Yet another death at the Vancouver Aquarium

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Yet another death at the Vancouver Aquarium

A tragedy, yes, but a completely predicable one.  On September 16th, beluga whale Tiqa died at the aquarium at the age of three.  (Vancouver Sun) This is the third such death in six years, and one that John Nightingale, president of VanAqua, claims they will investigate. No real investigation needs to be done, of course:


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Toy Box, Toy Jungle, and live animals as toys

Back in April, we told you about a chain of local toy stores–the Toy Box and the Toy Jungle–who were selling live frogs.  (Both are part of the same company.)  After pressure from the public, the Toy Box, as it is known in Kitsilano, dropped the frogs.  The other 3 stores, all Toy Jungles, continue 


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Sea World thinks we’re a bunch of idiots

  It’s all over the news–Tilikum, a performing orca at Sea World who over the last two decades has killed three people, is back on stage.  That should make everybody nervous.  But wait–everything is okay!  According to Sea World, Tilikum “chose” to perform again. Sea World thinks we are a bunch of idiots.  At a


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Eyes Wide Open Film Screening – Nov 20

In January, we screened Earthlings and attracted 150 attendees. A lot of the people went away with their hearts and minds opened up about the extent of cruelty inflicted on animals. A high school teacher became vegetarian and started talking about animal rights to his students every chance he has. A long time quiet vegetarian


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Another Death at the Vancouver Aquarium

If you live in Vancouver, you’re probably aware that Nala, the baby beluga born last year at the Aquarium, has died.  Every time this sort of thing happens, it reopens the debate about keeping such intelligent, complicated animals in captivity–as it surely should.  Cetaceans don’t do well in captivity.  They never have.  According to Lifeforce,


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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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Friday’s Animal Voices Radio Show

So, are you listening yet? Okay, so I’m a little biased–the hosts are Liberation BC‘s very own Joanne Chang, as well as VeganMania‘s Christa Trueman and Alison Cole of Earthsave.  But it’s seriously an entertaining show and a great resource for animal advocates. The first guest was Karen Levenson, of the Toronto-based Animal Alliance.  The


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Killer Whale Kills Trainer

From the Huffington Post: A killer whale attacked and killed a trainer in front of a horrified audience at a SeaWorld show Wednesday, with witnesses saying the animal involved in two previous deaths dragged the trainer under and thrashed her around violently. Distraught audience members were hustled out of the stadium, and the park was


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Link soup

Here are some posts and articles from the past week or so. Enjoy! A few posts about backyard chickens: Farm Sanctuary backyard chicken action alert (with link to coalition position statement on backyard chickens) Making Hay (Farm Sanctuary): Backyard Chickens, a Sad Fad Sanctuary Tails (Farm Sanctuary): The High Price of Fresh Eggs Animal Place


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3 more than had to die

Well, the 3rd animal died today at the Calgary Stampede: a steer was killed in the steer “wrestling” competition. So far two horses and have been killed in races in addition to today’s steer at this year’s Stampede, which is Canada’s largest rodeo event. Here’s what the rodeo has to say about it: “To lose


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