This morning, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed a lawsuit on behalf of four chimpanzees seeking legal personhood status, including Tommy — a chimp who’s being kept in a cage in a shed at a used trailer lot in Gloversville, New York.
The final list of speakers has been announced for Personhood Beyond the Human, a conference devoted to the issue of granting human-like legal protections to a select group of highly sapient nonhuman animals. Read more…
In many ways, it’s a tale of two cities. In a league where big and burly rules the day, you wouldn’t expect NFL stadiums to cater to the eating habits of the vegan variety. But alas, the times, they are […]
Today marks one year since the release of the final report of the Cohen Commission into the alarming decline of Fraser River Sockeye populations, and despite the report’s strong recommendations, the future for BC’s wild salmon is looking more uncertain than ever.
Led by Justice Bruce Cohen, this 3-year inquiry included testimony from scientists, First Nations, and the public in developing a landmark three-volume report of more than 1,000 pages, at a cost of over $26 million.
The report presented 75 policy recommendations for combating the multiple threats to the survival of British Columbia’s wild salmon. One year later, almost none of these recommendations have been implemented.
On March 19, Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich – Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party of Canada, called on then-Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Keith Ashfield to act on the report recommendations, and urged the Harper Conservatives to “start protecting wild salmon instead of hurrying them along a path to extinction.”
Now, seven months later, current Fisheries Minister Gail Shea has yet to respond to the report, or even acknowledge having received it – an oversight that May calls “shocking.” “There is a long-standing parliamentary tradition that Ministers acknowledge receipt of a report and thank the Commissioner,” said the Green Party Leader “The fact that this Government continues to completely ignore the results of the Cohen Commission is frankly appalling, particularly in light of its enormous cost to taxpayers. Minister Shea must act to protect wild salmon before it’s too late.”
The Commission found that temperature increases in the Fraser River, likely as a result of climate change, were having a significant negative effect on the river’s Sockeye salmon stocks. The report also emphasized the need for far more stringent monitoring of local salmon farming operations, and recommended that fish farms be removed from Sockeye migratory areas.
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia’s capital is saying no to monkey business. Literally. Security forces are fanning out across Jakarta conducting raids to rescue macaques used in popular street masked monkey performances. The order came from Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, better … Continue Reading
A new book by journalist Alex Renton takes a short sharp tour of the cheap meat habit, its costs and solutions. Alex Renton is an award-winning journalist specializing in poverty and development and in food culture and food policy around the world. He …
One elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. At that rate, say activists, there will be no elephants in the wild by 2025.
Several hundred Toronto activists march in solidarity for elephants
The deaths of over 100 melon-headed whales, which stranded on the shores of a lagoon in northwest Madagascar in 2008, were likely primarily triggered by a form of sonar being deployed by an ExxonMobil survey vessel, according to a scientific review pan…
Ghosts in Our Machine Rating: 2½ stars out of 5 Featuring: Jo-Anne McArthur Directed by: Liz Marshall Running time: 93 minutes Parental guidance: Disturbing content There’s a scene in the earnest documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine when Jo-Anne McArthur […]
VANCOUVER — Fifty dogs have been abandoned at two animal shelters in Metro Vancouver, forcing officials at the city-owned facilities to cover thousands of dollars in expenses. The dogs were abandoned in Richmond and New Westminster between Thursday night and […]
BRANTFORD, Ont. — A southern Ontario couple has been charged with animal cruelty after 40 ball python snakes and five eggs were found in a motel room. The reptiles, some of them more than a metre long, were found last […]
Contrary to widespread reports, the Indian government did not recently grant legal personhood status to dolphins. But it did abolish the use of dolphins in aquatic theme parks — an important precedent that could eventually inspire other countries to do the same.
Animal-welfare and public-safety advocates said Tuesday a python attack that killed two boys in New Brunswick highlights the need for lawmakers to address the mishmash of municipal and provincial regulations governing exotic-pet ownership. A report commissioned last year by the […]
OTTAWA — New rules that would improve conditions for pigs on farms in Canada by heavily restricting the use of controversial “gestation crates” aren’t good enough, animal rights advocates say. But Canada’s pork industry says completely banning gestation crates, or […]
Costa Rica is internationally recognized for its environmental spirit. Now, in keeping with this reputation, country officials have announced that the nation will close all federally funded zoos, releasing captive animals to either the wild or rescue c…
LONDON — They bit, they chewed, but had hoped for more flavour. Two volunteers who participated in the first public frying of hamburger grown in a lab said Monday that it had the texture of meat but was short of […]
Dear Readers: I guess if there was any show that would be appropriate for O.J. to appear on ………………………, this would be the one! “Anger Management’ might have kept O.J. out of trouble to begin with! ——————————————- A man with no arms isn’t giving up his fight against a Saskatoon police officer who gave him […]
OTTAWA — Then-defence minister Peter MacKay was told in a secret briefing last year the Canadian military had no choice but to continue using thousands of live animals for testing chemical-weapon antidotes and medical training. The briefing came after a […]
The Nonhuman Rights Project plans to file a case on behalf of its first animal client, an unnamed captive chimpanzee. Sometime in the next few months, it will file a writ of habeas corpus asking a state court judge to grant the chimp its liberty. It co…
A new documentary called Blackfish chronicles the captivity of Tilikum, a 12,000-pound orca whale involved in the deaths of three individuals. The film reveals the consequences of keeping whales in captivity, the effects it has on their psyches — and the ways in which these animals are lashing out.
‘It’s the stupid foodies,’ said Chicken Run Rescue owner Mary Britton Clouse. ‘We’re just sick to death of it’
Toronto Pig Save held an all-day vigil on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Lake Shore and Strachan.
Video and Photos: Toronto Pig Save all-day vigil