Animal Rights

Step Up Law Enforcement to End Atrocities Against Temple Elephants

Sangita Iyer | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

A temple elephant that has been paralyzed by torture with a banned weapon is fighting for his life. His handler reportedly tied a knife to a nine-mete...

The Only People Making Money Off the Seal Hunt Are Anti-Sealing Campaigners

Terry Audla | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada
Terry Audla

I understand that PETA brings in about $30 million annually, the Humane Society of the U.S. collects more than $100 million and their executives make six-figure salaries. They and other groups like the International Fund for Animal Welfare are clamouring for this easy target. Who could blame them? After all, it is good money in a competitive charitable market.

Fined For Animal Cruelty

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - One of the country's biggest chicken producers will have to spend at least $1 million over three years to ensure compliance with federal rul...

Can a Book Have a Bucket List? This One Does

Beverley Golden | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Beverley Golden

It's probably not too far a stretch to say that most of us are familiar with the concept of a bucket list. Places we long to visit, dreams yet to com...

Animals Are Workers, Too

Kendra Coulter | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Business
Kendra Coulter

There are workers who are not counted in censuses, protected by labour laws, or given a paycheque for their labour. Some of these workers are not humans. One thing we know for sure is that animals do so much for people. So what will people now do for animals?

We Should Extend Kindness to Our Animal Friends

Twyla Francois | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Twyla Francois

Today, November 13, is World Kindness Day. Kindness toward species outside our own constitutes the highest form of altruism. Dr. Melanie Joy, a professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, introduces the concept of "carnism": a belief system by which we love and treat some animals well, but not others.

Canada's Animals Deserve the Five Freedoms

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

It's time to rethink our relationship with animals. We can begin by demanding effective laws from our governments guaranteeing the Five Freedoms for all animals in Canada. By doing this, animals may begin to become visible to us; they may matter.

As Smart And Sociable As Dogs But..

CP | David Crary, The Associated Press | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada

NEW YORK, N.Y. - There's extensive evidence that pigs are as smart and sociable as dogs. Yet one species is afforded affection and respect; the other ...

Chatting with 'The Ghosts in our Machine' Director Liz Marshall

Samaritanmag.com | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Samaritanmag.com

"The ghosts in our machine" are animals used by humans for food, fur, research, and entertainment. Marshall, who has been vegan since she started the film project three years ago, hopes her efforts will open up discussion about seeing animals in a new way.

Change Vancouver's 'No Pets' Policy

Katherine Brodsky | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Katherine Brodsky

Human tenants can just as easily ruin walls by putting nails in them, or allowing kids to draw on them. They can ruin carpets by walking around in muddy shoes in-house -- and by a multitude of other more creative ways. Arguably, some pets are better than their human counterparts. In fact, many pets are perfect citizens with impeccable manners. Some are not.

Can Documentary Films Be Catalysts For Change?

Liz Marshall | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada
Liz Marshall

I'm often asked: Do you really believe in change? And while I acknowledge that it's hard to be hopeful sometimes, I do, undeniably, believe that a better world is always possible. This is where documentaries play a significant cultural sociopolitical role. They are the narratives of our times.

Compassion Wins Over Cruelty In Co-op Vote

Paul Hughes | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

On Wednesday, March 13th, the membership of Calgary Co-op voted in favour of eliminating caged eggs and pork in their 24 stores located in Calgary and region. Calgary Co-op boasts a membership of 440,000, making it one of the largest cooperatives in North America.

The End of Cowshwitz: Will Ethical Bacon & Eggs be Coming to Cowtown?

Paul Hughes | Posted 05.11.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

If Calgary Co-op member, and local food activist, Clint Robertson's motion is successful on Wednesday at their AGM, Calgary Co-op will make history by being the first major food retailer in Canada to begin phasing out the intensive confinement of farm animals, specifically caged pork and battery caged hens for eggs.

Why Morrissey Still Matters

Jon Paul Fiorentino | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Music
Jon Paul Fiorentino

Morrissey (as an artist and public figure) has always had the uncanny ability to charm and repel at the same time. His staunch animal rights activism, his hatred of the throne, his refusal to adhere to any of the tenets of accepted celebrity behaviour have often landed him in hot water. But what's wrong with a little hot water when today's music and music industry is so depressingly tepid?

Marineland Can Sue Me -- But Not Silence Me

Dylan Powell | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Dylan Powell

The day before Marineland filed a $1.5-million lawsuit against me, news broke that the Ministry of the Environment was going to begin an investigation of the park's four mass graves. Two of them are allegedly full of more than 1,000 animals who have been buried during the park's 50-year history. The last resident in the park -- Paula Millard -- threatened that she would kill herself before she would leaver her home. On the night of March 31, 2011, that is what she did. I promised Paula's friend to see this through so that her struggle, as well as the struggle of the animals captive at Marineland, doesn't fade away.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: How Were Animals Treated In 2012?

The Huffington Post Canada | Maya Hamovitch | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Impact

Animals enhance our lives — they're loyal, offer comfort and companionship, and ask for little in return. But they too have needs and wants, and ...

No Justice For the Slaughtered Huskies of B.C.

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Barbara Cartwright

Robert Fawcett received a sentence of three years' probation for inhumanely slaughtering dogs by gunshots, stabbing and throat slitting as the dogs became uneconomical after the 2010 Olympic tourist trade tapered off in Whistler Village. But the judge's decision seems to have been weighted in favour of Mr. Fawcett's suffering.

November 25 is International Meatless Day & International Vegetarian Day

Paul Hughes | Posted 01.25.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

November 25 is International Meatless Day & International Vegetarian Day.

Celebrating World Animal Month by Learning Lessons from XL Beef Recall

Sayara Thurston | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Alberta
Sayara Thurston

Since 2004, the XL plant has gone from slaughtering 2,400 cows per day to 4,000. It should be no surprise that many workers have been decrying the massive increase in production line speed. Not only does speeding up production lines have terrible consequences for animal welfare, such as failing to properly stun animals before slaughter, it may also have serious consequences for food safety in this country.

The US Humane Society Doesn't Like Animals? That's a Crock

The Humane Society of the United States | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada
The Humane Society of the United States

An angry Huffington Post blogger has tried to build himself up by tearing down the work of The Humane Society of the United States. So we'll reply. On our terms. The red-in-the-face online writer thinks he could do a better job for animals if only he could command an organization as big and proud and as deeply rooted in our culture as the HSUS. Allow us, just once, to borrow from his own inelegant writing: "This is a complete crock."

Please Don't Give to the US Humane Society if You Care About Pets

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 12.15.2012 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

2012-10-15-HumaneBanner.jpgI expect most people wouldn't send donations if they knew what the Humane Society of the United States actually was. It doesn't run any shelters. It has no veterinary clinics. A good deal of their funding comes from people who don't have the slightest idea of their real agenda.

Why We Treat Animals Better Than the Poor

Marko Sijan | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada
Marko Sijan

And where's the "humanity" in defending animal rights? Like me, devout animal lovers and environmentalists (often one and the same) betray an underlying misanthropy, a profound disgust and disillusion with humanity. We can love animals because they aren't our competitors; they're dumb and easily used to serve our ends.

Meet the Man Who is Rescuing Animal Welfare

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

2012-09-03-petabanner1.jpg Nathan Winograd is the leader of the No Kill movement, a genuine revolution in animal welfare. Over three million healthy and adoptable pets will be killed next year in America's shelters. Not, however, if Winograd and his growing army have any say. I caught up with him a few weeks after the No Kill Advocacy Centre's annual conference in Washington D.C.

Buck Cruel Treatment Of Animals: Protesters

CBC | Posted 09.13.2012 | Canada

Animal activists say ticket buyers are part of the problem when it comes to the cruel treatment of animals at the Calgary Stampede. Prote...

An Animal Abusers' Paradise?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - Quebec is in the doghouse again with the U.S.-based Animal Legal Defence Fund.The organization puts Quebec near the bottom of its rankings ...