07 March 2011

Ian Somerhalder teams up with Change.org to prevent another sled dog massacre

In response to the recent news of the devastating mass killing of 100 sled dogs in British Columbia, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation has created a Change.org online petition to encourage our neighbors to the north to put an end to animal cruelty. Because the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is ambiguous and outdated, according to the petition, there are no laws in place to assure that this type of act is not repeated in the future.

"Dogs and cats are defined strictly as property and there is no regulation in the act addressing businesses that work with animals such as sled dog companies," the statement reads. "Without this regulation, a place of business cannot be shut down for acts of cruelty against animals. This legislation is clearly in place only to protect the rights of owners with “animal property”, not the rights of animals."

Last month the Vancouver Sun reported that the 38-year-old employee who was responsible for the mass killing contacted the BC SPCA on two separate occasions in order to find adoptive homes for the dogs. In each case, according to the employee, he was turned down—an obvious loophole that needs to be addressed.

British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell has assembled a task force to investigate the culling case and create legislation to reform the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Ian Somerhalder and his foundation say, “Let’s raise our voices loud and clear for the Whistler 100 to ensure the task force's recommendiations [sic] are in favor of animal welfare. There's [sic] needs to be real change to the Act and we must pull together and demand that change.”

Sign the petition at Change.org.

Daelyn Fortney | @daelyn | email
Daelyn is the co-founder and managing director of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to her work at TDIV, Daelyn homeschools her three daughters.

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