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Don Cherry & Animal Justice Offer to Buy Tranquilizers for Toronto Police

Animal Justice May 16, 2017

TORONTO – In the aftermath of the recent Toronto bear shooting, animal law organization Animal Justice and hockey commentator Don Cherry are offering to purchase a tranquilizing gun and related equipment for the Toronto Police.

The police shot a black bear in a backyard in Scarborough over the weekend, stating that they do not have tranquilizing equipment. Meanwhile, wildlife officials with the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry refused to assist, citing safety risk to their officers.

Mr. Cherry, through his Don Cherry Pet Rescue Foundation, has pledged $1000 to support Animal Justice in purchasing a dart gun to ensure the police are able to tranquilize any wild animal and return the animal to the wild.

Animal Justice has set up a crowdfunding page to raise the remaining funds required, estimated to be several thousand dollars for a gun and kit.

“Society has an obligation to treat animals with respect. It’s clear from the public outcry over the bear shooting that we need humane wildlife removal mechanisms,” said lawyer Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice. “By helping the Toronto Police get the equipment they need to deal with wildlife situations, we hope to ensure this tragedy does not repeat itself in the future.”

Mr. Cherry appeared on Coach’s Corner last night wearing black, lamenting the death of the innocent bear and calling for change to ensure police are not placed in a similar position in the future.

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Animal Justice’s crowdfunding page can be found here.

For more information, contact:

Camille Labchuk
Executive Director
camille@animaljustice.ca

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Former Ikea Monkey Owner Acquires New Monkeys, Highlights Inadequate Exotic Animal Laws

Animal Justice January 20, 2015

images-5TORONTO – Yasmin Nakhuda, former owner of Darwin the Ikea monkey, has reportedly acquired two new Japanese macaque monkeys. Darwin, a baby Japanese macaque, was rescued by Toronto Animal Services and rehomed to the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary after he was found loose in an Ikea store parking lot in 2012. Nakhuda lost a lawsuit that sought to have Darwin returned to her.

Although Toronto bylaws prohibit owning primates, Nakhuda now reportedly lives in the Kawartha region, which does not have bylaws against owning monkeys.

“Ontario urgently needs consistent, province-wide laws for the keeping and sale of exotic pets,” said Camille Labchuk, director of legal advocacy for Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund. “Municipalities have been forced to pick up the slack, and the result is an inconsistent patchwork of bylaws that allows private pet collectors to keep primates and other dangerous animals in many areas. Consistent, province-wide rules are the only way to protect public safety and animal welfare.”

Veterinary evidence strongly suggests that primates do not make suitable pets. Yet in many municipalities in Ontario, dangerous animals like primates, large cats, and large snakes and other reptiles can be legally kept without a license, and with virtually no oversight. Private pet collections and roadside zoos are the tragic result.

According to a post on a Facebook page run by Nakhuda supporters, Nakhuda recently purchased the two monkeys from the former Northwood Zoo, which is up for sale. Ironically, Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary is seeking to purchase the former Northwood Zoo property to expand its operations and be able to rescue more monkeys.

Contact:

Camille Labchuk, Director of Legal Advocacy

647-864-0604

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Animal Justice Considers Legal Challenge to Save Eli the Potbellied Pig

Animal Justice December 12, 2014

Eli in bedCALGARY — Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund is considering launching a legal challenge in the case of Eli the potbellied pig, who lives as a family pet in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Animal Justice is Canada’s only animal law-focused organization.

Strathcona County officials have ticketed Michelle Kropp, Eli’s guardian, for allegedly violating a county by-law prohibiting residents from keeping “livestock.” Although Ms. Kropp is appealing the $100 ticket, county officials have set a court date in February to seek an order removing Eli from his family. The county is refusing to wait for the ticket appeal to be heard before seeking the removal order.

“Potbellied pigs like Eli are kept as loving family pets in homes across this country,” said lawyer Camille Labchuk, Director of Legal Advocacy for Animal Justice. “For Strathcona County to claim that Eli is ‘livestock’ is an absurd interpretation of the law, and to push ahead with a removal order to rip Eli from his family is nothing short of mean-spirited and unfair.

“Animal Justice is calling on Strathcona County lawmakers to clarify the bylaw and to drop the lawsuit for a removal order. In the meantime, the Animal Justice legal team is considering all options to launch a legal challenge to the bylaw on grounds that it is unconstitutionally vague and discriminatory.”

Ironically, many dangerous exotic animals like large snakes can be kept legally in Strathcona County.

Other municipalities, including Strathmore, Alberta, have clarified their bylaws to confirm that potbellied pigs are acceptable pets. Provincial and federal agricultural agencies have consistently stated that potbellied pigs are not livestock.

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