Oh the Horrors of Rabies Control

Toronto Sun columnist John Kerr had an amusing take down of The Animal Alliance of Canada over that organization’s targeting of Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources Jerry Ouellette.

Of course they’re unhappy Ouellette is an angler and a hunter. But AAC’s Liz White and Stephen Best, director the AAC’s lobbying branch Environment Voters, also attacked Ouellette in a fund raising letter as “vindictive” and Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers as “goons” and “thugs” for the 2002 shut down of the Ottawa Carlton Wildlife Centre. A total of 34 raccoons and one skunk was seized from the Wildlife Centre.

But according to Kerr,

Although in the heart of racoon-rabies country, the centre’s proprietors had refused to get rid of the animals, as required by law.

This part of eastern Ontario is a high-risk area for raccoon rabies and under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act raccoons and skunks can’t be kept without authorization.

. . .

Indeed, the centre’s seized animals were kept over winter in a ministry quarantine facility, vaccinated against rabies, and released “healthy” into the wild this spring, the ministry stated.

. . .

“Our biggest priority was ensuring these animals didn’t compromise the health and safety of the public, their pets, and other wildlife in the region,” said Dr. Chris Davies, manager of the MNR’s Wildlife Research and Development section.

How dare this Ouellette yahoo give rabies control a high priority. What sort of animal abuser would go to such lengths to stop the spread of a deadly disease? And imagine how much better life would be in Ontario if animal rights activists like White and Best had their way and such disease control was relegated to the dustbin of history where it belongs.


Animal activists target Ouellette. John Kerr, Toronto Sun, May 22, 2003.

HSUS Pals Burlington Coat Factory Targeted by Activists

Several months ago the Humane Society of the United States discovered that some Fur-trimmed coats being
sold by Burlington Coat Factory contained fur from dogs. The story was
widely reported in the national media and BCF agreed to not only stop
importing coats containing fur from dogs but also donated $100,000 to
HSUS to help that organization track and campaign against the import of
fur from dogs into the United States.

As I pointed out, the BCF actions
were the result of embracing what Adrian Morrison calls the “muddled middle.”
If using dog fur is wrong, certainly using mink or other animal fur, not
to mention leather, is wrong. By acting in such an unprincipled way, BCF
was only inviting further harassment from animal rights activists who
won’t be satisfied until no animal products are used in the production
of garments.

In fact, animal rights activists
now appear to be aggressively targeting BCF.

The Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade and Last Chance for Animals sent a letter to BCF demanding that
they stop selling coats with fur of any sort by March 26. The two groups have designated Sunday, May 30th as a National
Day of Action Against Burlington Coat Factory. As the two groups put their
complaint in a recent press release, “Burlington Coat Factory has
so far refused to stop selling fur and fur trim, despite the big expose
where they were busted with dog fur. Somehow this company fails to see
the similarities between canines (foxes and coyotes) and canines (dogs).
Therefore they still sell fur from foxes, coyotes, raccoons and who knows
what else.”

In a separate press release, the two
groups reiterated that, “The only way BCF can avoid the protests is to voluntarily
give up selling fur by May 30, or agree to a phase-out plan.”


BCF demo next Sunday. Coaliation to Abolish the Fur Trade, Press Release, February 21, 1999.

National day of action against Burlington. Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, Press Release, April 9, 1999.

Burlington Coat Factory rejects peace overtures of anti-fur coalition; protests set. Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, Press Release, March 29, 1999.