A vigil will be held in High Park this Saturday, April 23, in memory of the 100 healthy sled dogs that were slaughtered in Whistler, B.C., last spring. The incident has inspired campaigns for animal welfare reform in Toronto, including the upcoming vigil to be held in High Park's off-leash area Saturday from 3 until 4 p.m.
Sally Bratt and Beth Mischitelle have spearheaded the event in Toronto. This vigil coincides with those being held in every province across Canada as well as six other countries. "Like others, I was saddened and outraged when I read the news reports about how 100 sled dogs were slaughtered in April 2010. Animals are not disposable property and we need to be the voice for those that have no voice," said Bratt in a statement. "Our plan is to raise awareness that animal cruelty laws are woefully lenient in Canada and need to be changed." The vigil is a family event. Everyone is welcome to attend.