Liz White (animal rights)
White at a debate during the 2008 Toronto Centre by-election
|Leader of the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party|
August 2, 2005
|Preceded by||First Leader|
|Political party||Animal Alliance|
Elizabeth "Liz" White (born c. 1950) is a Canadian politician and animal rights advocate. She is a founder and board member of the Animal Alliance of Canada, a non-profit organization set up in 1990, where she focuses on legislative issues, municipal animal control by-laws, hunting and human-wildlife conflict, and fundraising. Before joining the Animal Alliance, she was the director of the Toronto Humane Society.
White also leads the Animal Alliance – Environment Voters Party (AA–EVP), a federal political party registered by the Animal Alliance in 2005 with the aim of winning air time to discuss issues other parties might not raise, and to allow donors to receive tax credit. She stood unsuccessfully for election in Toronto in 2006, 2008, and 2011.
White is an opponent of the annual Canadian seal hunt, and as a result supports a boycott of Canada's seafood industry. She has also campaigned against the sale of dogs from the Winnipeg city pound to animal researchers. She was one of three women (along with Lesli Bisgould of the University of Toronto and Shelagh MacDonald of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies) who drafted Bill C-17B/C-10B, an anti-cruelty bill that among other things called for animals to be regarded as "living property." The Bill passed the House of Commons twice, but was defeated in the Senate in 2008.
- For her age, see Strobel, Mike. "One Party Stands up for the Animals," Toronto Sun, 7 January 2006.
- That she was a founder, see Dupras, George. Values in Conflict: Reflections of an Animal Advocate. iUniverse, 2011, pp. 180–181.
- For the other details, see "Who we are", Animal Alliance of Canada, accessed 21 May 2012.
- "Leaders", Canada Votes 2006, accessed 21 May 2012.
- For more details on her work in Winnipeg, see White, Liz and Best, Stephen. "The Political, Animal Services, and Scientific Case Against Pound Seizure", Animal Alliance of Canada, August 2002.
- For the party registering to win air time, and White's views, see Boatright, Robert G. Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform in the United States and Canada. University of Michigan Press, 2011, p. 167.
- Dupras, George. Values in Conflict: Reflections of an Animal Advocate. iUniverse, 2011, pp. 28–30.
- Also see Bill C-10B, Parliament of Canada, accessed 22 May 2012.
- Claiborne, William. "Canadian Fur Industry Weathers Another Chill; Hudson's Bay Co. Forsakes Its Heritage", The Washington Post, 19 February 1991.
- Goddard, John. "Vegans walk aisle with the Colonel", Toronto Star, 12 September 2008.
- Lee, Brittany. "Makeup of deer advisory committee worries animal rights advocates", Oak Bay News, 11 May 2012.
- Schwass-Bueckert, Kate. "50% of dogs in university vet program killed", Toronto Sun, 30 July 2010.
- "Interview with Liz White", Prime Time Alberta, September 2011, accessed 21 May 2012.
- "AAC Director Liz White on backyard chickens", CTV News, February 2012, accessed 21 May 2012.
- "CRD deer campaign", featuring Liz White, Animal Alliance, March 2012, accessed 21 May 2012.