Posts Tagged 'Manitoba'

AIC is going to lay low over the summer and come back revamped by fall.  Here are two unmitigated downers to mull over in the meantime.

Statistics . . .

On Friday, Manitou RCMP went to the property in the RM of Lorne. Officers discovered as many as 500 dead pigs, along with about 160 that were so sick that they had to be put down. Many of the animals were found living without proper food, water or ventilation.

 RCMP said evidence of “severe neglect” was observed. About 2,000 animals were rescued.

. . . tragedy.

I’m very sad to say that Sunny also had to be put down recently. Sunny was surrendered to the shelter back in August 2009, and he was a super-sweet, cuddly older boy. He was finally adopted in December, only to be returned two months later. He was clearly depressed to be back in the shelter, and his awesome personality quickly disappeared. He stayed in the corner, not moving, not interested in people. And then recently, he started biting people when they tried to pet him. Four months had passed since he’d been returned, it was clear no one was going to adopt him, he was depressed and he was going to hurt someone.

Tipping point

Biologists predict Manitoba’s polar bears will disappear within thirty years.

The increasing length of the ice-free season on Hudson Bay will soon reach a tipping point where 20 to 30 per cent of Manitoba’s polar bears will begin dying off every year, according to a mathematical analysis released by Stirling’s colleague, University of Alberta biologist Andrew Derocher, who has studied polar bears for 28 years.

The predictions mean the province that calls itself the polar bear capital of the world may no longer be able to count the iconic Arctic animal as a resident species within a generation.

Miracle of nature

An inter-species adoption in Manitoba.

Two months ago, a lamb named Sheba was rejected by her mother.

That’s when the Sunny, the golden lab, came to the rescue.

From the day Sheba was born, 3-year-old Sunny stepped in: licking, snuggling and most incredibly, feeding the lamb.

“Sheba started to suckle. Sunny started developing milk. And she still has milk. Yeah, it’s amazing, I know,” says Morris hobby farm owner, Dianne Shaw.

Sunny hasn’t had a litter of her own in over two years, so the Shaws consider her nursing the motherless lamb to be a miracle of nature.

Total loss

Barn fire kills 450 cows.

A fire roared through a barn full of dairy cows in southeast Manitoba on Monday, killing hundreds of animals and causing an estimated $8.5 million in losses.

The blaze swept through the barn, in the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne, at about 6:15 p.m.

Fire departments from the region, about 50 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg, were able to extinguish the blaze but the barn and its contents were a total loss, RCMP said.

Pro pets

Manitobans demand end to no-pet policies in rental units; bill unlikely to pass.

“We’re tired of seeing animals surrendered to the humane society with the reason being that there’s a no-pet policy where they’re moving,” Bill McDonald, executive director of the Winnipeg Humane Society, said Thursday.

“I personally have dealt with situations that would make you cry, where you know, an elderly couple have a 10, 11 or 12-year-old pet and one of them dies. The other one needs to go into assisted living and there’s no one to take the pet.”


It’s an important summer for skinks.

Manitoba’s only native lizard – one of just six lizard species found in perilously cold Canada – is endangered, threatened by the march of invasive plants and the loss of habitat to more profitable agriculture in its realm near Carberry, Man.But this summer could be a critical moment in the skink’s survival. Forces are mobilizing on two fronts in southern Manitoba to save the small, fleet-footed lizards. A Save Our Skinks (S.O.S.) campaign, based in Winnipeg, aims to turn Carberry-area residents into a legion of skink stewards, while at Brandon University, researchers are readying new ways to probe skink survival – first of all, by finding out how the critters have survived here for so long.

Freedom from

Manitoba egg producers plan to free hens by 2018.

The well-known “five freedoms” guidelines for livestock housing would require layer barns built or retrofitted after that year to either have “enriched” cages or an alternate housing model that supports those guidelines.

Enriched cages, the Manitoba Egg Farmers said in a release Tuesday, would combine the food safety benefits of conventional cages with the welfare benefits of open housing.

Such cages include “furnishings” such as perches, scratch pads and nesting areas, the group said, and enable hens to “express natural behaviours.”

The “five freedoms” model posits that food animals are entitled to freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury and disease; freedom to express normal behaviour; and freedom from fear and distress.



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