#Animals

Cute Overload: California Sea Otter Breaks Into Aquarium To Give Birth

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 12.26.2015 | Canada Living

"We’re talking umbilical-chord-still-attached, whoa-is-that-yep-that’s-the-placenta new-born otter pup."

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.

B.C.'s Wolf And Bear Hunting Policies Ignore The Uncertainties

Chris Genovali | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Chris Genovali

Proposing a year-round open season on wolves primarily based upon anecdotal evidence from special interests who possess a self-serving intolerance of large carnivores, such as trophy hunters, is the antithesis of science-based wildlife management.

Toronto's Animal Services By-Laws Are Broken

Robert Poulton | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Robert Poulton

The dog appears to be well fed and in no way unhealthy. However, Buddy is obviously lacking human contact, daily walks and most importantly love and attention. His owners ignore him each day and show zero concern for him or the neighbours. In their eyes, and with City approval, they're doing nothing wrong.

WATCH: Cat Shows Dog Who's The Boss

The Hufftington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living

This kitty is having none of it.

This Cow Is Going Through An Identity Crisis

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Living

Goliath the cow is making a very strong argument for the nurture vs. nature debate.

Wobbly (And Adorable) Baby Giraffe Born At Calgary Zoo

CP | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Alberta

AWWWWWWWW.

Bill 52 Won't Protect Past Whistleblowers Like Me

Philip Demers | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Philip Demers

Marineland has launched lawsuits targeting myself, former orca trainer Christine Santos and animal care supervisor Jim Hammond. My latest round of legal bills totaled more than I will earn in this year -- $100,000. Our lawsuits are shining examples of the urgent need for the anti-SLAPP legislation that is Bill 52: Protection of Public Participation Act. It is unbearable to think that this historic piece of legislation -- as it is currently written -- will not apply to the very people who have largely inspired it. Why is the province turning its back on us and leaving us behind? Where is the procedural fairness for those of us who are already proceeding with unfair cases before the courts in Ontario?

Love-Based Activism

Miriam Porter | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Living
Miriam Porter

A pink snout touches my hand gently. I peek in the truck to see the pig's face and she's crying. "I love you and I am sorry," I whisper through tears....

Cecil The Lion Hunter Has An Alberta Connection

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Alberta

Palmer's kill is listed as the 187th largest typical mule deer recorded in Alberta.

When Kittens And Puppies Meet, The Cute Is Out Of Control

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Living

Cats and dogs hate each other right? Wrong. In the video above by Buzzfeed, we watch as kittens and puppies are put together for the very first tim...

6 Ways to Raise a Child Who Doesn't Eat Animals

Miriam Porter | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Miriam Porter

My son Noah and I live a vegan lifestyle. That's different from following a vegan diet -- although both are great! In fact, whatever you do that helps the environment, animals, humans or the earth is pretty awesome. For us, veganism extends past the plant-based food on our plate.

A Guide to Effective Animal Advocacy

Pamela Tourigny | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Pamela Tourigny

A number of people have commented to me over my years of involvement within the vegan community that they are often overwhelmed by all of the suffering that animals endure, leaving them unsure how to advocate for them effectively. It's a feeling of helplessness to which many can surely relate.

There's Nothing Radical About Recognizing Animal Suffering

Pamela Tourigny | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
Pamela Tourigny

We live in a world that's built on using animals for every purpose imaginable, and even armed with information and conviction, people can find it challenging to live in alignment with their beliefs. Even though sometimes I am frustrated beyond belief by the actions of humans, I dig deep to find my compassion, to help them find theirs.

For the Animals, the Zoo Is the Unhappiest Place on Earth

Miriam Porter | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Miriam Porter

March 5 was a good day for elephants. Not the elephants roaming free in their natural habitat -- for those elephants every day is a good day. I am referring to 43 Asian elephants that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus keeps in chains. These cruel acts will be a thing of the past starting in 2018.

Why You Shouldn't Feed The Animals

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

From parks to backyards, we can expect to see a range of different critters all expecting to find an easy source of food and possibly a home for mating and reproduction. Many of us will appease their needs by offering an assortment of foods ranging from seeds to fruits and vegetables. But that act may be doing more harm than good.

Veterinarians Don't Just Heal Pets, They Can Help Heal Poverty

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

For many developing communities, like those in South Sudan animals are walking bank accounts, dowries and life insurance policies. To lose your livestock is to lose everything. Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) tackles a problem many don't even realize exists.

Love Animals? Support Poverty Eradication and Humane Jobs

Kendra Coulter | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Kendra Coulter

People need income, and if given real choices, most would opt to earn a living by helping others rather than by harming them. Humane jobs afford people with good working conditions, doing jobs that help animals, or that help both people and animals. Humane jobs feed people's stomachs and their sense of pride.

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!

My Tips for the Non-Intrusive Enjoyment of Snowy Owls

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

My moment with a snowy owl has been a long time coming. In late 2013 I wrote about my attempts to find one during the Guelph Christmas Bird Count and ...

WATCH: Manitoba Wildlife Centre Rescues Talking Crow

CBC | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living

A Manitoba wildlife centre has an unusual bird on his hands – a talking crow named Jet. The crow came to Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre in I...

The Rewilding of Southern Canada Has Brought Back the Raven

Dan Kraus | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

The common raven is part of a pattern of rewilding migrations to southern Canada that have occurred over the last century. Bald eagles, fishers and beavers have similar homecomings. These species originally occurred in southern Canada, but retracted their ranges to northern, wilder homes.

Dogs Found Frozen In Prince Albert

CBC | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada

Warning: This story contains content that some people may find disturbing.  The Prince Albert SPCA is looking for information after a gruesome disc...

Ditching in Droves: Why Canadians Are Dropping Milk

Twyla Francois | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Business
Twyla Francois

The decline is so striking that the Dairy Farmers of Canada commissioned a survey to find out why milk drinkers are ditching it in droves. Despite the fear-mongering and the tens of millions spent to peddle dairy, the Canadian public now sees the dairy industry for what it is. No amount of advertising will make them un-see it.

Happy World Animal Day -- Let's Stop Puppy Mills!

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

October 4 is World Animal Day, a global event celebrating animals big and small, from coast to coast and sea to sea around the world. Here in Canada, almost 30 per cent of households have a dog. They provide companionship, happiness and even therapy to their owners. But we still face a dark problem when choosing where to get our next dog -- puppy mills.