Notice: CYA will be announcing
its 2004 Board of Directors in the near future!
On January 24th
and 25th 2002 the BCSPCA's Vancouver shelter had ample room,
yet six friendly, healthy dogs were killed. Five volunteer
coordinators resigned. Ace, Annie, Mocha, Monee, Mac and Shasta
are dead. This website is in memory of and tribute to them
and to the countless others before them.
On March 12, 2002, BCSPCA
CEO Doug Brimacombe told CKNW radio host Bill Good that he
didn't believe those dogs would be killed under new euthanasia
policy. When asked by Good if "those volunteers were
properly upset and right to be upset because those animals
were killed," Brimacombe said he believed we were.
The dog cull and his answers
inspired us to found CYA and promote the call for a BCSPCA
ombudsman that investigative journalist Kimberly Daum recommended
on page 12 in a January 2002 report.
Volunteers were watching and willing to speak out this time,
but what about every time animal welfare is in question? An
independent body must oversee the BCSPCA to, among other things,
restore the public trust and that of volunteers, staff and
management who protested the dog cull. Donors, too, have asked
for accountability through submissions to a community consultation
process. They want to know how their money is spent and to
ensure that animal care, not administration and bloated bureaucracy,
is the target for the funds.
We believe that people want
more than spin and lip service from the organization. Action
through independent accountability is what we believe is wanted
and needed to protect animal welfare and donations to it.
You may agree. Please review the site, see Daum's
comment, and lend your participation and ideas to it through
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