Animals as Commodities: Sled Dogs Killed in BC

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Animals as Commodities: Sled Dogs Killed in BC

We’ve all heard by now about the 100 sled dogs slaughtered “execution-style” in Whistler.  This horrifyingly brutal crime should not be considered an anomaly, however: it is yet another reminder of what happens when we treat animals as commodities rather than individuals capable of suffering. The dogs were killed because of “a slow winter season”. 


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Leather and Wool

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Pretty much everyone knows how terrible fur is, but a lot of us remain in the dark as to the horrors of leather and wool.  We assume that leather is mostly a byproduct anyway, or that there can’t be much wrong with shearing sheep.   It turns out that the leather and wool industries, like the


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Wool

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Sheep evolved to live in places that are mountainous and very often cold, hence their coat of wool. They were domesticated thousands of years ago, and now domestic sheep are quite distinct from their wild cousins. Domestic sheep are bred to produce much more wool than they would produce in their natural habitat, often in


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