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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Photo cred: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

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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