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Vote Green If You Care About Animals

If you care about animals, I suggest you consider voting Green this 41st federal election. Canada’s laws are badly outdated when it comes to animals and their treatment. Our laws and our politicians need to get with the times and get with Canadians’ sentiment that it is NOT OKAY to treat animals poorly or cruelly, whether they are pets or intended for our dinner plates.

The Greens have over two pages dedicated to Animal Welfare in their “Green Vision” document, a comprehensive statement on Green Party of Canada policies and programs. You can read it yourself at: http://greenparty.ca/vision-green.

The plight of animals reminds me of the plight of women not so long ago. Women in Canada were once thought of as property, instead of as individuals with rights, too. It took many women risking their health, their reputation, and their social acceptance to stand up against this unfair treatment. Known as the suffragettes, they won the vote for women, giving women rights and a collective voice they never had before.

Animals are still considered as property in Canada, instead of as living beings that deserve a good life. It’s up to us to change this sorry state of affairs. Voting for a political party that takes animal welfare seriously is one way to do this.

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2011 UN International Year of Forests

It’s election time again in Canada. I hope you will ask your federal candidates what exactly they plan on doing to honour, conserve, or protect forest communities in Canada. After all, 2011 has been designated the International Year of Forests by the United Nations.

2011 is the UN Year of Forests

And, while you’re at it, ask your candidates to explain about all the ecological goods and services that forest communities provide to Canadians. If they can’t, I hope that you will remind them how…

  • Forests help keep our fresh water clean (by filtering water and controlling soil erosion)
  • Forests encourage biological diversity, by creating microclimates and homes for different animals and plants
  • Forests provide us with all kinds of foods and medicines
  • Forests scrub our air of pollutants, and provide us with oxygen tobreathe
  • Forests give us recreational opportunities as well as aesthetic enjoyment
  • Forests can even help with climate regulation

For more information on the 2011

International Year of Forests, please visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/ or http://www.canopyplanet.org/.