Sunday, August 23, 2009

THS Protest Sat Sept 12 2-4 p.m.

The Toronto Humane Society has publicly posted that it will not issue new memberships until October 1st. I ask the lawyers out there whether the THS can put a kibosh on new memberships for the board's purposes. Optically, it looks like the THS board is circling the wagons, it's been called a bunker mentality; what has the board of THS so frightened, hmmmm?????

THS is also rejecting people who applied for membership - pre-emptively in one case, as the woman had not applied for membership. I question the surveillance that THS is doing to know who's distributing pamphlets, who's at protests, who's Facebooking or blogging. How much money and employee time has been diverted from animal care to the invasion of people's privacy solely for the board's purposes? Read more about that here (h/t to One Bark at a Time).

THS has also posted the date but not the time or place of the annual members' meeting. Is this to keep attendance down, keep the time and place secret, hmmmm??? If you support the board, do you get the secret decoder ring with the time and place? If you're currently a member of THS and cannot attend the meeting, please give your proxy to Association for Reform of the Toronto Humane Society. Do NOT give your proxy to THS management. Read more about ART and how you can help here.

If you are as concerned as I am by the behaviour of the THS board, write Attorney General Chris Bentley and Minister of Consumer Services Ted McMeekin and express your concerns. Bentley is responsible for the Office of the Public Guardian which governs charities in Ontario, and McMeekin is responsible for administration of the Ontario Corporations Act which governs not-for-profit organizations in Ontario. The Ontario Liberals have been sitting on their hands throughout this (gee, why does this not surprise me?). Note - send paper by snail mail or fax. Do not e-mail.

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From the Toronto Humane Society Protest Group

We are having another protest at the Toronto Humane Society on Saturday Sept 12th 2009 2-4pm at 11 River Street. Just over 200 people attended the first protest on June 20th. We are hoping to double that number so please invite everyone you know.

We are also having a donation drive at the protest. Please bring some kitten meal replacement, a dog toy, or a blanket. We will be giving the donations to the animals of the THS at the end of the protest.

We have also organized a letter writing campaign. Our goal is to have 500 letters sent to each organization listed. If you don’t live in Toronto, or are unable to attend the protest please take a few minutes out of your day to write some letters. Please check out this blog post to learn about the letter writing campaign, and to read a list of other ways that you can get involved to help the animals at the Toronto Humane Society.

If you would like to volunteer to help hand out brochures, put up posters, or to help spread the word about the protest and why the animals need our help please send an email to

If you haven’t applied for membership please do so. The board of directors can call an AGM at any time and every vote counts. A small window of opportunity has opened to get some good people on the board. Please remember that a board seat only goes up for re-election every three years. You can download a membership application from the blog entry that was posted previously in this message.

If you have applied for membership and were sent a rejection letter please contact us. We are trying to keep track of the rejection letters.

Keep checking the blog for new info. New articles are posted every few days.

See you on Saturday Sept 12th!