What Does Brexit Mean for Animals in Canada?

What Does Brexit Mean for Animals in Canada? »

By Elizabeth Schoales, BA, MA, PhD, LLB (candidate). Last month a slim majority of British citizens voted for the UK to leave the European Union. It’s impossible to predict what’s going to unfold but if this happens it will affect…

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B.C. Conservation Officer Kills Healthy Bear Cub

B.C. Conservation Officer Kills Healthy Bear Cub »

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service is under fire again after reports that a conservation officer unnecessarily executed a healthy black bear cub. Tiana Jackson of Dawson Creek, B.C. reports that she found an apparently orphaned baby black bear cub near…

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Win Tickets to Unlocking the Cage at Hot Docs

Win Tickets to Unlocking the Cage at Hot Docs »

Animal Justice is thrilled to announce an exclusive contest for tickets to the first Canadian screenings of the film Unlocking the Cage at the Hot Docs festival in early May in Toronto. The film screens on Monday, May 2 at 3:30 pm, Tuesday, May…

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A win for Ontario wolves and coyotes!

A win for Ontario wolves and coyotes! »

We just got some amazing news — the Ontario government is abandoning its bad plan to let hunters to gun down more wolves and coyotes!  We told you earlier this year about Ontario’s attempts to weaken hunting laws so that wolves and coyotes…

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Animal Justice Supports Ban on Retail Pet Sales in Ottawa

Animal Justice Supports Ban on Retail Pet Sales in Ottawa »

The City of Ottawa is the latest municipality to consider banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet shops. Instead, shops would be allowed to adopt out animals from humane societies, shelters, and rescues. Ottawa is in good company: Toronto, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond,…

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Animal Justice Fights Ontario's Wolf and Coyote Slaughter

Animal Justice Fights Ontario’s Wolf and Coyote Slaughter »

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is preparing to increase the numbers of wolf and coyotes hunted in Ontario. The proposed changes will allow unlimited hunting of coyotes in northern Ontario, remove the game seal requirement for wolves and coyotes in northern Ontario, and…

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Parliament is Already Taking Action to Save Animals

Parliament is Already Taking Action to Save Animals »

Animal advocates had good reason to be optimistic that the new Parliament would start taking animal issues seriously after the strong results in the 2015 federal election. Humane Voters Canada – Animal Justice’s new political wing – endorsed and campaigned…

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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Why is the Government Involved in Promoting Pork? »

The federal government is gearing up to hold hearings to determine whether to establish a Canadian Pork Promotion and Research Agency. The Agency would be funded by levies on Canadian and imported pork. Each pig would be taxed $0.75, generating…

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The day we made Supreme Court history: A recap

The day we made Supreme Court history: A recap »

By Camille Labchuk, Executive Director Animals got their day in court this week, thanks to Animal Justice. On Monday, November 9, law professor Peter Sankoff and I went to the Supreme Court of Canada to intervene in a groundbreaking appeal.…

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Where is the Justice for Farmed Animals?

Where is the Justice for Farmed Animals? »

By Peter Sankoff, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta Camille Labchuk, Director of Legal Advocacy, Animal Justice Canada Earlier this month, Quebec tabled new animal protection legislation that makes it the first jurisdiction in Canada to recognize that animals…

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Medical Testing on Animals: A Brief History

Medical Testing on Animals: A Brief History »

  Animals are used in biomedical research for everything from basic understanding and exploratory research to drug and vaccine development. The use of animals as models in medical research has existed since the beginnings of medicine and has led to…

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Canadian Food Labels Guide

Canadian Food Labels Guide »

Food labels are intended to enable consumers to make informed food choices. Unfortunately, food labels in Canada are largely unregulated and can be misleading. Thus, the use of food labels such as “cage free”, “organic”, “free range”, “grass fed”, “natural”,…

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Captive Wildlife: Elephants and Canada Don't Mix

Captive Wildlife: Elephants and Canada Don’t Mix »

There are approximately 35 zoos in Canada, not including aquariums. Within these zoos, there are several different species of wild animals, not native to Canadian climate, living in captivity. There are several arguments commonly used to support the continued existence…

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Transport Regs Sentence Farm Animals to Suffer

Transport Regs Sentence Farm Animals to Suffer »

On the heels of an undercover investigation at a pig assembly yard in Alberta that exposed profound animal suffering and complicit government inspectors, many Canadians are calling for the federal government to update its archaic animal transportation regulations.

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Strengthening Farmed Animal Welfare Laws

Strengthening Farmed Animal Welfare Laws »

Increasingly, the Canadian public is concerned with not only where our food is coming from, but also how animals of all kinds are being treated. Once at best an afterthought, animals farmed for food in Canada—most of whom are raised…

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When Two Worlds Collide: Wild Animals in the City

When Two Worlds Collide: Wild Animals in the City »

After the summer snowstorms that hit Southern Alberta in early September this year, there have been increased sightings of large wildlife in urban centres.[1] On September 18th, a cougar was spotted outside of a hospital in southwest Calgary. Local police…

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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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