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Peaceful Rally for Mally’s at Queen’s Park Toronto
November 6 @ 12:00 pm
On September 26, 2023, close to 100 raccoons were unjustly and inhumanely seized by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) from Mally’s Third Chance Raccoon Rescue; a family-run, primarily volunteer-operated, licensed non-profit wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre (responsible for 100% of their own fundraising, as no government support is provided for Wildlife Rehabilitation in Ontario).
The MNRF terrorized the rescue operators, community volunteers and the precious raccoons when they took a heavy-handed and aggressive approach with a full-scale raid. In textbook military fashion, they assigned and deployed approximately 50 Enforcement Officers, a plane, helicopter(s), and several drones using your Ontario taxpayer’s dollars. The involved Ministry staff elected to override their own policies, regulations and agreements with authorized Ontario Wildlife Custodians to initiate and carry-out this ambush and seizure of the raccoons in care, to which there still have been NO charges laid against the operators of Mally’s Third Chance Raccoon Rescue.
The MNRF has continued, for 4 excruciating weeks, to stonewall Mally’s Custodian and Manager, other Wildlife Custodians/Volunteers, Animal Rights & Advocacy groups, the media, and the general public as to why such excessive use of force (and tax payer’s dollars) were employed for alleged regulatory issues, that could have otherwise been addressed through a simple and random site inspection over the 18 prior months, where the authorized Wildlife Custodian’s requests for compliance inspections went ignored by their MNRF Rep.
The MNRF also continues to stonewall the aforementioned concerned parties with regards to the welfare and whereabouts of the raccoons that were recovering from medical conditions and at various stages of rehabilitation.
We are gravely concerned for the raccoons’ safety, well-being and whereabouts. There has been zero transparency from the MNRF, just blanketed statements, and therefore, we do not know if they are still alive, if they are being used for research, or if they have been killed.
WE NEED AT LEAST 100 OF YOU TO JOIN US TO REPRESENT THE 100 MISSING RACCOONS.
Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley St W
Toronto ON M7A 1A2
We will demonstrate in the space across from the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Monday, November 6 at 12:00pm
Please try to bring a hard copy notecard with words of support for Mally’s or a story of how they helped you with a raccoon in distress
Some signs will be provided, you are encouraged to be creative and make your own
Free stickers for kids
Special performance TBA
CODE OF CONDUCT: Google doc link
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