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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.”

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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.


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