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Various news from Canada and across the world relevant to vegans in Canada. Read On
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2018

Just the facts: Corporate sponsorship
Vegan Society of Canada News, December 7th 2018

Any business that is based in Canada and wants to partners with us must be certified vegan by us. After that, for qualifying businesses we have various sponsorship level and benefits...

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Just the facts: Corporate Ambassador
Vegan Society of Canada News, December 7th 2018

Any business that is based in Canada and wants to partners with us must be certified vegan by us. After that for qualifying sponsors we have the Corporate Ambassador program...

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Just the facts: Advertising with us
Vegan Society of Canada News, December 7th 2018

The short answer is that this is not possible, the long answer is maybe...

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An update on our work with Nestle
Vegan Society of Canada News, December 3rd 2018

We wanted to give you an update on our work with Nestle. There seem to have been some miscommunication and little progress has been made since we originally contacted. Nevertheless, we found out that non-dairy Häagen-Dazs® is unsuitable for a vegan diet because of the sugar it contains...

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Deciphering labels: We eat meat without knowing
Vegan Society of Canada News, December 3rd 2018

In the context of our recent update on Nestle, we wanted to discuss more broadly the difficulty we face in deciphering products on a daily basis...

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Update on E. coli romaine lettuce outbreak
Vegan Society of Canada News, November 22nd 2018

New Brunswick has now been added to the list of provinces where the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends residents should avoid eating romaine lettuce. Please see our earlier article, or the Public Health Agency of Canada notice below for more details.

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Another romaine lettuce outbreak in Canada
Vegan Society of Canada News, November 21st 2018

Unfortunately, it seems animal agriculture once again cross-contaminated some romaine lettuce. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommend that people in Ontario and Quebec avoid eating romaine lettuce for the time being...

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Strengthening our motivation: Water shortage
Vegan Society of Canada News, November 12th 2018

In our series aim at strengthening our motivation we wanted to discuss the fresh water crisis, accentuated by climate change and our dependence on animal agriculture...

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Vegan product containing dairy recalled by CFIA
Vegan Society of Canada News, October 23rd 2018

We wanted to warn vegans, and the Canadian public at large, of two products under the brand Emborg and Nora's that are marketed as vegan but contained milk...

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We must do more to prevent human caused climate change
Vegan Society of Canada News, October 14th 2018

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released another report ahead of the COP24 summit in Poland later this year. The report is titled "Global Warming of 1.5c", continues to remind us that

Limiting warming to 1.5°C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes
Some of those unprecedented changes of course have to do with animal agriculture and our diet...

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Dairy farmer aid package
Vegan Society of Canada News, October 2nd 2018

Are you against the dairy concession made in the new NAFTA agreement USMCA? Do you feel like you keep fighting for a smaller and smaller share of the pie amid globally slumping sales...

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Balanced plant-based diet one of the healthiest
Vegan Society of Canada News, September 28th 2018

It should now be clear that a simple balanced plant-based diet is one of the healthiest diet. In case there is still some doubt one of the most comprehensive study just published talks about the dangers of low or high carbohydrate diet and the benefits of plant-based foods...

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Just the facts: Which sugar is not vegan certifiable
Vegan Society of Canada News, September 25th 2018

In Canada we have an oligopoly in the sugar market so it is fairly simple, and one of them is not vegan certifiable...

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Just the facts: Alcohol, health and which ones are not vegan certifiable
Vegan Society of Canada News, September 14th 2018

It may come as a surprise that the top wines sold in Canada are not vegan certifiable, and no amount of alcohol consumption is safe...

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Organization of Canadian VegFests
Vegan Society of Canada News, September 7th 2018

As we talk with large businesses, we find out they too would like to take part in the VegFests happening throughout Canada - but for them talking to 101 different organizations for sponsorship is not an option. This is where we can benefit from increased cooperation and better organization. During the winter, we will contact various festival organizers in an attempt to bundle together a Canada-wide sponsorship package for VegFests in 2019 - this way large corporations that want to support plant-based options through sponsoring VegFests can do so efficiently. If you are a VegFest organizer and your festival is finished for this year, feel free to drop us a line so we can start the discussion. Otherwise we plan to contact you sometime in the late fall after all festivals are over.

One of the last largest meat producer joins Cargill and Tyson into the future of plant protein
Vegan Society of Canada News, September 7th 2018

While we doubt this decision was made out of any ethical concerns, we nonetheless welcome it as a sign of change. Why not make it easier for others like them to make the change by going vegan yourself? Join one of the local communities in your area or contact us for help on how to get started.

If you are another old-fashioned animal protein company looking to make the switch to being a "trusted name in premium protein" contact us, we will help anyone trying to make the transition.

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Our economy needs change: The UN Global Sustainable Development Report
Vegan Society of Canada News, August 28th 2018

The input document on the economic transformation that will be required for a sustainable future, which will be used in the upcoming UN global sustainable development report 2019 is out. Like many others they also realized that a sustainable future will require drastic change to the way we eat...

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Strengthening our motivation: Fostering peace, preventing conflict and the illusion of sustainable animal agriculture
Vegan Society of Canada News, August 26th 2018

In our series aim at strengthening our motivation we wanted to discuss the illusion of sustainable and organic animal agriculture and how plant-based food foster peace and prevent conflicts...

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Just the facts: Veganism and human rights
Vegan Society of Canada News, August 22nd 2018

We wanted to discuss veganism with regards to human rights....

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The first vegan ETF in the world
Vegan Society of Canada News, August 20th 2018

Just a quick reminder that we are still looking for investors for the first vegan exchange traded fund (ETF) in the world. Vegan financial services will be an important building block of a sustainable future. If you have a sizable portfolio and are interested in shaping the first Vegan ETF contact us for more details.

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Just the facts: Vitamin B12
Vegan Society of Canada News, August 12th 2018

We wanted to discuss vitamin B12 and dispel the wrong information we often see being repeated....

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Discussions of Greenpeace's meat and dairy consumption target
Vegan Society of Canada News, August 7th 2018

We wanted to both congratulate and discuss Greenpeace's meat and dairy consumption target for 2050...

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New Gallup polls on veganism
Vegan Society of Canada News, August 7th 2018

A new Gallup poll should help lay to rest, as we have discussed before, the misconception that following a diet compatible with the vegan philosophy is only for the rich and famous

Americans earning less than $30,000 annually are more likely to identify as vegetarian. Nine percent of this group say they are vegetarian, a higher percentage than is true of Americans in the two higher-income groups. Differences in levels of veganism among these three groups are not statistically significant.

Unfortunately it also confirm once more that the rate of veganism has been stagnant for a long time.

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We must do more
Vegan Society of Canada News, August 7th 2018

We must do more. The latest estimate for meat consumption for 2018 and projection for 2019 for the USA are out and apart from milk, we can see the US is breaking all time high records and Canada is also following in their footstep increasing since 2014...

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Emission impossible: How big meat and dairy are heating up the planet
Vegan Society of Canada News, August 2nd 2018

Did we talk about climate change yet? Of course we are biased: We have a bias against human caused mass extinction events and the suffering it will cause to all animals including human beings. This new report confirms our internal calculations...

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Veganism is protected by human rights
Vegan Society of Canada News, August 1st 2018

Veganism is protected by Canadian and international human rights law and you are entitled to basic respect from colleagues, bosses and peers. If you have some problems with public institutions contact your schools, hospital dietician, or appropriate manager to discuss these issues with them. If you are having some problems that cannot be resolved contact us we would like to hear from you.

July sees extreme weather with high impacts
World Meteorological Organization, July 25th 2018

The World Meteorological Organization just came out with a good review of the extreme weather the northern hemisphere of the planet has been experiencing, they conclude

Episodes of extreme heat and precipitation are increasing as a result of climate change. Although it is not possible to attribute the individual extreme events of June and July to climate change, they are compatible with the general long-term trend due to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases.

Want to fight climate change, antibiotic resistance, global acidification, eutrophication, fresh water shortage, health problems and many more without the need to wait for government, corporations or technological innovation? Go vegan today. Contact us for help in your change of lifestyle and link we with one of the many local communities in your area.

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Strengthening our motivation: Superbugs and antiobiotic resistance crisis
Vegan Society of Canada News, July 17th 2018

In our series aimed at strengthening our motivation we will now take a closer look at the antibiotics crisis. It may not seem like it but we are on the verge of being thrown back to the dark ages of medicine...

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Strengthening our motivation: Climate change
Vegan Society of Canada News, July 7th 2018

In the context of extreme heat wave and all the suffering that ensue we thought it was a good time for another series aimed at strengthening our motivation, this time on climate change...

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Peacebird vegan eco-village
Vegan Society of Canada News, July 6th 2018

You have been contacting us with interest in vegan communities so we went searching. In this article we will look at the vegan eco-village Peacebird in Ontario and an upcoming offshoot in British-Columbia.

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New partnership and call for increase cooperation
Vegan Society of Canada News, July 1st 2018

Today we are announcing the start of our initiative to partner with another vegan organization in order to maximize our impact and efficiency. We are hoping to announce in the weeks and months to come shared initiatives and increased cooperation where we take the best of what others have done for decades and use them in Canada and we cooperate on projects where we have made good progress like vegan financial services. Read on and happy Canada day...

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Strengthening our motivation: Health
Vegan Society of Canada News, June 28th 2018

In our series aimed at strengthening our motivation we will start with health reasons: Going vegan is the 2nd best thing someone can do to prevent cancer after not smoking...

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Closing the gap
Vegan Society of Canada News, June 25th 2018

We heard back from Nestle Canada: They were really helpful and looking forward to help out in the future. They told us they are now working on putting a list together for the Canadian market. As soon as we have it we will make it available.

We are still working with other manufacturer to do the same and hope they will show the same enthusiasm for cooperation.

New tariffs on food coming July 1st 2018
Vegan Society of Canada News, June 21st 2018

New tariffs will come into effect July 1st 2018. In this article we look at the impact this will have for vegans in Canada.

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Closing the gap
Vegan Society of Canada News, June 21st 2018

We were discussing earlier this year the gap that exist between countries with long time active Vegan Society like in England and Canada. For example, Nestle UK provides a list...

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VegFest best practices
Vegan Society of Canada News, June 16th 2018

To avoid confusion and recent problems at some VegFest here are some best practices to follow for event organizers...

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New Vegan Society of Canada gear
Vegan Society of Canada News, June 15th 2018

We are currently working on various branded gear and we have some special gift for our donors...

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Vegan abandonment
Vegan Society of Canada News, June 5th 2018

Unfortunately a recent survey conducted by Kellogg’s only reinforce a 2014 study which indicated that many people who change to a vegan lifestyle abandon within the first year. In this article we will explore this further.

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Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth
The Guardian, May 31st 2018

It has been said for a while and now this latest comprehensive study on the subject confirms what everyone has been saying for a while.

"A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use"

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CCTV becomes mandatory in all abattoirs in England
Vegan Society of Canada News, May 26th 2018

Earlier this month CCTV became mandatory in all slaughterhouse in England. We are waiting to see the impact it will have on animal welfare, but one thing is certain: No amount of CCTV will change the fact that animal are slaughtered. As Associate Judge Eugene M Fahey stated animal rights is not a question of if but when. Why wait for government to raise animal welfare laws higher? Let’s raise them ourselves by leaving animals of our plate. Go vegan today. Contact us for help in your change of lifestyle and link we with one of the many local communities in your area.

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Volunteer for the summer
Vegan Society of Canada News, May 25th 2018

Not too sure what to do of your summer? One is never too young to start changing the world. Come and join us to volunteer for the summer or longer.

US civil rights group hails historic progress
Independent, May 16th 2018

While this case was ultimately lost it is the statement by Associate Judge Eugene M Fahey, which finally shows the shift in our society being taking into account in the courtroom:

"The issue whether a nonhuman animal has a fundamental right to liberty protected by the writ of habeas corpus is profound and far-reaching. It speaks to our relationship with all the life round us. Ultimately, we will not be able to ignore it."

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More than half of all canadians eat vegan meat
Vegan Society of Canada News, May 12th 2018

While we are encouraged that a recent study shows that 53% of Canadians eat meat alternatives we hope to be able to raise the amount of people who are committed to Veganism from 2%. Hopefully new products will make it easier for the 69% of people who prefer meat to make the move. Until then contact us and you local community for support in your lifestyle change.

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Earth Day 2018 Google Doodle from Jane Goodall
Vegan Society of Canada News, April 22nd 2018

Happy earth day 2018. What wonderful message Jane Goodall delivers: Every species matters, every single individual matter, we have a choice as to what kind of difference we are going to make. Why not help the earth today and go Vegan. Join one of our local community in your area or contact us for help on how to get started.

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U.K. supermarket chain to offer 'snowflake chicken' for those afraid to touch raw meat
National Post, April 17th 2018

If one has issues with calling bacon "pig flesh", fuzzy lamb on pork chops label, the use of animal names instead of types of meat, the meat paradox and touching meat we have another solution to try out: Go vegan. It is easier and the symptoms above should disappear shortly after making the change. Join one of our local community in your area or contact us for help on how to get started.

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Financial aid available for VegFest
Vegan Society of Canada News, April 12th 2018

We are looking to provide financial aid for VegFest in order to help them become financially sustainable. If you are looking to start a VegFest or just few years away from being self-financing contact us and let see if we can work together.

A free animal ethics book
Vegan Society of Canada News, April 7th 2018

While there are quite a few books on animal ethics, very few of them are free. As a good introduction and companion to many other popular ethics books and a congratulations to the University of Minnesota Open Textbook initiative enjoy Animal Ethics 101 for free.

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The costs of a plant based diet
Vegan Society of Canada News, March 31st 2018

We wanted to address some discussion currently in the media surrounding the cost of following a diet compatible with the vegan philosophy. Read over our article and make your own opinion.

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'Historic': Schools in four brazilian cities to go plant-based, serving 23 million vegan meals a year
PBN, March 26th 2018

There is no reason this cannot be done somewhere in Canada. We ask that school boards contact us for support if there is an interest in discussing such undertaking in their own school district.

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Asia could run out of fish by 2048, UN reports
CBC News, March 23rd 2018

We certainly would not recommend people eat fish. We would also hope it was on compassionate grounds, or the environment, or at the very least out of concerns for their own health due to the numerous toxins now contained in various sea food. However, we did not think that what might make people stop the fastest would not be compassion, but simply that we ran out of fish.

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Stop spreading cancer
Vegan Society of Canada News, March 15th 2018

We would like to renew our call to stop the advertising of processed and red meat. While surprisingly legal this practice is highly unethical. Nevertheless, it is surprising that we must plead to stop encouraging people from getting cancer by advertising the consumption of level 1 and level 2 carcinogenic substances. Let’s not wait until this become illegal to change, we will work with any business to replace their cancer spreading advertisement to vegan flyers and inserts, contact us to make the change today.

A tsunami of antibiotic resistance is coming—and Canada must take charge
Macleans, March 6th 2018

The threat of antibiotic resistance is very real. While there is various opinions as to how we got there and how to get out of it is clear that the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture is partly responsible. As for how to get out of it, there’s not one simple answer but one way to help fight climate change, overuse of antibiotics, animals and your health is to go vegan.

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The first vegan ETF in the world
Vegan Society of Canada News, March 6th 2018

Ethical financial services will be an important building block of a sustainable future. That is why we are launching today the first Vegan ETF in the world. If you have a sizable portfolio and are interested in shaping the first Vegan ETF in the world contact us for more details.

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We can clone pet dogs. But is that a good idea
National Geographic, March 2nd 2018

We understand that a strong bond can develop between sentient beings. However, life is changing moment to moment, trying to oppose this change and wishing things to remain static will probably cause much dissatisfaction down the road. We oppose cloning of companion animals for many reasons, the least of which is that many sentient beings are facing death waiting to be adopted. Please don’t clone and adopt instead, it will not be the same but the benefits of saving another sentient being from death should hopefully make it even better.

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Pet pig adopted from BC SPCA killed and eaten by new owners
Global News, Feb 22nd 2018

It is very sad news, but should not be a surprise to anyone. Many SPCA and shelter throughout Canada support the killings of pigs and other animals to raise funds in order to save small companion animals. We should not be surprised when an activity we ourselves condone is done by others. Every pig, not only potbelly pigs, and every other sentient being deserve the right to be happy, enjoy their natural life and be free from suffering. This is why we should lead by example and we renew our call for shelter and SPCA to adopt a vegan policy in their by-laws. Furthermore, we do not have to wait for government to enshrine the right of animals into law we can speed things up ourselves by going vegan.

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Resolution urges OEHHA to add cancer-causing processed meat to prop 65
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Feb 14th 2018

We welcome the proposed resolution to label processed meat as the dangerous level 1 carcinogenic substance that it is. In addition, while we do not have such regulations in Canada we would ask that producers adopt this voluntary labeling measures. Furthermore, we ask that grocers do the ethical thing as well and stop encouraging people to get cancer by advertising processed meat in their flyers. Profits should not come before lives.

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February is heart month
Vegan Society of Canada News, Feb 4th 2018

If you have missed veganuary to go vegan now is the time during heart month. The American Heart Association was reminding us late last year that a plant based diet had the most impact in reducing the risk of heart failure. What are you waiting for? Join with one of your local communities, download a vegan guide or send us an email to get started.

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VW suspends media chief amid scandal over fume tests on monkeys
The Guarding, Jan 30th 2018

We stand with all those across the world who calls for Volkswagen and others to stop animal testing for their cars.

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Food for thought campaign
Vegan Society of Canada News, Jan 26th 2018

We would encourage every shelter and humane organization in Canada to sign up for the Food for thought campaign, especially those operating under the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) name. Furthermore, we demand that the Montreal SPCA, which is the rightful owner of the SPCA trademark in Canada, prevent shelters dedicated to small companions animals while supporting cruelty to other animals from using the SPCA trademark so as not to mislead Canadians into supporting organizations that might go against their wish to truly prevent the cruelty to animals and not just small companion animals.

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School targeted by animal rights activists after vegan parents criticise decade-long pig rearing project
The Telegraph, Jan 22nd 2018

We encourage all schools everywhere to truly teach their students where their food comes from, but to do so in a fair and realistic manner that shows all aspect of food production. For example, by bringing them slaugtherhouses or showing them slaughterhouse footage not just pig cuddling in the school backyard which clearly is not representative of a vast majority of a pig's life currently in the food chain. Doing so is misleading at best and fails to educate by presenting a false view of food production in our current society.

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Farmers Dairy milk pulled from shelves for 'off-taste flavour'
CBC News, Jan 21st 2018

So far this is affecting milk sold in Atlantic Canada. However, for those who are still consuming dairy now might be a great time to try some delicious dairy alternative like almond, cashew, coconut, soy or oat milk while they figure out why animal abuse is off tasting.

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Norway to shut down all mink and fox fur factories by 2025
Newsweek, Jan 15th 2018

We congratulate Norway in banning their fur industry and encourage Canadians to demand no less from our government.

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Switzerland bans boiling live lobsters in animal welfare reform
DW, Jan 11th 2018

It is unfortunate that we cannot muster the will at home to enact policies protecting animals in various industry like fishing and fur trade. Nevertheless, we thank other countries for putting pressure on Canada and giving us an opportunity to raise to the challenge of being more compassionate. We stand with you in demanding that all these cruel and abusive practice stops.

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Taxing meat could help offset environmental, health problems
CBC News, Jan 7th 2018

We strongly support the polluter pays principle that is so prevalent in the rest of our society. There are no reasons that the whole of society should bear the cost of harmful behavior like pollution, climate change, alcohol, tobacco, animal agriculture and others so that corporations can have disproportionate profit because our rules and regulations are outdated and do not properly hold responsible those who create negative externalities.

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