Tres important!! Canada seeks to neuter animal charities-urgent action needed!

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Le gouv. canadien ne veut pas proteger les animaux

Consultation sur les lignes directrices proposees pour la promotion de la protection des animaux et l'enregistrement comme organisme de bienfaisance  http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/cnslttns/pwcr-fra.html?=eml20110208

Ce document presente lebauche des lignes directrices pour la promotion de la protection des animaux et l'enregistrement a titre d'organisme de bienfaisance. L'Agence du revenu du Canada desire consulter les organismes de bienfaisance, les personnes qui participent a leurs activites, ainsi que les ministeres et les agences du gouvernement et le grand public.

Nous souhaitons recevoir des commentaires afin de savoir si ces lignes directrices traitent de toutes les questions pertinentes et si elles sont faciles a comprendre, et sur tout autre aspect des lignes directrices proposees. De plus, nous vous invitons a presenter des questions qui pourraient etre utilisees pour elaborer une liste de questions et reponses afin de completer les lignes directrices. N'hesitez pas a transmettre ces renseignements aux personnes ou aux groupes qui ne visitent pas souvent notre site, mais qui pourraient avoir un interet a exprimer leurs point de vue.

Prenez note que nous ne pourrons pas repondre a des questions au cours de ce processus de consultation. Si vous cherchez des renseignements sur les organismes de bienfaisance, communiquez avec notre service a la clientele au 1-888-892-5667.

Nous etudierons tous les commentaires recus d'ici le 31 mars 2011.

Comment faire parvenir vos commentaires

Veuillez envoyer vos commentaires par ecrit a l'adresse ou au numero de telecopieur ci-dessous, ou par courriel a consultation-policy-politique@cra-arc.gc.ca.

Adresse postale

Direction des organismes de bienfaisance
Agence du revenu du Canada
Ottawa ON  K1A 0L5

Telecopieur : 613-948-1320

 Information kindly provided by Zoe-It's our Nature

Urgent!! Signatures & comments needed by March 30, deadline is March 31 for delivery to Canada Revenue Agency!!!

New restrictions on animal protection charities in Canada would prevent them from speaking out against factory farming, puppy mills, hunting, the slaughter of baby seals, vivisection and cruel sports.

The new regulations, put forward by the Canada Revenue Agency, state that:

Under common law, an activity or purpose is only charitable when it provides a benefit to humans.

Therefore:

If a purpose or activity that promotes the welfare of animals harms humans, or has a real potential to cause significant harm to humans, it is likely not charitable. Some activities may promote the welfare of animals but also cause, or have the potential to cause, harm to humans. The harm could take many forms, including physical or economic harm, or direct or indirect harm.

Specifically, according to the new policy, seeking to abolish vivisection is not charitable. Nor is seeking to stop cruel practices at factory farms or, indeed, any other activities that could cause economic harm to humans.

Overall, there is very little outside of caring for animals at shelters that would still be considered charitable.

Here are some excerpts from the document that lays out these policies:

2. Under common law, an activity or purpose is only charitable when it provides a benefit to humans.

3. To be charitable, the benefit to humans must always take precedence over any benefit to animals. If a purpose or activity that promotes the welfare of animals harms humans, or has a real potential to cause significant harm to humans, it is likely not charitable.

23. Promoting the welfare of animals is only charitable when it results in a benefit to humans. Purposes that benefit animals, but not humans, are not charitable.

28. Some activities may promote the welfare of animals but also cause, or have the potential to cause, harm to humans. The harm could take many forms, including physical or economic harm, or direct or indirect harm.

29. Any benefit or potential benefit to the welfare of animals must be balanced against any harm or potential harm to humans when deciding whether an organization or activity that promotes the welfare of animals is charitable. The public benefit resulting from promoting the welfare of animals must clearly outweigh any harm or potential harm to humans.

30. For example, the courts have decided that seeking to abolish vivisection is not charitable.

31. In short, when weighing benefits to animals against benefits to humans, the life and happiness of human beings must be preferred to that of animals.

42. When advancing education, the charity cannot simply promote a particular point of view. If an organization tries to influence public opinion or actions on a controversial issue, it is not advancing education in the charitable sense.

43. For example, a charity might offer courses in how to minimize harm to local wildlife and ecosystems that tend to result from human activity. However, if the charity were to try to convince people that certain legal hunting practices were morally wrong and should be abolished, it would not be advancing education in the charitable sense.

Please sign this petition and add your voice in protest to these proposed regulations!

The proposed regulations are published on the Revenue Canada link below, and Canadians have the opportunity to comment on them until March 31st. http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/cnslttns/pwcr-eng.html
Thank you for your support!

Please note: this petition may be updated on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. However the target and intent of the petition will remain consistent.

We, the Petition Signers, strong oppose and protest the new restrictions on animal protection charities in Canada would prevent them from speaking out against factory farming, puppy mills, hunting, the slaughter of baby seals, vivisection and cruel sports.
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