Tag Archives: Animal Cruelty

The Unspoken Prejudice

I generally don’t write a lot about cruelty cases towards cats and dogs unless it’s to compare the difference in how cruelty towards them versus the animals we eat is generally viewed.  It’s not that cats and dogs don’t need the attention or are immune from suffering at the hands of their owners – far from it.  It’s just that when they are found to be abused, it’s one outcry I don’t feel I need to add my voice to. Stories of animal cruelty that make the headlines involving dogs and cats are usually met with an instant public outpouring of anger and a call to action, having been long-established that it is socially unacceptable to abuse them. What I’m more interested in is A) despite it being socially repugnant to abuse cats and dogs, why do people still do it? and B) why do we continue to view the mistreatment of “pet” animals as any different from the animals we consider to be otherwise? Continue reading

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Linked Oppression

Credit goes to my husband, Julian, for the title of this blog.  Even though he didn’t coin the phrase, he used it when a co-worker made fun of the animal rights t-shirt he wore during Toronto Pride week back in June of this year.  The shirt shows six of the PETA bunnies in a row, each one a different colour that represents the Pride Rainbow. Underneath it says: Rights for All.  When his co-worker “jokingly” said to Julian, “So, you want rights for gay rabbits?”  Julian said to his colleague, a gay man, “No, I want rights for all, just like the shirt says. Linked oppression – you know about those, right?” Julian and his colleague have known each other for years so the ribbing goes on fairly frequently.  But I loved Julian’s response.  Not only because it shut his colleague up but it summed up so much.  As Martin Luther King, Jr., once said (a quote I’ve mentioned before), “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

It is only since becoming a vegan that I have been able to make this connection; I really didn’t see it before.  I think it’s difficult to as an omnivore and I think this blind spot is the same reason that people see animal activists as not caring about humans or human problems.  I now understand that if animals are given personhood and rights under the law, how much better of a chance would women, immigrants, the elderly, children, people with disabilities and other minorities have?  If the lowest of the low – animals – are finally seen and declared as living beings that deserve protection from harm and freedom to live, how then could we not also grant that same recognition to marginalized humans already considered “above” them? Continue reading

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Taking Food Advertisers To Task

Well, hurrah!  The Internet has returned to our household after a 12-day absence and I’m glad to be back online.  Considering that ninety percent of the Canadian population has and/or uses the Internet, you’d think we’d have the whole “Internet Service Provider” part down too but, no. We suck at building infrastructure and this recent experience with Bell and Primus Canada made me long for the days of ink wells and parchment paper.  Nevertheless, it’s fixed now and I can finally stop going outside or heading to bed early just for something to do and return to watching cat videos into the wee hours while eating chips from a bag as nature intended.

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Why Must Animals Wait to Become a Priority?

An article was published this week reporting that the Province of Ontario will be introducing legislation this spring to, “ban the breeding and acquisition of orcas” in captivity.  Obviously this is great news and I’m sure the tremendous film Blackfish has had something to do with the growing demand to free these animals (if you’ve not yet seen it, I highly recommend a viewing, especially if you’ve ever visited Marineland here in Ontario or a SeaWorld anywhere).  But this is just a start: hundreds more species of fish and sea life should also be freed from their forced breeding and captivity across the country and not just in Ontario and not just orcas. Continue reading

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Fur Farm

In the event that people are still under the impression that Canadian government bodies would not allow abused animals to continue living in squalid conditions or endure continued suffering, look no further than a fur farm in the southwest region of Montérégie, Quebec.  Five days ago, several news outlets reported that a farm in St-Hyacinthe, which has about 100 foxes and nearly 10,000 mink being bred for their fur, was under investigation by Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks. Continue reading

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Pet vs. Companion

One of the first things I learned as a new vegan is that the preferred term for a household pet is “companion animal” rather than “pet”. The reason being is that the word “pet” implies ownership and ownership implies three things: possession, hierarchy and property, with property being an inanimate object; a thing. Continue reading

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