Sunday, 10 April 2011

Bonnie Dawson, Candidate #NWT #cdnpoli #elxn41

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From: Bonnie Dawson
Date: 12 April 2011 11:40
Subject: Correction to post re our interview REFERENCE: LIVE TERMINAL SURGERIES REFERENCED
Cc: Lia

Hi George:  would you mind issuing a correction with regard to contents below:  I rec'd this from Toronto Office just now. 
Personally I was unaware at the time of interview that the Beagles were a special order....
In your interview with George Lessard, you mention the OVC live terminal surgeries.  We need to issue a correction.  The beagles were purpose-bred dogs, ordered specifically for the veterinary students.  They were used for teaching and surgical training and were euthanized when they were no longer needed.  (They did not succumb on the operating table.  Well, perhaps some did, but we don't know for certain).
Can you get in touch with George to let him know about the correction?
Thanks, Bonnie!  I'm going to post the link with the correction, either today or tomorrow.

Big or Small, every living creature has a place on this planet, deserving of human respect, compassion and guardianship. The true measure of human society is in how we honor this role placed upon all of mankind.

Bonnie Dawson
Animal Alliance
Environment Voters
party candidate
in the
Western Arctic
riding NWT


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From: Bonnie Dawson <>
Date: 10 April 2011 12:54
Subject: FW: Interview with Bonnie Dawson

Big or Small, every living creature has a place on this planet, deserving of human respect, compassion and guardianship. The true measure of human society is in how we honor this role placed upon all of mankind.

Thank you George for allowing me the opportunity to speak with you this morning.

Below you will find a great deal of the materials I have researched well and the information below more than proves the Link between Violence Against Animals and Human Violence, which ties into the reports that the NWT has the highest Rate of Violence per Capita than anywhere else in Canada;  this in turn ties into family health and wellbeing, the need for lengthier jail terms for repeat violent offenders, improved programmes to be developed and implemented to address repeat violent offenders, need for more womens shelters.  Please pay particular attention to the issues involving the domestic and child abuse relating to animal cruelty.  I have done my research very well.  I will include these links in the body of this email so you can readily access, may I suggest that you print the body of this email so that you will have a hard copy of the links for future reference.

The need for readily accessible Veterinary care will aid in curbing dog population explosions, rabies and parvo outbreaks that can be transmitted to wildlife, and help prevent dog attacks:  see CHIRP Report.  More animal shelters need to be built and run by qualified professionally trained individuals and additional animal relocation programs set up to place rescued animals outside the territories.  Qualified Animal Cruelty Investigators are needed to assist in the hands on one on one assessment of animals in crisis, so that it is not left up to the opinion of individual By-Law Officers or Legal authorities who do not have the education nor the qualifications in Animal Welfare and Care.

How an animal is treated reflects the possible abusive life within a home, we already see evidence relating to bullying in NT schools, children who perhaps are subjected to the same abuse in their own homes vent their anger and frustrations on others, their classmates and often animals.  As proven by the published research papers this often leads to future violent acts in adult years.  Animal Cruelty is recognized as a Pathological Syndrome and needs to be recognized as such in Canada and around the world...please read full article as linked from the NY Times

I have attached the current Federal Criminal Code and you will find the particular Sections which I referred to whereby the animals themselves are evidence of neglect.
 I have also included a number of pictures which I received from the BDRSPCA located in Inuvik.  These are only just a few. Picture from Legacy of the North is one of the two surviving Pokiak dogs in Tuk to which the "We say Tuk" attachment refers to.  Linda Eccles BDRSPCA president filed an Animal Cruelty Report with RCMP, however nothing was done to help these dogs and no charges were ever laid.  I am also providing a link from the NNSL Archives which reflect the violence against a family pet that in turn caused severe trauma to family members..
Taloyoak man jailed for 'vicious' attack on family pet

My Contact Info:

Facebook Group:
Action for the Protection of Northern Animals:  Open Group
Action for the Protection of Northern Animals:  Causes

Anyone wishing to contact me via the above contact method is welcome to do so and I will respond. 

Please include in your post:
so that others may check out the site.  Thank you.

NOW FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE: I do hope you will take the time...
Please note that a great deal of this material was provided to the GNWT Ministers during my battle for Animal Protection for the NWT, as well as approx. 3K petition signatures and comments which came in from the Americas and Internationally. I will continue to work towards the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that is needed in the NT.

Sandy Lees addresses NT Legislative Assembly in 2005 for the need of Animal Protection in NWT; unfortunately she did not follow through.
February 9, 2005 - NWT Hansard (copyright Government of NWT)

Evaluation and delivery of domestic animal health services in remote
communities in the Northwest Territories: A case study of status and needs
CVJ / VOL 51 / OCTOBER 2010   Anyone interested in obtaining reprints should contact the CVMA
office for additional copies or permission to use this material elsewhere.

CHIRP  REPORT: Injuries associated with ... Non-Fatal Dog Bites
Animal Protection is most certainly about protecting the animals, usually properly cared for and well socialized animals, do not attack  unless provoked or trained to do so.  The recent number of sled dog attacks causing injury and in some cases death is preventable and alarming.
Please contact the Injury and Child Maltreatment
Section, Health Surveillance and Epidemiology
Division, by PHONE at (613) 957-4689, by FAX at
(613) 941-9927 or visit our website at
a great deal of information is contained on Pet Abuse site as it related to the Link between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence and how to recognize animal cruelty
PETA Website:
Animal Cruelty and Human Violence: The Link
Veterinary Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
Animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence
Government of Alberta
A1The following content paraphrases Alberta SPCA's March 2002 publication Animal cruelty and family violence: A resource book for Albertans. Retrieved July 20, 2009 from

The Violence Connection:  Publication put out by Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Canada

Looking Out for Family Pets

Recognizing the Connection between Animal Cruelty and Family Violence

by OWJN, October 3, 2001

Animal Cruelty and Family Violence: Making the Connection
The Animal Abuse-Human Violence Link
"One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it." - Anthropologist Margaret Mead
EXCERPT FROM ABOVE LINK:  Quebec Society for the Defense of Animals
"Significantly, the connection between human-to-human violence and animal cruelty has long been recognized by progressive human and animal welfare agencies. Almost universally, child abuse in a home is accompanied by abuse to the family pet. Juvenile acts of animal cruelty are strong indicators pointing to escalating violence later in life"
Department of Justice

Understanding Family Violence and Sexual Assault in the Territories, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

Canadian Crime Statistics, 2007
by Mia Dauvergne

Statistics Canada

Big or Small, every living creature has a place on this planet, deserving of human respect, compassion and guardianship. The true measure of human society is in how we honor this role placed upon all of mankind.

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