Spa Canada – Who Are We?
The Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) Canada is the largest Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to creating awareness and educating people on respecting animals.
SPA Canada is definitively an Animal Rights organization just like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), HSUS (The Humane Society of the United States) and HSI (Humane Society International). We are not an animal shelter, it’s simply not our mission and strategies to help animals!
We believe we can eradicate animal cruelty at the roots of the problem instead of perpetuating animal welfare help to animals in the systems that abuse them.
We support laws and regulations that prohibit rodeos, horse racing, circuses, hunting, science research using animals, raising animals for food, zoos, marine parks, breeding of purebred pets and any use of animals for industry, entertainment, sport or recreation.
We believe in the diversity of tactics to overcome animal cruelty and therefore the need to take care of animals that are prisoners of the current system. However, the long-term solution lies in animal rights and that is the position we choose to take on behalf of animals.
Animal Rights Vs Animal Welfare
ANIMAL WELFARE theories accept that animals have interests but allow these interests to be traded away as long as there are some human benefits that are thought to justify that sacrifice.
ANIMAL RIGHTS means that animals, like humans, have interests that cannot be sacrificed or traded away just because it might benefit others. However, the rights position does not hold that rights are absolute; an animal’s rights, just like those of humans, must be limited, and rights can certainly conflict. Animal rights means that animals are not ours to use for food, clothing, entertainment, or experimentation. Animal welfare allows these uses as long as “humane” guidelines are followed.
On The Field!
Officials of public awareness transmit information to passers-by and collect signatures for various petitions. For example, in November 2008, the organization has submitted a petition accumulating 50,000 names to convince the Québec provincial Liberal government of Jean Charest to proceed with the closing of puppy mills in the area. A total of 50 000 signatures in just four months! More recently, the agency embarked on a fourth campaign on the dubious practices of the Berger Blanc, the city pound in Montreal.
The founders of the organization have come to realize that no Canadian organizations have as its main mission the advancement of legislation for animal rights and public education; therefore the SPA Canada wanted to fill this gap. This idea completes the mission of many Canadian shelters essential for animals.
The SPA Canada Team Also …
– Has information kiosks in the streets, festivals, concerts, etc.;.
– Produces and distributes informational pamphlets;
– Develops educational websites;
– Conducts investigations to reveal cases of injustice or cruelty to animals;
– Intervenes in the media during news events;
– Organizes volunteer days in animal shelters.
The SPA Canada’s mission is to promote respect for animals through education and awareness of political, economic, community and civil aspects about the following issues: ethics, public health and environmental impacts of the five main operating industries (agriculture, science, fashion, entertainment and domestic animals), to manage populations of different animal species or deal with any other human activity that may affect non-human animals. In addition, the agency also participates in the advancement of issues for human rights and environmental protection having an impact on animals.