We all live our lives in ways that fit our souls, our desires, our comfort level and in a way that matter and makes sense to us. Some people are vegan for ethical reasons, some for medical. Others, like myself, do eat animal protein due to health issues on the other side that relate to allergies to many forms of vegetable protein sources. Whatever our lifestyle, and whatever our reasons for eating or not eating animal protein I think we can all agree on this one issue: Animal Testing. In that there should be none, ever. I don’t know about you, but I walk around in an idealistic bubble believing that only places like China are still in the animal testing game. Well, this is not the case, in fact, I learned just yesterday that here in Ontario animals are purchased from shelters, and the shelters sell “death row” cats and dogs to research labs. The messenger of this horrific information also shared with me that Ontario is the only province in Canada where this practice is allowed.
Can this even be true? Is this an actual thing???
While I flip over some rocks to investigate if this is something really taking place in my own beautiful back yard, I want you all to ponder this new information as my What Would You Do Wednesday.
If you found out that your province, or state, was secretly buying up shelter animals and using them for animal testing would you:
a) call your representative and demand action to stop this cruel and inhumane practice?
b) take to social media to blow the whistle on the unethical, immoral dirty little secret?
c) find out all the information about it, construct a powerful and strongly worded message and present it to the leader of the Province, who if we’re unlucky, will be Doug Ford, but that’s an entirely different problem, and the Prime Minister of Canada insisting they protect the rights of shelter animals?
d) do nothing since they’re already on death row, and there are too many dogs and cats in the world anyway???
I’m still stunned and shocked by this revelation, and I’m hoping and praying that what I will uncover is that this is an old practice that no longer happens in Ontario. While I do that, I look forward to your responses, and possible ideas for a happy solution to this possible barbaric practice.