Why 2019 Will Spell the Death of the Fur Industry

Why 2019 Will Spell the Death of the Fur Industry »

For years, animal advocates have been fighting to shut down the horrific fur industry. It’s been a long, hard battle, but major victories in 2018 for fur-bearing animals have proven that times are finally changing! Over four million animals are…

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What Do Ontario's New Slaughter Laws Mean For Animals?

What Do Ontario’s New Slaughter Laws Mean For Animals? »

Ontario has announced that it’s amending its provincial slaughter regulations. The province will eliminate the need for a veterinarian to conduct post-mortem inspections at a slaughterhouse of an animal killed on a farm. However, a pre-slaughter inspection still needs to…

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Government (Finally) Moves to Close Bestiality Loophole

Government (Finally) Moves to Close Bestiality Loophole »

After a courtroom showdown and years of advocacy by Animal Justice, the federal government finally introduced legislation today to close Canada’s bestiality loophole. The new law also strengthens animal fighting offences. Animal Justice welcomes this news, but believes it is…

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#Voiceless4AnimalJustice Raises Over $28,000 for Animals

#Voiceless4AnimalJustice Raises Over $28,000 for Animals »

We can’t thank you enough—#Voiceless4AnimalJustice was a smashing success. Together, we raised $28,164.32 for animals, exceeding our $25,000 fundraising goal! For three weeks, participants from coast to coast educated their friends, families and the public about why Canada’s animal protection…

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Cat Declawing is Now Banned in British Columbia

Cat Declawing is Now Banned in British Columbia »

Veterinarians in British Columbia will no longer be permitted to declaw cats, after the province’s College of Veterinarians banned the practice. The College of Veterinarians is the self-regulatory body for the veterinary profession, and sets standards of practice that vets…

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A Legal Victory for Endangered Animals in Ontario!

A Legal Victory for Endangered Animals in Ontario! »

Last fall, you may remember that Animal Justice filed a lawsuit to protect the mountain lion, northern bobwhite, and dozens of other threatened and endangered species in the province of Ontario. Represented by lawyers from Ecojustice, we were concerned that…

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Chatham Dogfighting Charges Thrown Out for Delay

Chatham Dogfighting Charges Thrown Out for Delay »

Two men accused of vicious animal cruelty, dogfighting, and firearm charges in Chatham, Ontario have escaped criminal conviction. A judge in the high-profile case threw out 67 charges against John Robert and Michel Gagnon after ruling that the case had…

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Here's Why #Februdairy is Already Totally Failing

Here’s Why #Februdairy is Already Totally Failing »

Nice try, Big Dairy. The dairy industry recently launched #Februdairy, a social media campaign aiming to promote dairy milk during the month of February. But before the campaign could even officially start, it quickly became a marketing failure. When public…

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Montreal Just Elected an Animal-Friendly Mayor

Montreal Just Elected an Animal-Friendly Mayor »

Animals won big-time in Montreal’s municipal elections this weekend! Voters elected mayoral candidate Valérie Plante of Projet Montréal, and sent incumbent mayor Denis Coderre packing. Not only does mayor-elect Plante become the first woman to lead Montreal, she is also…

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Here's Why Thanksgiving is a Nightmare for Turkeys

Here’s Why Thanksgiving is a Nightmare for Turkeys »

On Thanksgiving, many Canadians give thanks for the wonderful things in our lives, including friends, family, and health. But turkeys killed and eaten for Thanksgiving dinner have nothing to be thankful for. Raised in appalling conditions on Canada’s industrial turkey…

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EXPOSED: Filth and Fraud in the Canadian Meat Industry

EXPOSED: Filth and Fraud in the Canadian Meat Industry »

The Canadian meat industry did NOT have a good week! Two disturbing meat stories grabbed headlines, reminding the public that animal cruelty, contamination, and false labelling run rampant in animal slaughter and processing. A Vancouver Sun article exposed B.C. slaughterhouse…

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PEI Quietly Banned Circuses with Exotic Animals

PEI Quietly Banned Circuses with Exotic Animals »

Canada’s smallest province just took a huge legal leap forward for animals by banning the use of exotic animals in circuses! This groundbreaking rule is part of a larger package of new regulations for animal protection in the province. Although…

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How to Protect Dogs Left in Hot Cars This Summer

How to Protect Dogs Left in Hot Cars This Summer »

Summer is in full swing in Canada. But when the temperature rises, so too can the risk to animal safety. Animals can suffer in hot weather just like we do. Although it is becoming socially unacceptable to leave animals alone in cars, far too many animals—especially dogs—still die from…

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Renting with Pets: A Guide to Ontario Rental Law

Renting with Pets: A Guide to Ontario Rental Law »

See update re animals in condos: Ontario creates new rules for disputes A recent article by CBC News highlights how hard it can be to find pet-friendly accommodations in Toronto’s competitive rental market. Maybe you have experienced finding the ideal house…

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Help Protect Calves From Veal Industry Cruelty

Help Protect Calves From Veal Industry Cruelty »

How the Proposed Veal Code of Practice Fails Calves and What You Can Do to Help Calves used by the Canadian veal industry endure tremendous suffering. These babies are stolen away from their mothers shortly after birth, then isolated in tiny crates…

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TTC Takes Down Misleading Shrine Circus Elephant Ads

TTC Takes Down Misleading Shrine Circus Elephant Ads »

Animal Justice won a victory against the cruel circus industry today, with news that the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has removed misleading ads paid for by the Shrine Circus. The ads were removed following complaints made last month by Animal Justice and…

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What Does Brexit Mean for Animals in Canada?

What Does Brexit Mean for Animals in Canada? »

By Elizabeth Schoales, BA, MA, PhD, LLB (candidate). Last month a slim majority of British citizens voted for the UK to leave the European Union. It’s impossible to predict what’s going to unfold but if this happens it will affect…

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B.C. Conservation Officer Kills Healthy Bear Cub

B.C. Conservation Officer Kills Healthy Bear Cub »

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service is under fire again after reports that a conservation officer unnecessarily executed a healthy black bear cub. Tiana Jackson of Dawson Creek, B.C. reports that she found an apparently orphaned baby black bear cub near…

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Win Tickets to Unlocking the Cage at Hot Docs

Win Tickets to Unlocking the Cage at Hot Docs »

Animal Justice is thrilled to announce an exclusive contest for tickets to the first Canadian screenings of the film Unlocking the Cage at the Hot Docs festival in early May in Toronto. The film screens on Monday, May 2 at 3:30 pm, Tuesday, May…

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A win for Ontario wolves and coyotes!

A win for Ontario wolves and coyotes! »

We just got some amazing news — the Ontario government is abandoning its bad plan to let hunters to gun down more wolves and coyotes!  We told you earlier this year about Ontario’s attempts to weaken hunting laws so that wolves and coyotes…

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Animal Justice Supports Ban on Retail Pet Sales in Ottawa

Animal Justice Supports Ban on Retail Pet Sales in Ottawa »

The City of Ottawa is the latest municipality to consider banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet shops. Instead, shops would be allowed to adopt out animals from humane societies, shelters, and rescues. Ottawa is in good company: Toronto, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond,…

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Animal Justice Fights Ontario's Wolf and Coyote Slaughter

Animal Justice Fights Ontario’s Wolf and Coyote Slaughter »

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is preparing to increase the numbers of wolf and coyotes hunted in Ontario. The proposed changes will allow unlimited hunting of coyotes in northern Ontario, remove the game seal requirement for wolves and coyotes in northern Ontario, and…

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Parliament is Already Taking Action to Save Animals

Parliament is Already Taking Action to Save Animals »

Animal advocates had good reason to be optimistic that the new Parliament would start taking animal issues seriously after the strong results in the 2015 federal election. Humane Voters Canada – Animal Justice’s new political wing – endorsed and campaigned…

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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Why is the Government Involved in Promoting Pork? »

The federal government is gearing up to hold hearings to determine whether to establish a Canadian Pork Promotion and Research Agency. The Agency would be funded by levies on Canadian and imported pork. Each pig would be taxed $0.75, generating…

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The day we made Supreme Court history: A recap

The day we made Supreme Court history: A recap »

By Camille Labchuk, Executive Director Animals got their day in court this week, thanks to Animal Justice. On Monday, November 9, law professor Peter Sankoff and I went to the Supreme Court of Canada to intervene in a groundbreaking appeal.…

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