Monthly Archives: July 2009

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Cruelty of intention

Stephanie over at the Animal Rights blog posted about a cruelty case where a farmer beat a cow unconscious and then skinned the cow, apparently while the cow was still alive. What’s worse – or, what makes this even worse – is that because the farmer did this to kill the animal for food,

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Fun on the farm… really?

The Chicken Farmers of Canada have released a website aimed at children: In a world of packaged and fast food, it’s more important than ever that everyone, especially young children, know where their food comes from. That’s why we created an interactive educational tool called Fun Farm, where kids can play games, download projects and learn

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I just saw this post on the Vegan Etsy website about all the different squirrel-themed items available. Many, many years ago we had a squirrel who we thought had been orphaned (he probably hadn’t – and you should never pick up and bring home baby animals). We brought him home to our little studio apartment

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Thou shalt not kill

Kinda says it all, doesn’t it? My version of the Bible (I don’t actually own a Bible, although I may have a Chinese-language one around the house somewhere – I mean the version I read when I was younger) does not in any qualify this commandment. It simply says “thou shalt not kill” with no

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Local Organizations: Vancouver Humane Society

ChickenOUT! A VHS campaign The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) is another Vancouver-based organizations working to help animals. Unlike other “humane societies”, VHS was modelled on the Humane Society of the United States, and most of their works is advocating for animals. They do fund some animal rescue and emergency care, but they help animals by

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Blogathon update – halfway there!

I’ve made it halfway through the blogathon. Whew. Time to sit back and relax for a couple of minutes. Thank you to everyone who has emailed me, twittered, or posted comments. Thanks so much for your support! And an extra big thanks to everyone who sponsored me. As of right now, $643 has been raised

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Activist Tips: Twitter

For those of you who don’t know, Twitter is a tool that allows you to post short, 140 character messages, kind of like a very short blog. You can subscribe to other people’s posts and they can susbscribe to yours. You can also send messages to other people, either publicly or privately. If you are

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Veterinarians – who do they work for?

If I were to go to a regular doctor I would expect that they would have my best interests in mind. But, if I take an animal to the vet, that vet is actually looking out for my interests as well. The animals interests are only of concern if they overlap mine or don’t conflict

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Penguins at risk – what can we do?

Scientists have stated that the magnificent Emperor Penguin may be extinct within the century due to loss of ice caused by climate change. As the earth warms, we are going to start seeing more and more animals becoming extinct. What can we do to help? One of the easiest and most effective ways that we

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Local orgs: Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy

I thought it would be fun to write about some of the local organizations doing good work for animals. One of the first organizations I got in touch with when I came to Vancouver was Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy (VRRA). The local chapter of the House Rabbit Society, they operate a small shelter and