A former battery hen learns to walk

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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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International Respect for Chickens Day: A rooster crows for the first time

Today is the 8th annual International Respect for Chickens Day as declared by United Poultry Concerns back in 2005.  In honour of this special holiday, I  decided to write about a chicken I’ve known personally. In 2007, a little chick was rescued from the alley behind a slaughterhouse by local activists Tanya and Jason Halvorson.

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January volunteer night

Another month, another night with the best volunteers in all of BC! For January’s volunteer night, we stamped literally thousands of Vegan Outreach leaflets, cut up sticker sheets, and organized pins.  Our amazing team of 13 whooshed through these tasks at lightning-fast rate. As always, we had lots of interesting conversations, too: from advocacy tactics

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Walk for Farm Animals: 142 Free-Range Chickens

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.  Are you ready for the Walk? This is part of a series of farm animal stories on our blog. This year,

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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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Freedom Foods fails again

Launched by the RSPCA in 1994, Freedom Foods is the UK equivalent of the BC SPCA’s “SPCA Certified” label, which aims “to provide farm animals with the opportunity to express behaviours that promote physical and psychological well-being.” Freedom Foods is considered one of the most respected labels when it comes to eating “humane” animal products. 

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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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Hippy-dippy, soft-brained butchery

Apparently we can get around feeling any remorse for killing and eating a baby animal by appealing to “honour” and “respect.” I just read through a post on the Foodists blog about the happy times of dismembering a baby sheep. Here’s an exemplary paragraph of wishy-washiness: We all felt honoured to be a part of

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The battle will rage

We are fighting a war. One that will only get fiercer and uglier before anyone wins. According to a Vancouver Sun article, a recent survey by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association showed that vegan foods are one of the top 10 food trends. But, at the same time, small, traditional butchers are also one

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Film screening: changing hearts and minds

The Eyes Wide Open Film Screening Series kicked off last Saturday with Earthlings. In the next couple of months, Liberation BC will be screening two other films:  Fowl Play, a documentary about the egg industry; and Meat the Truth, a documentary about the environmental impact of meat consumption. If the series proves to be successful