Animals
 Canada
Project #8465

Puppy Mills = Puppy Cruelty

by Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
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Another puppy mill has been found and shut down in Canada in the city of Windsor, Ontario.  Charges of animal abuses are pending against the person who kept the mothers in disgusting conditions and who abandoned the dogs around the city rather than have them found during an investigation. 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/puppy-mill-windsor-1.3632312 

Thanks to your donations CFHS is working hard to ensure that Canada’s outdated animal welfare laws are changed to ensure that these abusers can be charged and that they cannot move from province to province and set up new shops.   This however is only one part of the work we must do.

The raising and breeding of dogs in substandard breeding operations results in terrible suffering for dogs being bred, as well as poor health, welfare, and socialization of the puppies produced, which may lead to their relinquishment and euthanasia. When animals are seized from a puppy mill, animal welfare and enforcement organizations invest tremendous resources for rehabilitation and rehoming. Dog breeding remains under-regulated, if not unregulated, throughout Canada.

Our goal is to create a report that will explore the scope and scale of the problem, consider the challenges in protecting puppy mill dogs, and identify solutions.

This report would be a comprehensive reference document about substandard breeding in Canada, including:

  • the animal welfare issues and costs to society
  • relevant legislation, regulations and standards
  • current tools and solutions being used
  • a first estimate of the scale of substandard breeding operations in Canada
  • recommendations for decision-makers 

Why is your continued support necessary for this project?   We have not hit our funding goal and as a result we have not been able to make the progress we need to make in this area.    This report will inform the development of a strategy on puppy mills that will include raising the profile of the issue and advocating for meaningful action on the part of all relevant authorities. Our members can use the report to approach decision-makers to advocate for stronger legislation and other solutions/tools to prevent the unethical sourcing of dogs.

Better regulation of breeding operations and practices is needed, as are resources for enforcement. Advocating for improvements to regulation and resources will require evidence and strong arguments to sway decision-makers. An investigation of the scale of online puppy sales in Canada would provide a first estimate of the number of irresponsible breeders in Canada as a step towards identifying the scale of the issue and the number of animals implicated.

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Milk River
Milk River

Your support is paying off and while it may seem like a slow process we are making changes that will have lasting impact on animal welfare in Canada and allow us to shut down puppy mills and charge their owners, ensuring they can no longer cross provincial boundaries and set up new operations where they continue to abuse animals. 

But to finally be able to do this we have to find out just what we are dealing with!   Puppy Mill owners hide behind ads on line and in papers and move from province to province after being found and charged so that they can continue their operations.   The support we've received so far has helped us build a framework for a report that will establish the extent of the problem.  We know what we have to do and what information we need to collect but now we need to be able to bring someone in house to be able to do the research so we can produce this much needed report!   

The report is one step but while creating this report we need to work to get changes to Canada’s animal welfare laws so that we can ensure once these puppy millls are found, we can maximum penalties for abusers and shut them down permanently. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies has been working hard to press to modernize Canada’s outdated and inadequate animal welfare laws.   We can report to you that this work has reached a critical point.

On February 25, 2016 MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith brought a bill to the floor of the House of Commons that will ensure those who abuse or hurt animals get the maximum sentence possible and that all animals have a humane life and death.   Bill C-246 is an opportunity that we must act on now!  

Already fellow MP’s and special interest groups are publicly making comments that are designed to cloud the issue and confuse the public.   Instead of focusing on making an animal’s life worth living they are focusing on interpretations and future unintended consequences of giving animals protection. 

The CFHS is taking a leadership role in not only advocating for this bill to pass on Parliament Hill but in educating Canadians on how to show their support and what this bill really means.

Modernizing the Criminal Code of Canada is long overdue and it is one of the most important steps we can take to ensure those who abuse or hurt animals get the maximum sentence possible and that all animals have a humane life and death.

What does Bill C-246 do for animals? 

  • It creates a gross negligence offence for animal cruelty making it easier to prosecute cases such as deplorable puppy mill conditions, where it can be difficult to provide that the owners wilfully intended to neglect the animals or cause harm.
  • It closes loopholes making it illegal to breed or train animals to fight
  • It stops people from profiting from animal fighting
  • It creates a new offence for killing an animal “brutally or viciously” regardless of whether the animal dies immediately.   You’ve heard in the news about the case of the owner who killed his dog with a baseball bat and was acquitted by the judge because the dog died immediately without suffering.  This provision closes that loophole.
  • It increases the penalty for repeat animal cruelty offences and it lets judges ban abusers from owning an animal for life!

Your support has helped us get to this point and has brought us one step closer to being able to make lasting change to end puppy mills in Canada!     We know that it will take a few years to make this change happen and we will need your continued support but we will end the cruel conditions that breeding dogs are forced to endure!   Your continued support will allow us to work with our members, Humane Societies and SPCA's across Canada to ensure puppy mills are shut down and their owners charged and prosecuted successfully.

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Puppy Mill
Puppy Mill

On Thursday of last week I was horrified, as I’m sure you were, to find out about the latest seizure of dogs from a puppy mill, this time operating in Langley B.C.

Sixty-six suffering dogs were found with broken limbs, missing eyes or ears, infections, abscesses, malnourishment, dental disease and psychological issues living in deplorable conditions un-cared for and neglected with fur caked in feces.  

According to the BC SPCA, 34 puppies and 32 adult dogs were living in small crates and cages stacked in dark, unheated buildings with dangerous ammonia levels resulting from accumulated urine.

It’s been reported that some of the puppies produced in this environment were being sold for upwards of $1,000.00 and were some of the most expensive and sought after breeds of dogs.   This family-run operation was nothing more than a factory churning out puppies for profit, with zero regard for their well-being.

This situation cannot continue!     We are seeing over and over again this type of operation pop up across the country and our members having to step in and seize these animals who have endured a horrendous life.

We have no reliable Canadian statistics on the scope of puppy mills; all we have are best guesses.   We have to expose the puppy mills that operate behind glossy websites and innocent looking Kijiji posts.  Canadians need to understand the extent of abuse that results from puppies being treated as commercial products in a country where animals aren’t adequately protected under the law.   We have to educate consumers who are purchasing these animals to make the right choice and to help us stop puppy mills.

This report will ensure everyone who cares about this issue will have solid arguments and numbers to use in their work towards better laws and policies in Canada. This kind of research has been needed for years and, at CFHS, we're doing something about it.   This report will help us understand how big the issue is in Canada and provide solutions’ to address it.

 

As a national organization with no core funding, we can't take on a project of this size without donations from the public. That's why you’re support has been so important and we hope we can continue to count on you to make this project a reality.     We’ve been able to take the first steps but we need to make concrete progress and we need to make it now.

Your donation will help shut puppy mills down.

Rough Dog
Rough Dog

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2015 is wrapping up and we wanted to share with you two pieces of news that have been made possible through your support.   Your donations are making it possible for us to expose puppy mills for what they really are – factories churning out puppies for profit, with zero regard for their wellbeing.

In 2015 we launched our task force to gather evidence and provide expert advice about the realities of puppy mills and irresponsible breeding.   As of this month we are pleased to say that our task force now includes 6 members from across Canada (Alberta, BC, New Brunswick and Ontario) and members with expertise in investigations, enforcement, policy and outreach, veterinary medicine, and shelter animal care.

Our second piece of news is that on December 4, animals in Quebec were declared sentient beings thanks to a bill championed by Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Pierre Paradis.

CFHS was asked to consult on this bill and you can read our latest post here http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/barbara-cartwright/quebec-animal-welfare-law_b_8749820.html

Imperfect as it is, this law is a major coup -- and the fact that it passed unanimously shows that meaningful change is possible in Quebec.    Over the years, Quebec has earned a reputation for being the puppy mill capital of Canada due to its weak animal welfare laws, which have provided a safe haven for hundreds, if not thousands, of disreputable breeders.

Right now all we have are best guesses, there are no reliable Canadian statistics on the scope of puppy mills.   A conservative estimate puts the number of puppy mills in Canada in the thousands.   The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and our members want to fund a first-of-its-kind report that will expose the puppy mills that operate behind glossy websites, and innocent-looking Kijiji posts that will show Canadians the extent of the abuse that results from puppies being treated as profitable products in a country where animals aren’t adequately protected under the law.

This report will provide a first estimate of the scale of puppy mill operations in Canada and ensure that everyone who cares about this issue will have solid arguments and numbers to use in their work towards better laws and policies in Canada. This kind of research has been needed for years and, at CFHS, we're doing something about it.   This report will help us understand how big the issue is in Canada and provide solutions to address it.

As a national organization with no core funding, we can't take on a project of this size without donations from the public. That's why you’re support has been so important and we hope we can continue to count on you to make this project a reality. 

Please subscribe to Humane News for updates on this and other stories on animal welfare and please support our critical work in creating a more Humane Canada.

http://cfhs.ca/newsletters/

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Choose Adoption
By Barbara Cartwright - CEO


Thank you for your support!  With your financial contributions we are able to continue in the fight against puppy mills. Each year we see more and more heart breaking stories in the media about sick and dying animals purchased on-line by unwitting Canadians. With your support and through our Finding Fido program we continue to educate Canadians on how to avoid supporting puppy mills when looking to bring a new companion into their families. We continue to promote our Choose Adoption program which is a national campaign is focused on reducing the demand for animals inhumanely raised in puppy mills by encouraging everyone to choose adopting from a shelter. The identifying marker of this campaign is a branded teal ribbon, that elevates the concept of pet adoption by identifying an animal and/or its human companion as being associated with the pet adoption community.

But we also have to address the root cause which is a lack of information on the scope and scale of the underground puppy mill industry in Canada. In order to create a trustworthy source of information that will guide innovative solutions, the CFHS launched a Puppy Mill Task Force, in 2015, that will gather evidence and expert advice about the nefarious realities of puppy mills and irresponsible breeding. Together with its members, other organizations and you, the CFHS will use the evidence to advocate for solutions, such as stronger legal tools.


Thank you again for your passion and support.  For more information about Finding Fido and the Choose Adoption campaign, visit:  www.FindingFido.ca

 

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Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

Location: Ottawa, ON - Canada
Website: http:/​/​cfhs.ca/​
Project Leader:
Barbara Cartwright
Ottawa, ON Canada
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