Just like his brother Tuxedo Stan, Earl Grey has developed a Pledge for candidates in the upcoming provincial election to sign and show support for cats in Nova Scotia.
VOTERS: Please ask candidates in your riding to support Earl Grey’s Pledge.
EARL GREY’S PLEDGE
COMPASSION AND ACTION
The animal protection legislation in Nova Scotia is dated and inadequate. If elected to Nova Scotia Provincial Government, I pledge to help the animals in our province in the following ways:
* Support changes to the Animal Protection Act:
– Abandonment shall be illegal
– Provisions to care for abandoned companion animals shall be included
– Issues unique to cats shall be included
* Support affordable spay/neuter programs for cats
* Support increased human and financial resources to aid cruelty investigations and judicial proceedings
Candidates – please email email@example.com stating: “I, (your name and riding), wish to Sign Earl Grey’s Pledge of Compassion and Action.”
Scroll down to read a list of names of candidates who have signed Earl’s Pledge.
Because neglect still isn’t working
The following candidates have signed Earl Grey’s Pledge:
Iain Rankin – Liberal Candidate, Timberlea-Prospect – ELECTED
Vanessa Goodwin-Clairmont – Green Party Candidate, Yarmouth
Diana Whalen – Liberal Candidate, Halifax Clayton Park (via Facebook) – ELECTED
Mary Hamblin, PC Candidate, Halifax Needham
Joanne Bernard, Liberal Candidate, Dartmouth North – ELECTED
Joyce Treen, Liberal Candidate, Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage – ELECTED
Lenore Zann, NDP Candidate, Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River – ELECTED
Keith Irving, Liberal Candidate, Kings South – ELECTED
Allan Rowe, Liberal Candidate, Dartmouth South – ELECTED
Stephen McNeil, Liberal Candidate, Annapolis – ELECTED PREMIER
Geoff MacLellan, Liberal Candidate, Glace Bay – ELECTED
Stephen Pearl, Liberal Candidate, Kings North
David Mitchell, PC Candidate, Lunenburg West
Tanis Crosby, NDP Candidate, Halifax Atlantic
Ryan Brennan, PC Candidate, Halifax Atlantic
Brendan Maguire, Liberal Candidate, Halifax Atlantic – ELECTED
John Higgins, Liberal Candidate, Northside-Westmount
Chris Poole, Liberal Candidate, Halifax Needham
Keith Colwell, Liberal Candidate, Preston Dartmouth – ELECTED
Mark Furey, Liberal Candidate, Lunenburg West – ELECTED
The PC Party has sent the following message on behalf of all its candidates:
“We have our ears perked at the sound of your proposed, and very reasonable, reforms to an out of date law. You can expect us to pounce at an opportunity to support them.
If you sent this to other PC candidates, we ask you to consider this as the response on behalf of all, due to the overwhelming number of requests flowing in. Our candidates are unable to sign pledges per se, but can indicate support as in this letter.
One of the things that stood out for our Caucus when we discussed animal cruelty laws was that they obviously date from a time when there was no will to enforce those laws with public resources, hence the SPCA. We have said that the public expects the law to be enforced and that it is appropriate to provide proper resources to do so. I cannot see anything in your requested pledge that a PC Government or Caucus would not support.
In my earlier professional life I saw a significant number of cruelty and other animal cases. Animal cruelty cases were in a league of their own. I did, however, notice a number of improvements in the way pet, farm and wild animal cases were dealt with over time, mostly because a few very dedicated people worked patiently to make things better. You two have been important cogs in that progress.
With warm regards,
Chief of Staff to Jamie Baillie and the PC Caucus
for the PC Campaign”
The Nova Scotia NDP has sent the following message on behalf of all its candidates:
I am writing on behalf of Premier Darrell Dexter, Leader of the New Democratic Party, and all NDP candidates, on your election campaign and pledge. Our candidates are unable to sign pledges per se, but can indicate support through this letter. We applaud you and others who speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.
The NDP is working hard to implement the Animal Protection Act amendments that the NDP adopted in the Legislature this spring. It had been years since the Act was meaningfully amended, and the NDP recognizes that while there were substantive changes made, there is more to do to protect animals in Nova Scotia. In addition, last year the NDP doubled government funding for the SPCA. The NDP values its partnership with organizations like the SPCA.
The new law creates stiffer penalties for animal abusers, expands the definition of distress for animals and broadens regulation-making powers, including with respect to standards of care. While most of the focus of the spring amendments and current regulatory work is on dogs and puppies (Nova Scotia will soon become only the second province to have tethering regulations, based on the overwhelming response in the public consultations), neither the Act nor the amendments exclude cats from protection.
In fact, cats being mistreated or otherwise made to suffer (“distress” in the Act) are now afforded greater protection under the Act. The new regulation-making powers enable further protection of cats.
The NDP government has been engaging stakeholders, such as the SPCA, as well as the general public around submissions to support the drafting of regulations. The current process did not specifically seek to exclude cats and their care from consideration and does not preclude the application of regulations around standards of care, for example, from applying to cats or other animals. The NDP encourages your input to any and all regulatory work that strengthens protections for cats.
It should also be noted that in the past, the NDP has expressed support for a province wide TNR (trap-neuter-release) program for feral cats and the NDP continues to support this proposal.
I thank you for the opportunity to outline the NDP positions on this important issue.
Chief of Staff to Premier Darrell Dexter – Leader, Nova Scotia New Democratic Party
For the NDP Campaign