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Montreal SPCA threatens legal action against Ministry of Fauna

Foxes and mink are continuing to suffer at a Quebec fur farm , despite pleas from the Montreal SPCA, Humane Society International/Canada and tens of thousands of Canadians. The drama began in April 2014, when the Montreal SPCA received a complaint alleging mistreatment of animals at the fur farm. “We ...
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Fly trap catches, terrorizes and injures several small bats

Four small bats are recovering – and two lost their lives – after being caught in an innocuous-looking convenience-store product: a sticky fly trap. The glue trap, which was left in an Abbotsford barn, was brought to the Wildlife Rescue Association (WRA) of British Columbia . According to WRA staff, ...
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Why does Toronto fear raccoons?

You only need to open up any of Toronto’s daily newspapers to see the reality facing the city: raccoons, organized and angry, are striking back against the residents who have for too long oppressed them. At least, that’s the idea you get after reading the headlines and articles. Is Toronto ...
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Breaking down Herscovici’s interview on fur farms

With the horrific treatment of fox and mink at a Quebec fur farm hitting the news, it wasn’t long before the Fur Council of Canada’s attack dog – VP Alan Herscovici – got his face in front of a camera. Check out the extended interview by CTV in Montreal here. ...
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Episode 145: The emotional lives of advocates

As animal advocates, we often feel frustrated, despondent and outright angry at the world around us – and that’s a healthy, normal response. But sometimes those feelings can overwhelm us and influence our ability to help wild life and be happy, healthy individuals. You may know Dr. Heidi Perryman as ...
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$1,000 reward: Illegal snare injures cat in Pefferlaw, Ontario

Another Canadian family is struggling to understand why someone would set a trap that ultimately injured their pet cat. According to the Georgina Advocate , the LaCroix family found their four-year-old calico, Minou, with a wire snare still encircling her neck – she was bleeding from both sides of her ...
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British retailer going for the ethical fur argument

A British fur seller is saying the fashion is back because younger generations have come to accept the modern, ‘ethical’ fur choices made available to them. “The industry has got its act together and offers much more information, which is demonstrating that we have very high standards, probably greater than ...
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Raccoons: Toronto, Rocket and others

It seems 2014 will once again be a summer of raccoons in Southern Ontario. Every few years the debate as to what to do with the “ raccoon problem ” in the country’s largest city comes up. And every few years, the City of Toronto does nothing, and the “problem” ...
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Canmore trail users need to learn to be smarter than the average bear

Canmore is home to many bears – and after an incident in which a man stumbled upon a feeding bear and was subsequently injured, park officials made the smart move and closed down the path where the conflict occurred. What they couldn’t count on was the not-so-smart users of this ...
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Beaver Blotter: August 18, 2014

Wildlife conflicts on the rise in Banff A long winter and poor berry crop are the likely contributing factors to a rise in wildlife conflict in Banff, the CBC reports . A wildlife ecologist noted that the number of conflicts has risen 33 per cent over recent years, though there ...
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