Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Progress comes slow

Sorry for the long absence. December and January were quite hectic months. Many people wanted to donate right at the end of the year to Project Jessie (and to make sure their donation was included in the 2009 calendar year). And now we're preparing to send out receipts to all our monthly donors. And all this means that our audit is right around the corner.

But enough about our administrative burdens! It is all done for the animals.

We have been swamped lately by a number of municipalities wanting to kill "overabundant" native species, including coyotes and deer. And the most recent disappointment has been the Nova Scotian NDP government allowing a commercial grey seal hunt on Hay Island (a part of the Scaterie Island Wilderness Conservation Area!), off Cape Breton. We have been to NS twice now, to no avail. Parks Canada and other government agencies continues to persecute wildlife, using their "scientists" to justify the indulgence they grant to hunters all across Canada.

On October 28, 2009, Alexandra Mendes, Liberal Member of Parliment for Brossard - La Prairie, tabled Bill C-468 to amend section 148 of the animal transportation regulations to bring them in line with transportation times enforced in the European Union. The bill was seconded by Frank Valeriot, Liberal Member of Parliment for Guelph, Ontario, and Alexander Atamanenko, NDP Member of Parliament for British Columbia Southern Interior. This was fantastic progress for farm animals, but now a the bill will have to be reintroduced in the next parliamentary session.

But to keep us positive, we are surrounded by happy beings, including Hannah, pictured above enjoying her time in our salad bowl! We still have had no inquiries about our FIV office fosters = ( They run wild here but they so deserve a home...perhaps, in time.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading!

Lia and the AAEVPC office crew

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