Highlights / cruelty


Mistreated animals in Quebec zoo allowed to be transferred

The animals from the Saint-Edouard Zoo in Quebec will finally be transferred to care centres in the next few days after the owner, accused of animal cruelty, lost his appeal to have search warrants cancelled. Normand Trahan faces two counts »

International, Society

Wildlife tourism explodes, fuels animal abuse: magazine

Posting photographs with animals on social media has helped drive a dramatic increase in wildlife tourism, but National Geographic says that has lead to some extreme animal suffering. “You’ll go to a place maybe for a couple of hours, maybe »

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment, International, Society

Movement to end “elephant rides” and animal abuse

An international animal welfare group is once again pushing to end the practice of elephant rides and shows for tourists. The World Animal Protection society says there are currently about 3,000 elephants in Asia used as tourist attractions whether for »

Economy, Environment, Society

More animal cruelty charges at huge factory dairy farm

It is hard to watch. The non-profit agency promoting care for farm animals Mercy for Animals Canada released a secretly filmed video from inside Canada’s largest factory dairy operation. The 2014 hidden camera video shows dairy cows being severely beaten »

Environment, Society

SPCA calls for criminal charges for abuse of chickens

An “absolutely sickening” video that shows chickens being abused has prompted the SPCA to call for criminal charges to be laid, reports CBC News. The video was taken by a non-profit advocacy group called Mercy For Animals at a facility »


Scandal leads to zoo closing

The zoo in Bowmanville, Ontario, bills itself as the oldest private zoo in North America. Bowmanville is about 75 kilometres east of Canada’s biggest city, Toronto. The zoo began 97 years ago as an amusement park with a petting zoo. »

Arts and Entertainment, Environment, Society

Activist wants CBC to stop covering Calgary Stampede

Animal rights activists have long complained about the big annual rodeo called the Calgary Stampede and one is calling on the public broadcaster CBC to stop showing it. The event which attracts about one million visitors to western Canada every July »

Environment, International, Society

Vancouver woman’s plea for Japanese elephant

If it was a human, it might well be considered cruel and unusual punishment. That’s what Vancouver blogger Ulara Nakagawa thought when she saw the elephant in what she describes as a “prison” in “one of the cruellest, most archaic »

Environment, Society

Animal activists demand an end to pig festival

Animal rights activists say events at a pig festival in a small town in Quebec this weekend are cruel and should be stopped. Pig wrestling and a wild boar race are the two events causing the most controversy. The wrestling »