Factory Farming : What if you were one of the farmed animals?

WSPA Canada

Help make Canada a better place for farm animals. Donate Now

WSPA Canada’s newly launched report What’s On Your Plate? The Hidden Costs of Industrial Animal Agriculture in Canada is revealing the frightening truth about factory farming to Canadians.

This week’s coverage in the National Post (and many other newspapers) is pushing this important issue to the forefront of everyone’s minds, including our law makers.

But we need your help.

Imagine spending your whole life confined in a narrow pen, kept isolated and constantly hungry. You can’t turn around, breathe fresh air or even see sunlight. Your only purpose is to breed.

Sadly, this miserable existence is the reality for a typical breeding sow in Canada.

Now, imagine your tax dollars are allowing this to happen. Sadly, this is the reality for Canadian taxpayers. Since 1996, people like you have given almost $4 billion in subsidies to hog operations, supporting huge intensive farms designed to produce as much meat as possible, with little thought for animal welfare.

And it’s not just pigs who are suffering. Chickens are crammed into battery cages, turkeys have their toes cut off without anesthetic and dairy cows are exhausted from unnaturally high milk production. All this cruelty in the name of “cheap” food.

But although the cost is low at the cash register, we pay a high price in many other ways. Factory farms pollute our waterways, destroy the social fabric of rural communities and cause massive public health risks such as food-borne illnesses.

Millions of animals and people in Canada are suffering right now from the damaging effects of factory farms. We need to put an end to this – now!

Help us show politicians that Canadians will no longer tolerate the cruelty and destruction involved in factory farming. Please give as generously as you can.

Ban All Animal-Tested Cosmetics in the EU

Ban All Animal-Tested Cosmetics in the EU!

Ban All Animal-Tested Cosmetics in the EU!

  • Target: European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek
  • Sponsored by: Care2.com

In 2009, the European Union pledged to ban the sale of all new animal-tested cosmetics in the EU by 2013. Three animal tests are still allowed until that deadline, including:

- repeat dose toxicity, in which rabbits or rats eat, inhale, or are rubbed with substances every 28 or 90 days;
- reproductive toxicity, in which pregnant rabbits or rats are force-fed substances;
- toxicokinetics, in which rabbits or rats are forced to eat a substance and then killed so their organs can be examined.

After every one of these tests, the animals are killed.

Under the original plan, these tests would be banned by the 2013 deadline so the sale of ALL new animal-test cosmetics would be prohibited in the EU. But the cosmetic industry officials want this deadline delayed further, possibly for another ten years.

> Tell European leaders to keep the 2013 deadline to ban the sale of all new animal-tested cosmetics in the EU.

Source: Care2petitionsite .

Save the monkeys in UBC labs

Help Ban Sled Dog Tours

From the Vancouver Humane Society:

Please write to BC’s agriculture minister

The Vancouver Humane Society is calling for a ban on the sled dog tour industry in light of the horrific massacre of 100 sled dogs in Whistler, BC: http://tinyurl.com/5sysgbf

Column in today’s Vancouver Sun: http://tinyurl.com/4ufu8yg

The BC Ministry of Agriculture oversees the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.  Please write to:

Honourable Ben Stewart
Minister of Agriculture
PO Box 9043
Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC
V8W 9E2

Email: agr.minister@gov.bc.ca

Save monkeys in UBC’s labs

Stop UBC Animal Research is raising funds to pay for four monkeys in UBC’s research labs to be transported to a sanctuary where they can live out their remaining days in peace.  Learn more at this article in the Province or see photos from a recent “Dead Monkey Walking” demonstration here.

How can you help?  From Stop UBC Animal Research:

*Donate to Stop UBC Animal Research’s “Adopt a UBC Monkey” project to help us raise the funds for the UBC monkeys. If we can show UBC we have the money to pay for the monkeys to be released and transported to a sanctuary where they can be rehabilitated UBC may surrender them to us. To donate go to the following link and click the donation button: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

*Write a letter to the Province editor urging UBC to end its experiments on monkeys and to immediately release the animals to a sanctuary.

To submit letters to the Province editor: 
Email: provletters@theprovince.com
Fax: 604-605-2759 

*Urge UBC’s President to release the monkeys immediately to a sanctuary so the animals may live their remaining days in peace. To contact UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope:

Email: presidents.office@ubc.ca
Phone: 604.822.8300
Fax: 604.822.5055

PETA Asia Is Hiring

From PETA:
PETA Asia is looking to fill a new and very exciting position! They’re hiring a Chinese online marketing coordinator to promote animal rights through PETA Asia’s websites and elsewhere on the Internet, with an emphasis on marketing in China. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional written and verbal communication skills in both English and Mandarin/Simplified Chinese.

Interested in joining the PETA Asia team? Click here [http://www.petaasiapacific.com/aboutpeta-jobs-chineseonlinemktg.asp] for more details. Applicants must be hardworking, have good communication skills, and be extremely dedicated to the cause. Experience in marketing is preferable. Other positions available can be found here: http://www.petaasiapacific.com/aboutpeta-jobs.asp.

Source: Liberation BC . People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – Asia Pacific .

Help the animal victims of devastating floods in Brazil

Help animal victims of Brazil floods

Thousands of dogs and cats in Brazil have been left homeless, injured and starving in the wake of the country’s most deadly floods and mudslides to date. A WSPA disaster relief team is on the ground now bringing desperately needed relief to these animals, and we need your help.

Please help Brazil's animals

Donate Now

The floods struck before dawn on the morning of January 12, while most people were sleeping. Within minutes, entire villages in the mountains outside of Rio de Janeiro were destroyed, as homes were swept away and people and animals trapped under layers of mud or in ruined buildings.

Over 800 people have been declared dead due to the floods, and thousands are now homeless. As humanitarian and government groups rush to aid the people devastated by the tragic floods, WSPA is working alongside them to bring relief to the animal victims.

It is estimated that thousands of animals, mostly cats and dogs, were impacted by the flooding. Many were injured and separated from their families when the floods struck, and others were abandoned as people fled, and were left without food and water.

WSPA’s disaster relief team is currently helping animals in the worst hit areas in the towns of Teresópolis and Nova Friburgo. Our teams have been hard at work providing food, veterinary care and shelter to animals found wandering, trapped and abandoned.

But there are still many animals who need us — please make your gift now to help us reach them.

With your support, we have plans to bring medical care, food, and comfort to 4,000 cats and dogs impacted by flooding in Brazil. Our teams will remain on the ground rescuing animals and helping reunite them with their families. We’ll also distribute pet food to families and set up temporary shelters for animals next to human shelters so that families do not have to abandon their animals.

Please make your gift now so we can respond to this current crisis and to other disasters around the world.

Thank you for reaching out to animals in need.


James Sawyer
Head of Disaster Management, WSPA


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Justin Bieber Promotes Adopting Animals From Shelters

Justin Bieber had an amazing year filled with chart-topping singles, major television appearances, a Vanity Fair cover, an upcoming documentary about his life called Never Say Never, and numerous awards, including an American Music Award for Artist of the Year. Now, this Grammy-nominated breakthrough artist is taking time out of his busy schedule to star in his second heartwarming PSA (public service announcement) for PETA encouraging people to adopt animals from shelters instead of buying them from breeders or pet stores.

Justin sings the praises of our furry friends in his PSA that reads, “Animals Can Make U Smile. Adopt From Your Local Shelter.” Every year, 6 to 8 million abandoned or stray dogs and cats enter animal shelters—and half of them must be euthanized because of a lack of good homes. Justin wants his fans to know that buying a dog or a cat from a pet store or a breeder takes a home away from a deserving animal waiting in a shelter for a loving family.

In addition to killing a shelter dog’s chance at a new life, buying a dog supports puppy mills, cruel breeding operations in which dogs are raised in cramped, crude, and filthy conditions. The only solution to the dog and cat overpopulation crisis is spaying and neutering to prevent pregnancies and adopting from animal shelters. So if you’re thinking about bringing a cat or a dog into your home, take a cue from Justin and give an animal at a shelter a new leash on life! (Source: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals )


Stop Animal Abuse in Singapore

I have written the following letter to the Straits Times Forum (website > here) but have not received any reply.  I have a grave concern about the dometic animals that its citizens and residents keep there, either as pets or strays.  In a society obsessed about school grades and material pursuits, animal welfare and kindness to animals is often unheard of or an alien concept.  Going by the various reports of cases of animal cruelty there, animal abuse has become a worrying trend.  Please help to do something about it (e.g. writing to the authorities/ local newspapers, which follow after the news links below )

> Cat found with head crushed at Sengkang carpark > worst abuse I’ve ever seen

My letter:

Dear Editor,

I am deeply disturbed that the acts of cruelty to animals in Singapore continues unabated. A few months ago, the physical abuse of a Pomeranian dog and poisoning of cats were reported. On Jan 11, 2011, animal lovers were shocked at the grossly inhumane abuse of a mongrel which suffered horrendous disfigurement and crippling injuries. Recently, a cat was found with head crushed at Sengkang carpark, as reported by your newspaper on Jan 21, 2011.

Gandhi once said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. These incidents prompt questions from my friends overseas as to the attitude of Singaporeans towards helpless animals. We also wonder how its world-class education system has yet to build nation that would show kindness to animals.

Going by the trend of animal abuse in Singapore, it appears that existing laws against animal cruelty and enforcement are ineffective as deterrents. Can the relevant authorities share with the public what actions are taken to educate the public, pet owners and deter future acts of cruelty to animals ? < END>

Contact the local newspapers ( > The Straits Times ) to voice your concern and press for effective deterrents against animal cruelty to Singapore.  With more voices, this troubling issue will be known publicly and hopefully the Ministry of Law and Ministry of Home Affairs (Singapore) will act.

Foie Gras is not a delicacy, it’s cruelty food

Foie gras

Paté de foie gras, translated from French, means “fatty liver.” This so-called gourmet delicacy is anything but delicate. Indeed, it is undeniably the product of extreme animal cruelty.

Force-fed cruelty

Factory foie gras farms intensively raise ducks and geese in large, enclosed barns. For the last few weeks of their lives the birds are forced into tiny wire cages, barely larger than their bodies, where they cannot even turn around or spread their wings. As social animals, they suffer greatly when confined to individual cages. Their suffering is further compounded by the fact that they are denied access to enough water to swim and preen, which they do naturally in the wild. This confinement can also lead to lesions of the sternum and bone fractures, as well as foot injuries from the cage floors. Two to three times a day, farm workers grab the immobilized birds and cram metal pipes down their throats, forcing huge amounts of food into them in seconds. The birds suffer tremendously during and after the force-feeding process. The excessive overfeeding (equaling one third the bird’s body weight – each day) causes their livers to become diseased and to quickly swell up to ten times their normal size. Soon they can barely stand, walk, or even breathe. This force-feeding can also cause painful bruising, lacerations and sores. They often die when the metal feeding tubes puncture their necks, when their stomachs literally “burst”, or when force-feeding overfills them to the point of suffocation.

In Canada, half a million birds are killed for foie gras each year.

International response

Due to animal welfare concerns, more than a dozen countries—including the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel (formerly the world’s fourth-largest foie gras producing nation), Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland—have prohibited the production of foie gras. In 2004, California became the first U.S. state to ban the cruel force-feeding of birds and the sale of foie gras produced from force-fed birds, effective 2012.

Take action

  • Contact your Minister of Agriculture and demand a national ban on foie gras production.
  • Next time you go into a store or restaurant or supermarket that sells foie gras, please let the manager know that a product that comes from force-feeding ducks and geese is more than you can stomach and that you will not shop or dine there as long as they sell it. Then, let us know about it by emailing info@hsi.org.

Video Credit : People For Ethical Treatment of Animals . Source: Humane Society International. Video Credit : People For Ethical Treatment of Animals .