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Explore elsewhere

PETA release anti-tourism video.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is launching the one-minute video that says: Canada. Explore Elsewhere.

It’s a rebuttal to a Canadian Tourism Commission ad that features a seal hopping on to a kayaker’s boat in Vancouver.

It says: Canada. Keep Exploring.

The PETA video features one minute of the East Coast seal hunt set to “O Canada.”

Nah nah nah nah nah

Edmonton lawyer accuses Clayton Ruby et al of abusing legal process.

Ruby argued that the groups were forced to act because no one else has come forward with legal action to protect the elephant, which has had various health problems in recent years, including difficulty breathing.

“The province won’t prosecute, because the province issued the zoo its licence,” said Ruby. “So the city is really saying, `Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, you can’t touch us.”

Emasculated

The National Post on what’s left of the seal hunt.

“There has been a seal fishery in Newfoundland for 3,000 years, long before the English got here,” Mr. Crosbie says. “You became a man in those days when you went out on the seal hunt, and that’s why we are not going to be bullied into giving it up. Today, people don’t want to recognize their background. If Canadians haven’t got backbone enough to withstand criticism, tough titty.”

Government waste

PETA and Pam try a new approach.

“We’re wasting millions of tax dollars every year to prop up the violent, dying seal slaughter,” Anderson wrote Tuesday in an email to The Canadian Press.

“It’s no longer an issue of concern just for animal advocates but for any Canadian disgusted by government waste. And for the many Canadians who travel abroad, like me, it’s a huge embarrassment.”

Less traps

Rona will stop selling rodent glue traps.

Animals, including mice and hampsters, caught in the traps experience “frightening, lingering deaths resulting from slow suffocation or starvation,” PETA said in a press release.

U.S.-based PETA said complaints from consumers prompted it to contact Rona with a letter and graphic footage of wild birds struggling to free themselves from the traps.

Odd and unusual

Ontario Livestock Exchange’s exotic animal auction to go ahead despite concerns raised by WSPA, PETA, and Erika Ritter.

It was a tough issue for councillors — on the one hand are animal protection agencies and individuals, raising concerns about how the animals are cared for at the sale; on the other hand, sale proponents, who provided documentation that the sales are inspected, and that the animals are well cared for.
Who to believe?
Councillors opted to support Height and Witzel, perhaps in response to the valid comment raised by a supporter of the sale — if the animals were truly in distress on the day of the sale, why weren’t the complaints dealt with that day, instead of after the fact?
However, while councillors have decided to let the sale go ahead, with restrictions on exactly which animals can be sold, the sale does raise a larger issue.
There is really very little control over the sale and ownership of exotic animals in this country, and very little consistency in how this issue is dealt with across various jurisdictions.
In reality, anyone can go to the upcoming sale, make the highest bid, and become the proud owner of a macaque — regardless of the fact that such ownership is prohibited in Woolwich Township.

Elephant on trial

Lucy’s case heading to court.

“We’re alleging a violation of the Animal Protection Act of Alberta,” Ruby said. “In order to succeed, we have to show that, the City of Edmonton keeps Lucy, and that Lucy is in distress … for the purposes of this lawsuit, distress means that Lucy is deprived of adequate shelter and space, and alternatively, that Lucy is in pain and suffering. We say both operate here.”

The application is supported by affidavits filed by veterinarians and elephant experts, including Dr. Joyce Poole, an elephant behaviour expert, and Dr. Philip Ensley, a veterinarian who worked at the San Diego Zoo for almost 30 years.

Pie reprise

Man dressed as dog pies woman dressed as seal.  Assault charges pending, presumably.

The unusual scene unfolded in St. John’s as a group of people were waiting outside for the arrival of Prime Minister Stephen Harper at an event.

The protester, 21-year-old Emily Lavender, was dressed as a seal and was holding a sign that read: “Harper Stop the Seal Slaughter.”

However, a man dressed up in a dog suit arrived, knocked off the head on Lavender’s seal cost costume and tossed a pie in her face.

The man in the dog suit then took off down the street.

Special concern

Gerry Byrne philosophizes about terrorism in speech to Rotarians titled “Al-PETA”.

Byrne has been calling for authorities to review the actions of PETA to see if the group fits the definition of a terrorist organization.

He noted the United States Department of Agriculture in a facility security form, refers to PETA as “domestic special interest terrorists” alongside the Earth Liberation Front, the Animal Liberation Front and other groups.

The Home Office in the United Kingdom call PETA a group of special concern.
Byrne wants to know how Emily McCoy, who stands accused of assaulting a federal cabinet minister in the pie incident, was able to cross the United States-Canada border after she was arrested and charged in October with trespassing at the Fisheries Council of Canada where Shea was also present.

When an organization conspires to use violence to intimidate a political leader, Byrne believes it fits the Canadian definition of a terrorist organization.

Anti-PETA

Corner Brook resident starts anti-PETA Facebook page in wake of pie incident.

Many of the members have posted comments and other content on the site. While Stringer liked one woman’s link to a YouTube video of a woman berating PETA’s notion that fish are “sea kittens,” there have been some posting he thinks may go a bit too far.

For instance, one image shows two hunters who have spelled out “PETA SUCKS” using dead rabbits.

“I don’t necessarily agree with all the stuff people are posting and some of the stuff is not how I would personally express myself,” he said. “Some of the language is a bit strong and I’d prefer it not go that way, but that’s what happens when you open things up to the public. People connect with it right away, so I think I’m certainly not the only person who has that strong reaction to the attacks PETA makes.”


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