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Take Action > June Is Orca Action Month!

posted on June 14, 2019

 Take Action > June Is Orca Action Month!


Say No Again to “Roberts Bank Terminal 2” Destructive Expansion Plans!
Public Meetings Ends June 24th!
The hearings are open for public comment to support No Expansion in order to Protect Endangered Orcas and the Salmon They Need! Public Hearing Schedule to June 24, 2019

Please Read the Lifeforce Info Poster: Respect Equal Rights for Orcas! Contact Lifeforce if you would like further information lifeforcesociety@gmail.com
Email: Review Panel Secretariat, Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project
ceaa.panelrbt2-commissionrbt2.acee@canada.ca

Re: Canadian Cetacean Ban Will Perpetuate Captivity

posted on June 10, 2019

Re: Canadian Cetacean Ban Will Perpetuate Captivity

June 10, 2019
News Release

“Canada’s enactment of a ban on the captivity of whales and dolphins proves that there is nationwide opposition to cruel captures and imprisonment. Although it is gratifying to have this support, the Bill “permits legitimate research and the rescue of animals in distress”. This will perpetuate inhumane captivity and experiments”, stated Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce Founder, “Why is so-called “legitimate research” allowed? It is a bias peer review, publish or perish research industry! Lifeforce has fought against this exemption! It is a violation of Cetacean Rights!”

This bill may even help the Vancouver Aquarium (VA) and other industries plans to get lucrative grants to use captives and “rescues” as “untapped resources” treated as experimental “tools”! This was stated at a 2007 conference held at the VA. The meeting included the US Navy. They actually agreed with many issues by those opposed to captive experiments with marine mammals. They discussed the major differences between captives and those living in the wild.

Hamilton further states, “The aquarium industry knows that cetacean captivity is not supported so they are trying to rebrand it as saving “rescued” cetaceans for "conservation" experiments. For decades the wildlife that aquariums and zoos claimed cannot be returned to wild has been a free worldwide animal market.

The VA states that they will fight to keep “rescues” at the aquarium for any long term “care” and experiments until whenever they may find another aquarium. But they do not include more humane options such as sea pens. Sadly, this could include orcas, belugas, False killer whales, porpoises and other dolphin species.

In addition, a noisy public aquarium is not suitable for any treatment and recovery. They are subjected to more human disturbances even during the many events and parties in the evenings. That is why true wildlife rescue includes “hospital peace and quiet” during rehabilitation.”

Many cetaceans die in the wild. It is common practice for wildlife rescue organization to euthanize unrealisable wildlife. If people are against capturing and imprisoning wild cetaceans then they should also be against keeping them imprisoned for experiments! The suffering of a dolphin captured from the wild is the same as dolphins “rescued” from the wild! We must not justify saving “rescues” for them to suffer in captivity. (Note: Many of the “rescued” seals do die every year at the VA centre.)

If a cetacean is being considered to be “rescued” then there must be 1. A Cetacean Rights Review Committee, including animal protection organizations, to decide humane actions. 2. Any rehabilitation for release must be done in sea pens.

The Canadian Cetacean Ban is a major step forward! Unfortunately, the battle to end the captivity of cetaceans will continue! All Cetacean Captivity Must End!

For further information: lifeforcesociety@gmail.com

History

Since the 80s: Lifeforce has fought against captures and captivity across Canada. Including, Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria with their holding module lockup to all cetacean expansions at the Vancouver Aquarium (in 1984, 1988-90, and the last ongoing expansion in 2006) to Churchill Manitoba in 1990 that exposed the abusive captures of 3 belugas and stopped international captures and exports

1982: Lifeforce and Greenpeace stopped the capture of Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) by the Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, BC.

1996 and 2017: Fought for a Vancouver Park Board Cetacean Ban Bylaw in 1996 and the improved one in 2017.

June 7th Update: Orca Action Month

posted on June 6, 2019

June 7th Update: Orca Action Month

Orca Awareness Month was started 11 years ago by the WA based Orca Network. Beginning this year it will be Orca Action Month!
First it was the “Awareness” of the plight of orcas and now taking “Action” is gravely needed. For over 25 years government, industries and others failed to heed the warnings by organizations such as Lifeforce.
In 2018 the world saw that orcas were sentient beings with families like humans. People worldwide witnessed the mourning of 20 year old J35, Tehlequah, who carry her dead baby over 1000 miles for 17 days. In 1995, it was not widely publicized but also seen in captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. After her first 2 babies had been taken from her, the orca Bjossa stopped staff from taking her third dead baby from her.
Later in 2018 the ailing J50 was dying and died after being chased and subjected to experiments. Now many more people are now realizing and feeling their suffering!
Since the 80s Lifeforce fought for Animal Rights (AR) and helped defined the AR movement. Now the rights of these indigenous native orcas must be protected against industries’ pollution, overfishing, experiments and boat traffic (including research vessels).
Now protecting the Indigenous Rights of Orcas is tantamount to their peace and survival. It is their Home!
Equal Laws and Equal Rights are needed to save them! Learn how at Lifeforce Ocean Friends Facebook OCEAN FRIENDS FACEBOOK.

Orca Awareness Month! June 2019!

posted on June 1, 2019

Orca Awareness Month! June 2019!

In addition to BC, Washington and Oregon, the Canadian Cities of Vancouver and Victoria have also joined! Please Read: LIFEFORCE OCEAN FRIENDS.

Lifeforce has been fighting to save these orcas from extinction since 1993. You can contribute to protecting these orcas by signing and sharing the petition and through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through Paypal. DONATIONS LINK.

Thank you!

Urgent Way To Save Moms!

posted on May 11, 2019

Urgent Way To Save Moms!

Please Read and Support This Mother's Day Poster.

Thank You To All Moms!

posted on May 11, 2019

Thank You To All Moms!

Thank You To All Moms!
Respect all mothers everyday. Share this petition to stop the killings of seals and sea lions on the West Coast of British Columbia!

Say No To Seal and Sea Lion Slaughter!
More information at this Petition!
HELP MOMS ON MOTHERS' DAY.

Ccac Draft Animal Welfare Assessment

posted on May 2, 2019

Ccac Draft Animal Welfare Assessment

May 2, 2019

To: Jumoke, jfasoyinu@ccac.ca; justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca; Ginette.PetitpasTaylor@parl.gc.ca; kirsty.duncan@parl.gc.ca;

From: Peter Hamilton, lifeforcesociety@gmail.com

Re: CCAC guidelines: Animal welfare assessment.

Since 1981 the Lifeforce Foundation has been instrumental in raising public awareness of the use of animals for testing and experiments. Lifeforce was not advised of this Canadian Council on Animal Care assessment. Due to other commitments we cannot make a full response by May 3rd.

We will say that basically these proposed guidelines claims it will monitor "animal welfare" but not animal rights. It further states that it will address some “welfare” issues but not all because it is may be part of the experiments and other excuses. This alone once again fails to protect animals in research laboratories.

This “assessment” does very little to even address "welfare" issues. It does nothing to question the use of animal models and stopping such experiments. It does not mandate “guidelines” as part of legal requirements. It does not review all proposed experiments such as “pilot studies”. It also fails to make all inspection and other records to the public as required in the US. Transparency is lacking!

The CCAC Founding principles states “In addition, CCAC guidelines are intended to provide a framework for the implementation of Russell and Burch’s Three Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) (Russell and Burch, 1959).” However, you focus on the “primarily the principle of Refinement”. You must include Replacement and Reduction! There has been no reduction over the years! There is no phase out goal as Lifeforce proposes in our Stop Vivisection Canada! campaign. I submit the information in the Facebook and the Petition as part of the records of the CCAC Assessment.

Facebook FACEBOOK.

Stop Vivisection Canada! Petition > PETITION.

Stop Vivisection Canada! A Phase Out Plan must be part of animal welfare and rights, protecting human health and stopping any environmental pollution with biohazards etc..



World Day For Animals In Laboratories April 24th!

posted on April 22, 2019

World Day For Animals In Laboratories April 24th!

Since the 80s Lifeforce has exposed many abuses in research laboratories through our peaceful, direct action investigations. This includes laying the first Canadian Cruelty to Animal charges that stopped the 4 month restraint of wild caught baboons in experiments at the University of Western Ontario. Previously I was asked to help PETA in the Silver Springs Monkey investigation to get that to court – the first in the US!

Lifeforce Present Campaigns
National: Stop Vivisection Canada!
Local: 1. BC Firefighters Funding Burn Experiments that Lifeforce had previously stopped but was recently discovered by the Animal Defence and AV Society to have restarted. 2. St. Paul’s Hospital Jim Pattison Research Building Campaign. We have made first contact with Jim Pattison and produced a video about the vivisection history at St. Paul’s.

Presently the Canadian Government may become the 40th country to stop testing of cosmetics on animals. This is a major step forward to ending all experiments on animals! We hope that banning “cosmetic” testing of ingredients that have been repeatedly tested for decades will also include experiments with other products such as pesticides, cleaning products and countless more!

Vancouver Aquarium Plans to Expand Experiments
The proposed Canada wide ban on cetacean captivity is a major accomplishment but would perpetuate captivity. It would permit keeping “rescues” for scientific research!

The Vancouver Aquarium (VA), UBC and others considers captives and rescued wildlife as “untapped resources” for their highly questionable experiments that can cause pain, suffering, and death. The grants by vested interest companies and government can be very lucrative.

Presently, starting in 2007 plans were made at a conference, “Marine Mammals in the Lab: Tools for Conservation and Science”, held at the VA to discuss how to get lucrative government, military, and private business grants. The meeting included the US Navy. They actually inadvertently agreed with many issues by organizations opposed to captive experiments with marine mammals. They also discussed the major differences between captives and those living in the wild.

Why “Animal Models” Do Not Help Our Health?
Numerous doctors agree that vivisection retards scientific progress because these animal models are unlike naturally occurring human diseases or injuries. The researchers are not looking at the human malady. Furthermore, many methods tested, such as drug therapies, react differently on various species of animals because there are major biological and anatomical differences between species in addition to sex and age differences. Data obtained from animal models cannot be reliably extrapolated to solve human problems.

Vivisection 101
Read Lifeforce’s Facebook to learn about inhumane, scientifically fallacious experiments on animals. To learn about this multi-billion dollar industry, including companies manufacturing guillotines to restraint devices, go to Stop Vivisection Canada! STOP VIVISECTION CANADA!.

Let’s End Vivisection
Vivisection can be phase out within the next ten years. This is similar to phasing out destructive industries causing Global Warming and phasing in planet friendly technologies.

Please help protect all life. In 2019, there will be worldwide events this April 21st to 28th and more. You can help stop the multi-billion dollar vivisection industry in order to protect animals and people!

We have nearly reached $1000 of our $10,000 goal to be able to continue our important work. You can also contribute through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through Paypal. Please Donate Here.

To Respect and Protect All Life,
Peter Hamilton
Lifeforce Founding Director

Stop The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion!

posted on February 23, 2019

Stop The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion!

Feb 23/18: Canada’s National Energy Board announced their decision to approve the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. This is their second approval following a Court order to review their first decision. They were supposed to review the impact on the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales whose families number only 75 members.
The NEB even acknowledged that the Trans Mountain project is "likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects" on endangered southern resident orcas. But it claimed that “benefits” to Canadians is worth the “risk”. No “risks” that knowingly can cause the extinction of a population should be permitted!
If they build another pipeline it will increase shipments of diluted bitumen from Alberta to British Columbia. There would be an increase oil of tanker traffic moving through Burrard Inlet from 30 to over 400 every year. A bitumen spill is very hard to cleanup and would permanently harm ecosystems! Remember that the one Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska devastated orca populations and other marine wildlife.
In addition to risking the survival of these orcas it will increase Green House Warming. This pipeline decision is a pivoting point between the death blows to all life with expanding the fossil fuel industry and the saving of all life changes from phasing in the safe Green Energy Industry! This Trans Mountain expansion would perpetuate pollution for decades!
This Oil Pipeline plan still has to be approved by the Federal politicians. It is time for all to put the politics aside. We must all change our lifestyles! We must all continue to fight to Save the Orcas and the Planet!
For further information: lifeforcesociety@gmail.com

Sign and Share the Petition to the Canadian Government: Save the Orca Families Now!
Help Get 250,000 Signatures!
Save Orcas and the Planet Petition!

Lifeforce has been fighting to save these orcas from extinction since 1993.
Thank you! For Voicing Your Support to “Save the Orcas Now!”

Say No To Seal And Sea Lion Slaughter!

posted on February 17, 2019

Say No To Seal And Sea Lion Slaughter!

Lifeforce is releasing this new petition to urge the government to not approve a West Coast Seal and Sea Lion Hunt.

A First Nations group with connections to the commercial and sport fishing industry is lobbying the Canadian Government to permit a West Coast Sea lion and Seal Hunt! “The Pacific Balance Pinniped Society (PBPS)” wants to start a new industry to market the unsafe meat for “high end” restaurants in North America, Europe and Asia and for pet food! They also want to sell fur and blubber oil for vitamins. There is a ban on seal-based products in Europe and other countries that includes meat, boots, and coats from the East Coast Seal Hunt.

The PBPS want to first kill 50,000 seals and sea lions then 3,000 to 5000 every year afterwards. The seals and sea lions would be inhumanely clubbed, shot (rifles and shotguns) and harpooned by crossbows!

Please Sign and Share!

Super Natural BC?
Say No To Seal and Sea Lion Slaughter!

SIGN AND SHARE THE NO SLAUGHTER PETITION HERE!

Re: Orcas Must Not Be Mistreated Like Lab Animals!

posted on February 10, 2019

Re: Orcas Must Not Be Mistreated Like Lab Animals!

Take Action Now! Protect Orcas!

1. Immediately put a moratorium on the harmful, invasive research that includes over 15 years of failed experiments! It has been proven that this research has not prevented the ongoing threats to orcas!

2. Take immediate actions that have immediate benefits by enacting the Emergency Orders under the Species At Risk Act and US laws. (Read petition: https://www.change.org/p/join-us-in-asking-johnathan-wilkinson-catherine-mckenna-marc-garneau-and-justine-trudeau-to-save-the-orca-families-from-extinction)

3. Canada and US governments should enact a public comment period with full disclosure of all experimental plans. Requests for information by Lifeforce Ocean Friends were not answered. Endangered orcas must not be studied to death by cumulative experiments that have been part of the problems NOT solutions!

4. Stop these life threatening experiments funded by lucrative aquarium industry grants and our tax money!

For further information: Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce Ocean Friends lifeforcesociety@gmail.com

Please Sign and Share this Very Important Petition!

Orcas Must Not Be Mistreated Like Lab Animals!

Moratoriums Not Slaughters!

posted on February 6, 2019

Moratoriums Not Slaughters!

To: DFO Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and
DFO Regional Director Paul Cottrell
Re: Feb 7/19 - Fishing Industry Meeting with DFO to try
to Kill Seals and Sea Lions!
There is scientific proof that targeting “predators” will not save salmon!
Say No to a Senseless Slaughter! Say Yes to Fishing Moratoriums!

The Ponds Of Tears!

posted on January 1, 2019

The Ponds Of Tears!

The Big Pond Problems
For over 25 years I have been studying the behaviour and travel patterns of cetaceans. There is so much more that we have yet to learn from these complex, intelligent whales and dolphins. History has proven that humans were more interested in profits from the killing and captivity of these sentient beings. Industries have also broken the fragile ocean food chain that we all depend on. Fishing moratoriums on salmon, herring and many others must be implemented or there will be barren ponds forever. Saving the ecosystems of Little Ponds is also in grave need.

“Ponds of Tears”
While I have included images of the precious nature moments there are also the “Ponds of Tears” that shows the sadness that continues. Precious lives continue to endure the suffering.

I continue to expose the Lifeforce “3 Es” that look at How Humans “Eat, Entertain, and Experiment”. Our education campaigns expose the endless animal abuses while humane and healthier alternatives are available. Lucrative industries continue to profit from their suffering.

Starting in the 80s, Lifeforce exposed the atrocities of experiments on animals, animals in captivity exploited for entertainment and animal cruelty for food. Lifeforce accomplishments include the shocking photos of spinal cord experiments on kittens; investigating and laying the first Canadian Cruelty to Animals Charges that stopped the chronic restraint of wild caught baboons in research; the first bans on both wild and domestic animal acts in circuses; helping stop the Sealand, BC capture of the endangered Southern Resident orcas in 1982, proposing a Vancouver Cetacean Bylaw that now bans captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium; abuses in animal transport and much, much more.

We must go “Green” to phase out all the pollution industries. And I have always realized that the answer to ending experiments on animals is our “Stop Vivisection Canada!” campaign. This gives this billion dollar industry the maximum of 10 years to phase out – similar to replacing gas with electric vehicles. Read about the facts and the lucrative businesses ranging from animal breeders to manufactures of literally “torture” devices.
STOP VIVISECTION CANADA!.


Peter Hamilton
Lifeforce

The Big Ponds

posted on January 1, 2019

The Big Ponds

In 2019 please think of ways to help all life. Your valued moral and financial support of Lifeforce’s volunteer work is also greatly appreciated.
May the New Year Bring Peace for All Life,
Peter Hamilton
Lifeforce Founding Director
You can contribute to helping our volunteer work by making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through Paypal. PAYPAL DONATIONS.
For further information: lifeforcesociety@gmail.com
See our new campaign poster “Keep Us Alive” at Ocean Friends
LIFEFORCE OCEAN FRIENDS.
Thank You for Your Support!