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Have your say in Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan

The City of Vancouver is currently seeking public feedback through an online survey that will help inform the 5-year Climate Emergency Action Plan that will go to Council in November 2020. The deadline for submissions is May 24, 2020. This is a crucial opportunity to encourage the City of Vancouver to prioritize food system change and a transition toward climate-friendly, humane and healthy plant-based diets

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Don’t forget the animal moms this Mother’s Day

Farmed animals form strong maternal bonds This Sunday is Mother’s Day, which not only honours mothers but also celebrates motherhood and maternal bonds. Although the celebration has typically been focused on human motherhood it’s worth remembering that maternal bonds are not exclusive to humankind. Most animals, including the farmed animals we raise for meat, milk, eggs and leather, have maternal behaviours. But, sadly, for

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Still no charges in dairy cruelty case

It has now been one year since the BC SPCA recommended criminal animal cruelty charges against eight employees at Chilliwack Cattle Sales, Canada’s largest dairy producer, and many months since provincial animal cruelty charges were recommended against the company itself. Yet, Crown prosecutors have still yet to come to a decision about laying charges.   For its part, the BC SPCA responded quickly, conducting

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A&W’s move to antibiotic-free chicken doesn’t address animal welfare issues

You’ve probably seen the commercials.  A nice man from A&W Restaurants takes to the streets to offer consumers the company’s new antibiotic-free chicken.  People seem to approve and who wouldn’t?  The overuse of antibiotics in farm animals is a huge problem that threatens the effectiveness of the antibiotics we depend on for human health. But A&W’s move to address the issue by sourcing only

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Food, Friend, Why?

Our ad “Food, Friend, Why?” raises an important and provocative moral question: why do we eat one animal and befriend another? Most of us wouldn’t dream of eating a cat or a dog, but when one considers the intelligence and sentience of farmed animals, it doesn’t make sense to consider cows or pigs or chickens as somehow so different. We certainly don’t expect everyone

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Smart pigs amaze us but we eat them anyway

It’s common to hear North American animal lovers express their horror at cultures that find eating dogs or cats acceptable.  And, indeed, it is repulsive to see these sensitive, intelligent animals abused and raised for slaughter. But two recent stories in the news highlight a double standard in attitudes about animals killed for food – at least for those who eat meat. Media in the United Kingdom and

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