By Dr. Andrew Jones
Earlier this year it came to light that over 100 sled dogs were killed as the owner ran into financial difficulty and could no longer afford them.
This caused a MAJOR public outcry…especially with having so many dogs killed at once.
And the ONLY reason the story came to light
is that an employee at the company filed a successful compensation claim for post-traumatic stress from the incident.
The company has denied reports the animals were shot because bookings dried up after the 2010 Olympic Games, leaving it with more dogs than it could afford to keep. The owner issued a statement saying he was told by the employee that the dogs were old and sick and needed to be put down.
….This same person didn’t even THINK about perhaps reporting WHAT was going to happen to the SPCA?
The result was a Government task force, and tougher anti-cruelty laws:
B.C. will bring in tough new animal cruelty laws — including $75,000 fines and two-year jail terms — following the alleged slaughter of 100 dogs by a Whistler company last spring, Premier Christy Clark announced Tuesday morning.
Here are some of the recommendations:
* Create a new regulatory authority that would define new mandatory standards of animal care.
* Recommend the federal government strengthen criminal laws governing animal cruelty.
* Require veterinarians to report animal abuse to the B.C. SPCA.
* Establish standards of care for the feeding, housing and euthanization of sled dogs.
* Enhance the capacity of the B.C. SPCA to conduct animal cruelty investigations with a $100,000 donation.
* Appoint a Crown counsellor with expertise in animal cruelty to pursue more cases.
* Require sled dog companies on Crown land to submit to annual inspections.
* Encourage the establishment of a sled dog industry association to develop certification and auditing programs.
* Improve public awareness and ways to report suspected cases of animal cruelty.
P.S. First I must applaud the government for taking this matter seriously, and having tougher anti-cruelty laws.
I still have issue with the ‘pleasure’ sled dog industry. Sled dogs have a pretty poor life. I have seen nearly 50 sled dogs tied to short 3-5ft ropes/chains and stakes.
They wear a hole in the ground where they circle.
What else is there to do?
Sled dogs used by northern residents as a method of getting through the snow is so much different than sled dogs just used for ‘pleasure’
In my opinion its NOT ethical and shouldn’t be allowed at all.
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Dr Andrew J
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