Monthly Archives: July 2009

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Banning sales of pets in pet stores

The Richmond Animal Protection Society, who I don’t hear about very often, has announced that they are attempting to stop the sale of pets in pet stores. The society is pushing for a ban on the sale of all dogs, cats and rabbits by pet stores in Richmond. Meanwhile Richmond City Hall is examining tighter

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How long until we seriously shoot ourselves in the foot?

The meat industry is gambling with human lives by using antibiotics in livestock. The unfortunate fact is that on today’s intensive farming operations, antibiotics are necessary to keep the animals from all getting sick and dying. The only problem is that bacteria mutate rapidly and antibiotic resistant strains pop up here and there. In an

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Buying local will not save the planet

Amanda Daniel, who writes a blog called “Into the Eyes of God” sent me a link to a story in Forbes Magazine called “The Locavore Myth.” The author, James E. McWilliams, starts off with: Buy local, shrink the distance food travels, save the planet. The locavore movement has captured a lot of fans. To their

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Beanie died tonight. As so often is the case with rabbits it happened suddenly and almost without warning. Yesterday he had seemed fine, was running around and eating like normal. When we got home this evening he was barely moving and his temperature was very low. He just slowly died and there wasn’t anything we

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The life of a veal calf

If you’ve ever driven through Abbotsford or any other rural farming community, you may have seen little white huts set up outside of dairy farms. These are veal huts. Occasionally they contain female calves, but most often they contain the males. Pretty much all of the male cavles born on dairy farms become veal. This

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Living Among Meat-Eaters

Carol Adams wrote a book several years ago called Living Among Meat-Eaters: The Vegetarian’s Survival Handbook, which I haven’t read. But I hear it’s a really good guide to dealing with all those pesky and annoying meat-eaters we have to live with and deal with everyday. Many of us haven’t always been vegetarian and have

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Activist Tips: Blogging

If you are comfortable writing and already spend time sharing information with your friends using facebook or email, you may want to consider starting a blog. As is quite evident from my posts on this blog, you don’t have to be any good at writing to write blog posts. Here are some tips for getting

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Local Organizations: ADAV

The Animal Defense and Anti-Vivisection Society of BC was founded almost a hundred years ago (sorry, I forget the exact date) to oppose the use of animals in scientific experiments. They are still around and still focused on stopping the bad science of animal testing and animal experimentation, in addition to promotion of kindness towards

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More thoughts on a world with animal rights

I’m thinking about farmland this time – the wonderfully fertile soil where we now grow tons and tons of corn and soy and not much else. Currently, most of the corn and soy grown in North America (Canada and the US are virtually identical in this case) feeds animals raised for food. In Canada I’ve

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Activist Tips: Blogs

I read a lot of blogs. A lot. Well, I guess I scan a whole lot of blogs. Some are animal rights blogs, some are industry blogs, some are food, local, friends, or other interesting blogs. (I personally have a range of interests, so my feed reader includes a bunch of non-profit and design blogs