Animal Welfare

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.

Banning Cosmetic Animal Testing Will Bring Us Closer to a Truly Humane Society

Rebecca Aldworth | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Rebecca Aldworth

This week, we saw massive public support translate into real change when New Brunswick Senator Stewart Olsen launched a federal bill to ban cosmetics animal testing and trade in Canada. It is a huge victory for #BeCrueltyFree Canada, and vindication for all the rabbits, mice and other animals who have been blinded, poisoned and killed in the name of beauty.

B.C.'s Wolf Cull Is Unscientific, Unethical and Unwarranted

Chris Genovali | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

This wolf cull is a consequence of industrial logging and other human activity, which have transformed the caribou's habitat into a landscape that can no longer provide the food, cover, and security these animals need to survive. Rather than address the real problem, i.e., the destruction of life sustaining caribou habitat, the B.C. government has chosen to scapegoat wolves.

It's Time We Treat Chickens as Animals and Not Products

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

The word "chicken" has become the name of a product rather than that of an animal. Nearly all North American chickens are raised and slaughtered in industrial operations. Most chickens raised for meat are engineered to grow rapidly in crowded barns with tens of thousands of other birds. The virtual hell created for tens of billions of animals by factory farming is one of the greatest moral issues of our time. Positive change requires us to take animal interests seriously in the all the choices we make, as consumers, citizens and human beings.

A Trophy Hunt By Any Other Name

Chris Genovali | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

Not only would the bill do nothing to stop, or even reduce, the recreational killing of grizzlies, it would end up providing cover for grizzly killers who would like nothing more than to be able to mischaracterize their trophy hunting of bears as a food hunt.

Local Hunters or Not, Every Bullet Is the Same to a Bear

Chris Genovali | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

Complaining about not getting enough wildlife to kill, as compared to non-resident hunters, has been prominent in the BCWF's calculated messaging. In contrast, provincial mortality statistics show that from 1978 through 2011, resident hunters killed 5,900 grizzlies while non-resident hunters killed 4,100. To those 10,000 bears it was no consolation whether the bullets ripping through their bodies, causing immeasurable pain and suffering, were fired from the guns of resident or non-resident hunters.

Showing Your Pet Some Love This Valentine's Day

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

Valentine's Day is a wonderful day to spend with those you love -- whether they have two legs or four, paws or feet, wagging tails or smiling faces. It's a great day to share your love with everyone who makes you happy. This Valentine's Day we want to see a selfie of you and your BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever)! Snap a picture of you and your pet -- be it a cat, dog, rabbit, or even a horse -- and show us your love!