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Animal Justice Gala Celebrates 10 Years of Saving Animals

Animal Justice June 14, 2018

On June 8, 2018 Animal Justice celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a glamorous gala at The Burroughes in downtown Toronto. This inspirational evening included a blue carpet entrance and photo backdrop, an memorable program, fabulous vegan food, and a rooftop after-party with views of the CN Tower. Guests included many of Canada’s most notable animal advocates, animal-friendly business owners, prominent chefs Doug McNish and Amy Symington, and Members of Parliament Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and Will Amos.


The gala kicked off with a stylish cocktail reception, featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres, mouth-watering vegan cheese from local companies Vegan Stokes Cheese and Nuts for Cheese, and wine from vegan-certified winery Karlo Estates.


After mingling at the reception, guests were ushered into the main hall for a delicious three-course dinner and unforgettable program, hosted by emcee and Animal Justice board member Kimberly Carroll. Guests were treated to the premiere of an inspirational, no-dry-eyes film showcasing the incredible work of Animal Justice and its lawyers over the last decade. Founder Nick Wright then addressed attendees, explaining what it was like in the early days of Animal Justice and describing the organization’s amazing growth.


After a decadent dessert prepared by Chef Amy Symington, Animal Justice honoured some remarkable individuals and business with awards for their work on behalf of animals.

2018 Pro Bono Award – Ecojustice

Ecojustice is Canada’s leading environmental law charity, and represented Animal Justice in a lawsuit against the Ontario government to protect threatened and endangered species. Thanks to the work of the brilliant legal team at Ecojustice, the lawsuit got action on creating recovery strategies for 37 at-risk species. Ecojustice lawyers Amir Attaran and Sarah McDonald accepted the award.

2018 Legislator Award – MP Michelle Rempel

Conservative Michelle Rempel was honoured for introducing a bill to protect animals from sickening sexual abuse. Animal Justice is proud to have worked with MP Rempel on this legislation, and applauds her commitment to improving Canada’s animal protection laws. MP Rempel’s legislative affairs manager Bari Miller kindly accepted the award on her behalf.

 

2018 Legislative Advocacy Award – Navigator & Ensight

Andrew Balfour of Navigator and Caitlin King of Ensight were honoured for assisting Animal Justice in the fight to pass a national ban on whale and dolphin captivity. Their continued efforts to support this groundbreaking legislation have been crucial in helping Senate Bill S-203 swim through the legislative process.

2018 Compassionate Brand Award – Wully Outerwear

Wully Outerwear creates cruelty-free luxury outerwear designed for the harsh Canadian climate, all without the use of fur or down. Wully’s brand of compassionate fashion is taking the world by storm—fur trim, beware! Wully founder James Yurichuk accepted the award.

 

2018 Media Award – Jessica Scott-Reid

Jessica Scott-Reid’s prolific journalism has shone a spotlight on animals, and she publishes regular opinion columns in major national newspapers and magazines. From Drake’s move to a meat-free diet, to undercover investigations, to the crooked ploys of the farming industry, Jessica’s written words are raising the national profile of animal issues.

Finally, Animal Justice’s executive director Camille Labchuk took the stage. In a passionate and inspiring speech, Camille invoked Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” and reminded guests that the animal advocacy movement is now taking on animal abusers and winning justice for animals. She remarked, “Our first ten years were about getting through the door to the courtrooms, and getting legislatures to take us seriously. But now we’re in! And together, we’re going to blow the roof off of this house.”

The program finished off with a high-energy fundraising round led by Camille and Nick Wright. Thanks to the generosity of guests, the gala raised over $47,000 to help animals!

The evening continued with a roof-top after party, where guests were treated to a sky full of stars, and views of the vivid Toronto skyline.

Animal Justice thanks each and every guest, our fabulous host committee, staff, and volunteers, and our generous sponsors, including Vegan Stokes Cheese, Nuts for Cheese, Gartner & Associates Animal Law, Hearty Catering, the Stanford Inn, Toltec House, Karlo Estates, Bantr Media, BIO RAW, Flower City Soap Company, Bhanda Bar, Anderson’s Interior Design, and Gardener Dental Group.


Couldn’t make it to the gala but still want to help Animal Justice represent animals in court? Click here to make a gift today!

 

 

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Canadian Senator: “We Should See Cetaceans As Our Equals, As Living Beings”

Animal Justice March 2, 2017

Committee hearings got underway this week on Bill S-203, a Senate bill that would ban keeping whales and dolphins in captivity in Canada. This groundbreaking bill would protect sensitive and complex whales and dolphins from a being imprisoned in tiny tanks, where they are denied almost everything that makes life worth living.

The first witness questioned by the Fisheries and Oceans Committee was former Senator Wilfred Moore, who championed the bill from the very beginning and spoke eloquently about the need to protect whales and dolphins. But it was Senator Daniel Christmas who stole the show with his insightful and poignant comments on the human relationship with nonhuman animals. Senator Christmas explained how his aboriginal upbringing taught him to respect animals, viewing them not as objects to be used for human purposes, but as equals—living beings with their own families and languages.

“Something tells me in my mind that [seeing animals as objects] is the wrong approach; that we really have to see cetaceans as our equals, as living beings. And if I had an opportunity to ask a beluga, I think I would ask them, ‘What is best for your family?’ And I would be very interested to find out what that answer would be.”

The answer, of course, is increasingly clear. Scientific evidence tells us that cetaceans live much richer, more fulfilling lives in the ocean, where they enjoy complex social and family relationships, cooperative food gathering strategies, and the freedom to swim vast distances, dive deeply, and find their own food. Forcing these complex mammals to live in tiny tanks is undeniably cruel, and many other countries and states have already enhanced legal protections for whales and dolphins. Meanwhile, only two facilities in the country still confine whales and dolphins—the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia, and Marineland in Ontario. Cetacean captivity is a dying industry.

Canadians increasingly think about animals like Senator Christmas does: Not as mere objects, but as living beings who deserve our respect and strong legal protections. Passing Bill S-203 would be a huge step toward helping these vulnerable creatures, so please take action today: Encourage Parliamentarians to save these sensitive creatures from captive misery!

You can find the upcoming hearing schedule online, as well as full webcast recordings of past committee meetings. Future meetings will be broadcast live, so it’s easy to track the progress of this important legislation.

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What do the election results mean for animals?

Animal Justice October 27, 2015

As the dust settles on the long and hard-fought Canadian federal election of 2015, it’s a good time to take a closer look at what the results mean for animal protection in Canada. After all, while animal issues often get little airtime during elections, public opinion surveys consistently show that Canadians strongly support decisive legislative action to improve life for animals, including stronger criminal anti-cruelty measures, saving endangered species, and protecting farmed animals from suffering.

Will Parliament finally live up to Canadians’ expectations and make positive change for animals? Will MPs be willing to push for stronger animal protection? Is the Liberal government prepared to take animal issues seriously? The verdict on is still out, but the election result offers reason for cautious optimism.

For starters, many animal-friendly MPs were elected last week, thanks in part to the efforts of animal advocacy groups that endorsed candidates and helped them win. Humane Voters Canada, a project of Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund, endorsed eight candidates based on their strong records and commitment to protecting animals, and then campaigned to help send them to Ottawa. On election day, voters elected nearly all of them to Parliament. The International Fund for Animal Welfare also endorsed animal-friendly candidates, and most of them were elected, too. Elected animal champions include Liberal MPs Mark Holland and Hedy Fry, both of whom have championed multiple bills to reform the Criminal Code animal protections; Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who has worked to oppose cetacean captivity and sealing subsidies, and whose party has strong animal policies; first-time Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, who is committed to protecting farmed animals; NDP MP Fin Donnelly, who has worked to ban shark fin imports; NDP MP Don Davies, who has worked to stop whale meat shipments through Canada; and NDP MP Brian Masse, who has worked to bring in labelling laws for cat and dog fur. Others, like NDP MPs Irene Mathyssen and Peter Julian, and Liberal MP Kirsty Duncan have also been strong voices for animals.

But endorsements don’t tell the entire story, as countless other elected MPs from all political parties have made it clear they will support animal protection measures in Parliament, such as new Liberal MP Will Amos. The conditions are ideal for supportive MPs to form a strong, cross-party caucus of MPs that will work to advance legislation protecting animals. An all-party Animal Protection Caucus would be a huge step forward, and would provide much-needed counterweight to the Conservative Hunting & Angling Caucus.

As for the new Liberal majority government, Prime Minister elect Justin Trudeau now has very broad latitude to implement his legislative agenda, and if that agenda includes any measures on behalf of animals, they should pass easily. The Liberals have historically supported some animal protection measures, including a years-long (yet ultimately unsuccessful) effort in the late 90s and early 2000s to reform the animal cruelty provisions in the Criminal Code. On the flip side, they have also supported the seal hunt, although many individual Liberal MPs would like to see it end.

Mr. Trudeau’s personal views on animal protection matters are less well-known, although under his leadership the Liberal Party did support a 2014 NDP private member’s bill that would have imposed some limits on horse slaughter, and Liberal MPs voted to ban shark fin imports in 2013.

On another positive note, Trudeau has promised to hold more free votes on legislation, meaning that Liberal MPs will be allowed to vote the way their constituents wish, and need not necessarily vote to support the Liberal Party’s agenda. This means that if an MP from another party proposes a bill related to animal protection, Liberal MPs are free to support it if they choose to do so. Trudeau has also promised to do away with Canada’s outdated first-past-the-post voting system, and a new, proportional system would undoubtedly help send even more animal-friendly MPs to Parliament.

Finally, one small yet important change that Trudeau can make would be simply improving the tone of the Canadian government toward animal issues. Under the Conservative regime, the government was openly hostile toward animal advocates. Former Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Conservative MP Robert Sopuck went so far as to to denounce animal advocates on the floor of the House of Commons as “radicals” after the RCMP chose to end the use of muskrat fur hats in uniforms. Ms. Aglukkaq lost her seat last week, along with former Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, another opponent of helping animals.

The situation for animals in Canada remains dire, with hundreds of millions of animals suffering and dying every year on farms, in laboratories, in entertainment, and for their fur. Parliament has a tremendous opportunity to improve life for many of these animals, and Canadians are crying out for change. The election results offer many reasons for optimism. It’s now time for advocates to roll up our sleeves, start working with the new Parliament, and help MPs pass meaningful legislation for animals.

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