It is Legal to Consume Dogs and Cats in Canada
Canadians might not be aware of this, but it is NOT illegal to consume dog and cat meat in any province in Canada.
The Paws for the News, news team had the pleasure of interviewing Shelley Craig, who is the Host of an advocacy group Animal Action Canada located on Facebook. The members of the committee on this page advocate against the dog and cat meat trade.
Shelley and her colleagues Barbie Craig, Brian Craig, Sasa Novak, Peter Leonhardt, and Rosemary Wright have organized an event called Stop the Dog & Cat Meat Trade. The event takes place this Saturday April 4, 2015 at Bell Trinity Square in Toronto, Ontario Canada. There will be an educational speech delivered prior to a March for our Companion Animals, it will include raising awareness about the illegal dog and cat meat trade around the world and also talk about changing our existing laws here in Canada.
Registration will be at 10am and the march will take place at 11:30 am. You will be given a chance to win some nice prices and also be part of signing this very important petition.
Animal Action Canada will also be speaking and bringing awareness to the group Korean Dogs run by Giny Woo of in the United States, another partner in Florida Bob Heisler has been a strong advocate for Korean dogs as well. Shelley Craig informed our news team that there are no current statistics on how many dogs or cats are being slaughtered for consumption in Canada, as this is more than likely become an underground operation.
Shelley also stated “there are millions of dogs and cats slaughtered annually in such countries as Korea. Most of them are stolen pets who are being boiled, grilled and skinned alive.” Some are pregnant they are shoved into small cages and their legs are broken some die during transportation and those may be the lucky ones, as death is slow and painful.
Shelley states that, “it isn’t illegal to eat the meat of canines and felines here in Canada but it must be slaughtered in front of a federal inspector. A CBC NEWS article from 2003 interviewed an inspector who said it was legal to consume dog meat in Canada. That is when Shelley decided to do something about it and reached out to David Bellmore – Legislative and Constituency Assistant to Arthur Potts, Liberal Member for the Provincial Parliament at Beaches East York.
Mr. Bellmore is very interested to assist with the Animal Action Canada committee, in bringing forward their petition to the Legislature to amend the Law in Canada. The petition will be presented following the March, on Saturday April 4th.
Over the recent years Paws for the News has begun following the existence of this Trade worldwide, and two months ago members of the News Team found cat fur on a chicken ball take from a dish purchased from a Chinese Restaurant in Toronto. Therefore, our members are quite motivated to participate and advocate for the group “Animal Action Canada” on Facebook.
Shelley says, “for those willing to come out and sign the petition they will have the opportunity to receive a raffle ticket for some great prizes, which have been donated by Mr. Bob Heisler of ‘Korean Dogs in the U.S., and were shipped from Florida. Some of the prizes include T-Shirts and Dog Toys”. They will also be happy to except donations to help put an end to this barbaric trade around the world.
Paws for the News will be donating Cat Litter Houses, and will be donated in support of this Event.
If you would like to join the group Animal Action Canada, you can do so by following here.
You can also join the Korean Dogs at KOREANDOGS.ORG
To contact any of the members of “Animal Action Canada” here are their contact information:
Click here for map of event location.
Hope to see as many of our friends and supporters at the Event on Saturday. 🙂
For further information on the topic you can view some pictures and videos below to validate the existence of this abuse and cruelty to our companion animals.
Uploaded by Paws for the News ~ News Team
Producer/Host: Carl Milson