Animal activists vow to "hit the ground running" in 2016 to better the lot of Canadian animals. We see a large group of pale-skinned large pigs crushed together in a pen.

Animal activists vow to "hit the ground running" in 2016 to better the lot of Canadian animals.
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Activists say they won’t let up in battle for animal rights

After what they say was something of a breakthrough year in 2015, Canadian animal rights activists say they have no plans to let up in 2016.

Animal activists say way too many animals--domestic and on farms--are being mistreated in Canada. We see an extremely skinning dog in a shelter. His ribs stick out under his light fur.
Animal activists say way too many animals–domestic and on farms–are mistreated. ©

Over the course of 2015, activists, among other things, got a case to the Supreme Court of Canada, kept up pressure on the Calgary Stampede for its treatment of horses in the famed–and popular–chuckwagon races, saw seven of the eight candidates they endorsed in the federal election win seats in the House of Commons and filed lawsuits against two firms for falsely claims about animal safety.

Bolstered by McDonald’s announcement in September that the company would transition to exclusively using eggs from free-run chickens over the next 10 years, activists plan to keep up the pressure–both legal and political–on more businesses.

Measures include a cross-Canada billboard campaign aimed at making Canadians aware of the scope of the abuse and what they can do to help.

As director of farmed animal advocacy at Animal Justice Canada, Anna Pippus is in the forefront of efforts to enforce farm animal protection laws that affect 700 million animals annually.

She spoke to RCI by phone from Vancouver.

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