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Vancouver Park Board bans import and display of cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium

Friday, March 10 2017

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is thrilled that the Vancouver Park Board has unanimously voted to change its bylaws and end the importation and display of live cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium. “The two terrible beluga deaths at Vancouver Aquarium late last year served as a wake-up call for the Vancouver Park Board, underlining the inherent cruelty of captivity for ...

CFHS shocked by A Dog’s Purpose footage

Thursday, January 19 2017

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) was shocked by footage allegedly taken on the set of the film A Dog’s Purpose, which was shot just outside of Winnipeg in November 2015. “The dog in the scene was clearly terrified and resisting getting in the water,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. “The fact that the animal was wide-eyed ...

This Christmas is bright for Canada’s companion animals

Wednesday, December 14 2016

December 14, 2016 – Ottawa – Thanks to the hard work of humane societies and SPCAs across Canada, we have a lot to celebrate this holiday season. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) has just released our annual Animal Shelter Statistics Report, and it is full of great news for Canada’s companion animals. “Adoption is up, euthanasia is down – and we’re seeing a drop ...

CFHS condemns inhumane slaughter

Saturday, October 22 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY OTTAWA – Oct 22, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies condemns any and all animal cruelty in Canada’s slaughtering facilities. We were dismayed to see the abysmal treatment of turkeys at the Sofina Foods processing plant in Abbotsford, BC, such as punching, rough handling, live hanging of injured birds (including those with broken legs) and ...

Canada to accelerate battery cage ban & introduce rigorous cage-free standards

Thursday, June 30 2016

OTTAWA, June 30, 2016 – Barren battery cages for Canada’s egg-laying hens may be on their way out 5 years earlier than expected thanks to the tenacity of negotiators from the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS). This timeline is part of a new NFACC draft code for the care and handling of laying hens that is being released for public comment today, which lays out the most ...

Supreme Court of Canada: some bestiality legal

Thursday, June 09 2016

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is shocked by the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision today in which they ruled 7-1 that bestiality is only illegal if it involves acts of penetration. This horrifying loophole will remain open unless Parliament takes action to create a broader definition of bestiality under the Criminal Code of Canada. This is one of the amendments proposed by Bill ...

Update on Fort McMurray’s Animals

Thursday, June 02 2016

PHASED RE-ENTRY FOR FORT MCMURRAY BEGINS The first wave of Fort McMurray residents has started re-entry into the area. Continued efforts on behalf of Alberta SPCA, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew, Edmonton Humane Society, Red Deer SPCA and Calgary Humane Society have helped with animal evacuations, temporary sheltering and re-unification efforts. THE PLAN FOR FORT MAC’S ANIMALS The Fort ...

National Communique on Fort McMurray’s Animals

Friday, May 06 2016

Thank you to everyone who has called, emailed and messaged us on social media to determine how to help with the relief efforts for animals during the Fort McMurray wildfires. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is in direct communication with all of our member societies in the region. This includes the Fort McMurray SPCA, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, Alberta SPCA, Edmonton ...

Ottawa secures pet sale ban

Wednesday, April 13 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY Earlier today, Ottawa City Council adopted a new bylaw that bans the for-profit sale of cats and dogs in Ottawa’s pet stores. After a five-year transition period, which allows the three local stores currently selling cats and dogs to transition to a new business model, only adoptable cats and dogs from humane societies, SPCAs and rescues will set foot in pet ...

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