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Derek deLouché, Barbara Cartwright and Luna Allison of CFHS, photo by Kelly Hotte.

Animals Rock: Fighting animal cruelty with karaoke, art, & snacks

By John McDonald on September 13, 2016

Rock and Roll, Blue Jeans and the Red Carpet.

That can only mean one thing – the return on Thursday, September 22nd,  of the popular, and very entertaining, Animals Rock – An Evening to End Animal Cruelty, a fundraising event to support the work of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS).


“This is a fun event that offers us an opportunity to gather with local animal lovers to celebrate our collective power as a community,” said Barbara Cartwright, CEO of CFHS.

“It’s not often that we get to be in the same room with 150 people who are as passionate as we are about making change for animals – their presence and financial support that night will make a real difference for animals across the country.”

Hosted by Boom 99.7 at Orange Art Gallery, local celebrity DJs Sandy Sharkey and Wendy Daniels will spin rock & roll tunes, while karaoke fun will be provided by the very stylish China Doll. Animal-themed art by Gwendolyn Best and Christopher Griffin will be featured. Beer, wine and an array of gourmet vegan appetizers will be available, as well as a live and a silent auction with items from local businesses.

“Animals Rock is one of our most important fundraisers of the year. The funds we raise through this event go toward our original Canadian animal welfare research and pilot programs, our work to update animal welfare laws across the country, our negotiations with industry as we fight for better welfare for farm animals and our work to keep growing The National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty.”

Generally, we think of our pets when we hear the term animal welfare. But for CFHS, this means the welfare of animals at home, on the farm, in the wild, and in research. Another aspect of the Federation’s work focusses on the laws currently in place related to animal welfare.

“The proceeds from this year’s event will contribute to a number of specific projects. We’re working to get Bill C-246, The Modernizing Animals Protections Act, adopted by Parliament. It goes to second reading on September 28. We’re also working on updates to the codes of practice for farmed rabbits, bison and veal cattle  to improve on-farm animal welfare practices for these species. And next year, we’ll be updating our research into cat homelessness in Canada, and releasing a new in-depth report on the state of cat welfare in Canada.”

A pre-event evening was held this past Friday at Fatboys Southern Smokehouse to raise awareness of the upcoming event. Ballistic Junior rocked the stage with favourites by Foo Fighters, Billy Idol and ZZ Top. Brockville’s Our Forgotten Memories also performed.

“It was a wonderful pre-event evening. We are so encouraged by the excitement surrounding Animals Rock 2016. Last year, the venue was so packed that we had to turn people away! The feedback we got was that people found it fun, uplifting and refreshing because we focus on the power that we have to make change.”

Last year’s event was sold out and organizers are encouraged by the interest to date. The $35 tickets can be purchased online.