Igloos, whale blubber and maple syrup
Did I miss any stereotypical Canadianisms? I apologize if I did, please feel free to include them in the comments.
Yes my friends, it’s time to head north and explore the Canadian SPCA.
I’m going to attempt to sum up the story so everyone’s up to speed and then WHAM we’re going to talk about why the SPCA feels it’s ok to ignore horse killers who hide behind supposed ignorance.
- Wonderful horse-lover comes across picture of neglected, starving filly (Zora) that turns out to be the half sister to one her horses
- Said wonderful person attempts to purchase the filly – at first the owner says no but eventually a price is agreed upon and arrangements made for Zora to be picked up.
- Owner tells wonderful person that she’s feeding the filly as much hay as she’ll eat and grain twice daily (I’m not even going to try to mask it with a cough: I call bullshit!)
- Wonderful person picks up poor little Zora (literally, as the filly trips while trying to load into the trailer and doesn’t have the energy to pick herself up)
- Zora wasn’t strong enough to stay on her feet for the trailer ride home (1.5 hours) so they once again had to pick her up upon arrival
- Get her in a stall, give her hay and fresh water – Zora lays down after 30 minutes because she can’t stand anymore
- Poor little baby doesn’t even last the night. (ok, I’m already crying and I’ve read this before).
Deep breath. And continue.
Since when are people not held accountable for their actions? Even when someone doesn’t mean to do something! – the charge of involuntary manslaughter was created for a reason! But according to the Canadian SPCA, it’s a-ok in their books for someone to starve and neglect a foal (a foal! A freaking FOAL) to the point of death.
The person who took in Zora contacted the SPCA to ensure that poor Zora`s death didn’t go unnoticed. If nothing else, maybe it could serve to keep that wretch from ever doing this to another horse. So a necropsy was performed, the findings of which supported that the filly had been starved over a period of time (nonexistent fat stores, below normal levels of skeletal muscles) and then the SPCA investigated. Two months later, the case was closed and nothing was done.
The wise people of the SPCA concluded that it wasn’t worth their time since they couldn’t conclusively prove that Zora had been neglected on purpose, as opposed to her neglect being the result of the previous owner’s lack of education. You’ll notice that the SPCA isn’t arguing the fact that Zora had been neglected – just whether or not is was on purpose.
How lax are the laws “protecting” animals (including livestock) that people can hide behind ignorance and avoid any consequences by saying “oops, I didn’t know”. And how sad is it that they can apparently convince the SPCA that they didn’t realize practically being able to hang hangers off Zora’s pelvic bones, thinly covered with baby fur that should have shed out months ago, was a bad thing.
Well, as it turns out, it may not entirely be the SPCA’s fault. After a brief googling session, I found this summary that outlines and compares the “Farm Animal Welfare Law in Canada”. Apparently, if you want to abuse animals, New Brunswick is the place to go! The only place animal protection officers (APO’s) seem to have any authority to intervene is when a “pet establishment” (ex. a dog kennel) is involved. Furthermore, New Brunswick is one of 4 provinces that does not have a “standard of care that includes provisions for Duty of Care requirements for the keeping of farmed animals”. So, if I’m reading that right, anything goes? That’s what you’re telling me? Farm animals aren’t worth protecting? Unfortunately, and despicably, that’s probably not the first time any of us have heard that.
I don’t care how inexperienced with horses you are, ribs = bad. At some point, way before starving to death was even a possibility, anyone with an iota of common sense would have figured something wasn’t right and sought help. Low on cash? Ask a neighbor. Visit the internet. There are ways to get free advice as to why your cute little baby horse is too weak to stand on its own. The fact of the matter is that the former owner didn’t care for the animal in her possession and caused its subsequent death.
If you’re not going to feed ’em, why have horses, eh? (Sorry, I missed a stereotype)