very long long time ago. Often facing opposition to my views, and having to respect the rights of others to oppose me. I will forever follow my beliefs, and I will forever defend and speak for those who cannot, regardless of the criticisms I may receive. I made a choice, I am whom I am and if I ‘dance to my own drum’ then I dance with the knowledge that I have shared so may precious lives, that I have experienced the unconditional love that only an animal can give, and that I have made a positive difference to each and everyone one of them, yet nothing can equal the gifts I received from each of them.
Please enjoy this most Beautiful Video, it will bring tears to your eyes. It did mine.
Be a Guardian
by Bonnie Dawson
For all of you who have offered your sincere best wishes and congratulations to me. … Thank you so very much. The support coming in from all over Canada is truly amazing.
Many of you have followed my almost four year battle for a Comprehensive Animal Protection Act here in the Northwest Territory, your support during that difficult time was invaluable. I won a Victory, the new Dog Act, the First Step towards the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act needed in the NT.
I plan to carry that same commitment and passion in this Election and will never give up the fight for the Animals and the Environment, regardless of the Election outcome.
Please take a look at our Party’s latest campaign message.
Campaigning, is wow, hectic. Lots of media interviews, phone calls and emails to respond to.
CBC: Thank you for the many many opportunities to speak with so many of your reporters.
Thank you to CJCD Mix 100 (Yellowknife): Natasha, you are great as always, thank you.
Diana Vargas thank you for the great coverage on CKLB Radio, great job.
Tristan (Hub Publications) (Hay River) great article as always.
Northern News Service great candidate background information provided.
My sincere apology to any media that I have missed.
Update: I shall be attending the Northern Premiers reception being held in Yellowknife on April 27, 2011 as well as two All Candidates Forums: April 27 and April 28. It will be great to visit Yellowknife again.
by Bonnie Dawson
As the questions often being submitted for me to answer did not allow me to fully address the Platform for the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada the information provided here is something which I would hope all of you will take the time to actually look at.
Please take the time to view many of these links being provided to you, and to listen to my interview with George Lessard (CBC volunteer blogger). This information was also sent to Mr. Lessard as well and will be sent to those reporters with whom I have conducted live taped interviews which can be linked to here.
video for interview
Below you will find a great deal of the materials I have researched well and the information below more than proves the Link between Violence Against Animals and Human Violence, which ties into the reports that the NWT has the highest Rate of Violence per Capita than anywhere else in Canada; this in turn ties into family health and wellbeing, the need for lengthier jail terms for repeat violent offenders, improved programmes to be developed and implemented to address repeat violent offenders, need for more womens shelters. Please pay particular attention to the issues involving the domestic and child abuse relating to animal cruelty. I have done my research very well. I will include these links in the body of this email so you can readily access, may I suggest that you print the body of this email so that you will have a hard copy of the links for future reference.
The need for readily accessible Veterinary care will aid in curbing dog population explosions, rabies and parvo outbreaks that can be transmitted to wildlife, and help prevent dog attacks: see CHIRP Report. More animal shelters need to be built and run by qualified professionally trained individuals and additional animal relocation programs set up to place rescued animals outside the territories. Qualified Animal Cruelty Investigators are needed to assist in the hands on one on one assessment of animals in crisis, so that it is not left up to the opinion of individual By-Law Officers or Legal authorities who do not have the education nor the qualifications in Animal Welfare and Care.
How an animal is treated reflects the possible abusive life within a home, we already see evidence relating to bullying in NT schools, children who perhaps are subjected to the same abuse in their own homes vent their anger and frustrations on others, their classmates and often animals. As proven by the published research papers this often leads to future violent acts in adult years. Animal Cruelty is recognized as a Pathological Syndrome and needs to be recognized as such in Canada and around the world…please read full article as linked from the NY Times
This link Existing Criminal Code Animal Cruelty (2) is the current Federal Criminal Code and you will find the particular Sections whereby the animals themselves are evidence of neglect, an indictable offense under the F.C.C.
Also included are a number of pictures received from the BDRSPCA located in Inuvik. These are only just a few. Picture from Legacy of the North is one of the two surviving Pokiak dogs in Tuk . Linda Eccles BDRSPCA president filed an Animal Cruelty Report with RCMP, however nothing was done to help these dogs and no charges were ever laid. The brown dog is an animal found in the region of Paulatuk, alive and literally frozen to the wooden floor of his doghouse, left chained and abandoned by owners who had moved. The link below is from the NNSL Archives which reflect the violence against a family pet that in turn caused severe trauma to family members.
NOW FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE:
I do hope you will take the time…
Please note that a great deal of this material was provided to the GNWT Ministers during my battle for Animal Protection for the NWT, as well as approx. 3K petition signatures and comments which came in from the Americas and Internationally. I will continue to work towards the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that is needed in the NT.
Sandy Lees addresses NT Legislative Assembly in 2005 for the need of Animal Protection in NWT; unfortunately she did not follow through.
February 9, 2005 – NWT Hansard (copyright Government of NWT)
Sled Dog Country
Evaluation and delivery of domestic animal health services in remote communities in the Northwest Territories: A case study of status and needs
CVJ / VOL 51 / OCTOBER 2010 Anyone interested in obtaining reprints should contact the CVMA
email@example.com for additional copies or permission to use this material elsewhere.
CHIRP REPORT: Injuries associated with … Non-Fatal Dog Bites
Animal Protection is most certainly about protecting the animals, usually properly cared for and well socialized animals, do not attack unless provoked or trained to do so. The recent number of sled dog attacks causing injury and in some cases death is preventable and alarming.
Please contact the Injury and Child Maltreatment Section, Health Surveillance and Epidemiology
Division, by PHONE at (613) 957-4689, by FAX at
(613) 941-9927 or visit our website at
a great deal of information is contained on Pet Abuse site as it related to the Link between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence and how to recognize animal cruelty
ANIMAL ABUSE AND CONDUCT DISORDER
Animal Cruelty and Human Violence: The Link
Veterinary Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
Holly Nash, DVM, MS
Animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence
A1The following content paraphrases Alberta SPCA’s March 2002 publication Animal cruelty and family violence: A resource book for Albertans. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
The Violence Connection: Publication put out by Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Canada
Looking Out for Family Pets
Recognizing the Connection between Animal Cruelty and Family Violence
by OWJN, October 3, 2001
The Animal Abuse-Human Violence Link
“One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it.” – Anthropologist Margaret Mead
EXCERPT FROM THIS LINK: Quebec Society for the Defense of Animals
“Significantly, the connection between human-to-human violence and animal cruelty has long been recognized by progressive human and animal welfare agencies. Almost universally, child abuse in a home is accompanied by abuse to the family pet. Juvenile acts of animal cruelty are strong indicators pointing to escalating violence later in life”
Canadian Crime Statistics, 2007
by Mia Dauvergne
My Contact Info:
Anyone wishing to contact me via the above contact method is welcome to do so and I will respond.
Please include in your post: http://www.environmentvoters.org