Animals

10 Ways That Losing a Pet is Worse Than Losing a Human

Angela Hartlin | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

People are meant to be resilient and aim to recover from traumatic life events so when you lose a beloved pet, it is natural for those who care about you to ask when you are going to fill the void by adopting another lucky fur-child. Emotionally, we may process it as someone trying to get us to replace the love we just lost.

Toronto Zoo Turns 40, Aims To Redefine Itself

CBC | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada

As Canada’s largest zoo celebrates its 40th birthday, the zoo, which has faced increasing criticism, is trying to redefine itself. There was cake...

You'll Get Sick Less If You Spend More Time in the Great Outdoors

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

Our efforts to stay clean have hampered us, leaving us with no opportunity for continual exposure to those lower levels of bacteria. As a result, when we do come into contact with them -- such as eating contaminated food -- we tend to have an increased chance of becoming ill.

We Don't Just Need More Jobs, We Need Humane Jobs

Kendra Coulter | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kendra Coulter

Some people may be able to find "a job" but is the pay enough to even cover basic expenses? Are the hours sufficient? Are they consistent? Or is it not only impossible to schedule the essentials of life, but to pay for them? Above and beyond these important, tangible dimensions, do people enjoy their jobs?

Not a Cat Person

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada
Beverley Golden

When my brother Niel and I were young, we begged our parents for a dog. After finally wearing them down, they said "yes" and my lifelong love affair w...

The Only People Making Money Off the Seal Hunt Are Anti-Sealing Campaigners

Terry Audla | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada
Terry Audla

I understand that PETA brings in about $30 million annually, the Humane Society of the U.S. collects more than $100 million and their executives make six-figure salaries. They and other groups like the International Fund for Animal Welfare are clamouring for this easy target. Who could blame them? After all, it is good money in a competitive charitable market.

We Should Let Nature Thrive in Cities

Dan Kraus | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Cities rely on nature for their very well-being. Nature in cities reduces energy bills, cleans the air and protects us from floods. There is a growing body of evidence that nature makes us better people and builds better communities.

Why I Love Shooting Bears (With My Camera)

Simon Jackson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Simon Jackson

But within communities of passionate wildlife advocates, few topics are as divisive as the perception of wildlife photography. And for good reason. Yes, at times wildlife photography can hurt the subjects we're trying to capture. But seeing bears in the wild is a remarkable experience and positive bear (and wildlife) encounters are critical to creating a culture that appreciates and supports balanced conservation.

Should Sick Animals Be Treated With Antibiotics?

Steven Burton | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Steven Burton

The U.S. FDA just convinced 25 drug companies to stop producing antibiotics for animals that are used in human medicine. Many believe Canada should follow suit. Clearly, it is humane to treat sick animals, but harm can come to humans if animal antibiotic use develops drug-resistant bugs that subsequently infect humans.

Biodiversity: It's Not Just for Scientists Anymore!

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Biodiversity conservation is no longer a topic reserved for scientists. It's an issue that affects all Canadians. But how do we move people beyond just knowing this fact to caring, and beyond that, to acting?

How to Milk a Moose

Tim Sandlin | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada
Tim Sandlin

Clyde tossed the loop over the moose's head where it slipped down onto her neck and then he took off south. The moose reared up on her hind legs in a Hi Ho Silver maneuver. Folks back on the lodge deck reached for their cell phones. That's the American way to handle a crisis nowadays. Grab a phone, first.

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?

Thinking of Going Vegan? Try One of These Seven Methods

Frédéric Côté-Boudreau | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Frédéric Côté-Boudreau

There are probably as many ways to become a vegan than there are vegans. Embracing veganism is a personal approach -- you need to respect yourself if you want to successfully make the transition into veganism and remain a long-time vegan. For those of you who need a few ideas to ensure a smooth transition, here are seven different methods that you could learn from.

December Is a Time to Review the Status of Canada's Endangered Species

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

For those of us who are interested in the field of conservation biology, this time of year prompts us to be more thoughtful about lists of a different kind: the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada ceremoniously completes a review of (in overly simplified terms) Canada's endangered species list at the end of each year.

How Salmie the Sea Lion Shows Us the Trouble With Humans

Eoin Finn | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Living
Eoin Finn

Today is a very special day for me. It is the release of the Earth Body Yoga dvd project (Earth Body Yoga) that is an incredibly powerful ritual to...

Watching the Watchdog: Would You Hunt and Kill a Lion?

Tim Knight | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

Her name's Melissa Bachman. She kills wild animals on American TV for a living. Sometimes with a rifle, sometimes with bow and arrow. Then she killed a full-maned male lion, and posted a picture of herself, cradling her rifle, laughing triumphantly, while the once-magnificent lion sprawled dead at her feet. And all hell broke loose.

Simple Ways to Embrace Your Wild Side When Choosing Decor

Yanic Simard | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada Living
Yanic Simard

A dramatic animal statuette is like having a furry friend, without any of the responsibilities -- or the fur. Sit one at the end of your island, on top of a buffet, or in its own niche overseeing your table. If you really want to be King of the Jungle, Maximo Riera creates lavish throne-like sculpted chairs mimicking life sized rhinos, elephants, and even octopuses.

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.

The Injured Wildlife Saved By Mother/Daughter Team

Samaritanmag.com | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Samaritanmag.com

Jenkins runs Heaven's Wildlife Rescue, a centre devoted to rehabilitating orphaned, injured and displaced wildlife "patients" from the Sarnia-Lambton area and increasingly from across the province, as word of her extraordinary work spreads.

Headless Sea Lion Found On B.C. Beach

CBC | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Officials with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are investigating after a headless sea lion was found dead on a Campbell River beach on Vancouve...

Captain's Killer In Court

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver man has pleaded guilty to the fatal beating of his German Shepherd, Captain, and will be sentenced this summer. Brian Whitlock, 26, ent...

Abused Surrey Pit Bull Makes Full Recovery

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

An abused pit bull puppy in Surrey has made a full recovery from its injuries, says a B.C.-based pit bull advocacy society. Madi the puppy was foun...

Aggie Days: Now With More Exciting Displays!

Teresa Falk | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Alberta
Teresa Falk

Among other amazing exhibits, the mama goats recently had their babies so the little kids (baby goats) will only be about a month old when they make their first appearance at Aggie Days. They are too cute to miss.

Will Pope Francis Champion Animal Rights?

M. Michelle Nadon | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada
M. Michelle Nadon

Abhorring patriarchy, and based on the church's adherence to the doctrine that animals have no soul, in early adulthood I chose to disengage with the Catholic faith. Then came the staggering confirmation that the new pope chose the name Pope Francis. I was flooded with emotion -- Saint Francis: the revered Patron Saint of animals.

Why Morrissey Still Matters

Jon Paul Fiorentino | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Music
Jon Paul Fiorentino

Morrissey (as an artist and public figure) has always had the uncanny ability to charm and repel at the same time. His staunch animal rights activism, his hatred of the throne, his refusal to adhere to any of the tenets of accepted celebrity behaviour have often landed him in hot water. But what's wrong with a little hot water when today's music and music industry is so depressingly tepid?