Animal Welfare

A Brighter Future For Hog Farming

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada
Barbara Cartwright

The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is looking forward to a Canada where pigs are raised free from sow stalls and painful practices and today we are one step closer. The new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs which was released today created over 100 clear animal care requirements.

Don't Torture Elephants in the Name of Religion

Sangita Iyer | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Elephants are being commoditized by a select few clever craftsmen that make all the profit, while the masses are being led to believe that Gods will be happy. People need to wake up to the reprehensible fact that in the guise of religion and culture India's heritage animal and one of the gentlest sentient beings of our planet is being tortured for human entertainment and profit.

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?

Owners Charged With Animal Cruelty

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Charges of animal cruelty have been laid against a Vancouver Island couple after an emaciated and shivering shepherd-cross dog was found n...

'Huge Backlog' Affecting Endangered Species?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal ministers responsible for protecting endangered species took action on four critically threatened species because they were fa...

Why Did It Take SO LONG To Save Humpbacks?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal government has violated Canadian law by failing to protect endangered species, a coalition of environmental groups told a Fede...

Kindness and Cruelty: An Animal Welfare Year in Review

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

Are things getting better or worse for animals in Canada? Here's a list, created by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, of animal welfare advances, setbacks, and issues that just made us shake our heads in sorrow in 2013.

Organic or Gimmick? What You Need to Know About Organic Foods

Dain Wallis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

Ah, organic foods. Mysterious and pretentious. Some people swear by organic foods to avoid the "hidden dangers" of conventional products, whereas others completely ignore anything organic, equating the term organic with expensive. But what does "organic" even mean, and is eating organic better for you?

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.

How Hot Does it Get in a Parked Car?

Samaritanmag.com | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Samaritanmag.com

Every year, untold numbers of dogs die trapped in vehicles. It's a ghastly scenario made more vexing by being easily avoidable. In an attempt to drive the message home once and for all, veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward took a radical approach to the problem, videotaping himself inside a parked car and posting the outcome online.

Why the Hell Are You Still Eating Animals?

Lacey Haynes | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Living
Lacey Haynes

Call me an extremist. Say that I'm a hippy, vegan, vegetarian, fanatical, idealist. Tell me that these views are unrealistic and going to destroy the lives of countless farmers. It's hard to talk about eating animals without getting defensive, angry, sad and judgmental. Take a deep breath. Here are five facts about the consequences of being a carnivore.

Kitten Torturer Sentenced

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.29.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Jordan Lucas, the Vernon man guilty of animal cruelty for filming himself torturing a kitten was sentenced to 17 months in jail in Vancouver Provincia...

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.

B.C.'s Torturous Wolf Management

Chris Genovali | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

Brad Hill, a wildlife photographer and biologist from the Columbia Valley, discovered that the province has been placing wolf neck snares on Crown land near his home. Hill located 18 snares near a bait pile of road-killed elk and mule deer, designed to draw wolves into the area. Snares are the most inhumane, legally allowed traps in use.

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 ...

What the Ikea Monkey Revealed About Animal Treatment in Canada

Lisa Kramer | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
Lisa Kramer

This poor juvenile rhesus macaque was found wandering through an IKEA parking lot in Toronto a few days ago, and he quickly became an international Internet sensation. In similar circumstances in recent memory, law enforcement agents have been known to shoot wayward animals, send them to zoos, or return them to their irresponsible human caretakers.

Wikipedia Cuts on the Bias

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

I admire Wikipedia -- always have -- but how do the official gardeners at Wikipedia respond when they have a snake in their grass? In my case, a biased commenter is still an editor in good standing, but the people who pointed out his fraudulence have been mostly banned.

Canadian To Defend Bestiality At Trial

CBC | Posted 04.27.2012 | Canada

A Vancouver man is set to go to trial for bestiality, a charge that is rarely prosecuted in the courts. The SPCA alleges it h...

Harp Seals on Thin Ice

Sheryl Fink | Posted 03.06.2012 | Canada
Sheryl Fink

The IFAW Seal Team has witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of climate change on harp seal pups in eastern Canada. New scientific evidence is proving our eye-witness accounts to be startlingly real and deeply concerning for seal conservation.

Courts Won't Help Lucy The Elephant Move To Sanctuary

CP | Posted 10.04.2011 | Canada

EDMONTON - Animal welfare groups fighting to see a lone elephant at Edmonton's zoo moved to a sanctuary in the United States have been dealt a blow by...

Stampede Driver Gets Record Fine

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- CALGARY - The Calgary Stampede levied its largest fine ever against a driver Saturday, after a chuckwagon race collision led to ...

Dying To Win

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- CALGARY - A second horse has died during the chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. Stampede spokesman Doug Fraser said Fr...

Seal Hunt Crawls To A Close

CP | Posted 08.14.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- HALIFAX - As the annual East Coast seal hunt draws to a close, federal officials said that this season was one of the worst sinc...