Earl Grey is agitated after reading today’s Chronicle Herald.
Earl was anticipating exciting new changes from the recently elected Liberal government but it appears that those changes may be in jeopardy.
Many of you will remember a previous blog post which asked candidates in the recent Nova Scotia election to sign a pledge and show support for cats in Nova Scotia. Eleven members of the new government including Premier McNeil and the new Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Keith Colwell, signed the pledge.
The Tuxedo Party received the following email exactly one month ago today:
October 4, 2013
To whom it may concern:
I, Keith Colwell, MLA Preston Dartmouth, wish to sign Earl Grey’s Pledge of Compassion and Action.
I am an avid animal lover and thank you for the opportunity to support this cause.
Keith Colwell, MLA
Unfortunately, today’s Herald article by Pat Lee states:
Cat lovers take note, the new laws do not speak to their circumstances beyond overall protection from cruelty, with issues like abandonment — which is rampant — left unaddressed.
Colwell didn’t anticipate addressing the cat issue anytime soon, “although we will not tolerate anyone who isn’t humanely looking after cats. They’ll be treated the same as any other animal would be.”
The proposed changes address a number of issues regarding dogs (examination by a veterinarian prior to sale, anti-tethering regulations, etc) but nothing specific to cats. Earl supports the proposed changes that will help his canine friends but he asks why they seem reluctant to make similar changes to benefit cats?
Are Minister Colwell and the new Liberal Government having a change of heart? Earl Grey is hoping this was just a slip of the tongue from a rookie Minister who is still trying to settle in to his new portfolio.
Let’s remind Minister Colwell and the other members of the government who signed Earl Grey’s Pledge that we expect them to honour their pledge to help cats…
“BECAUSE NEGLECT STILL ISN’T WORKING!”
Please contact Minister Colwell, Premier McNeil and your MLA to ask them to support Earl’s Pledge.
Below is a list of Liberal MLA’s who signed the pledge. (Please let us know if any of the information is inaccurate as it is difficult to locate email addresses and phone numbers for many of the MLA’s.)
Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier, Annapolis – (902) 424-6600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Honourable Keith Colwell, Minister of Agriculture, Preston Dartmouth – (902) 424-8953 email@example.com
Honourable Iain Rankin – Timberlea-Prospect – (902) 424-8637 firstname.lastname@example.org
Honourable Diana Whalen – Halifax Clayton Park – (902) 424-5720 email@example.com
Honourable Joanne Bernard – Dartmouth North – (902) 424-4304 DCSMIN@gov.ns.ca
Honourable Joyce Treen – Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage – (902) 424-8637 firstname.lastname@example.org
Honourable Keith Irving – Kings South – (902) 424-8637 email@example.com
Honourable Allan Rowe – Dartmouth South – (902) 424-8637 firstname.lastname@example.org
Honourable Geoff MacLellan – Glace Bay – (902) 842-4390 email@example.com
Honourable Brendan Maguire – Halifax Atlantic – (902) 424-8637 firstname.lastname@example.org
Honourable Mark Furey – Lunenburg West – (902) 424-5550 email@example.com