Animal Welfare

Regulators Turn A Blind Eye To Animal Suffering

Camille Labchuk | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Living
Camille Labchuk

Canada Goose and Moose Knuckles: Both use fur trim, both charge a hefty price for their luxury jackets ($600 to $1,000), and both are allegedly deceiving consumers about the true nature of the products they're peddling. But the authorities are only taking action against one of them. What gives?

Animal Rights Advocates Are Targeting Your Taste Buds

Peter Fricker | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Peter Fricker

The stereotype of vegans and vegetarians as self-righteous, hectoring, spoilsports pushing their puritan agenda was never fair. Now that negative perception is disappearing altogether. The promotion of plant-based pleasure has arrived.

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

Élise Desaulniers | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Élise Desaulniers

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. Before rejoicing that justice will finally be done, let's carefully examine the case.

Bill C-246 Will Close Animal Cruelty Loopholes

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

The winds of change are sweeping through Canada, giving us a renewed sense of possibility and hope about what we can accomplish together. As so many have said since the federal election in October, "Canada is back!" And Canada wants change for animals.

Odd Animals You Never Knew Existed (And How To Meet Them)

Aaron Winston Smith | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Living
Aaron Winston Smith

While these animals may not star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio anytime soon, nor likely to be chosen as supporting cast for the next Disney blockbuster, they're still in need of attention. These are threatened species -- some due to hunting, others to habitat loss from industrialization. Today, travelers are digging in to preserve their future, and giving them a much needed turn in the spotlight.

A Plant-Based Diet In 2016 Should Be Nothing But Fun

Gabriel Wildgen | Posted 02.15.2016 | Canada Living
Gabriel Wildgen

The rewards of eating conscientiously, healthfully, and humanely aren't exclusive to the planet and animals; happily, for everyone joining the meat, egg, and dairy-free movement this year, plant-based eating has never been easier or more enjoyable -- especially if you keep a few important tips in mind.

How A Politician Managed To Blame Animals For Dying In Barn Fires

Camille Labchuk | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Camille Labchuk

Animal advocates have been demanding for years that provincial governments update barn fire codes to stop an ongoing trend of horrifying , since it's clear that the industry will continue to refuse to protect animals from being burned to death unless they're forced to.

Animal Cruelty Complaints Spike Thanks To Public: Advocates

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Marcie Moriarty says investigators responded to 10,205 complaints in 2015.

What's Good For Hens Is Good For Business

Sayara Thurston | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Business
Sayara Thurston

Right now, the majority of Canadian egg-laying hens are confined in cages that deny them almost every basic need, including the chance to even walk around or fully stretch their wings. It's mind-boggling that these archaic cages are still used almost two decades into the 21st century, when innovation has transformed most industries several times over in recent years alone. Fortunately, the food industry is finally realizing that "we've always done it this way" isn't a good reason to keep doing something.

A&W Must Go Cage-Free Or Find Itself On The Wrong Side Of History

Peter Fricker | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Business
Peter Fricker

Canadians are familiar with the company's television ads promoting its "vegetarian-fed" chicken and beef with "no added hormones or steroids" (although neither policy affects animal welfare). While McDonald's and Wendy's are racing ahead to appear like chicken liberators, A&W risks branding itself as the guys who keep hens locked up.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly In 2015 Animal Welfare

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

It's the end of the year and, once again, we at the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies are asking: are things getting better or worse for animals in Canada? We've had some significant forward movement -- a number of important new laws and policies were introduced this year that will make a huge difference in the years to come.

Cloning Adds To Factory Farm Horrors

Peter Fricker | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Peter Fricker

The news of China's plans to clone cattle to meet its growing demand for meat is yet another signpost on a road heading for a dark future for factory-farmed animals and for our own moral well-being. It's a road we need not take.

Quebec's Bill 54 Falls Short Of Protecting All Animals

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Barbara Cartwright

Until this law was passed, there was no distinction between a car and a cat in terms of legal rights. Anyone who has ever lived with a pet knows that animals experience emotions and feel both physical and psychological pain, but this is the first time in North America that these basic truths have been entrenched in law.

We Need To End Trophy Hunting In British Columbia

Andrew Weaver | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

In the grizzly hunting debate, the B.C. legislature appears to be the last stronghold protecting the trophy hunting industry in our province. Economic, scientific, and social justifications for the practice don't add up. Ecotourism and bear viewing companies generate more revenue than their trigger-happy counterparts, and they are far more sustainable over the long term.

The Poultry Industry Prioritizes Profits Over Animal Welfare

Anna Pippus | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Anna Pippus

Canadians slaughtered a staggering 640 million chickens in 2014 alone, which makes them by far the largest population of animals under human care. What's more, the degree of suffering experience by commercially-reared chickens is considered by some experts to be among the worst of factory farmed animals.

Election Results A Reason To Be Optimistic About Animal Rights

Camille Labchuk | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Camille Labchuk

The situation for animals in Canada remains dire, with hundreds of millions of animals suffering and dying every year on farms, in laboratories, in entertainment and for their fur. Parliament has a tremendous opportunity to improve life for many of these animals, and Canadians are crying out for change. The election results offer many reasons for optimism. It's now time for advocates to roll up our sleeves, start working with the new Parliament, and help MPs pass meaningful legislation for animals.

This Election, Canadians Want Action on Animal Issues

Sheryl Fink | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

When we think about election issues, animal welfare is rarely top of mind. Still, a survey conducted by Environics Research Group for the International Fund for Animal Welfare has found that a majority of Canadians -- 55 per cent -- said that animal issues will affect who they vote for on Oct.19.

We Must End Alberta's Persecution of Wolves

Chris Genovali | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Alberta
Chris Genovali

Grey wolves in Alberta are exposed to lethal threats from every angle, including aerial gunning from helicopters, choking neck-snares, and poison-baits that lure wolves and many other species to their excruciating deaths. Alberta's liberal hunting and trapping regulations assure that the devastation of wolf families occurs nearly year-round.

You Can Be Vegetarian and Keep Your Man Card, Too

Ian Carey | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Living
Ian Carey

Being a vegetarian is actually pretty easy. The food is better, healthier and provides motivation to look closer at the impacts of diet and health. What isn't easy is being a vegetarian while also enjoying a lot of "dude stuff."

The Time Has Come for a Different Way of 'Managing' Canada's Wildlife

Chris Genovali | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Chris Genovali

The senseless killing of Cecil the lion has catalyzed a worldwide discussion about the gratuitous trophy hunting of large carnivores. In Western Canada, countless "Cecils" are killed in an equally senseless manner each and every year for the amusement, pleasure and excitement of recreational hunters.

My Documentary Will Explore the Story of an Elephant Tortured to Blindness

Sangita Iyer | Posted 07.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

We've gathered undercover footage of Lakshmi's entire ordeal. Gods in Shackles will expose the abhorrent torture that Lakshmi tolerates every single day. Her sad story along with that of four elephants featured in our film epitomizes the pain and suffering of more than 600 elephants of Kerala, whose welfare is being compromised for profit.

WATCH: A Swimming Pool Built Just For Elephants

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Living

So many legs! So much fun!

Civil Disobedience Isn't Helping Your Cause

Ian Carey | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Ian Carey

A study from the University of Toronto recommends that a change in tactics is long overdue for Canada's culture of activism, one that does not include civil disobedience, shouting, or getting angry at all. There have been times and places where civil disobedience has changed the world for the better, there can be no doubt about that. But today, in Canada and in most cases, not only are such actions not helping, they are actually hurting.

Progressive Politicians Need to Walk the Talk When it Comes to Animal Welfare

Rondi Adamson | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Rondi Adamson

If progressives are so interested in protecting the environment and being a voice for those who can't speak, why were their representatives out en masse in Calgary this past weekend? Heck, Justin Trudeau even had a contest where "you and a friend" could join him at the Stampede.

To Close Slaughterhouses We Must Open People's Hearts

Stevan Harnad | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Stevan Harnad

On June 13 2015, all around the world -- in Paris, Brussels, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Delhi, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal -- people gathered to March for the Closing of the Slaughterhouses. But the slaughterhouses will not close of their own accord. To close the slaughterhouses people's eyes and hearts have to be opened.