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A selection of recent headlines related to key animal welfare issues

SPCA wants deer cull off the table – Victoria Times – November 27

Horrific case of animal abuse shocks rescuers – CTV – November 9

Livestock producers cannot close doors on animal abuse – Western Producer – Oct 31

Exotic pets should be illegal – for their sake and ours – Toronto Life – Oct 30

Cat overpopulation being tackled by think-tank in Guelph – Guelph Mercury – Oct 28

Ontario brings in sweeping changes to protect animals – Toronto Star – Oct 25

Edmonton man given jail time for what judge calls “sickening” case of animal abuse – Global – Oct 24

All bark and no bite: Why Quebec’s new animal breeding laws are useless – Globe and Mail – Oct 22

Brave Breezy gains strength before surgery to treat severe injuries – Ottawa Citizen – Oct 21

Goose killed with bow and arrow in Walmart parking lot – CBC – Oct 18

Toronto Zoo elephants to be moved to U.S. today, union says – CBC – Oct 17

Mmm, what bacon is doing to male fertility and sperm quality – The Globe and Mail – Oct 15

Rare bottlenose whale pops up again on Eastern Shore, N.S – CBC – Oct 11

The long goodbye of the Toronto Zoo elephants – CBC – Oct 11

New code for care and handling of equines a substantial improvement – Moutain View Gazette – Oct 8

Police defend need to kill wayward elk – Ottawa Citizen – Oct 8

Officers call for stronger laws to protect police dogs after Edmonton K9 killed – Calgary Herald – Oct 8

Stray dog numbers spur state euthanasia plans – CBC – Oct 8

Albino moose killing in Cape Breton outrages Mi’kmaq – CBC – Oct 8

Dogs are people, too – New York Times – Oct 5

Loyal Whale, Grommet, Refuses To Leave Her Trapped Friend, Foggy, Behind – Huffington Post – Oct 4

Maple Lodge Farms guilty of criminal charges after hens freeze to death – Toronto Star – Sept 30

Dog dies because of owner neglect, Hamilton SPCA says – CBC – Sept 27

Dog honoured as Lac-Mégantic hero – CBC – Sept 26

How you can help your animal shelter – Tri-Cities Now – Sept 25

Wal-Mart, Amazon, And Sears Pull Dead Dog Halloween Prop After Public Outcry – Business Insider – Sept 17

Calgary zoo’s male elephant on way to new home – CTV News – September 17

Outrage over photo showing officer about to shoot injured – Ottawa Citizen – Sept 14

Marineland: College investigating Marineland veterinarians – Toronto Star – Sept 13

Animal welfare dismissed all too often – Vancouver Sun – Sept 9

Kijiji pressed to end sale of household pets- Global News – Sept 8

Humane society overwhelmed as more than 100 cats rescued from Milton Ontario home – Hamilton Spectator – Sept 5

Pythons, caiman among reptiles seized from Gatineau home – CBC – Sept 5

B.C.-born NHL player Clayton Stoner at centre of grizzly bear shooting controversy – Vancouver Sun – Sept 4

Montreal SPCA seizes 90 dogs from South Shore puppy mill – CBC – Sept 3

B.C.-born NHL player Clayton Stoner at centre of grizzly bear shooting controversy – Vancouver Sun – Sept 3

Winnipegger calls for national animal abuse registry – CBC – Sept 2

Dozens of dogs dumped en masse at B.C. animal shelter find ’a lot of interest’ for adoption – Globe and Mail – Sept 1

Quebec man gets 4 months for beating puppies – August 30

Right whale breeding ground discovered off N.S. – CBC – August 27

Branden Chailler Sentenced For Killing Family Dog – Huffington Post – August 26

Mariko Dormer, Fur Kids Calgary’s Former Groomer, Faces Animal Cruelty Charges – Huffington Post – August 26

Charges laid against Ontario couple after 40 pythons found in motel – Canada.com – August 23

Zoocheck Canada insists more than vet’s report needed for Spruce Haven Zoo – Sault Star – August 15

Ontario to review laws governing exotic pets – CBC – August 13

How many exotic animals are kept in Canada? It’s impossible to count – Globe and Mail – August 9

Python-linked deaths raise questions over exotic animal laws – CBC – August 7

B.C. SPCA applauds attempt to combat sales of banned and exotic animals – Vancouver Province – August 7

Puppy broker Gail Benoit accused of assault – CTV News – July 30

SPCA looking into death of dog in car in Wolfville – Kings County Advertiser – July 27

Help pouring into shelter after dogs seized – Kitchener Waterloo Record – July 26

Pregnant cat shot by crossbow adopted by Ontario animal clinic that saved her – Winnipeg Free Press – July 24

Protesters rally against controversial Alberta zoo – CBC – July 22

Woman fined for leaving dog in stifling car while she swam at West Edmonton Mall – Edmonton Journal – July 22

Vancouver restaurants join Canada-wide fight against gestation crates for pigs – Vancouver Sun – July 22

Create tough protections for vulnerable mammals Editorial – Toronto Star – July 22

Two people face animal cruelty charges after Edmonton facility raided – Edmonton Journal – July 21

Internet-Famous Dog From Heartwarming Picture In Lake Superior Dies – Huffington Post – July 19

Where’s the Empathy for Animals Killed at the Stampede? – Huffington Post – July 18

Ontario overhauls animal welfare laws – Toronto Star – July 18

Animal abuse tip line faces uncertain future – CBC – July 17

Influx of foreign rescued dogs into B.C., stirs pet adoption debate – The Province – July 14

‘Bang! I accelerate’: Quebec mayor forced to apologize for saying how much he enjoys killing kittens with his car – The National Post – July 13

Chuckwagon horse died from burst lung artery, say Stampede officials – Calgary Herald – July 13

Cruelty officers discover dozens of dead and starving farm animals – Windsor Star – July 12

A tiny page is not a life – Ryan Gosling – Globe and Mail – July 11

Step right up kids, the predator is ready – New York Times – July 10

Mall’s Pet Patrol keeps an eye out for dogs left in hot cars – The Star – July 10

Injured steer euthanized at Calgary Stampede rodeo – CBC – July 10

Wal-mart employee fired after reporting dog in hot truck – CBC – July 10

Calgary Zoo to permanently close flooded South America building; monkeys, parrots on the way out – Calgary Herald – July 10

Hipster farmers abandoning urban chickens because they’re too much work – National Post – July 9

Ontario to examine pesticides as possible cause of bee deaths – Toronto Star – July 9

Guzoo owner calls activists ’domestic terrorists’ for shooting graphic video at animal farm – Calgary Herald – July 8

Montreal teen mauled after trying to kiss captive lion in South Africa – Globe and Mail – July 3

Hippos nearly escaped Calgary Zoo during flood – CBC – June 25

Bees dying by the millions – The Post – June 19

Rare, majestic whale spotted off B.C. coast for first time in 62 years – The Province – June 19

Dog Groomer Fired for Animal Abuse, Humane Society Launches Investigation – Calgary Herald – June 14

Toronto Humane Society rooftop transformed into pet oasis – Toronto Star – June 14

3 P.E.I. teens in seal killings get probation, fines – CBC – June 13

Guelph Humane Society dealing with cat overpopulation – Guelph Mercury – June 5

New rules for hog producers – Winnipeg Free Press – June 4

New Pig Code of Practice calls for fewer cages – Calgary Herald – June 3

Cat found weighing over 25 lbs., fur matted with feces – CBC – June 3

‘Pig Code’ updated to do away with confinement in tiny cages – The Province – June 2

Pigs to be raised more humanely – 1130 News Vancouver – June 2

Will the new pig code bring peace for our time? – Western Producer – June 2

Ikea monkey ’mom’ never intended to transfer ownership – CBC – May 31

Beluga whales deaths at Marineland spark outrage – Toronto Sun – May 31

Cat crisis taxing shelter system – Red Deer Advocate – May 30

Hoarding case sees more than 50 cats removed from Halifax apartment – Metro – May 27

Toronto Zoo elephants won’t fly south earlier than fall, says Canadian military – Toronto Star – May 24

Dog cruelty case leads to conviction – CBC – May 23

SPCA proposal to ban calf roping, steer wrestling at Luxton Rodeo falls on deaf ears – MetroNews – May16

Ex-trainer launches defence against Marineland – Niagara Falls Review – May 16

SPCA hopes HRM pounces on feral cat clinic – CBC – May 13

Gestation stalls done? Seems like it? – Western Producer – April 30

Loblaws to reject sow stalls starting in 2022 – Western Producer – April 29

Harper calls for pet volunteers – the Province – April 28

Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee urges Alberta Premier to stop chuckwagon races – Globe and Mail – April 26

Toronto elephant relocation plan still being negotiated – Toronto Star – April 25

Marineland sues Star – Niagara Falls Review – April 23

Nova Scotia to get tough on animal abusers – Chronicle Herald – April 22

Animal abuse laws to be strengthened in Nova Scotia – CBC – April 22

Art student who slaughtered chicken on campus could face animal cruelty charges – National Post – April 19

Sled dogs seized after animal cruelty charges laid in Fort McMurray – CBC – April 13

Polar bear hunt ends in fines – Winnipeg Free Press – April 6

Taping of farm cruelty is becoming the crime – New York Times – April 6

Black dogs sent to B.C. for better chance of adoption – CBC – April 4

Independent review of Marineland’s water system expanded – Toronto Star – April 3

Lucky on the mend after severe injuries; RCMP lays animal cruelty charges – Globe and Mail – April 2

New Blue Jays ace takes aim at Ontario’s pit-bull ban – Globe and Mail – April 1

Edmonton Fire Rescue recognizes Adam Shaw and dog Rocky – CBC – April 1

Thief with chainsaw cuts tusk off elephant skeleton in Paris museum – Toronto Star – March 30

Gail Benoit asks court to lift ban on selling dogs – CBC – March 27

Air Force will fly Toronto Zoo elephants to California sanctuary – Toronto Sun – March 26

Marineland owner threatened OSPCA with lawsuit says society chair – Digital Journal – March 19

OSPCA chair details 7 orders issued against Marineland – Toronto Star – March 19

Coming through slaughter: losing the war on elephant and rhino poaching in Africa – Ottawa Citizen – March 16

Veteran trapper charged with animal abuse – Windsor Star -March 14

Man who attacked raccoons with shovel pleads guilty to animal cruelty – Toronto Star – March 12

EU goes cruelty-free, but is the beauty industry’s commitment more than skin deep? – The Independent – March 11

Keeper injured as Calgary Zoo gorillas invade kitchen – National Post – March 8

Puppy sick when sold on Kijiji – CBC – March6

Marineland owner John Holer shot dead neighbours’ dogs, according to witnesses – Toronto Star – March 5

SPCA cheers funding boost from N.S. government – Chronicle Herald – Feb 28

Europe’s horsemeat scandal spurs Canadian consumption – CBC – Feb 26

Volunteers do their best to trim, humanely, the rising population of feral cats – Vancouver Sun – Feb 24

Nova Socita SPCA to suspend animal cruelty investigations over lack of funding – Halifax News net – Feb 20

Marineland lawsuit accuses former trainer of plotting to steal walrus – Toronto Star – Feb 15

Kingston puts a ban to selling animals in Pet Stores – CKWS – Feb 5

Charges laid after 155 dead cats found in Windsor apartment – Toronto Star – Jan 31

Darwin the monkey’s ’mom’ back in court Global News – Jan 31

Fired whale trainer countersues Marineland – Jan 30 – Toronto Star

Elephant tug of war – the story of the Toronto Zoo transfer – Jan 21 – Toronto Star

OSPCA orders Marineland overhaul – Jan 18 – Toronto Star

Animal welfare organizations reject proposed cat licensing bylaw – Jan 14 – Winnipeg Free Press

Marineland Spinning the crisis with Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati – Jan 14 – Toronto Star

Ikea monkey abused by owner, primate sanctuary alleges – Jan 13 – CBC

Vegetarian restaurants beware – Jan 11 – Toronto Star

Lawyer for Captain’s owner gets more time to prepare animal abuse defence – Jan 8 – the Province

Marineland: Environment ministry launches probe into mass animal graves – Dec 20 – Toronto Star

Ikea monkey owner plans protest – Dec 18 – Toronto Star

Three next cubs born to Aurora the polar bear die mysteriously – Dec 10 – Toronto Star

Monkey in posh winter coat found at Toronto Ikea – Dec 9 – National Post

Endangered shark fins sold in Vancouver – Dec 4 – CTV

Cruelty charge laid in death of Captain – the dog left beaten in dumpster – Dec 3 – Canada.com

Convicted animal killer to be released in months – Nov 30 – CTV

On-line sleuths reveal how they tracked Magnotta – Nov 29 – CBC

Edmonton mayor slams Toronto’s ‘ridiculous’ motion to move Lucy the elephant – Nov 28 – Edmonton Journal

Animal rights activits turn to the courts – Nov 28 – Toronto Star

Toronto Council votes to send zoo elephants to California again – Nov 27 – Toronto Star

BC SPCA slams light sentence for sled dog killer – Nov 22 – The Province

Toutoune the elephant dies at Granby Zoo – Nov 20 – CBC

Marineland owner John Holer trying to acquire another killer whale – Nov 14 – Toronto Star

Stop delaying and move the Toronto zoo elephants – Nov 1 – Toronto Sun

Do it yourself pet surgery – Oct 30 – Canada News

Man sentenced to 6 months in jail for stabbing dog – Oct 28 – CBC

Nova Scotia dog shot in head with 50 pellets gets new home – Oct 24 – CBC

Senate committee recommends cull of grey seals – Oct 23 – Chronicle Herald

Langley city bans shark fins – Oct 23 – Langley Advance

Marineland Killer whale bleeding for months, trainer says – Oct 18 – Toronto Star

Whistler sled dogs to be buried in Penticton pet cemetery – Oct 17 – CBC

Gu Zoo granted permit – province has confidence in animal care – Oct 16 – Calgary Herald

MP raises ire of activists with shark fin soup – Oct 13 – CTV

Ontario government to bring in regulations for marine mammals – Oct 10 – Toronto Star

Marineland stormed by protesters – Oct 8 – Toronto Star

Muskoka zoo owner charged afer lion attemped escape – Oct 4 – Toronto Star

How fixing Marineland could fix Niagara’s economy – Sept 26 – Huffington Post

Shelters swamped – felines tossed – Sept 25 – Kamloops Daily News

Video evidence not required after Vancouver animal hospital worker flags guilty plea in Rottweiler sex case – Sept 25 – National Post

New Equine code of practice to be more explicit – Sept 21 – Western Producer

Seal pups at Aquarium des Iles to be released back to the wild – Sept 19 – Digital Journal

Ontarios ho hum government real villian in Marineland saga – Sept 19 – Toronto Star

Vancouver city council votes in favour to ban shark fin soup – Sept 18 – News 1130

Tuxedo Stan purr fect mayor for Halifax – September 17 – Yahoo News

Two B.C. cities to ban shark fin products – September 12 – CTV

BC slded dog killer pleads guilty to animal cruelty – August 30 – Edmonton Sun

McGuinty says Marineland animal cruelty allegations unsettling and disconcerning – August 30 – Toronto Star

1,300 distressed piglets found as industry crisis worsens – August 29 – Winnipeg Free Press

Marineland heartache for smooshi the walrus as top trainer quits – August 15 – The Star

Marineland animals suffering former staffers say – August 15 – The Star

Biologists hunt for sharks for Toronto’s new aquarium – August 11 – the Star

Vancouver beluga death renews push to free the whales – August 7 – Globe and Mail

Why the mystery of Muskoka’s escaped cougar may never be solved – August 5 – The Star

Woman turns herself in after kitten killing – August 3 – Winnipeg Sun

One dog found dead, another beaten – August 1 – CBC

Dog owners mental state a question after German shepherd found in dumpster – July 31 -CBC

Pitbulls path to death criticized by Montreal SPCA – July 26 – CBC

Severely burned dog found in Pickering – July 19 – Durham Region News

Kitten struck with bat euthanized – July 18 – CBC

Making animals suffer is hardly a western tradition – July 17 – National Post

The fight against animal cruelty starts at the industrial farm not at the stampede – July 15 – National Post

Calgary chuckwagon horse death at Stampede – July 13 – CBC

Toronto Zoo board wants elephants moved ASAP – July 5 – Toronto Sun

Dubious summertime ritual abandoning animals – July 4 – Montreal Gazette

How Canada gets dog and cat fur from China – June 30 – The Star

Cities barking up the wrong tree – June 29 – National Post

Puppy mills still thriving – June 28 – Ottawa Citizen

Cops tracking Luka Magnotta weeks before murder – June 25 – Hamilton Spectator

Genetically engineered pigs killed after funding ends – June 22 – Ottawa Citizen

Quebec kennel owners get 2 year pet ban – June 22 – CBC

Abandoned bear has 50 50 chance of survival if released – June 14 – The Province

Woman guilty of animal cruelty fined and barred from owning more than one pet – June 11 – Global Edmonton

Dog dies in hot car – June 10 – The Star

Cat mutilations in Vancouver suburb could be the work of another animal – June 4 – National Post

You will be hearing from me again – Luka Rocco Magnotta – June 2 – National Post

SPCA calls on animal expert in cat killings – June 2 – Vancouver Sun

Animal rights activists started chasing Magnotta years before mutilation murder – May 31 – Canada.com

Hey Ontario, miss those bear teams yet? – May 17 – National Post

Adopting out retired enviropigs a non-starter – May 15 – Winnipeg Free Press

Veterinarians without borders provides animal care to improve human welfare – May 15 – The Province

Veganism a human right say law school grad – May 14 – CBC

Ottawa to allow slaughterhouses to process already dead animals – May 14 – The Star

Animal activist Paul Watson beached in Germany – May 14 – The Star

Bob Barker funds animal move from Londons Storybook Gardens – May 10 – Metro

MacLaren asked to clear record on OSPCA defeated private members bill – May 10 – Ottawa South EMC

Proposed legislation would ban elephant bullhooks – May 2 – Toronto Sun

Animal cruelty penalties increased in Newfoundland – May 3 – CBC

Tim Hortons puts more eggs in animal welfare basket – May 4 – The Star

Elephants part of larger battle over animals – May 1 – The Star

Ohio to return wild animals to family that allowed panic escape – April 30 – Chicago Tribune

Bob Barker threatens to pull back money to transfer Toronto Zoo elephants – April 27 – Toronto Star

Richmond pet store facing puppy sale probe – April 27 – Vancouver Sun

Cruelty charge laid in BC Sled dog slaughter – April 20 – CBC

Calgary plans shakeup and prepares to say good bye to elephant exhibit – Calgary Herald – April 20

BC SPCA commends bill changes – Times colonist – April 20

Pink Slmie controversy stokes clash over agriculture – April 16 – Vancouver Sun

Did Canadian naval games lead to death of killer whale – April 9 – Globe and Mail

Couple convicted of abusing dogs – April 8 – Winnipeg Sun

Video spurs investigation into animal abuse – April 5 – Penticton Western News

MP seeks changes to Criminal Code – April 5 – Windsor Star

Oshawa couple pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges – April 3 – Durham Region

Guelph’s pigs face June deadline – April 3 – Vancouver Sun

Federal budget cut reaches Labrador SPCA – April 2 – CBC

BC vet guilty of animal cruelty – March 28 – Toronto Sun

Seal hunt season in limbo – March 27 – Telegram

Fifteen cats in Maple Ridge found mutilated – March 26 -The Province

Puppies rescued from filthy breeding operation – March 26 – Toronto Star

Dog befriends fawn – March 26 – Macleans

DFO considers lowering narwhal quota – March 26 – CBC

McClintic’s abuse of animals an ominous protent 0 March 24 – Calgary Herald

Niagara Falls man charged after horse beheaded – March 23 – Canadian Press

Pork producers back proposal to change Ontario SPCA Act – March 21 – Better Farming

BC SPCA slams animal cruelty legislation changes – March 7 – Canadian Press

Another Animal found struck in bodygripping trap in Surrey – March 1 – Vancouver Sun

Starving puppies ate sticks, rocks – March 1 – Ottawa Citizen

Man who shot dogs with nail gun gets two years probation – Feb 29 – Montreal Gazette

Tim Hortons feels the heats from animal rights groups – Feb 29 – Vancouver Sun

Security Services deem environmental and animal rights groups as extremist threats – Feb 16 – Globe and Mail

Tory senators grill seal cull opponent – Feb 16 – Chronicle Herald

Animal advocates wary of panda visit to Canada – Feb 13 -Vancouver Sun

Canadian teen who beheaded dog freed – Feb 12 – Toronto Sun

Dog ear cropping banned in Manitoba as inhumane – Feb 10 – National Post

Government must protect orca habitat – Feb 10 – Times Colonist

Purchasing Pets online – Don’t get caught in the web – Feb 4 – Chronicle Herald

UBC ordered to release more information on animal research facility – Jan 31 – Global BC

Friendly St Bernard among rescued dogs from Quebec puppy mill still searching for home – Jan 31 – Ottawa Citizen

Manitoba dog owner faced Ontario complaint – Jan 27 – CBC

Ottawa Humane Society on hunt for cat killer – Jan 27 – Ottawa Citizen

Air Canada caught in Cat-22 over feline passengers – Jan 20 -Times Colonist

Hockey players rescue puppy – Jan 19 – CBC

Mother dog, 5 pups recovering after 4 pups freeze to death in back of pickup – Jan 19 – Ottawa Citizen

Sick dog nets man 1500 fine – Jan 18 – Edmonton Sun

Is this the beginning of the end for medical research on chimps? – Jan 18 – The Atlantic

Cape Cod dolphin beaching largest in years – Jan 18 – Reuters

Lab mice: The tiny footprints behind 100 years of medical discovery – The National Post – Jan 14

Air Canada hopes to ban transportation of monkeys for laboratory use – The Star – Jan 10

Windsor ON man calls for Frog-O-Sphere ban – CP – Jan 9

Officials scramble to catch and save cats – Daily News – Jan 9

Maple Lodge Farms faces 60 criminal charges as thousands of chickens perish – Toronto Star – Jan 8

World’s first chimeric monkeys created – Digital News – Jan 5

Thinning sea ice killing seal pups – CBC – Jan 4

Man cites stress for firing nails into heads of dogs – Montreal Gazette – Jan 4

Lost seal heading back home – Montreal Gazette – Jan 4

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