OTTAWA, ON – This year, several events organized by Animal Protection Party of Canada candidates will be taking place across Canada to recognize the animal victims of war.
The ceremony is the first of its kind in Ottawa. The event is a part of the Animal Alliance of Canada‘s Purple Poppy campaign started in 2015 in Victoria, B.C.
“The ceremony is held in recognition of the millions of animal lives lost in war, to condemn their ongoing use in war, and to oppose the act of war internationally,” says Kimberly Lamontagne, the event organizer.
Another event will be held in Montreal on November 11th at Parc Lahaie, the event starts at 6pm. The Facebook event page is here.
An event is also being held in Toronto on November 6th, at 11am, at the Peace Garden at Toronto City Hall. Facebook event page here.
Victoria, B.C. will hold its 7th annual event on November 11th, from 10:30am to 11:30am at the rear fountain of the BC Legislature, along Superior St. Facebook event page is here.
Sixteen million animals were used in the first World War including horses, dogs, cats, pigeons, camels, elephants, whales, and more. 8 million horses were killed in WWl alone, with 750,000 pets killed in Briton to conserve rations for the war, and 100,000 carrier pigeon’s killed. Many animals used in the war who weren’t killed were abandoned to the devastation of war at its end.
Today, the Department of National Defence in Canada continues to use animals for military trauma training and live experiments.
Purple poppies will be available to purchase at the event, or you can order them online from the Animal Alliance of Canada.
People are welcome to wear the Royal Canadian Legion’s Red Poppy as well at the event. Everyone is welcome.
“The campaign ensures that the tens of millions of animal lives lost to war are remembered as victims and not as heroes,” says Jordan Reichert, Deputy Leader, Animal Protection Party.
Campaign info and Victoria event: Jordan Reichert: email@example.com
Event info in Ottawa and Montreal: Kimberly Lamontagne: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto: Liz White: Liz@animalprotectionparty.ca