Humane Society International

We Need to Talk About the Inhumane Treatment of Chickens

Sayara Thurston | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Sayara Thurston

Our eating habits currently sanction the slaughter of nearly two million chickens per day, the vast majority of whom are treated by the industry as meat-producing machines, forced to live through a mechanized, hellish experience. If your local SPCA habitually allowed dogs and cats to languish with excruciating injuries, or turned a blind eye while countless animals in its care died during transport, it would be rightly shut down by provincial inspectors. Yet the routinely barbaric abuse of chickens is an uncomfortable reality that exists nationwide -- a direct result of the high demand for legs, breasts and wings.

Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt Is the Shame of Our Nation

Rebecca Aldworth | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Rebecca Aldworth

To date, more than 35 nations have prohibited trade in products of commercial seal hunts. Yet for the third time in the past four years, the Newfoundland government is providing a multimillion-dollar bailout to commercial seal processors in an attempt to prop up the dying sealing industry.

Expat Chinese People Need to Join the Fight Against the Ivory Trade

Sangita Iyer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Seventy per cent of illegal ivory ends up in China -- the world's largest ivory consumer, as the insatiable demand for the "white gold" is surging with the growing middle class populous. The root cause of this insane craving for ivory is ignorance. According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), more than 70 per cent of Chinese don't realize that elephants are being killed for their ivory.

Help the #BeCrueltyFree Campaign End Cosmetics Animal Testing

Rebecca Aldworth | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Rebecca Aldworth

Humane Society International's #BeCrueltyFree campaign is giving the beauty industry a makeover worldwide, leading negotiations with governments and companies to put an end to cosmetics animal testing -- forever.

WATCH: Doctor Saves Puppies From Being Eaten

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada Impact

Every dog has its day but two particular puppies are getting an extra few more thanks to the work of a doctor. Doctor Peter Li was in the city of ...

Cutting Back on Meat Doesn't Have to Mean Fewer BBQs

Sayara Thurston | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Sayara Thurston

Meat-free grilling is a simple solution to a complex problem. Supply and demand issues and the outbreak of a deadly diarrheal virus on North American pig farms have sent meat prices through the roof in the last year. Yet the truth is, the meat on our supermarket shelves has been unrealistically cheap for a long time.

Conservatives Have Left Sharks to Flounder

Stephen Hampton | Posted 05.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Stephen Hampton

n March 27, the House of Commons had the opportunity to pass a private members bill put forth by NDP member Fin Donnelly to ban the importation of shark fins to Canada. The Conservative party however, decided that fighting to save sharks and represent the Canadian popular will was not part of their mandate and struck the bill down 143 votes to 138.

Celebrating World Animal Month by Learning Lessons from XL Beef Recall

Sayara Thurston | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Alberta
Sayara Thurston

Since 2004, the XL plant has gone from slaughtering 2,400 cows per day to 4,000. It should be no surprise that many workers have been decrying the massive increase in production line speed. Not only does speeding up production lines have terrible consequences for animal welfare, such as failing to properly stun animals before slaughter, it may also have serious consequences for food safety in this country.