Berger Blanc has blood on their hands– Enquete report reveals animal cruelty

A dog at Berger Blanc captured by hidden camera on Enquete. Animals are euthanized on the floor, by unskilled workers without analgesics

Never have I been so shocked after watching a hidden-camera investigative report on television.

Yes, I’ve seen elephants being brutally domesticated in Thailand and savage seal hunt tactics, but never have I seen something like this.

Radio-Canada’s investigative television show, Enquete, went undercover and entered deep inside Le Berger Blanc to reveal some of the most atrocious abuse of animals I’ve ever seen. The privately-run, Montreal animal shelter is used by 10 Montreal boroughs to control the animal population. But what Enquete discovered was that the Berger Blanc is more like a death chamber than the local SPCA. Cats and dogs are brought there when lost, but few return to their owners (less than 40 per cent of dogs, almost no cats returned to owners).

Worse yet, the Berger Blanc claims to euthanize the animals respectfully,  giving analgesics to ease the pain , in the hands of a veterinarian. None of which is the true. The cats and dogs are killed at the hand of unskilled employees, who give the animals lethal injections without analgesics, letting them die slowly and painfully on the floor or in their cages. The Enquete report shows cats leaping across their cages, screaming in pain, sometimes tumbling across the floor until the poison has set in.

The animals are then dragged out to garbage bins outback, that are then stored in a large fridge.

This is beyond cruelty, it is torture.

In response to the report and a protest held in Montreal on April 23, 2011, Agriculture Minister Pierre Corbeil has asked departmental inspectors to look into alleged inhumane practices in euthanizing abandoned pets. In Montreal, the city says it will ask inspectors to increase the number of spot checks at the pound on Henri Bourassa Blvd.

This isn’t enough. Obviously, inspecting the place hasn’t worked, as inspectors have frequented Le Berger Blanc and not seen anything the matter. Either they are blind, woefully ignorant or complicit in animal torture.  Laws need to be changed in Quebec, not just regarding animal control but animal rights. Quebec has puppy mills and idiots who torture and kill their own animals and get off with a mere fine. Animals need rights in the province and in this country and it’s high time we take a stand.

The first step is to sign the petition floating around online thanks to the Humane Society International/Canada, which is demanding effective, more humane animal control services. .
Next step is to start emailing city councilors who are employing Le Berger Blanc. Email them directly and let them know how you feel. The bouroughs that employ Le Berger Blanc are: Cote-Des-Neige, NDG, Anjou, Montreal East, the Plateau, Rivieres des Prairies, Rosemont and St-Leonard. A list of email addresses can be found here.

SPCA executive unwittingly kills own dog

Posted On August 27, 2009

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This is a dramatization

How unfortunately tragic.

Robin Starr, the CEO of the Richmond, Virginia’s  Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals , left her 16 year old blind and deaf dog in her hot car for 4 hours!

Starr said she often took her dog to work, but she had not realized her husband put “Louie” in the car that morning, August 19th.

Only at noon, when the temperature outside was 91 degrees, did she realize that Louie was in the car. Starr took him to two clinics, but he died of kidney failure soon after.

When Adam first read the story, he was ready to call for Starr’s resignation. But really, hasn’t this woman suffered enough? Her job is based on the safety of animals, yet she accidentally killed her own.

As it stands, the SPCA board members still support Starr.

Hopefully this tragic accident will stop people from knowingly leaving their dogs in their cars. Especially on hot days.

Health Care Hero has Died

Posted On August 26, 2009

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Senator Ted Kennedy died last night at the age of 77, losing his battle with brain cancer.

This death is particularly painful, not because the Senate has lost a great man, but because the whole country has lost a great man.

Kennedy, the last of the Kennedy brothers, lead the uphill battle for universal health coverage, something he spent his entire career trying to achieve. Unfortunately, he died before seeing the fruits of his labour. The Senate has not yet voted on the politically divisive  issue.

He recently wrote in Newsweek :

“…quality care shouldn’t depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face. Every American should be able to get the same treatment that U.S. senators are entitled to.

This is the cause of my life. It is a key reason that I defied my illness last summer to speak at the Democratic convention in Denver—to support Barack Obama, but also to make sure, as I said, ‘that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American…will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not just a privilege.'”

Clickhere to read his amazing story

Our  sincerest condolences  go out to the Kennedy Family.  He was truly a great man.