Mysterious Skinned Beavers Ignite Call for Trapping Ban
The discovery of eight skinned beaver carcasses near a walking path in the Don Valley has left residents disturbed and prompted a call to ban body-gripping traps in the City of Toronto.
The first two beavers were discovered a month ago near a popular trail in Crothers Woods by resident Tom Saask, who reported them to the city, but more have appeared since the initial discovery, reports the Toronto Star.
While the practice of trapping is disturbing enough alone, the case of these beavers has left people surprised that trapping is perfectly legal, concerned because the trapper who is responsible is unknown and worried about traps being placed in areas where pets and children run the risk of being injured or killed.
Trapping is licensed and regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) on public land and allowed on private land with permission – there are 2,800 registered traplines on Crown land. In this case, the land is owned by the city and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), but no one asked for permission to trap.
According to CityNews, officials at the TRCA doesn’t believe whoever did this is a professional, or know whether the beavers are from the Don Valley.
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals is now calling for a ban on traps, similar to the one enacted in Guelph, not only because of the beavers, but because of another incident where hikers found a coyote suffering in a snare in Pickering, and the fact that trapping is inherently violent and cruel. The coyote was rescued and received emergency care from the Toronto Wildlife Centre where he will remain until he can, hopefully, be released back into the wild.
12:01 pm • 24 May 2013 • 21 notes
Reblog this if you are a vegan who is not on the side of the animal abusers and believe that they deserve no sympathy.
I want to follow you all, those of us who aren’t apologists need to stick together.
2:08 pm • 23 May 2013 • 304 notes
Australian livestock exports to Egypt have been suspended following the release of footage showing extreme animal cruelty during the slaughter process.
The video was obtained by animal welfare organisation Animals Australia, which passed it on to the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).
“I was horrified,” DAFF’s deputy secretary Philip Glyde said. “I don’t think anyone could condone the mistreatment of animals, let alone the cruelty that appears to have occurred in this footage.
“It’s quite shocking. We have to go back and think again about why and how this has happened and need to take corrective action to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
The industry has attempted to limit the fallout, by announcing it has voluntarily suspended exports to the country.
But it is also struggling to explain how the abuse could happen at the very same facilities it has previously described as “state of the art”.
The council’s CEO Alison Penfold has told the ABC’s AM program the suspension is not an empty gesture.
“We are very genuine about the suspension,” she said. “There will be no animals going into those facilities until the standards are met.”
She also said the footage, which has not been made public, was horrific.
”It shows in one facility a clumsy and callous emergency slaughter of an injured animal,” she said. “In the other facility, it shows appalling practices during the slaughter process.”
Some 3,000 cattle remain in feedlots waiting to be processed and DAFF has urged Egyptian authorities to keep them safe while they investigate.
Responding to the latest problems with the live export trade, Federal Minister for Agriculture Senator Joe Ludwig insisted that animal welfare remains paramount.
He also praised the industry for their swift reaction.
“It’s sickening to find that this has happened again,” he said. “Industry has stepped up and they’ve voluntarily suspended the trade into Egypt.
“One of the things that we want to drive home into industry is that they do have to continue to drive for animal welfare outcomes if this trade is to have a bright future.
“I think the industry in this instance has responded very quickly to these complaints to ensure that animal welfare is taken into account.”
The live cattle trade with Egypt has a controversial and bloody history.
In 2006, the Egyptian trade was suspended after video showed cattle having their tendons slashed before slaughter.
Four years later, trade resumed under strict conditions, where cattle could only go into approved systems.
Asked what action would be taken and how many more chances the industry would be granted given their track record, Senator Ludwig said: “This is a area where there will be problems, there will be mistakes.
“The huge difference between when it was left to industry to regulate is that we now have a regulator that can investigate individual supply chains, hold the exporters to account, remedy the circumstances that arise from time to time.
“DAFF will investigate it. They are the regulator. They will work with the Egyptian authorities.
“They will use the current MOU (Memorandum of Understanding). Egyptian authorities are also dismayed and are willing to work properly with us.”
12:01 pm • 22 May 2013 • 49 notes
not my photo, just an edit - but the words are so very true. I don’t understand how 99% of the people in this world don’t understand this. It is so crystal clear! If you eat animals, maybe you can say you love dogs or cats - but do not say “I love animals” when you eat them. That is a lie!
12:01 pm • 19 May 2013 • 210 notes
Animal Place: International Respect for Chickens Day
Chicken respect day is every day around Animal Place. Of the 250+ animals living here, 174 of them are chickens. They take their job of chicken-hood very seriously. Throughout the month of May, we’re going to give you a bazillion reasons to love chickens and not eat them or their eggs. The best way to do that is with pictures.
Since we failed at life and didn’t post anything May 1-3rd, we’re posting four photographs today with some reasons why you should respect chickens.
Today is International Respect for Chickens Day which our friends at United Poultry Concerns invented…because seriously, someone had to! But this whole month is all about honoring our feathered friends. So expect to become experts on Chicken Respect by the end of this month!
Here I spelled “baths” like they do in Europe, maybe. Probably not. It’s a typo, deal with it.
See you tomorrow with more fun chicken photos…and hope you are inspired to love chickens, not eat them or their eggs!
-Marji Beach, education director and pretend chicken whisperer
12:01 pm • 17 May 2013 • 10 notes
Self explaining, that I agree with that in every single word
12:01 pm • 16 May 2013 • 82 notes