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Join the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition in the “Walk for Ontario Farm Sanctuaries”

2012 Walk for Farm Animals

2012 Walk for Farm Animals

Horse welfare advocate Marie Dean will be representing the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition as team captain in the “Walk for Ontario Farm Sanctuaries” on August 25, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario.  ”Walk for Ontario Farm Sanctuaries” will raise awareness about the plight of farmed animals, the abuses they endure, the hazards to human health, the environmental impact, and reaffirm that people care about the welfare of farmed animals.    This walk will help bring awareness and give a voice to those who suffer and die daily as well as planting seeds in the hearts and minds of those who do not even realize they are suffering.  This walk is also to raise money; the goal is $30,000.  The money raised will be distributed to the Sanctuaries participating in the Walk, which so far are:

chickenSnooters Farm Animal Sanctuary, Ontario

Snooters is a small,privately run, privately funded,farm animal sanctuary in Ontario, Canada. We offer safe, forever homes to rescue animals who have come from a variety of places. Some from families who grow tired of them, some from factory farms, some strays & many with disabilities. Our family includes big pigs, potbellied pigs, sheep, steers, horses, dogs, cats, hens & peafowl.

ALL of them have found their “forever homes” here with us at Snooters. We pledge to keep them happy, comfortable & when their time comes to walk over Rainbow Bridge we will be right there with them to help on their journey.

sheep (2)Wishing Well Sanctuary in Bradford, Ontario

To be a centre of excellence promoting the greater emotional strength and mental health of children, youth and their families through programs that provide a direct and holistic experience of our interconnectedness with all life.

The Wishing Well Sanctuary is a charitable organization; therefore your donations will assist in feeding and caring for the animals on the farm and also assist in providing programs to youth and their families who otherwise could not afford to attend.

GoatCedar Row Farm Sanctuary in Lakeside, Ontario

Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary is a place of hope for animals rescued from the abuse, neglect, and slaughter found on meat, milk, and egg farms. Hundreds of farm animals, including goats, pigs, sheep, donkeys, chickens, cows and ducks have been rescued since the sanctuary began in 1999.

pigRuby Ranch Pig Sanctuary in Arthur/Mount Forest, Ontario

Ruby Ranch is a sanctuary strictly for pigs. It’s named after our very first potbellied pig, Ruby. Shortly after we got her, we realized there was a great need for safe haven for pigs of all kinds. So many potbellied pigs were being discarded, for many reasons. They were being adopted as cute little babies, and many people had no idea how big they would get, what to feed them, what their needs were, or even if they were legal in their area. Some were bought as gifts for children, and when the child lost interest, the pig was forgotten and discarded. Some were being tossed away by petting zoos, who had no desire to care for a full grown potbellied pig, when it’s the piglets that the public wanted to see.

Refughorsese RR in Alexandria, Ontario

Throughout history man has measured a horse’s worth by what the horse could do for man. Horses have provided transport, done hard labor, carried soldiers into battle, performed as athletes and entertainers and have provided pleasure to millions. Somewhere along the way man has forgotten the true value of the horse…

As we watch our horses just being horses, we can truly appreciate their intrinsic value. They are awesome creatures to behold. We are often awestruck by their bravery and their loyalty to each other and we are inspired daily by their intelligence, curiosity and playfulness.

We feel we are indebted to these magnificent beings. So, on behalf of mankind, Refuge RR is giving back that which should never have been taken away, their freedom, and providing them with the protection that is owed to them.

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition is an alliance of horse industry and horse protection groups whose mission is to protect and defend the horses of Canada from abuse, neglect and slaughter.   The CHDC’s team name will be “Defend Horses Canada.”  We will be representing the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition and the horses, with banners and signs showing our CHDC Canada logocause for the horses.  What a great opportunity as well to gather signatures in support of Bill C-322, in support of the horses. We have been asked as participants to raise the minimum of  $300 as a group.   Marie is asking any person that would like to join the “Defend Horses Canada” group to send her $10.00 as an entry fee.  If we can get 30 people to walk with us, then we have already reached our goal as a team.  Then if the 30 people want to gather pledges that would just mean even more money raised to help the sanctuaries.  Here is Marie’s email address: helpsavehorses@hotmail.ca and if you are interested in walking for the horses and farm animals, then please email Marie to express your interest.

Join Marie Dean of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

Join Marie Dean of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

The event begins at Noon in Dufferin Grover Park.  The walk is 3.2kms to Kensington Market concluding in Bellevue Square Park.  We will be setting up a Facebook page/Event page for participants only.

Marie will enter team members on the Team Registration & Waiver Form and at the event ask each team member to sign a Waiver.  She will also be collecting the entry fee from team members as soon as she receives your email of interest.  At the event before the walk Marie will be collecting your Team Member Pledge Forms which will be so proudly presented to Holly’s Hope Registration table at the beginning of the walk.

Come one, come all,

Bring the family, bring your friends!

Come walk for the horses, come walk for all farmed animals!

Come and participate in making this world a better place for our animals!

Go team “Defend Horses Canada!”

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Artist for the Ocean – Bob Timmons, at Disgraceland to Benefit Refuge RR for Horses


Written by: Heather Clemenceau

Bob Timmons’ work depicts the plight of the mysterious and diverse marine animals.  For this show on February 16th, Bob,  a grass-roots animal rights advocate,  created several works of art specifically for the Valentine’s theme,  “To My Bloody Valentine.” 20% of sales benefited Refuge RR for Horses, a registered, charitable organization which rescues, rehabilitates and provides permanent homes for abused, neglected and/or abandoned horses, as well as horses who are no longer serviceable. Along with their equine residents, the Refuge also provides sanctuary to a variety of other animals: sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Donations have been critical to the Refuge, in order to end nearly 2 years of water delivery at huge costs (trucking water costs approximately $40,000 /year) and enable them to finally drill a new well at a cost of $22,000.

Historically, we thought that we could never take too much out of, or put too much waste into, the oceans. The open oceans have become a free-for-all, hardly regulated or policed. International laws to protect them are drastically inadequate to address threats like large-scale commercial fishing, which sweeps life out of the seas at unprecedented rates – often only to discard the unusable “bycatch.” Tragically, that discarded bycatch includes thousands of severely injured or slain sea turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals annually.

Two thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by the oceans, and this vast ecosystem harbours the greatest amount of our biodiversity. Most of the oxygen we bob3are breathing was made by miniscule algae and bacteria – phytoplankton, which provides half of the food on which all the animals on this planet depend.  Photosynthesis by phytoplankton removes carbon dioxide from the air and produces oxygen (remember your high school photosynthesis equation!)  From shrimp to whale, almost every creature living in the oceans relies on phytoplankton, as do we.  As it has been in decline for at least 50 years due to rising water temperatures, it now threatens the food base of much of the biosphere.  If the ocean is altered in a way that doesn’t favour marine species, we have very little to fall back on.  Having a wide biodiversity of species is rather comparable to a diverse stock portfolio – you are somewhat insulated from the poor performance of a few stocks.

According to the foremost authoritative compilation of living things at risk – the so-called Red List maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, globally, 1,851 species of fish – or 5 percent of  fish species are deemed at risk of extinction.  Currently, only 0.8% of the world’s oceans are protected in marine protected areas (MPAs) and MPA networks.  These protected areas  encompass an area of approximately 2.85 million km2, representing:

0.8% of the world’s 361 million km2 of ocean

2.0% of the 147 million km2 of ocean under national jurisdiction

Of the global marine area that is protected, only 300,000km2 – i.e. just under 10% of the global MPA area – is a marine reserve (‘no-take’ MPA)

And these scant “protected” areas must continually be defended – Greenpeace has compiled two different blacklists of Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) vessels, companies, and countries that commercially fish illegally.

Shelley Grainger of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition,  with Bob Timmons

Shelley Grainger of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition, with Bob Timmons

Bob’s artwork is hanging at Disgraceland until April 1st, 2013, so go and check it out at 965 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario.  Prints are available at Bob’s store here.  Find Refuge RR for Horses on Facebook  and please consider a tax deductable donation to Refuge RR here.

“The affinities of all the beings of the same class have sometimes been represented by a great tree… As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever branching and beautiful ramifications.”

Charles Darwin, 1859


The Sixth Extinction is the mass extinction of species during the present Holocene epoch (since around 10,000 BC). The Red List provides just a tiny insight into the true number of species in trouble. The vast majority of living things that share our planet remain undiscovered or have been so poorly studied that we have no idea whether their populations are healthy, or approaching their demise.