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In most cases the penalty amounts to a slap on the wrist. There are no laws pertaining to working dogs; they can be disposed of as we see fit as long as it is done in a humane manner.
I think what most people are outraged about are the numbers and the inhumanity of the killings.
I find it very hard to believe there weren't other options. I strongly feel any dogs that are in these persons "care" need to be removed and they should be banned from having dogs, ever.
This is the very least we can expect. To all the decent people living in Whistler I sincerely hope you survive this black eye that has now been seen worldwide.
Please search for this new proactive important group in the Facebook search at top: Demand Change: Canada Animal Cruelty Laws, and post on your site, newsletters and local papers, to "Like" and "Share it" with other FB friends and users!
Someone kindly set it up today, with the horrific nightmare news of the beautiful dogs, which were killed by the company in Whistler.
Please be proactive and spread the word about this FB group, to encourage people to use their voice and send emails to their MPs to change our much-outdated animal cruelty laws, the wording, and much harsher penalties, ASAP as needed!
We need to take action, and if this is the one thing we can do that comes out of this distressing news then... well, we've DONE something. Thank you, from a Vancouver-Whistler lover...
"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Ghandi
Centre for Sustainability responds
Bob Calladine, in his letter to the editor in both the Pique and the Question asks for someone to offer some further insight to the comments he made.
For a broader explanation of what the Centre for Sustainability is about, please refer to the article "Whistler's Sustainability Advantage: The Whistler Centre for Sustainability" in the Nov 25, 2010 edition of the Pique or at www.whistlercentre.ca. For now, I will just shed some light on Bob's statements.