Posts Tagged 'New Brunswick'

SPCA stronger

New Brunswick regulations for kennels, shelters, pet stores now in effect.

Under the new regulations, kennels will be required to adhere to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations.

The regulations will also spell out in detail the standards for retail pet stores and animal shelters.

The changes replace various municipal animal control bylaws across the province and makes New Brunswick one of the few provinces in Canada with such detailed pet establishment regulations.

Byrne said the specifics in the regulations will make it less likely that the court system will dismiss animal cruelty charges.

Lonely whale

Beluga visits Bay of Fundy.

“Since we’ve been studying them we know that there have been at least 20 of these young juvenile animals that have become sociable with humans across Eastern Canada,” Kinsman said.

Little is known about why the belugas become separated from their group.

Kinsman said the whales usually make contact with humans because they are lonely.

“These little animals are typically not looking for food,” she said. “What they are really looking for is social interaction.”

No obligation

A defense of the rights of people.

These creatures are not – as some animal lovers have suggested in interviews with this newspaper – “the weakest members of any society.” It’s not “genocide” to cull the herds, there’s no “obligation to feed them.” They are strong, independent members of their own society – but that’s not our human society. Deer are animals – can’t people get that?

There’s an argument that we have invaded their territory. Well, of course we have. We’ve been doing that ever since the Loyalists landed in the forested area that has since become Canada’s oldest incorporated city – the City of Saint John and its suburbs. That’s an essential part of the evolution of all societies – ours and theirs.

Small genocide

Quispamsis couple speak out against controlled deer hunt.

“I really can’t see where they have the right to kill them all,” said Susan Little. “I thoroughly enjoy my garden but nothing I can grow is as beautiful as one of those animals.”

A controlled hunt has been suggested as one potential solution to curb what provincial deer biologist Rod Cumberland refers to as a “nuisance deer issue” in the area. Cumberland said the belt from Millidgeville to Hampton generates more deer-related complaints than anywhere else in New Brunswick.

He said other solutions exist, but a hunt is the most realistic, economical and humane.

Peter Little, Susan’s husband, called the suggestion “genocide on a small scale.”

“Deer can’t speak for themselves,” he said. “A society is judged by the way it treats its weakest members and helpless animals are one of the weakest members of any society.”

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Proactive move

New Brunswick to introduce new standards for pet stores, shelters, and kennels.

Under the new rules, owners of more than five dogs that are over six months of age will be required to adhere to nationally established standards of care.

“It’s obviously aimed at eliminating puppy mills, which are a problem throughout Canada and we’re taking a pro-active move on,” said Collins, the Liberal MLA for Moncton East.


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