International Respect for Chickens Day

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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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Egg Industry in Trouble

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Good news. A lawsuit alleging the U.S. egg industry conspired to increase consumer prices got a boost recently when a defendant turned over documents and internal memos that show an industry group called for egg producers to slow production. The lawsuit alleges that as egg prices climbed between 2004 and 2008, industry officials who blamed


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Spent Chickens in School Lunches

Remember how when you were in school, everyone made fun of how horrible the cafeteria food was?  At my school, at least, there was a rumour that our food was grade F, and that prisoners received grade D. Regardless of how true that is, there’s a reason that school food sucks. It’s this: “USA Today


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Lies of the Egg Industry

It’s no secret that, having researched “free range” and “organic” farming, I am less than impressed and feel that most consumers have been thoroughly deceived as to what such terms mean. Most people aren’t aware that “cage-free” chickens usually can’t go outside, that “free range” has no legal meaning, and again, doesn’t require that chickens


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Dear Vancouver, backyard chickens are a bad idea

We already have issues with unwanted dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, turtles, llamas, chinchillas, tropical birds, and the list just goes on and on. Introducing another kind of animal that will be part pet, part food source will likely mean bad things for the chickens themselves. Why, in this whole question of whether we


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A Trip to the PNE, Part Two: the Lies

In the first part of this blog post, I ended by mentioning that my co-volunteer, Joanne, had asked one of the attendants about the mother of the hundreds of baby chicks.  Well, what answer did she receive?  Not the truth, certainly: the attendant informed her that the mother chicken was “at the farm”. This isn’t


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A Trip to the PNE, Part 1: the Abuse

I went to the PNE last week, specifically the Agrifair bit.  I can sort the problematic issues with the Agrifair into two fairly neat categories: the first involves some unsurprising animal abuse.  The second was actually far more troubling.  I’ll get to that in a bit. First, the abuse.  Here is a photo of the


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The unavoidable tragedy of eggs

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Mercy for Animals recently (a couple of days ago) released video footage from an undercover investigation at the world’s largest egg-laying breed hatchery.The video shows what happens to the unwanted and unusable male chicks who are born (50% of all the chicks are male): they are ground up alive. The sad fact is that the


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Do Californian chickens have rights?

In November 2008, Californians voted against the worst confinement systems in animal agriculture. An overwhelming 63% of voters gave permission to farm animals to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs. The Proposition 2 victory is extremely important because it shows that the majority of the people do not approve


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Almost Earth Day

On Wednesday we started our week-long “Meat Free Earth Day” campaign. It’s a pretty low-key campaign this year. We started with a 1 hour launch event which went pretty well. The weather was great. This afternoon we were out doing some rush hour leafleting. We gave away all of our leaflets in just an hour! 


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