Donations to animal shelters are down, and many financially strapped pet owners are dropping their pets to shelters like Urban Safari that are already full. With negative media and false information being put out there Urban Safari Rescue Society has taken an unfair blow to its image and public confidence must be rebuilt. Although myself, my team of volunteers and staff understand that there should be regulations as to what people can keep in their homes as pets, the new Controlled Alien Species Act has created all to many problems for Urban Safari and Cinemazoo, most recently having to ship about many of our beloved animals out of the province or face having them euthanized. Government officials are coming down hard on Urban Safari and other similar animal rescues simply because the rules for keeping exotic pets have changed.
I cannot understand why the different divisions of this government can’t see the value of organizations such as Urban Safari. When I mentioned to the powers that be how important it is for children to have the up close experience of these animals that have been banned their comment was “they can always go to the zoo”. Well, considering the reports that nearly half of children in BC live below the poverty line, that wouldn’t be an option for them. What about the children in hospitals, and cancer centers or kids in institutions that need inspiration, and children with a variety of Mental and Physical Challenges? What a couple of officials said to me in regards to that was that “it wasn’t their problem”, that it was the problem of social services and other government bodies and that is what I like to call “passing the buck”.
Thank God the government didn’t rule when I was 8 and a man came into my classroom with an assortment of animals to educate us. That man changed my destiny. I became an animal lover and throughout my life it helped keep my nose clean all my money went to my interest in animals, not Drugs, Alcohol, cigarettes or any other bad habits.
The fact that these laws were passed for Public Safety, is a little hypocritical, certain breeds of Dogs have been known to maim and sometimes even kill people, yet these breeds and other breeds don’t get banned nor should they be. What about horses? More people die from horse related accidents or get seriously injured than any other domesticated animal in North America. However, they are big business for the government, so, is that what counts? Because I certainly don’t believe that it is public safety. Why isn’t it the case of no matter what animal you obtain or own, you are the sole responsible person that should receive punishments for any wrong doing by the animal or the owners.
We here have cooperated with all the laws and complied 100% but I still can’t help but think that they are using USRS as an example. Their way of thinking does not necessarily solve the problems, especially in regards to animals, Euthanasia should not be a pert of the solution; however, any other suggestions presented to them to make this work was not even considered for discussion.
What is in Store for the future for the animals and our children?
It has been a rough year as you will see in the upcoming web series, but it is time to put this chapter behind us and step up the significant change that is taking place at a new Urban Safari Rescue Society. Under the guidance of a new board of directors, new staff and volunteers that are committed to compassionate animal welfare Urban Safari Rescue Society will be revitalized and continue its work rescuing these abandoned animals. Most importantly, our new facility will be much more conducive to the mental and physical health of the animals. We ask you to come and visit Urban Safari Rescue Society to see the excellent work we have been doing for many years and judge for yourself.
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