Monthly Archives: May 2010

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Create change – attend Vancouver ChangeCamp

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Do you want to see real change happen? Do you want to learn how to be a more effective agent for change? I’d like to invite you to attend Vancouver ChangeCamp and explore how we can organize to get better outcomes. This event is not an animal rights event – but it is an opportunity

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Abuse at Conklin Dairy Farms, not an anomaly

I think by now everyone has seen or at least heard about the 4 minute undercover investigation video released by Mercy for Animals earlier this week. Workers at Conklin Dairy Farms in Ohio engaged in sadistic abuse of the animals they are paid to care for. Calves having their heads stomped on, diary cows tied

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Can sustainable living lead to compassionate living?

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This coming weekend is the EP!C Sustainable Living Expo. We’re going to have a table in the Community section of the show. We were there last year as well, and had a great response from the attendees. Shows with a progressive audience are great, since so many people are ready and willing to hear about

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The True Story of the Stanley Park Swans

If you’ve spent any time at the Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, you’ve almost definitely seen the Mute Swans.  They are large, strikingly lovely birds, and certainly one of the most memorable and defining aspects of the lagoon. Did you know, however, that they aren’t a native species to the Park or even to the

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Vancouver writes!

Vancouver (and the surround area) is full of amazing, active vegans who want to change the world for the better. This makes me very happy. But what makes me even happier is that so many of them write blogs. Blogs are both inspirational to those of us who are involved in animal activism and an

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Cloverdale Rodeo is a breeding ground for violent criminals

The Cloverdale Rodeo is taking place this long weekend. Every year around this time, I see ads describing the Cloverdale Rodeo as a great family event.  Let’s just take a look at some of these so called family events happening this weekend: Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bull Riding.  All these events involve a

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Save the UVic Rabbits!

You’ve probably heard the news: the University of Victoria, suffering a rabbit overpopulation problem which is entirely the fault of people, has just begun a massive cull. There are 1,300-1,500 rabbits, and every one of them is either a released pet or the offspring of a released pet.  Most of them are tame; they’re described

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Help Animals Affected by Oil Spill

The timing of the spill, National Audubon reported Wednesday, could not be worse for birds, which are now nesting and therefore especially vulnerable in many of the places where the oil could come ashore. Said an Audubon bird conservation director: “We have to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, including a true

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International Respect for Chickens Day

Today is International Respect for Chickens Day, an event “to celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.” Begun in 2005 by United Poultry Concerns, International Respect for Chickens Day is quickly becoming an annual tradition for animal rights activists.  Chickens are by far the most abused animals

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Just one week to Mother’s Day! Do you have your Cow Ribbon?

3 weeks ago the Mother’s Day Cow Ribbon campaign was launched. Since then we’ve mailed out ribbons to people all over Canada and the United States and as far away as the UK, Singapore, and Australia. People everywhere want to speak out for dairy cows this Mother’s Day. And for good reason. Dairy cows lose