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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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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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OSPCA Act: A Better Way Forward

OSPCA Act: A Better Way Forward »

Animal Justice Canada has released ‘OSPCA Act: A Better Way Forward’. This comprehensive review provides commentary on and best practice recommendations for Ontario’s primary piece of animal welfare legislation – the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals…

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WTO Upholds European Union Ban on Seal Hunt

WTO Upholds European Union Ban on Seal Hunt »

The WTO has upheld the European Union’s ban on seal products under the trade agreements’ “public morality” clause, agreeing that the EU’s citizens find the killing and skinning methods used by Canadian seal hunters morally reprehensible.

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Gestation Crates and Intensive Pig Farming

Gestation Crates and Intensive Pig Farming »

Gestation crates, otherwise known as sow stalls, are heavily used in intensive pig farming to confine female breeding pigs (sows) during pregnancy. The confinement is so tight that mother pigs cannot turn around to scratch themselves or even take a…

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Don't Shoot that Dog!

Don’t Shoot that Dog! »

If you are from Manitoba you will likely be well aware that the expression “dog days” does not merely refer to those lazy days of summer, but also to the annual dog culls that take place within the province. Dog…

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The Status of Horse Slaughter in Canada

The Status of Horse Slaughter in Canada »

Context Last year, 82, 175 horses were slaughtered in Canada. That number is not an anomaly; the past five years have seen a similar number of horses killed for profit in Canada.[1] There are currently four federally-registered Canadian slaughterhouses in…

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Art, Animal Cruelty, and Canadian Law

Art, Animal Cruelty, and Canadian Law »

It has been almost a dozen years since Jesse Power, Anthony Wennekers, and Matt Kaczorowski engaged in a now infamous example of animal cruelty for the sake of “art.” In 2001, the three men filmed their brutal torture and killing…

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Raccoon Problem? Time to Learn to Coexist

Raccoon Problem? Time to Learn to Coexist »

What happens when humans come into contact with other non-human animals? Sometimes we call them food, sometimes pets, and other times we call them pests. Regardless of what we choose to label them as, animals are sentient beings and have…

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Lions and Tigers and the Charter, Oh My!! (Part I)

Lions and Tigers and the Charter, Oh My!! (Part I) »

Backgrounder…. Exotic animals, including elephants, tigers, zebras, and bears, are commonly used in traveling circuses across North America. For the entertainment of humans, these animals face many instances of cruelty and live lives of diminished quality. Examples of the cruelty…

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CTA Upholds Air Canada’s Refusal to Ship Monkeys »

After a long legal battle, the Canadian Transportation Agency (“CTA”) on December 20, 2012, upheld Air Canada’s decision to stop transporting non-human primates destined for research and experimentation. Background In 2011, it came to the public’s attention that Air Canada…

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Animal Cruelty and the Freedom of Expression

Animal Cruelty and the Freedom of Expression »

It is said that a picture says 1,000 words. Indeed, an image can be the most effective way to communicate a message. But what happens when the pictures used expose a reality that many are uncomfortable facing? This article provides…

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Shark Fin By-law Struck Down: A Case Comment

Shark Fin By-law Struck Down: A Case Comment »

On Friday November 30th, Justice Spence of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice held that the City of Toronto By-law No 12347-2011 (the “By-law”), which banned the possession, consumption and sale of shark fin or shark fin food products within…

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