Monday, October 4, 2010

Protesters Support Bill C-544 That Wound End Slaughter Of Equines For Food

Heads turned in downtown Toronto on Monday as angry animal activists picketed outside a restaurant they claim sells horse meat to customers — a practice they want stopped. About 40 protestors waved signs and chanted outside Beer Bistro on King St. E. to bring awareness of the sale of the meat and support Bill C-544, a proposal to stop the slaughtering horses for human consumption. “We want this practice stopped completely,” said Bob Timmons, of Ocean Activist United. “Slaughtered horses are being treated with drugs and substances which are banned from entering the human food chain.” Timmons said the animals were formerly pets or obtained from racetracks in the U.S. and trucked to plants in Alberta and Quebec where they are slaughtered for sale. Group members claim there are three Toronto restaurants serving horsemeat.
“About 80 or 90% of the meat goes to Europe,” he said. “The treatment of these animals is very inhumane and should be banned.” Beer Bistro owner and chef Brian Morin handed out beef burgers as the protest was taking place in front of his upscale restaurant. “We have never had a problem with serving horse meat,” Morin said on Monday, but added the meat was removed from the menu last week. “It is something our customers ask for. “People are entitled to protest,” Morin said. “Will they be protesting against ducks next time?” Horse meat is a popular delicacy in Europe and is widely sold, the protestors and officials said. Activist Kursten Dulmage said about 94,000 horses were slaughtered for food in Canada last year. “They are shot in the head and killed,” Dulmage said. “These animals are not bred for food and Canada and Mexico are the only countries that still slaughter them.” Daniela Caruso said the bill would make it illegal to transport and kill horses for human consumption. “These animals are put through a lot of stress before they are killed,” said Caruso. “I don’t think that we have to eat horse meat.” Members of the group said nationwide protests were underway on Monday to support the bill, which was tabled by MP Alex Atamanenko last June to amend the Health of Animals Act and Meat Inspection Act. The group also plans to protest two other restaurants they claim sells horse meat — La Palette on Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market and Hoof Cafe, on Dundas St. W. Staff at those restaurants couldn’t be reached for comment.

*The Toronto Sun

Global Pet Food's "Ultimate Name Dropping Contest"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Your Pet’s name could win you a brand new car!

Toronto, ON (October 4, 2010) - Global Pet Foods is searching for a name for their dog and cat mascot and turning to pet parents across Canada for help in the Ultimate Name Dropping Contest! The top prize for best cat and dog name: 2 brand new Honda Hybrid Insights.

To kick off the Ultimate Name Dropping Contest, Global Pet Foods and Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted a national online survey on pet names among 802 adult, Canadian cat and dog owners.

“The survey was a great warm up to the contest and revealed some pretty unusual pet names like- CleoCATra and General Tao,” says Jim Walker President of Global Pet Foods. Walker adds: “We’re looking forward to lots of original contest entries and great stories behind them.”

Top 10 Cat Names in Canada
1. Sam
2. Shadow
3. Lucky
4. Kitty
5. Molly
6. Felix
7. Belle/Bella
8. Lucy
9. Cookie
10. Chole

Top 5 French Cat Names
1. Grisou
2. Minou
3. Gribouille
4. Coquine
5. Frimousse

Top 5 Cat Names in Ontario
1. Molly
2. Callie
3. Bella
4. Lily
5. Lucy

Top 10 Dog Names in Canada
1. Max
2. Buddy
3. Molly
4. Lucy
5. Daisy
6. Abbey
7. Bailey
8. Charlie
9. Chloe
10. Sadie

Top 5 Most interesting Pet Names
1. CleoCATra
2. General Tao
3. Teddy Pendergrass
4. Antonio Banderas
5. Le Baron Du Samedi

Top 5 Cat Names in Quebec
1. Sam
2. Felix
3. Toutoune
4. Lucky
5. Maya

Top 5 Dog names in Ontario
1. Lucy
2. Max
3. Buddy
4. Jake
5. Roxy


Top 5 Dog names in Quebec
1. Molly
2. Mickey
3. Zoe
4. Ruby
5. Charlie

Who or what did you name your pet after?

•1in 4 pet parents (or 27%) named their pet after a character from a book, movie or TV.

•Younger pet parents under age 35 are more likely to name their pet after a character
from a book, movie, or TV.

•22% named their pet after a physical trait possessed by their pet.

•11% of pets were already named by a previous owner & they chose not to rename.

ULTIMATE NAME DROPPING CONTEST DETAILS

From Oct. 4 to Nov. 1, 2010 pet parents across Canada are invited to drop their pet’s name, story and photo in the Global Pet Foods’ Facebook contest for a chance to win 1 of 2 brand new Honda Insight Hybrids. And two lucky runners-up will win free pet food for a year.

Global Pet Foods Fans and your friends will help determine the winners by voting for their favourite dog and cat names on Facebook. Global will then select the ultimate winners from the top 10 dog and cat names with the most votes.

You can also enter The Ultimate Name Dropping Contest at your local Global Pet Foods store.

For entry and full contest rules please visit facebook.com/globalpetfoods or any Global Pet Foods location.

ABOUT GLOBAL PET FOODS:

Global Pet Foods is Canada's largest chain of pet food stores specializing in natural, holistic and organic foods and supplements, with 130 stores across Canada.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FULL SURVEY RESULTS PLEASE CONTACT:
Julie Georgas |Instigator Communications
647.345.7272|[email protected]

Tenants, Dogs, Cats Return Home After Fire

Bow wow, woof woof. Or words to that effect.
After more than a week on the streets, Pluto was glad to be sleeping in his own bed last night. And so, for that matter, was his owner, Demetre Papadopoulos .
Papadopoulos and his trusty 13-year-old Dalmatian were back in their apartment this weekend for the first time since fleeing a six-alarm fire Sept. 24 that displaced some 1,200 residents from the highrise apartment building at 200 Wellesley St. E. The duo were among the first 200 residents allowed back Saturday. Another 140 were allowed back in Sunday, leaving more than 800 people still living in shelters, hotels and other accommodation. For Papadopoulos and Pluto, the all clear to return to the building could not have come at a better time. Since the fire, Papadopoulos said he and his dog have been sleeping outdoors in alcoves and doorways and the weather was turning a bit cold for their liking. The pair spent most of the day Sunday sleeping in their own beds. “Its great to be back home,” said Papadopoulos as he took Pluto for a bathroom break outside the Toronto Community Housing building he’s lived in for the past 20 years. “This was very hard on both of us. Pluto is still little nervous, with the smell of smoke and all these people coming and going.” It is not the first time the two have shared a traumatic experience. Five years ago Papadopoulos made headlines when he left Pluto with a friend while he went to Greece to settle his mother’s estate. He returned to learn the friend had turned Pluto over to the Toronto Humane Society which in turn adopted the dog out. Papadopoulos had to go to court to get him back. The two have been inseparable since.
A virtual army of police officers, health officials, social workers and housing officials were on the scene Sunday to supervise the orderly return. Many of the residents were reunited with their pets for the first time since the fire forced them out. “They took my Teddy up to a shelter on Sheppard Ave., and I hope he’s okay,” said a worried Dorothy Butler, 76, as she sat in her motorized wheelchair. Minutes later a huge smile wiped away those worries, as her Shih Tzu found a place on her lap. The scene outside 200 Wellesley took on the look of a march to the Ark, with most residents, it seemed, returning home carrying at least one pet.
Anne Martel had her dog Charlie on a leash, and her rabbit Thumper in a cage. “This has been incredibly traumatic for me,” Martel said, adding she found shelter with her family during the forced evacuation. “I’ve been going through some personal problems and now having to deal with this fire and evacuation has been really hard.” Firefighters described the blaze as one of the worst apartment fires they have ever seen.
Fourteen people were hospitalized, including three children. Abdul Omar, 7, was doing his best to help his mom Zeineba move back into their 17th-floor apartment. “This sure is heavy,” he said as he dragged a large garbage bag of clothing along the sidewalk. Fire officials said the intensity of the fire, which started on the 24th floor, caused severe structural damage to certain parts of the 30-storey building. Health officials are monitoring air quality and tenants are not allowed to return until those tests show it is safe to do so. Toronto Community Housing is Canada’s largest housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants, about 6 per cent of the city’s population.

*Toronto Star