Walk for Farm Animals: Monet and Matisse, the ducks

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Walk for Farm Animals: Monet and Matisse, the ducks

Since Liberation BC’s 7th annual Walk for Farm Animals to benefit Farm Sanctuary is coming up on October 5th, it’s time to get to know just 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 part of


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Down with down! (Again!)

I’ve written about down and other feathers before–not just on our website but on this blog.  But I found this the other day at a local store and noticed two problems with the packaging.  The first is the fact that the photo is of a Mute Swan, not a goose.  (The body language tells us


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The reality of foie gras production

  Foie gras is a shockingly cruel industry which relies on the deliberate infliction of a painful and debiliating disease in order to create the grossly enlarged, swollen liver so prized by gourmands. 24 million ducks and geese die for foie gras, 500,000 of which are in Canada–Quebec, specifically. In modern foie gras factory farms,


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Walk for Farm Animals: Canadian Foie Gras Investigation

Since Liberation BC’s 6th annual Walk for Farm Animals to benefit Farm Sanctuary is coming up on September 29th, it’s time to get to know just a few of the some of the approximately 900 animals who live at Farm Sanctuary’s three shelters. (It’s also time to register and get started fundraising!) This is part of a series of farm animal stories on our blog. The entire


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Have you voted for the duck’s name yet?

We’ve gotten quite a few votes for a name for our new duck mascot. So far the top contenders are Quackers, Puddles, and Harmony. Marty Gras, Webster, and Count Duckula are still in the running. What is your favorite? If you haven’t voted yet, head on over to our main website and vote. Voting will


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Name that duck!

Our duck was out again today on Commercial Drive. Here’s a short video: He escaped from a foie gras farm, where he was force-fed twice a day. His not-so-lucky brothers were force-fed until their livers swelled up to about 10x their normal size. All this for a delicacy that benefits no one. We’re searching for


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Quack! Our Canada Day Adventure

We recently got a duck mascot costume (thanks to NARN for the info on that) so we decided to take him out for the afternoon on Canada Day. He hasn’t been named yet. If you have any ideas for a name, email your ideas to Becci. We’ll select the top choices and let everyone vote!


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Let Live 2009 recap

Joanne and I went down to Portland this past weekend for the Let Live Animal Rights Conference. If you missed it, here’s a bit of a recap of the weekend. I couldn’t go to all the sessions, unfortunately, but the ones I went to were definitely educational. The only problem is that now I’m constantly


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Sustainability is just a start

I often hear of sustainability referred to as an end goal, as if when we reach a level of sustainability, then everything is good. In this way many questionable activities, like the seal hunt, like fish farming, like intensive farming of animals, are excused as being sustainable. However, I think that sustainability is really the


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Foie gras – part of the larger debate

A week ago the Ottawa Animal Defense League got some media coverage about their foie gras campaign. One article, Foie gras ban does little to address cruelty by Joanne Chianello ran in The Ottawa Citizen on May 10, 2009. While this was a reasonably balanced article, the closing couple of paragraphs seemed somewhat odd to


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