HELP US SHUTDOWN ANIMAL CRUELTY AT MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN DOG SLEDDING
ACTION #9: PLEDGE TO TAKE DOWN MAD DOGS
A brand new week of actions calls for a brand new week of escalation. Following up from our first round of emails, we want to mass email Mad Dogs & Englishmen a pledge to take down their exploitative company. Please copy and paste the following email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to add your name to the prompted sections! We can do this.
"Dear Dawn and Russel Donald,
I have spent the past week and a half volunteering with Justice for the Silenced for the campaign to help provide security to the dogs at your kennel. Despite all of our efforts, you have failed to even acknowledge the option of offering your dogs security in the form of loving and financially stable households.
Your company, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, has blatantly breached terms in the Canadian Animal Protection Act, such as consistent access to water. I want to ensure that Canmore is free of such obvious cruelty. I, (YOUR NAME HERE), pledge to never support the dog sledding industry and to ensure that your dogs get the justice and liberation they deserve. I am taking this pledge not for money, not for fame, not for any personal gain, but instead because I feel deep empathy with every single one of the 90 dogs who live in complete isolation and mental torture for their entire commercial lives. I believe that a life on a chain is no life at all.
With kind determined regards, (YOUR NAME HERE)."
ACTION #8: MAKE A VIDEO
Film yourself reflecting on the progressing situation at Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Why are you participating in this campaign? What is your experience with the Canadian sled dog industry? Why do these dogs deserve freedom. Post the video to your social media or send it to us.
ACTION #7: UPDATE YOUR FACEBOOK PROFILE PICTURE
We've designed a a Facebook profile frame for you to use and help raise awareness. Click the link below to use it!
ACTION #6: CANDLELIT VIGIL FOR THE LIBERATION OF MAD DOGS
When? Saturday, April 18th, 7pm MDT.
Where? From the comfort of your own home.
Why? To demand the immediate release of unreliably cared for dogs and reflect on their injustices.
Light a candle as part of our campaign to liberate the dogs at Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions and take a few moments to acknowledge the 90 dogs locked inside of an unreliable company, without consistent access to water, shelter, or freedom. You can write a reflection, give a speech, draw something, or simply reflect on your own.
If you feel comfortable, we encourage you to livestream your thoughts onto Facebook or Instagram. Remember to include the hashtag #FreeMadDogs
ACTION #10: SEND A LETTER TO THE VETS OF MAD DOGS
For years, Canmore Veterinary Hospital has provided discounted (and minimal) veterinary care for the dogs living at exploitative sledding kennels such as Mad Dogs. More specifically, Dr. Ian Gerrits has been one of the only vets that is providing Mad Dogs with antibiotics and deworming medication.
We believe that effective campaigns come as a result of campaigning against not only our main target, but all targets that support and uphold the exploitation coming from the main target. Dr. Ian Gerrits's participation in the rampant animal cruelty happening at Mad Dogs is absolutely unacceptable. We are asking Dr. Ian Gerrits to either demand that Mad Dogs provides adequate care for all 90 dogs (including the immediate removal of the dogs from tethering as recomended by the CVMA), or to entirely terminate his association with the company.
We are asking you to send the following letter to the Canmore Veterinary Hospital to help us make this happen:
Dr. Ian Gerrits
BSc, DVM, Veterinarian
Canmore Veterinary Hospital
502 Bow Valley Trail
Dear Dr. Ian Gerrits,
I am writing to you to address your veterinary services for the Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a dogsledding company in Banff, Canmore.
The environment that Mad Dogs & Englishmen subjects their dogs to violates the Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. After an investigation by animal rights activists, dogs serving the company were found to exhibit symptoms of mental and physical distress. For example, many dogs were observed circling around the poles they were chained to, whining and barking with their tails between their legs. Some were seen with untreated medical issues. In addition, these dogs are forced to endure below-freezing temperatures, without proper bedding or insolation in their shelters. They can also easily become physically exhausted, as they are forced to pull large charges often.
As a veterinarian, you must be aware that these conditions are not preferable for the health and general wellbeing of these dogs. These canines are very intelligent and should have the opportunity to fulfill their basic needs. Because of this, I urge you to either use your abilities and resources available to you as a veterinarian to properly attend to the needs of the dogs at Mad Dogs & Englishmen or cease to provide services to the company entirely. It’s necessary that their health issues are addressed appropriately by their veterinary services provider so that at the very least the dogs are in good mental and physical health. If you are unable to do this, please terminate your association with them to remove one of their support systems. This would put their company in a more precarious situation, and make it more difficult for them to continue to operate, leading in the right direction to forcing them to give up their dogs to households that would be able to give them a better quality of life.
As someone who firmly believes that non-human animals must be spoken up for, I think that this is an important cause worth fighting for. I hope that you consider making changes to help the dogs subjected to this torturous lifestyle.
Signed, (your name)
ACTION #5: WRITE AN OPEN LETTER TO THE OWNERS OF MAD DOGS
We would like you to take a few minutes to reflect on the ways that the dog sledding industry has impacted your life. How do they manipulate the public? How do they manipulate other systems? How does the industry make you feel?
Write down that reflection in the form of an open letter. Reply to us with that letter and we will publish it.We will also send it to the personal Facebook profiles of Russel and Dawn Donald, the owners of Mad Dogs & Englishmen. You can specify wether you want it to be published anonymously or with your name.
ACTION #4 (ONGOING): JOIN THE SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
We are asking that you partake in our social media campaign.
1. Make a sign with the #FreeMadDogs. Alternatively, you can use a tablet or a laptop that has our digital version displayed (available below).
2.Take a picture of yourself (and/or a furry friend) with the sign and post it to your social media platforms.
3. Make sure to add the hashtag #FreeMadDogs and our demand for the liberation of dogs in the caption.
4. Also make sure to geotag "Mad Dogs & Englishmen Dogsled Expeditions Inc".
"Mad Dogs & Englishmen sledding, a dog sledding company in Alberta that houses 90 dogs on 5ft chains, is asking for donations to cover food costs. I am demanding the immediate release of all dogs that cannot be reliably cared for, into loving households. Life on a chain is no life at all!
ACTION #3: CALL MAD DOGS
We are asking that you call the Mad Dogs & Englishmen office (403-609-3670), and express your concerns for the instability of the company and the care of 90 dogs. Ask them to adopt out dogs that can no longer be cared for.
ACTION #2: SIGN THE PETITION
Our second action is a petition demanding the release of all of their dogs, to loving households that can reliably care for them.
ACTION #1: EMAIL MAD DOGS AND
DEMAND THE RELEASE OF DOGS
Our first action is to email a simple demand asking Mad Dogs to release any animals that cannot be cared for, to loving households. Copy and paste the following pre-made email, or personalize your own!
"Dear Mad Dogs & Englishmen Sledding,
I was recently made aware of your company’s progressing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. I, a concerned citizen, am contacting you out of deep concern for the wellbeing of your 90 dogs. This crisis is incredibly unpredictable, so I encourage you to get ahead of the problem before it gets any worse. As an animal lover, I am asking that your company releases any dogs that can no longer be cared for into the guardianship of households that can reliably provide them with the following basic rights:
Consistent access to water.
Freedom from confinement.
Freedom from exploitation of any kind.
Adequate veterinary care.
A contact list of adopters can be provided by contacting email@example.com.
Thank you for taking the time to read my concerns."