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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