Animal Welfare

A #DayofAction To End Cosmetics Animal Testing Cruelty

Rebecca Aldworth | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Rebecca Aldworth

Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, hamsters and rats are made to suffer in archaic chemical poisoning tests all in the name of beauty. Common tests include chemicals dripped into their eyes; skin irritation tests, and oral toxicity tests where mega-doses are force-fed into an animal's stomach to observe signs of poisoning.

Canada Can Be The Next Country To Ban Cosmetic Animal Testing

Gabriel Wildgen | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Gabriel Wildgen

Cosmetic animal testing is still legal in eight out of every 10 countries worldwide, including Canada. So we are asking Canadians to join us in a #DayofAction on September 13 to urge our elected officials in Ottawa to get behind the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act and make Canada the next country to #BeCrueltyFree.

We Need To Be Part Of The Solution To Protect Canada's Animals

M. Michelle Nadon | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Politics
M. Michelle Nadon

On September 28th, Canada's Parliament will vote on a bill to improve the welfare of animals in this country: Bill C-246 "The Modernizing Animal Protections Act." If the good guys win, the bill will proceed to an all-party committee for review and possible amendment.

The Food And Agriculture Industry Is Misleading Us With PR

Peter Fricker | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Living
Peter Fricker

Canada's food and agriculture industries have launched a public relations blitz designed to build public trust and confidence in Canadian food and farming. But even a cursory look at how this campaign is being conducted and who's behind it suggests consumers should cast a skeptical eye on its claims. To put it simply, Farm & Food Care Canada is not what it seems.

We Need To Protect Canada's Animals And Pass Bill C-246

M. Michelle Nadon | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Politics
M. Michelle Nadon

For the last 17 years, advocates have been trying to effect legislation that blasts us out of our sad, inexcusable reliance on the 1892 Act For Animals, into 2016. This year, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, MP, has brought forward Bill C-246 "Modernizing the Animal Protections Act."

CBC Needs To Stop Giving Animal Cruelty Airtime

Peter Fricker | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Peter Fricker

The CBC, as our national public broadcaster, should presumably reflect modern Canadian values, but when it comes to its coverage of the Calgary Stampede, it chooses to ignore the values of the majority of Canadians who are opposed to rodeos.

It's Time To Modernize Animal Rights In Canada With Bill C-246

M. Michelle Nadon | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Politics
M. Michelle Nadon

The Canadian Act for Animals was written in 1892 -- that's not a typo. We've had some changes through the years, but still have few enforceable laws to protect animals even from extreme neglect and cruelty in this country. It is well known that Canada falls far behind other nations recognizing the sentience and rights of animals.

Thai Police Find Tiger Slaughterhouse In Temple Investigation

CP | Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Associated Press | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada

Last week, authorities removed more than 137 tigers from the temple grounds and also found 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer and 20 more preserved in jars.

Admitted Poacher Has No Place In Canada's Top Rodeo Association

Peter Fricker | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Peter Fricker

One of the CPRA's board directors, Cody Cassidy, doesn't seem to afford wildlife "proper care and management." In fact, Mr. Cassidy pleaded guilty to several poaching-related charges in July of last year, according to the Red Deer Advocate.

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.