Are cockfighting roosters doomed?

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Are cockfighting roosters doomed?

When it comes to coming up with myths about animals to justify their mistreatment, we humans have an endless supply.  Certainly you’ve heard at least a few of these: Turkeys are so stupid that they will look up at rain until they drown (oh, really?) Sheep are just brainless followers (nope) Pigeons are dirty and

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Leafleting on Meatless Monday

The Vancouver City Council declared June 10th, 2013 “Meatless Monday” as part of their Greenest City Initiative, giving us a great opportunity to do some outreach. Many people still aren’t aware that animal agriculture is one leading causes of climate change.  While the best way to help the environment–and the animals!–is to go vegan, even

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Celebrate Mother’s Day…with tons of cute animal pictures!

Check out our collection of cute Cow Ribbon e-cards to send to the mothers in your life! And a very, very happy Mother’s Day to all moms, whether they be… (It’s a cuteness blitz and I can’t stop!) (As with pigeons, both parents take care of their babies, so this might actually be the father.)

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Remembering the hidden victims of war

On Remembrance Day, we honour the brave women and men who have served our country, many of them willingly giving up their lives to do so. What some people don’t know is that human beings aren’t the only animals on the front lines.   Dogs, pigeons, dolphins, canaries, pigs, horses, camels, elephants, mules, and many,

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Don’t feed the birds!

A lot of people love to feed birds, and I can’t blame them.  It’s fun, right?  I used to do it plenty myself. Note that I said “used to”.  I am a huge bird-lover, but the more I learn about birds, the more I realize how important it is that we leave them alone.  (The

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Pigeons and Teamwork

Once again I must post about the frequently overlooked pigeon, described in this DailyMail article as “among the most intelligent of all the bird species.” After waiting for the fountain to be free, one bird jumped on the lever and pushed it down to fill up the bowl, while another kept watch and the third

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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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Pigeons are survivors

One of my favorite people, David Eby – who is a tireless advocate for the homeless, the poor, and people on the fringes of society – posted this entry on his blog yesterday about the remodeling of Pigeon Park in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). In case you don’t know about it, the DTES is one

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What do pigeons have in common with yaks and snow leopards?

Despite the fact that thousands of pigeons share our city with us, very few of us know anything about them. For example, did you know that pigeons are actually doves? Their official name is actually “Rock Dove” or “Rock Pigeon”, and they are in the same family—Columbidae—as the dove. In English, the name “pigeon” is