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Buying Organic Doesn't Absolve You From Animal Cruelty

(24) Comments | Posted March 22, 2017 | 10:42 AM

For the sake of "inclusivity," a Montreal restaurant recently added some animal products to its vegan menu: eggs, milk and cheese. No bacon or smoked salmon, though. And, above all, a certification that will make customers feel better: everything is organic. The products are sourced from small producers who care...

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Chilliwack Cattle Sales: A Double Standard In Court And On Our Plates

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 2:41 PM

Nearly two years after Mercy for Animals (MFA) went public with an undercover investigation into Canada's largest dairy farm, charges have finally been laid against the company, Chilliwack Cattle Sales, located in British Columbia. Seven of its employees are set to appear in court in April.


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Fashion Must Do More To Finally Cut Out Fur

(41) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 1:39 PM

In 1996, an activist tossed a dead raccoon onto Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's plate. It was five years after the famous PETA spot showing fur-clad models striding down a catwalk in front of an enthusiastic audience. We all remember what happened next -- a drop of...

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Cow's Milk Comes At An Environmental Cost

(33) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 3:40 PM

The last time I was in California, I noticed that most cafes had posted signs reading "Serious water problems. Water served on request." At first, I was impressed: the drought problem in California is a serious one and there's no doubt that having restaurants try to do their part to...

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Stand Up to Misogyny 2.0

(29) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 12:38 PM

« According to the current logic of online misogyny, a woman's right to self-expression is less important by far than a man's right to punish her for that self-expression. » Laurie Penny, Cybersexism

We are feminists. We share our ideas on the web. And we are connected by the experience...

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You Can Be a Vegan AND a High-Performing Athlete

(6) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:53 PM

"I can't be vegan; I run triathlons!" "I swim!" "I play golf!" Despite the fact that the myths surrounding vegan nutrition are long since busted, and the fact that veganism is getting more and more popular among amateur and professional athletes, this is still one of the arguments I hear...

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I Am Ashamed to Have Been a Vegetarian for 50 Years

(28) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 2:58 PM

I first heard about Stevan Harnad last winter when he signed a plea for veganism in the magazine Québec Humaniste. Currently Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science at the UQAM, the researcher proceeded in his article with a disturbing demonstration: several people cultivate a form of psychopathy by exploiting animals...

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The "Spies" Who Take Us Inside Slaughterhouses

(126) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 10:04 AM

Last month, CTV's investigation program W5 aired some exclusive footage shot on a pig farm in Manitoba. Seen across the country, these crude images shocked many a person. On the menu: hogs with bleeding, gaping wounds parked inside metal cages, pregnant sows exhibiting distended, reddish bellies, and piglets...

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