2019 Review

International Wildlife Bond

Banner Image – iStock (Roger Trentham)

…. and a Happy New Year

As we end 2019 and head towards 2020, the ‘line in the sand’ has been set, with increasing public awareness and empathy with the plight of wildlife.

United Kingdom – Trophy Import/Exports, UK Ivory Bill and Shooting Industry

In the New Year, there is the opportunity for the United  Kingdom to adopt tough hunting trophy import/export restrictions, sending a clear message and commitment to curtail the negative impacts of such imports and exports (including the UK’s own trophy hunting industry being reviewed as part of the  process). Meanwhile, the persecution oflions and other species targeted by trophy hunting culture continues….with reinstated elephant trophy hunting in Botswana proving unethical and on no recognisable conservation benefit.

The 2018 Ivory Bill has yet to be fully enacted, with an appeal against the Hight Court’s November 2019 decision to…

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Montreal bids farewell to its horse-drawn carriages

Tuesday's Horse

To tourists they are a time-honored, charming way of seeing the sights, but animal rights activists say Montreal’s horse-drawn carriages are a cruel and unnecessary relic of yesteryear.

A longstanding feud between the coachmen and their critics looks set to end however with the unique mode of transport set to disappear from the streets of Canada’s second city by year-end.

City Hall has ordered an end to the tourist rides out of concern for the horses. In 2018, the council passed a bylaw banishing horse-drawn carriages, starting in 2020.

Montreal carriage horse Blackjack injured and down. Photo: SPCA. 20 year-old Montreal carriage horse Blackjack collapsed on the way back to the stable and was kicked by the driver when he wouldn’t get up. He and another 20-year old carriage horse were both rescued by the SPCA. SPCA Photo.

The death of a horse in 2018 (Charlot) while pulling a carriage was the last straw for animal rights groups and…

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Building a more just world for everyone in 2020

How To Research A Rescue

Guardians Of Life

When supporting any rescue of your choosing we recommend and encourage that you do your research first. It is imperative and crucial that you thoroughly investigate them. Otherwise, you could wind up enabling fraudulent individuals, where proceeds do not contribute to animal’s well being.

The How To:
If said rescue has a facility, make sure someone can investigate the facility in person. If you think of sending an animal there, including if you are sending pets there – it is your right to make sure that your pets will be treated well and safe before their new guardians adopt them.
Calling local animal control and other rescues in said area to get references, while also making sure the rescue of your choosing isn’t banned from pulling, is a must. Speak with the Founder or Representative of the rescue you are choosing, ask if they spay and neuter all animals…

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