Wednesday, January 13, 2016

OSPCA Refuses To Assist Police, Abused Dog Returned To Owner

Yasir Naqvi, Ontario Minister of
Community Safety and Correctional
Services, continues to turn a blind
eye to the broken OSPCA.
Every time I think the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) can't possibly fail Ontario citizens and animals more than it has, the organization surprises me. I'm not sure how this is even possible. After all, the OSPCA once killed over 100 dogs in its care, it is currently billing one animal rescue in Ontario nearly $400 000 before it returns the animals it seized, and still refuses to press charges against the OPP officer who ran over an elderly, blind dog three times before shooting it to death.

The latest news of the OSPCA ignoring pleas from the Espanola police to assist an abused dog is frightening. Eight individuals told police they witnessed a man punching, whipping, and kicking his dog. The police seized the dog, charged the individual, and called the OSPCA. The OSPCA chose not to assist the police and as a result, this dog has been placed back in the home with its abuser until trial. The very organization empowered by the provincial government to PREVENT cruelty to animals simply washed its hands of the situation. I have little doubt this poor dog will continue to suffer incredible abuse at the hands of this monster.

The OSPCA has stated the reason it did not step in to help is because the dog's seizure by the police did not meet legal requirements. Since when does the OSPCA care about legal requirements? This is the same organization after all, that has repeatedly been taken to court for violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and has in the past been found guilty of doing so.

The provincial government has for too long sat idly by allowing the OSPCA to act with next to no transparency and even less accountability. In this particular case from here on out every punch, every kick, every whip, and every further torture this helpless dog receives lies with not only his abuser, but the provincial government and the OSPCA.


Here is what YOU can do to continue to raise awareness :

Tweet Ontario Premier @Kathleen_Wynne and @Yasir_Naqvi, Ontario's Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, who is responsible for overseeing the OSPCA. Make sure to include the hashtag #ReformTheOSPCA.

Go to Yasir Naqvi's Facebook page and ask him exactly what his ministry is doing to bring accountability to the OSPCA, and to help this poor dog.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Bowmanville Zoo and Michael Hackenberger Will Continue To Abuse Animals As Long As The OSPCA Sits Idly By

Last week a video made public by PETA showed Michael Hackenberger, owner and trainer at Bowmanville Zoo allegedly violently whipping a tiger 19 times :

The video went viral, as animal advocates expressed their disgust not only at the whipping of the tiger, but also at the language used by Hackenberger :

"You piece of fucking..."

"Cause I like hitting him in the face."

"But here's the problem at the end of the day. If we'd been running a videotape the whole time you were here and you did a 45 second montage of the times I struck this animal, PETA would burn this place to the ground."

As a result of the public outcry the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) has stated that while it is still investigating, "In this situation, our officers did not find the tigers to be in immediate distress, as defined by the Ontario SPCA act."

This is not the first time Hackenberger has been accused of abusing animals. Earlier this year on a live television morning show the zoo owner came under fire for telling a baboon, "Fuck you, cocksucker." Watch how quickly Hackenberger switches gears from a mild mannered animal trainer to a state of extreme frustration and anger, back to cool and collected once he remembers he's on live television. It is truly frightening.

Unfortunately, if you think the OSPCA will actually lay charges against Hackenberger or the Bowmanville Zoo don't hold your breath. Remember, this is the organization that has still refused to charge the OPP officer who drove over a dog three times before shooting it to death yet in the past had no problem charging one woman because her dogs had tartar on their teeth. No doubt that fell under the parameters of, "immediate distress".

Nearly every person who watches the Bowmanville Zoo videos sees Michael Hackenberger for what he is, a serial animal abuser who should be criminally charged and never again be allowed to work with animals. Meanwhile the OSPCA sees him perfectly fit to own a zoo.

Yet again it falls into the hands of Ontario citizens to stand up for the animals, as the organization mandated by law to do so sits idly by. In this case there is only one way to do so, and it is incredibly simple :


Remember, if you buy a ticket to this animal house of horrors you might as well ask for a whip when you enter the doors, because you are no better than Michael Hackenberger who it turns out is not only a sick animal abuser, but a real, "piece of fucking...".