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Real teeth

ALDF releases annual report on best places to be an animal abuser in Canada.

Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Quebec are the best provinces and territories in Canada to be an animal abuser, according to a new report released today by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Based on a detailed comparative analysis of the animal protection laws of each jurisdiction, the report recognizes the provinces and territories where laws protecting animals have real teeth, and calls out those like the Northwest Territories and Nunavut—tied again for worst in Canada this year for animal protection laws—where animal abusers get off easy.


Act of vandalism

Swan killed in Stratford.

Quin Mallot, the city’s manager of forestry and parks for the past 10 years, has seen it all but even he was shaken by an act of human aggression Saturday night that took the life of one of Stratford’s swans.

The adult female swan named Angela was found floating in the Avon River this morning.

“It was an act of vandalism,” said Mallot. “If it’s an animal there are feathers and remnants of eggs and things like that. Animals just aren’t that tidy.”

In addition to the death of the swan, seven eggs from the nest were missing. According to Mallot, they were probably thrown in the river.

“We’re sure it was humans,” he added. “There were some beer bottles by the nest and there were some mailboxes tipped over further up the street. Plus some people on William St. reported hearing a commotion around where the nest is sometime after the bars closed.”

Back to 1892

On animal cruelty laws in light of two recent cases.

It could have been different, if in April 2008 MPs had not voted to defer implementation of modernizing Criminal Code provisions on animal cruelty in Canada that date back to 1892.

Bill S-203, a private member’s bill that originated in the Senate, would have increased jail time and fines for animal cruelty offenders, but MPs avoided making changes that would broaden the scope of the law.

Violence begets violence

Man on parole for manslaughter charged with animal cruelty in Windsor . . .

Abeywickrema was convicted of manslaughter in 2007 after he stabbed a friend on New Year’s Eve 2005. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and faced a lifetime weapons ban, had to provide a DNA sample and had to seek treatment for substance abuse.

Abeywickrema was on a form of parole called statutory release, said Marian Costaris, parole supervisor for Correctional Services Canada.

. . . while University of Windsor researcher links crime rates to slaughterhouses.  (The print version of this story was accompanied by photos of Robert Pickton.)

“I have a graph that shows that as the number of slaughterhouse workers in a community increases, the crime rate also increases,” she says. Fitzgerald says she was inspired by The Jungle to study crime records in U.S. communities where slaughterhouses are located.

She became fascinated by studies of the environmental effects of slaughterhouses that mentioned crime rates, without explanation, seemed to go up when the factories opened in communities.

Fitzgerald carefully weighed the figures in order to see whether a link really existed. She found that an average-sized slaughterhouse with 175 employees would annually increase the number of arrests by 2.24 and the number of reports by 4.69. The larger the abattoir, the worse the local crime problem.

She controlled for factors such as the influx of new residents when slaughterhouses open, high numbers of young men — even the number of immigrants.

Every day

Dog abuser sought in Windsor.

After three decades of protecting animals from human abusers, Nancy McCabe thought she’d seen every nightmarish act people could dream up against defenceless creatures. She was wrong.

“My God, this is just so sad,” said McCabe, field operations manager with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“I can feel myself getting enraged. I just feel like I’m so mad. I don’t understand it. I don’t know what people are thinking. Every day it seems like it’s something else. It hurts. It’s taking a piece of my heart every day.”

More abuse

Reports of animal abuse jump seventeen percent in Red Deer.

“Anytime you see a significant increase in the number of calls, it’s of concern,” said executive director Terra Johnston of Edmonton on Tuesday. “In the immediate, I think we’re managing it, but with the continued growth, I think it is a concern.”

The Alberta SPCA will continue to keep an eye on call volumes in Red Deer.

“Within the last five years, it’s not just the number of calls that bring us concern, but the complexity of calls that we are receiving,” said Johnston.

The majority of calls in Red Deer concern dogs, she said.

Charges pending

Windsor police arrest suspect in cat killing.

Windsor police Staff Sgt. Stefan Kowal reported Sunday evening that charges will be laid Monday.

“He was arrested and it was without incident,” said Kowal.

Animal cruelty officers were so disturbed by how the cat suffered repeated kicks and stabs — while slowly dying as blood filled her lungs — that the humane society gave Crime Stoppers $500 above the regular tips reward.



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