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Can the ‘Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan get Lennox home, not without you! Sign the 2 petitions below.

After senior judges in Northern Ireland ruled that Lennox, a Labrador/American Bulldog, must be destroyed, the dog has gained a new ally in The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan.

Belfast judgeshanded down the ruling after a two year battle by Lennox’s owners to have the dog released back to the family after he was seized by the City of Belfast in May 2010 and ordered to be destroyed for being a “pit-bull type” dog.
Lennox had already received the support of several recognized canine behavioral specialists who testified that he wasn’t dangerous. One of these was British dog trainer Victoria Stillwell, star of It’s Me or the Dog. Now the canine, who is sentenced to be euthanized under the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA), is garnering further support from the dog whisperer himself, Cesar Millan.
The star of the eight season-long television series The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, Tweeted on June 12:


I know about the Lennox situation. Its a decision I truly don’t agree with. My team is working to find a better solution to help #savelennox.


Millan has been working with dangerous dogs and rehabilitating them for years but despite being deemed dangerous by a police dog handler who is a supporter of the DDA, Lennox has never harmed or threatened to harm anybody in the entirety of his seven years. In fact, writes Stillwell in her official report:


Lennox showed a number of deference behaviours including turning his head away, licking his lips, turning his body and walking away, in response to David Ryan’s attempts to frustrate him. This is an impressive trait in any dog and shows a dog using submissive behaviour rather than offensive behaviour to cope in what is a relatively stressful situation.


At one point, photographs leaked from the facility where Lennox is being held, showed the dog licking and interacting with Alexandra Lightfoot. Lightfoot is a dog warden who testified that Lennox had been aggressive since his seizure.
Lennox’s owners, the Barnes family, were devastated that the judge upheld the decision of two lower courts to euthanize their pet. Caroline Barnes’ legal team appeared before the Court of Appeal earlier this month seeking to compel the County Court judge who confirmed the destruction order to state a case on points of law. The application was dismissed.


After the verdict, the Save Lennox Campaign posted on their Save Lennox Facebook page:


We would like to thank everyone for the countless messages that we have received in the last 24 hours during what is a very difficult time for our family and for the support we have had from so many since Lennox was seized in 2010.


The past two years have been extremely distressing for many reasons and we appreciate that this has been a very emotive case for dog lovers worldwide who have spoken out against the failings of Breed Specific Legislation.


We take some comfort in the knowledge that we are not the only ones to be devastated by the recent ruling. We are in talks with our legal team and will make another statement in due course.


Of two petitions supporting Lennox’s bid for freedom, one has garnered over 150,000 signatures, and the other almost 19,000 signatures since it was established less than two weeks ago.


With Lennox running out of time, any solution Millan can offer would be a welcome one. According to the Barnes family, although Lennox has not yet been euthanized, the family’s request to see the dog has been denied.




Decades of mismanagement and heavy industrial overuse have left the Great Lakes suffering from a multitude of threats, including rapidly falling water levels as a result of commercial over-extraction and climate change, devastating levels of pollution, risky shipments of radioactive materials, increasing loss of wetland and more. As the essential source of drinking water for more than 40 million people on both sides of the border, we must fundamentally change the way the Great Lakes are viewed, managed and protected.

Sign on to the “Great Lakes Forever” petition below – add your voice today to the growing number of people across Canada and around the world who are calling for a different, and better, future for the Great Lakes.

Tell Prime Minister Harper that the Great Lakes must be recognized as part of the Commons, a Public Trust and a Protected Bioregion so we can ensure their health and protection today and for the benefit of generations to come.

Take action now!



No Oil Tankers in Burrard Inlet!

(by Mel Hurtig, Council of Canadians)“If American Energy Company Kinder Morgan gets their way, Burrard Inlet could see as many as 300 huge oil tankers travelling through the Inlet and along the pristine British Columbian coastline each year. But a groundswell of public opposition can stop Prime Minister Harper and Premier Christy Clark from opening up these waters to inevitable environmental and economic disaster. A moratorium on shipping supposedly protects British Columbia’s coast from supertanker shipping, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be a firm, legal moratorium for Burrard Inlet and the southern coast! We must act now to protect a beautiful and vulnerable ecosystem from a very real threat of environmental and economic catastrophe! Please sign this petition and share it with everyone you know! Let’s make change together.
Every single person who joins strengthens our call for action. Please take a minute to share this link with everyone you know: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/No_Oil_Tankers_in_Burrard_Inlet/?tta

STOP the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline

By Brent Patterson, Monday, April 16th, 2012 The Vancouver Sun reports, “Mel Hurtig, the Canadian publisher, author and founder of the Council of Canadians, came out Monday in opposition of Kinder Morgan’s plan to twin its oil pipeline from Edmonton. Hurtig, an ardent nationalist who moved from Edmonton to Vancouver five years ago, strongly criticized the transmission company’s plan to increase by five times the number of oil tankers using Vancouver harbour.” “‘An oil spill in Burrard Inlet would spell disaster for the environment and all the municipalities in the region,’ he said. ‘Vancouver is widely viewed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and we’ve learned from past oil spills such as the Exxon-Valdez, that it is not a question of if but when, and the cleanup would last decades and be much more difficult than other spills because of the heavy nature of the bitumen that will be transported through Burrard Inlet.’” “Hurtig, who ran federally in Edmonton first as a Liberal and later under his own short-lived National Party, said he applauded the effort of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and other regional mayors in opposing the Kinder Morgan plan. But he took a broad swipe at B.C. Premier Christy Clark and New Democratic Party leader Adrian Dix for ‘failing to speak out and condemn Kinder Morgan’s plans’.” “Hurtig (has) started an online petition opposing the plan which he intends to deliver to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. As of Monday afternoon it had already garnered more than 1,200 names. …Hurtig’s petition is at http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/No_Oil_Tankers_in_Burrard_Inlet//?sbc.” For more on Council of Canadians opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, please go to http://canadians.org/blog/?p=14632 and http://canadians.org/pipelines. ——————————————————————————– No Oil Tankers in Burrard Inlet!