Animal Rights and the Election

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Animal rights should be part of election

“How dare you!” has become the catchphrase of 2019, since climate activist Greta Thunberg took a stance on the environment and shamed the UN and the world on our lack of attention on environmental issues.

In her emotionally charged speech, she accused world leaders of ignoring the science behind the climate crisis.

This is exactly what we are doing with our animal welfare laws: we are ignoring the science behind the issues that tell us that animals are sentient beings, they have feelings. F

or example; it has been proven scientifically that they feel pain, sadness, and joy among others.

Animals should have rights and should not be considered as “property under the law.”

We must look to Greta as an example of how to stand up to our politicians and demand a change!

According to an omnibus poll of Canadians conducted in August 2019, 73 per cent of Canadians think it’s important that the government of Canada pass stronger legislation to protect animals.

In a 2018 survey, 41 per cent of households in Canada have one dog. That means almost half of the population of Canada have a dog in which most consider to be a “family member.”

Bringing animal welfare issues to the forefront in this election is as important as all the other issues, considering it affects half the population of Canada.

For example, did you know that it’s legal to chain your dog 24/7 and nothing can be done to alleviate the pain and suffering of the dog that never gets off that chain? Would you do that to your beloved family member?

Did you know that exploitation of animals for profit is legal in Canada? For example, in the sled dog industry, dogs are chained up their entire lives to inadequate housing. In the heat of the summer and frigidness of winter, the sled dogs go mad pacing and excessively chewing, imprisoned by their chains.

Our tourist industry in Canada, as well as our educators, promote this activity as a fun winter sport and advocate this activity. (BTW, these animals love what they do!)

As each province has its own welfare legislation, some animals are protected better than others. Just an FYI, the world animal protection sent a survey to five of the political parties to see where they stand on animal welfare issues. Only the Green Party and the NDP responded.

I guess the Liberals and Conservatives are not at all interested in animal welfare, so if animal protection is important to you, don’t be voting for the candidates representing those parties.

Canada has no national animal welfare legislation and there is no body or department with responsibility for animal welfare.

If you care about your pet, your family member, make this a priority in this election. Call your candidates and question them on where they stand on updating our cruel, animal welfare laws.

You, too, can be a Greta Thunberg. Your message to our politicians should be that animals must have rights, they are not property, they are sentient beings and must be treated as such. Science is crystal clear: How are you to continue to look away.


Sandra Garofolo



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