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
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
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