Book Review: Exposing the Big Game

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Book Review: Exposing the Big Game

It’s no surprise that I’m not a fan of hunting.  But I have a particular distaste for those hunters who attempt to portray themselves as stewards of the earth when they are responsible for so much ecological destruction and when almost every environmentally-friendly undertaking on their part has been deceptive, counter-productive, and motivated entirely by

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MPs eat seal, understand ordinary Canadians

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Ew. This is icky in so many ways. 1. What’s the statement they’re trying to make? Our legislators eat seal meat at their exclusive, upscale restaurant–starting now, at most once a week–so the seal slaughter is at the heart of Canadian culture? Are we supposed to suddenly start believing that the slaughter is for meat,

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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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Race to save BC’s bears!

“Race to Save the Bears” is a contest being launched by Humane Society International Canada to help raise awareness about the bear trophy hunt in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. Canadians are eligible to join the virtual “race” and compete for a chance to win great prizes.  The grand prize winner, who raises the most

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International Vulture Awareness Day

Today is International Vulture Awareness Day, and because I am a huge bird lover, I was excited for the opportunity to participate.  Vultures are finally getting the respect they deserve after years of being viewed as a creepy symbol of death and decay.  Of course, their unsavoury scavenging habits are actually an important part of

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Taiji Dolphin slaughter on hold

I just read in the news this morning that Taiji’s annual dolphin slaughter is on hold, thanks to the publicity generated by the new movie The Cove. While there is nothing official as of yet, the media attention focused on the hunt has the fishermen staying away. It appears that now that the rest of

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Sustainability: what does it mean for animals

I’ve been hearing a lot about “sustainability” lately. It is a goal (“a ‘sustainable’ society”), a criticism (“that’s completely unsustainable”), and a justification (“but it’s sustainable”). Sustainability is often presented as the deciding factor in determining if an action or practice is ok. I was a bit confused about what “sustainability” actually means, so I

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Becci sent me this trailer for Seabert, a French cartoon from the 80s that starred a baby seal. He and his human friends travel around and have adventures while saving animals from harm. There are a few things that bother me about it (like the collar that Seabert wears) but how cool is it to

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Native People and the Seal Hunt

Well, it’s that time of year again.  The Canadian Seal Hunt starts in about a month and a half. I refer, of course, to the annual slaughter of about 300,000 baby harp seals. I think that a lot of the people who actually support the Canadian Seal Hunt are understandably confused by the concept that

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Links from around the web

Here are some links from around the web that you might find interesting. Audubon magazine has a fantastic article about the environmental impacts of meat-eating. So why in the world am I a dedicated vegetarian? Why is meat, including sumptuous pork, a complete stranger to my fork at home and away? The answer is simple: