Recognizing the "Animal" in Animals

Recognizing the "Animal" in Animals »

It is human nature to anthropomorphize animals. Movies, television, and books give animals human personalities and voices, so we are raised believing or assuming that animals think and feel like humans do. The issues with this way of thinking arise…

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Invasive Species Act Silent on Animal Welfare

Invasive Species Act Silent on Animal Welfare »

This blog post explores Ontario’s proposed “Invasive Species Act”, introduced early this year. This would be the first of its kind in Canada. However, as it stands, the Act is completely silent on animal welfare issues. The Act will fail…

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Animal Testing for Cosmetic Products

Animal Testing for Cosmetic Products »

The use of animal testing in the cosmetics industry is neither mandatory by law, nor the only approach to the development of safe products. Although testing cosmetic products and their ingredients on animals has been common practice, and remains so…

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Rescuing Pepé, The Baby Skunk

Rescuing Pepé, The Baby Skunk »

This week on the blog, we follow the rescue story of a 4-week-old, orphaned skunk. We learn about rules surrounding keeping wildlife in captivity and the Ministry of Natural Resources licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities. 

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Escaping into the Wild:  A History of Canada’s Fur Trade

Escaping into the Wild: A History of Canada’s Fur Trade »

For many, when we reflect on Canada’s history and the economic value provided by the fur trade, we think of French Canadian voyageurs, The Hudson’s Bay Company and inevitably, Canada’s national symbol, Castor Canadensis, the beaver.[i] Largely unconsidered and perhaps seemingly unrelated, is…

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Criminal Code Reform: Bills C-610 & C-592

Criminal Code Reform: Bills C-610 & C-592 »

In the past few months, two private member’s bills have been introduced to the House of Commons in an effort to amend Canada’s animal cruelty laws in the Criminal Code of Canada. In April 2014, MP Isabelle Morin introduced bill…

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PEI Animal Protection: When Will it Get Better?

PEI Animal Protection: When Will it Get Better? »

It’s been three and a half years since the 2010 conviction of puppy mill operator Bud Wheatley exposed serious flaws in how Prince Edward Island protects animals. The case revealed what many people already knew, that animals had been suffering…

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Breed-Specific Legislation: Ontario’s Pit Bull Ban

Breed-Specific Legislation: Ontario’s Pit Bull Ban »

In August 2005, the Ontario government enacted the Dog Owner’s Liability Act [1] outlawing the possession, breeding, importing and transferring of pit bulls in Ontario. [2] The legislation replaced regulations that permitted pit bulls so long as they were muzzled and leashed in…

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The Return of Ontario’s Spring Bear Hunt

The Return of Ontario’s Spring Bear Hunt »

Black bear populations are increasing in most parts of North America and of course, humans are also continuing to expand in both population and territorial reign.1 When areas of sizeable human use overlap bear habitat, conflict can arise. The question…

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