Marineland has launched lawsuits targeting myself, former orca trainer Christine Santos and animal care supervisor Jim Hammond. My latest round of legal bills totaled more than I will earn in this year -- $100,000. Our lawsuits are shining examples of the urgent need for the anti-SLAPP legislation that is Bill 52: Protection of Public Participation Act. It is unbearable to think that this historic piece of legislation -- as it is currently written -- will not apply to the very people who have largely inspired it. Why is the province turning its back on us and leaving us behind? Where is the procedural fairness for those of us who are already proceeding with unfair cases before the courts in Ontario?
We live in a world that's built on using animals for every purpose imaginable, and even armed with information and conviction, people can find it challenging to live in alignment with their beliefs. Even though sometimes I am frustrated beyond belief by the actions of humans, I dig deep to find my compassion, to help them find theirs.
March 5 was a good day for elephants. Not the elephants roaming free in their natural habitat -- for those elephants every day is a good day. I am referring to 43 Asian elephants that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus keeps in chains. These cruel acts will be a thing of the past starting in 2018.
From parks to backyards, we can expect to see a range of different critters all expecting to find an easy source of food and possibly a home for mating and reproduction. Many of us will appease their needs by offering an assortment of foods ranging from seeds to fruits and vegetables. But that act may be doing more harm than good.
People need income, and if given real choices, most would opt to earn a living by helping others rather than by harming them. Humane jobs afford people with good working conditions, doing jobs that help animals, or that help both people and animals. Humane jobs feed people's stomachs and their sense of pride.
Valentine's Day is a wonderful day to spend with those you love -- whether they have two legs or four, paws or feet, wagging tails or smiling faces. It's a great day to share your love with everyone who makes you happy. This Valentine's Day we want to see a selfie of you and your BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever)! Snap a picture of you and your pet -- be it a cat, dog, rabbit, or even a horse -- and show us your love!
The decline is so striking that the Dairy Farmers of Canada commissioned a survey to find out why milk drinkers are ditching it in droves. Despite the fear-mongering and the tens of millions spent to peddle dairy, the Canadian public now sees the dairy industry for what it is. No amount of advertising will make them un-see it.
October 4 is World Animal Day, a global event celebrating animals big and small, from coast to coast and sea to sea around the world. Here in Canada, almost 30 per cent of households have a dog. They provide companionship, happiness and even therapy to their owners. But we still face a dark problem when choosing where to get our next dog -- puppy mills.
People are meant to be resilient and aim to recover from traumatic life events so when you lose a beloved pet, it is natural for those who care about you to ask when you are going to fill the void by adopting another lucky fur-child. Emotionally, we may process it as someone trying to get us to replace the love we just lost.
Some people may be able to find "a job" but is the pay enough to even cover basic expenses? Are the hours sufficient? Are they consistent? Or is it not only impossible to schedule the essentials of life, but to pay for them? Above and beyond these important, tangible dimensions, do people enjoy their jobs?