“Experiencing” animal suffering through virtual reality

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“Experiencing” animal suffering through virtual reality

Though it is obvious that virtual reality could never truly recreate the experiences of an animal subjected to such cruelty as exists on farms today, a study at Stanford University has perhaps come a little closer than before. According an article in Scientific American, researchers carried out an experiment meant to give students an impression


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Walk for Farm Animals: Butterscotch the chicken

Since Liberation BC’s 7th annual Walk for Farm Animals to benefit Farm Sanctuary is coming up on October 5th–just a bit more than 2 weeks!–we’re introducing you to a few of the some of the approximately 900 animals who live at Farm Sanctuary’s three shelters.  Are you ready for the Walk?  It’s time to register and start fundraising! This is


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A former battery hen learns to walk

Chickens raised as meat are one of the most brutally abused animals on the planet–and yet chickens raised for their eggs have it so much worse. Confined in tiny cages for the entirety of their short lives, egg-laying hens–who can live ten years or more–are sent to slaughter at a year or a year-and-a-half old


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First Day of International Respect for Chickens Week

We’ve been talking a lot about International Respect for Chickens Day lately (see our Amazing Facts about Chickens posts, part one and part two) so I thought I’d post this photo of a few of the fantastic activists who headed out early this morning to stick up for chickens near the slaughterhouse at Hastings Street and


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8 Amazing Facts About Chickens: Part Two

In 2005, the fine folks at United Poultry Concerns declared May 4th “International Respect for Chickens Day”.  A couple of days ago, we posted the first part of a list of 8 amazing chicken facts in honour of 8 years of IRCD.  Here is part two. 5. Chickens feel empathy.  A study carried out in 2011 at the


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8 Amazing Facts about Chickens: Part One

In 2005, the fine folks at United Poultry Concerns declared May 4th “International Respect for Chickens Day”.  That means that 2013 is the 8th such day dedicated to the celebration of these funny, curious, clever, brave little birds who very unfortunately comprise about 99% of the land animals we kill for food each year and


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Making Easter fun for vegan kids

…and vegan grown-ups, too! If you celebrate Easter, it’s very possible that you grew up with the tradition of dyeing Easter eggs.  But now that you know that eggs (whether organic/free-range or conventional) are the product of tremendous cruelty, it’s a little trickier to indulge in that particular tradition. It’s strange to think that a


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International Respect for Chickens Day 2012

In 2005, United Poultry Concerns declared May 4th International Respect for Chickens Day. It makes sense to have a special day to recognize chickens, who are the most abused animals on the planet.  Those raised for meat are slaughtered at 45 days of age, if, indeed, they manage to survive the considerable toll that the industry


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Animals as Commodities: Sled Dogs Killed in BC

We’ve all heard by now about the 100 sled dogs slaughtered “execution-style” in Whistler.  This horrifyingly brutal crime should not be considered an anomaly, however: it is yet another reminder of what happens when we treat animals as commodities rather than individuals capable of suffering. The dogs were killed because of “a slow winter season”. 


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“Organic and Free-Range” Fails Animals Once Again

From United Poultry Concerns, another article which reminds us that organic, free range, and “all natural” animal products aren’t nearly as good as we’d expect them to be: Virginia farm supplies eateries in D.C. despite animal-care violations (You can also read a complete account of the situation at United Poultry Concerns’ page.) After months of


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