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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.

Banned hunt

Dene leaders meet with Northwest Territories officials regarding the Bathurst caribou hunting ban.

Monday’s meeting marked the first time the public saw the government and Dene leaders debating the hunting ban in the same room.

Many who attended the meeting said hunters were being unfairly targeted for issues that were beyond their control.

“Managing hunting’s a Band-Aid solution,” said Daniel T’sellie.

“I think the two most important issues that people have touched on, in the long-term, will be development and climate change. Any conservation plan in the long term really has to take those into account.”

Hunting rights

Grand chief of the Dene Nation cited for violating caribou hunting ban.

“We have the right to this food that we have always had for the last 30,000 years or so we have occupied this area,” he said. “The territorial government has moved up here in 1967 and we don’t believe they have the right or the authority to tell us not to hunt this animal.”

Erasmus says he didn’t set out to deliberately challenge the emergency measure. However, he did say he was legally counselled in advance how to conduct himself and what to say if wildlife officers attempted to seize the hunters’ meat.

Asymmetrical federalism

Northwest Territories’ SPCA sends strays south.

Many northern residents don’t spay or neuter their dogs, and overcrowded kennel space means many animals are left to roam about northern communities in frigid weather.

“We don’t have the resources or capacity here to take on some of the homeless, and neglected and abandoned animals from a lot of the communities,” says Hunt.

“Our southern partners have opened up their arms, and their spaces and their kennels to us, so we’re taking advantage of it to find some of these animals the homes and the quality of life they deserve.”


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