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On this page you will find information on puppy mills, pet cruelty and neglect, dog fighting, fur industry, leather industry, wool industry and Animal testing.

                                                                             
                                                   Animals as companions                                              


                                                                 Puppy Mills
What is a puppy mill?
The term puppy mill generally refers to a high volume dog breeding operation which sells dogs mostly to pet stores but on occasion sells directly to customers.
A female dog is forced to breed every time she is in heat she can have up to 10 litters in 5 years.
98% of pet stores buy from puppy mills. Pet stores sell about 500 000 puppies a year and bout 6-7 million enter shelters.
Puppies are taken away from there mom as young as 5 weeks old.

Some characteristics are:
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Dogs in very poor health
-Bleeding and swollen paws caused by the wire cages, sever tooth decay, ear infections, wounds on eyes often resulting in blindness.
-Animal care very low which results in dirty cages, little or no food-water for days, and behavioral issues for the dogs.
-Breeding practices which lead to genetic defects or hereditary disorders
-Forced to breed continuously there entire lives
-Erroneous or falsified certificates of registration

Dogs are bred solely for profit with no concern for there health or psychological well-being. It is estimated that between 1500 and 1800 puppy mills operate in Quebec. These generate the birth of about 400 000 puppies a year.
Many people who buy pets in pet stores often go home with a very sick puppy with worms, parasites, disease, etc.. Many will die in the first few months and those that survive cost thousands in vet bills.
Please adopt your pet at a local shelter.

PLEASE DO NOT ENCOURAGE PUPPY MILLS. DO NOT BUY FROM PET STORES.
    
 
                                                     Pet cruelty and Neglect

Neglect-
Animal neglect is the failure to provide basic care required for an animal.
Animal neglect involves the following conduct :
Failure to provide proper food, water and shelter
  • Failing to provide medical care
  • Hoarding
  • Starvation
  • Leaving a dog outside without proper care/shelter
  • Beaten/Abused animals
  • Pets left in hot vehicles
  • Dead animals
  • Grooming concerns
  • All states have passed laws to prevent various forms of neglect. However, animal neglect cases can be challenging to identify, investigate and prosecute. Additional issues arise in mass animal neglect cases, such as hoarding or puppy mills, and a concern as to housing and caring for the animals when resources are limited.
  • Chained dogs like all animals who are left outside and unsupervised they are also susceptible to the cruel acts of passersby. Chained dogs are tortured, poisoned, shot, stabbed, stolen, used to "bait" fighting dogs, sold into a laboratory, set on fire, and abused in countless other ways. Others freeze to death during cold snaps after being ignored by heartless owners for years.

    Hoarding
    -Three characteristics of hoarding

    -Hoarders amass a large number of animals.
    -Hoarders fail to provide the most basic physical and social needs, including food, water, shelter, veterinary care, and sanitary living conditions. -Hoarders offer excuses for, or deny, the abysmal living conditions of their animals.
    -Hoarders often confine animals to tiny cages or crates that are stacked on top of each other, usually ignoring the animals' social needs and need for exercise. Accumulated feces and urine often covering every surface in hoarders house create dangerously high ammonia levels, which can burn skin, eyes, and lungs.
    These are almost always fatal for the animals.

    Prong and Shock Collars and Electric (Invisible) Fences
    Cruel training devices such as anti-barking shock collars, electric ("invisible") fences, and prong collars rely on painful punishment and negative reinforcement. They cause dogs to live in fear of being electrically shocked or painfully choked for normal behavior such as crossing invisible lines, barking, jumping onto surfaces within their own homes, and getting ahead of their guardians during walks. Positive training methods, in which dogs are rewarded for desirable behavior, are kinder and more effective.
    Shock Collars cause dogs physical pain, injury, psychological stress, including severe anxiety and displaced aggression.
    Electric ("Invisible") Fences may actually encourage animals to try to escape. Since dogs only suffer painful shocks in the yard, they might associate the shock with the yard itself, once they get out of the yard, the pain goes away. The fact that the pain returns when they try to re-enter the yard can cause dogs to believe that they are being punished for returning home.
    Prong Collars choke collars can cause serious injuries, including the following:

    • Intervertebral disc protrusion
    • hind-limb paralysis from spinal cord injuries
    • Damage to the vagus nerve, affecting the function of major organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, bladder, spleen, and kidneys
    • A crushed trachea, asphyxiation
    • Crushed or fractured bones in the larynx
    • A bruised esophagus
    • Sharp increases in pressure inside the head, which can cause brain or eye damage and sometimes prolapse of the eye
    • Bruising and damage to the skin and tissues in the neck
    • Fainting

    Dogs who are repeatedly yanked and choked may become resentful, aggressive, and fearful of hands.

    Crate Training
    Animals caged for extended periods can develop many different disorders, including the following:

    • Aggression
    • Withdrawal
    • Hyperactivity
    • Depression
    • Eating disorders
    • Obsessive licking
    • Separation anxiety
    • Inability to bond with humans
    • Muscle atrophy
    Crate training does not speed up the housetraining process. Puppies do not develop full bladder control until they are about 6 months old. They are physically incapable of doing so and are eventually forced to urinate in their crates after experiencing great discomfort while trying not to soil their beds. Puppies who repeatedly soil their crates often lose the urge to keep them clean, which prolongs and complicates the housetraining process.

    Please report animal cruelty and please do not use any cruel training methods!
                                                                         Dog fighting

    Dogs who are most commonly bred for fighting are generally known as "pit bulls": Staffordshire terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American bulldogs, and American pit bull terriers.
    Dogs who are used for fighting are usually kept penned or chained, and many are taunted and starved in order to trigger extreme survival instincts and encourage aggression.
    Many dogs are injected with steroids, and have their teeth sharpen.
    Dogs who win fights are forced to fight again and again and are used to breed puppies for profit.
    Many of the dogs who do not fight or who lose fights are used as "bait" animals.
    Dogfighting is often linked to other crimes, including illegal gambling, drug activity, and murder.

    If you suspect that dogfighting is happening in your neighborhood, contact local law enforcement authorities.
     
     
     
     
                                      Animals used for clothing                                                  
                                                                       Fur industry

                                                                         Fur Farming

    The biggest fur industry is fur farms.
    What is a fur farm?
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    Fur farming takes up to 85% of the fur industry. A fur factory farm is where they keep thousands of animals in small compact wired cages their entire lives. They compact animals in extremely small cages which prevent them from even taking a few steps front or back. Many animals go crazy in these conditions and end up mutilating them selves.
    -Rows of cages are usually kept in filthy ammonia filled barns or sheds. Ammonia, parasites, and disease run rampant in these barns due to large amounts of urine and feces which hasn`t been cleaned out.
    -Inbreeding is very common for color. Inbreed causes sever abnormalities, deafness, blindness, crippling, weak immune systems, and nervous disturbance.
    -They are usually killed between 7-10 months old.
    -Fur farmers care only about the quality of the fur. There killing methods insure the quality of the pelt but sadly at the cost of causing a lot of suffering to the animal. They kill the animals by attaching clamps or rods to there mouth and anuses. Then electrocute them causing cardiac arrest while the are still conscious. Other methods consist of poisoning the animal with strychnine which suffocates the animals by paralyzing their muscles which is extremely painful. The most gruesome method is skinning the animals alive. They are conscious while their skin is pealed off then they are left to die while they are still conscious.

    Today almost every province in Canada farms fur
    such as nova scotia, Ontario, British Columbia, newfoundland, Labrador, prince Edward island, and Quebec.
    Fox and mink farming make over 115 million dollars a year. 1.6 million fur pelts are sold a year and over 2 million animals are killed a year for fur in Canada.
    There are no laws or regulations for the keeping and handling of these animals.

    PLEASE DO NOT BUY REAL FUR!

      

     

                          


                                                                          Fur trapping
    -The fur trapping business consists of trapping wild animals to make fur coats.
    The most commonly used trap is the leg hold trap which catches the animal by clamping its leg down with two steel jaws which is extremely painful for the animal. Within the first 30 minutes of capture the animal will try to break free from the trap by tearing her flesh while struggling to get out, ripping open her tendons, breaking bones and even breaking her teeth biting the trap in an attempt to free her self. Animals can be trapped for hours, days and even weeks.

    - Other traps consist of the body grip and the wire snare trap.
    -Each year approximately 10 million animals are trapped for there fur.
    -They are then killed by clubbing, stomping, and chocking to insure the quality of the pelt. Each year hundreds of animals not targeted for fur are killed by these traps they are disposed of and considered trash animals.
    -These traps are very dangerous to animals and humans alike. Every year many people and house pets find them selves stuck in leg hold traps across Canada.

    PLEASE DO NOT BUY REAL FUR!

      

     
       

     

                                                             Canada Goose Cruelty

    Canada goose is a Canadian outwear company using real fur and goose down to make coats, trims, hats, etc..
    They state that they use coyote fur but often its been found to be cat and dog fur.
    The coyotes are usually caught by the leg hold trap which is extremely painful for the animal often even causing death of hundreds of other none targeted animals.
    They also use goose down to insulate the jackets.

    What is goose down?
    -Goose down is the softest layer of feathers closest to the birds skin. 
    How they obtain goose down?
    -They are held upside down with their necks between workers knees while handfuls of feathers are pulled off. 
    -This is extremely painful and cruel causing terror, bloody wounds, broken bones, and some times even death.
    -This is done every 6-7 weeks.
    -This is done between 5 and 15 times during their lifetime
    The birds are then sent to the slaughterhouse when no longer needed.

    Please boycott Canada Goose do not buy there products.  

     
     
                                                                    Leather industry

    Every year over 1 billion animals are slaughtered for leather.
    Most leather comes from Indian cows. India is the largest manufacture of leather in the world.

    How Indian leather is made?
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    The transportation of these cows to the slaughterhouse is a long and gruesome one. They must walk for a long period of time in the Indian desert. During the march many cattle collapse from hunger, dehydration, and exhaustion. But they force the cattle to continue by rubbing chill and tobacco into there eyes and snapping bones in their tails. 
    Once at the transport vehicle cattle are crammed on top of each other.
    -On arrival at the slaughterhouse half of them will already be dead from suffocation, heat, dehydration, broken bones etc.. The other half will have their throat slit and then they will be skinned. Most of the cattle are still alive during the skinning.
    -The leather will then be sold throughout the world including Canada.
    -Other animals used for leather include ordinary cows, pigs, goats, sheep, and even exotic animals such as alligators and snakes.

     Please use synthetic Do not buy real leather!


              
                                                                  Wool industry

    Where wool comes from?
    Wool comes from domestic sheep called the merinos. Merinos have been selected due to there thick and heavy coats. About 30% of the worlds wool comes from Australia.

    What is wool used for?
    Wool is generally manufactured to make scarves, jackets, shawls, blankets, and other winter accessories.

    How wool is obtained?
    Mulesing and shearing. Mulesing is preformed without any anesthetic. This is when large strips of wool and skin are cut of sheep's bodies. This is preformed to remove maggots and fly's from sheep's bodies before spring for the fine wool which is the one they sell. Shearing is preformed in early spring when the sheep are getting ready to shed. Workers pull and tear off the sheep's wool roughly causing injury and pain.
    Generally shearing is preformed to early in the year causing the sheep to die from frost bite. It is estimated 1 million sheep die a year due to frost bite.
    When not being torture for there wool they are kept in very small holding pens leaving the animals little room to move around and socialize.
    When the sheep are no longer needed they are sent to the slaughterhouse. Once at the slaughterhouse there throats will be slit and they are left to bleed to death. It is estimated over 10 million sheep die in slaughterhouses every year. Other sheep will be sold for religious gatherings where they are dismembered while still alive.

    Please do not buy any wool products!

     

                                                           Animal testing                                                           

                                                                    Testing

    Animal testing is one of the cruelest industry's of torture which is still legal. They preform horrible, painful tests on animals all in the name of making better products for humans.

    -The animals mostly used in lab testing are mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, and monkeys.
    Approximately 14 million mice and rats are used in lab research every year.
    -In labs small animals are kept in white plastic containers about the size of a small shoe box. Animals a bit larger such as rabbits are kept in a bit larger box. Large animals such as dogs and cats are kept in small wire cags with just about enough space for them to turn.
    -The animals only get out of there prison for experiments.

    489 262 animals that where used in research last year where reported in very painful or distressful experiments. About 35 animals die every second due to animal testing. Once an animal has fulfilled its purpose it is euthanized.

    -It is reported that 92% of drugs tested on animals that where reported safe and ready for human use failed in a human clinical trail.
    -Less than 2% of human illness is seen in animals.
    -88% of doctors say that animal testing is useless because we are so different from one another.

    Even when alternatives are available the law does not require that they be used.
    Some alternatives are in vitro cell culture techniques, in silico computer simulation test, human blood donated for skin irritancy tests, micro dosing which use the basic behavior of drugs using human volunteers.
    -The law does not require cosmetics to test on animals but yet cosmetic companies continue to test on animals. The food and drug act also does not require animal testing it just require to use ingredients safe for humans.

    -Most medical breakthroughs where made without the use of animal testing. For example anesthesia, morphine, radium, penicillin, artificial respiration, x-rays, antiseptics, and CAT, MRI, and PET scans, the study of bacteriology and germ theory, the discovery of the links between cholesterol and heart disease and between smoking and cancer, and the isolation of the virus that causes AIDS.
    The history of animal testing has proven unreliable like the flip of a coin. Only 25% of tests follow to human trail. It is unnecessary.

    PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT ANIMAL TESTING DO NOT BUY PRODUCTS WHICH WHERE TESTED ON ANIMALS!

    Lush cosmetics are not tested on animals.

                   
       
                
           
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