December 28, 2012
HSI/Canada: 2012 Accomplishments
Thanks to your support, HSI/Canada is proud to have helped achieve the following victories for animals in 2012:
- 13 Canadian municipalities passed shark fin bans in 2012, bringing the total number of municipal bans in Canada up to 17.
- The Union of British Columbia Municipalities, which represents more than 160 municipalities, passed a near-unanimous resolution calling on the provincial government to ban the sale, trade and distribution of shark fins, and for the federal government to ban the importation of shark fins into Canada.
- Organized a special screening of the film "Sharkwater" on Parliament Hill with Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly to influence Members of Parliament to vote early in 2013 in favour of a national import ban on shark fins.
- More than 330,000 seals survived the commercial seal slaughter in 2012 because depressed markets for seal products (resulting from continuing HSI pressure around the world) kept Canadian seal fur prices low.
- The Green Party of Canada’s policy in favour of ending the commercial seal hunt was maintained despite a challenge, and the Party reaffirmed its commitment to a federal sealing industry buyout.
- With other animal protection groups, HSI/Canada help convince Aquarium des lles to release harp seals Zak and Mika, which were captured by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as newborns.
- Switzerland’s lower house voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ban on seal product trade (mirrors EU ban).
- Taiwan’s legislature introduced a bill to ban all trade in marine mammal products, including seal products.
- After three years of consultations and taskforce meetings, the province of Quebec adopted new amendments to its Animal Health Protection Act to improve animal welfare laws and enacted regulations for the safety and welfare of cats and dogs in the province.
- Assisted the Quebec government in rescuing 189 dogs from two puppy mills, operated emergency shelters for five months, and assisted rescue groups and SPCAs with finding forever loving homes..
- Sixty-four new stores signed the Puppy-Friendly Pet Store Pledge [PDF] program.
- The city of Mississauga, Ontario banned the retail sale of dogs and cats.
- The Canadian Transportation Agency, in a landmark ruling, allowed Air Canada the right to refuse the live shipment of primates destined for laboratories.
- More than 40 companies in North America, including Sysco, Compass Group, Sodexo, Costco, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Kroger, Safeway, Denny’s, Sonic, Cracker Barrel, Bon Appetit, Baja Fresh pledged to end the use of gestation crates in their supply chains in Canada and United States.