Canadian Veterinarians have spoken out and confirmed that they have had to regularly euthanize healthy pets at the owner's request. Although it is happening less and less, it is still a fact that is a hard pill to swallow.
As animals are still considered "property" of their owners, there are no rules or guidelines for veterinarians when it comes to this subject. Basically, despite a veterinarian's reservations about performing the procedure, it is still up to the owners what happens to their animals and therefore euthanizing healthy pets is unfortunately accepted.
This is most disturbing and incredibly frustrating at the same time. How is it that our animals are so poorly protected that we get to decided when they die? How is it that there are no rules or regulations regarding euthanizing an animal? It's utterly disgusting to think that people bring their animals in because they don't want them anymore, or are moving, or something trivial like that and that a veterinarian will end the animal's life at the request of the owners.
In the case of terminal sickness, euthanizing an animal is obviously sparing it months or years of agony but there are few other reasons deemed acceptable to me when it comes to euthanizing a pet.
Here's my problem. If the government is NOT WILLING to improve our laws protecting animals and their rights, why aren't the veterinarians speaking out and approaching our lawmakers? They are in a position to have their voices heard and yet they quietly refuse / say nothing at all. They are employed to care about our animals, to help them when they are in distress and yet they will euthanize your pet if you ask them nicely?? What the hell is that?? That is not something someone who truly cares about animals would do. How could you possibly euthanize a healthy animal knowing it to be healthy? You're knowingly ending a life that could have spanned several more years, it's despicable.
Euthanizing an animal should be a last resort and Veterinarians should have the right to refuse euthanasia based on health. They should also have the authority to report this as animal cruelty because that is exactly what this is. Taking a happy, healthy animal and trying to have it put down because you don't want them anymore? That's not a crime?!?!?!?! As far as I'm concerned, the complete disregard for life should be punishable by law or at least result in a ban on owning animals.
I know I have said in the past that bans on owning animals are not suitable punishment for animal abuse but in the case of unnecessary euthanasia, I feel it is most appropriate. Strip away that person's right to ever own an animal again. Strip away the privilege of having a companion animal, strip away their right to ever experience animal love again. They don't deserve it anyways!
Look, responsible pet ownership is so important. Never adopt an animal if you are not financially secure enough to care for it. Never adopt an animal if your life is not stable otherwise you are bringing it into a situation that is not best. Never ever think that euthanizing your pet is "way out", it's literally the most disgusting thing I've ever heard.
As far as the Veterinarians, I think you people should collectively challenge this protocol and demand that certain qualifications be met for euthanasia. I also believe there should be reports to the authorities for unlawful euthanization. Time to step up and demand the very best for the animals you supposedly care so much for.
Canada, wake the f!@k up! We project an image of peace, compassion, and empathy, yet we participate in morally questionable activities involving animals and have absolutely no regard for their rights or worth. Our laws allow molestation of animals, our laws allow repeat offenders to receive nothing short of a slap on the wrist. The fact is, our tax dollars are contributing to the slaughter of innocent babies in the name of profit. Canada is not as empathetic and peaceful as we've been lead to believe now is it?
Bothered and want to help? Visit the Humane Society International's website to find out how!
Also, take the time to use your voice! Send your complaints into the Prime Minister's inbox(https://pm.gc.ca/eng/connect) or contact your local MP and find out what you can do to help. At this very moment, babies are being killed. We can't allow the government to think we stand for this barbaric earning of money in the name of blood.
Easter means a lot of different things to different people. If you're a religious person, the sentiment is obvious while if you're a child, it's about the baskets filled with wonderful sweet treats. If you're a bunny, easter is a very sad time full of abandonment. Bunnies are the third most adopted pet in America and also the third most abandoned.
As the article states, people have many misconceptions about bunnies in regards to their care, their lifespans, and the importance of providing them with a loving home. They are not gifts to be given at Easter to children who may or may not understand how to care for them. They are living beings that require love, patience, and care.
Bunnies can live up to 10 or more years and are not a gift to give to someone who is not ready for that kind of commitment. Unfortunately, they are given up all too frequently because people are not ready to commit themselves to these precious little animals and therefore end up at adoption centers soon after Easter is over.
If you're considering getting a bunny, please consider not only the commitment you must be willing to make but consider the bunnies themselves. These beautiful, adorable animals are not fly by night gifts, they are living beings who will provide you with love and lots of fun. Do your homework before adopting so that you are prepared for the challenges ahead. Know their diets, study their actions, and be ready for everything that comes along with owning a pet. Don't let these bunnies suffer because of our own selfishness.
When a story like this comes out, I am reminded how important it is for me to continue to fight for animal rights in Canada.
A P.E.I. woman was found guilty of animal cruelty charges stemming from an investigation of her property back in January. She was handed a 5 year ban on owning animals, 2 years probation, and a $100 dollar fine to be paid over two years. Sounds fair no?
The problem with this ruling is that this woman has already been banned from owning animals in 2 other provinces. This likely means there were animal cruelty charges brought upon her in these places as well resulting in the bans. She's a repeat offender, someone who has been repeatedly busted for animal cruelty. Does the law even take that into consideration?
Animal cruelty simply does not come with appropriate punishment in Canada. Our animal rights laws are so severely outdated that animals have virtually no rights when it comes to the law. How the hell can you be busted for animal cruelty over and over again and pay a fine of $100!?! The value of an animal's life is worth so much more than 50 dollars a year. It's so ridiculous to think that in 2017, someone can repeatedly put animals in harm's way and be slapped on the wrist.
When will our Government step up and make animals a priority? It's been over 100 years since our animal cruelty laws have been updated. 100 years! With vegetarian & vegan lifestyles becoming more prevalent, there is a shift in the way our community wants to see animals treated. They are not commodities, items, or gifts. They are family, and it's about time that people who mistreat or abuse them are punished accordingly.
CANADA - WAKE UP!
Slaughter free meat? Sounds a bit confusing if you don't read the whole story so I'm going to break it down for you guys.
Based in Silicon Valley, Memphis Meats announced this week that their slaughter free (or lab grown) chicken and duck meat would be available to consumers by the year 2021. What is slaughter free meat? Slaughter free meat is meat grown in laboratories by using the cells of the animals. By growing and producing meat that did not include the growth, maintenance, and slaughter of the animals themselves, they are tackling animal welfare, environmental damage, and saving on resources typically associated with the growth and slaughter of these animals. This movement is called the "Clean Meat Movement".
This is definitely great news for animals and will hopefully trigger similar methods by other meat based companies. Can you imagine the amount of chickens saved from abhorrent conditions? The amount of male chicks who will avoid being gassed or crushed simply for being born? The numbers are astronomical! This would be a big step forward for animal welfare in the meat industry.
Now, here's my dilemma. Is lab grown meat the equivalent of gmo produce? Genetically modified produce is still under investigation as far as safety for consumption. We don't know enough about the long term benefits / dangers of regularly consuming gmos at this point but there are plenty of groups who are extremely opposed to the idea. Approximately 25 or more countries have banned the import and production of gmo crops and that number will likely climb the more we learn about the long term effects of these crops.
I wonder about the safety of these lab grown meats. Obviously, time will tell whether they are safe for consumption and the benefits / problems they pose to our health on a long term basis, but I still can't help but think that anything that is manipulated and scientifically modified is questionable.
If it turns out to be safe, this is definitely a positive step in the right direction for animals. Can you imagine a world where meat eaters can still enjoy their meat and millions of animals every year avoid slaughter? It's the best of both worlds! I guess we'll just have to wait and see how this pans out.
What are your thoughts? Are you skeptical of lab grown meats and their safety for consumption? Comment, Tweet, or FB me with your responses!
It was recently discovered that one in four UK slaughterhouses failed to meet required hygiene standards. Of 323 slaughterhouses in the UK, 86 of them allowed meat with E.Coli, salmonella, and other bacteria to be sold to the public. It was also discovered that information was falsified in order to pass food safety standards. Basically, another nail in the coffin of the meat industry.
Basic hygiene is not something that should be overlooked and further proves that animals in these situations are regarded very poorly. How can you operate a business with absolutely no regard for the basic needs of the "product" you are selling? As if it isn't bad enough that the animals live in filth and abhorrent conditions prior to being slaughtered but let's add insult to injury with the lack of hygiene when processing the meat. Knowingly selling meat contaminated with virus' and bacteria is disgusting business practice and also demonstrates how money fuels everything. These businesses don't care about the animal's health or the health of the consumers.
If it isn't a slaughterhouse, it's a factory farm committing some sort of indecency to animals. All of these stories emerging about the quality of lives of the animals housed in these facilities are not shocking in the least. Animals in the meat industry are nothing more than products, no different than produce at the supermarket as far as these companies are concerned and things need to change.
There needs to be much heavier monitoring of these facilities and regular visits and facility tours to ensure the animals are being kept in acceptable conditions. Strict penalties must accompany any discovery of animal neglect, food contamination, unsanitary living conditions / processing equipment, or any significant issue involving animal welfare or quality assurance. 1 in 4 slaughterhouses were deemed unacceptable to standard, that's far too high a number and indicates that they are not being monitored heavily enough.
I wanted to touch base with all of you on the World Wildlife Foundation and all of the wonderful work that they do. I would assume a lot of you are familiar with the organization but there's so many wonderful things that they are doing. I frequently visit their website to find out the current state of many of the world's animals. As an animal lover, this organization is definitely one I support wholeheartedly and here's why you should as well!
Poaching continues to be the leading cause of animal endangerment and unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be slowing down. At this very moment, there are 10 species that are being poached to near extinction and if something is not done to stop this, we will be witness to the extinction of some pretty important animals.
Can you believe we could actually witness the extinction of tigers and lions so soon? Something drastic has to be done to protect these animals. There are so many conservation efforts being put into place as well as anti poaching forces, but it appears that it is not working to its full extent. More money and time MUST be funneled into these programs otherwise we could witness the end of some seriously important animals.
What I want to know is, what are these poaching bastards going to do after they've extinct all of their profits? What do they do then? They will not only be responsible for the extinction of some beautiful, majestic creatures but they will also be setting themselves up for a massive profit loss after all is said and done. Where do you go after you've slaughtered everything you make money off of? Have they even considered ANY of the repercussions of their actions?
All of the countries that accept these kinds of products NEED to step up and tackle the black market. Without the need for these products, there would be no more need for slaughter. Attacking the black market and cracking down on the import of ANY product related to an endangered species is a crucial step to protecting what animals we have left.
We are on track to witnessing the 6th mass extinction and this story certainly stands to prove that theory correct. Want the full list? Head to the link at the top of the page for the full story.
I can't be the only one making this obvious connection to animal cruelty and factory farmed animals. I've previously shared articles and commentaries about big named animal suppliers being busted for unimaginable animal cruelty. Animals like chickens, turkeys, cows, and fur farmed animals including foxes and minks are some of the cruelty busts that I've shared in the past.
Here we are now in California where animal advocacy group Compassion Over Killing has recorded the first ever footage of a lamb slaughterhouse. As you can imagine, several instances of neglect and abuse were documented on camera in violation of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
Is this surprising?
Not at all, here's why!
Factory farmed animals will never be treated with respect or dignity. They are kept in the worst conditions, fearful every minute until they die. Their slaughter means absolutely nothing to the people tasked with ending their lives. No matter what animal it is, if it's being mass produced I can pretty much guarantee to you that it has suffered some kind of cruelty at the hands of workers.
Here's where family owned farms come into play. I don't agree with eating meat and would never eat it again, with that being said I am an avid supporter of family owned farms. My obvious reasoning is that it's wonderful to support locally run businesses but you can bet that the animals on these farms live the highest quality of life. They are fed proper diets, have clean and cared for areas to sleep / eat, and room to roam around. Do they inevitably meet slaughter? Yes, but if you're going to eat meat and support the industry, do so in a manner that also supports your community and promotes the better care of farm animals.
It's blatantly obvious that factory farming is destroying the environment. It's blatantly obvious that the animals are treated like worthless crap the minute they're conceived until the minute they die. It's blatantly obvious that a lot of the people working for factory farms clearly don't care for animals whatsoever. Where's the confusion here?
Factory farming NEEDS to be ceased. Go undercover to any of them and I'm sure you'll find at least one instance of blatant neglect or cruelty. Unless they are heavily monitored and regularly checked up on or simply put to an end, then animals will continue to be massed produced, mistreated, and exposed to horrible conditions. End of story.
The annual seal hunt is one of the most disturbing and barbaric activities on this earth. Every year, almost 400, 000 seals are clubbed and prodded to death for their fur. They are not stunned prior to being beaten making this one of the most barbaric methods for killing animals imaginable.
Norway is the first country to end government funding for the seal hunt and it is the first time in decades that this kind of action has been taken. What this means is that despite the tradition, there is a shift away from this activity. With the government pulling funding, this could potentially save thousands of seals from unnecessary slaughter every year.
The Nordic countries are so far ahead of us in regards to animal rights and environmental preservation efforts. They are world leaders in these areas setting the bar high for the rest of us and we are sorely lagging behind.
With Norway ending its funding of this yearly slaughter, there is an opportunity for the other participating countries to take note. Canada, Greenland, and Namibia participate in the yearly hunt that contributes to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of seals every year. I'd like to think that the remaining countries would recognize that this hunt is incredibly unnecessary but there has been protest of the seal hunt in Canada for years.
It's sad to admit considering our values as a country that we support an activity this heinous. I have said time and time again that our country, despite being incredibly progressive and empathetic to the needs of people, is very behind in the animal rights department. As you all know, I am currently fighting for our bestiality laws to be upgraded and have been met with a cold reception at every turn. Quite surprisingly, despite the shift in our people's attitudes towards animals, our government hasn't gotten the message yet. It is my hope that Canada wakes up and realizes it needs to step up for animals especially as Norway demonstrates compassion in the face of animal abuse.
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**This story was published in 2015 but after searching online I discovered that the lack of demand for seal products has virtually abolished the seal hunt in Norway. 2017 saw not a single boat head out for the annual hunt!
Stay educated and remain involved in animal welfare. Together, we can all make a difference!