and Beyoncé join the growing list of celebs and icons to turn over a new leaf
and try a plant-based diet! Rap superstar Jay-Z announced this week on his
birthday that he and his wife, Beyoncé, will follow a vegan
diet for 22
that it takes 21 days to break a habit, Jay-Z is hoping that by the 22nd day
he'll be able to remain fully vegan or at least partly plant-based.
"It just feels right! So you can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse.
I will post my progress. Any professional vegans out there that have any great
food spots please help out! Please! I don't know what happens after Christmas.
A semi-vegan, a full plant-based diet? Or just a spiritual and physical
challenge? We'll see."
us are wishing Jay-Z and Beyoncé much success and hope that they embrace veganism for the long-term. They join
Canadian artists Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, Bif Naked, Jann
Arden, k.d. lang, Shania Twain and Alissa White-Gluz
in adopting a compassionate plant-based diet!
improving health and helping to safeguard
our environment, a humane vegan diet also protects animals whose
lives are filled with misery
and deprivation on modern-day factory farms.
try veganism along with Jay-Z and Beyoncé? Visit ChooseVeg.ca
for recipes, tips and fun facts.
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"There is much lacking in the way animal welfare laws
are enforced in Israel. Animals are the weakest population in Israel and the
State failed to duly protect them. There is insufficient enthusiasm and will on
the part of the Agriculture Ministry to take this subject as seriously as it
deserves to be taken." These are the words of Amram Mitzna, Israel's chairman
of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, a committee established by Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to examine the disputed issue of which government
ministry should oversee the country's animal welfare laws.
The committee rose to action following an exposé by the organization
Anonymous for Animal Rights. AAR's
conditions at a Soglowek slaughterhouse where chickens and turkeys are kept in
cramped, filthy cages for up to 19 hours; injured birds are left inside cages without
food or water; and some birds suffer the excruciating pain of having their
heads, wings or legs, which have become trapped in the bars of their transport
crates, ripped off when they are pulled out for killing. Soglowek is the
country's largest meat brand.
Mitzna's remarks came early last month, when the committee
voted 10 to 3 in favour of an amendment that would transfer farmed animal
protection from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry of Environmental
Protection. The chairman further stated that the committee would call the
country's Minister of Agriculture before the panel for questioning on why the
ministry is failing to combat animal abuse.
The Ministerial Committee of course already knows the answer--provided by Environmental Protection Minister, Gilad Erdan: "There
is an innate conflict of interest between the Agriculture Ministry and the
basics of protecting animal welfare." The minister made the comments last year,
when the Israeli government pledged
NIS $2.9 million to local nonprofit animal protection organizations, which, as
Erdan stated, "are performing important services and carrying [on] for the
helpless." This, Erdan noted, comes at "a time when we are seeing a
disconcerting rise in animal abuse cases."
It is heartening to see such pro-action by the Israeli
government on the issue of farmed animal abuse. Here in Canada, however, little
has been said of the innate conflict of interest between Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada's charge of promoting Canadian-produced meat, dairy and eggs and the
responsibility of enforcing regulations to protect the animals unnecessarily
confined, mutilated and killed to produce them.
A global shift in consciousness is taking place. As Israeli
MK Ruth Calderson stated: "It is more important for us to be moral people
than to eat schnitzel."
You too can make the moral choice to move toward a
plant-based diet. To learn how, go to ChooseVeg.ca.
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Last month, for the first time in Singapore, 500
Canadian lambs were killed in the annual korban ritual during Hari Raya
Haji celebrations. The ritual killing takes place at mosques and religious
schools and has been increasingly criticized due to animal welfare concerns.
The animals slaughtered are primarily goats and sheep who are killed by having
their throats cut while fully conscious. Traditionally, untrained members of
the public in numbers of up to 120 carry out the killing, sawing through the
necks of terror-stricken, suffering animals.
In 2012, all of the animals killed in Singapore during the
event were imported from Australia. Following international outrage after the conditions
of the killing were exposed, the Australian government imposed new regulations
on foreign livestock exporters. The new rules require more space for each
animal in the holding pens, allow only trained personnel to carry out the
slaughter, and require that the knife used be twice the length of the animal's
The 16 mosques in Singapore where korban took place in October
of 2013 were audited in April and July by the Australian
government, which approved the export of 2,000 sheep, but only at the last
minute. Identifying a need for a more reliable supply chain, the Singapore
Mosques Korban Committee (JKMS)--the body that organizes
the event--explored Canada as an additional source of sacrificial animals. The
Canadian federal government happily obliged and 500 lambs were shipped "to
test the new supply chain." According to a media
statement by the JKMS, "Korban using Canadian lambs are not subjected
to ESCAS audit" (i.e., the new Australian regulations).
New Zealand has already banned the live export of animals for
slaughter, and Australia appears well on its way to doing the same. Our federal
government's ever-increasing quest for greater profit through expanded export agreements
has become a race to the bottom for the welfare of Canada's farmed animals.
You can help prevent the merciless slaughter of animals--ceremonious or unceremonious--by
transitioning to a plant-based diet. To learn how, go to ChooseVeg.ca.
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The start of Hanukkah--also
known as "The Festival of Lights"-- is right around the corner, and everyone at
Mercy For Animals Canada wishes you a wonderful eight days of delicious latkes,
manischewitz wine, gathering
around the menorah,
and playing dreidel.
We've got the perfect vegan
recipes for you so that you can celebrate Hanukkah compassionately!
Did you know that Jewish
tradition places importance on treating animals humanely? It's hard for many to
pronounce, but the Jewish principle of tsa'ar ba'alei chayim
holds that people should never cause animals pain, as all animals feel pain,
have the capacity to love and suffer, have families and friends of their own,
and deserve to be treated with kindness.
Please enjoy these
Potato and Carrot Kugel Recipe
5 Vegan Latke Recipes
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Al Gore, former Vice
President of the United States and world-renowned environmentalist, has gone vegan. The subdued announcement appeared
in a "Forbes Magazine" article in which Mr. Gore discussed the
northern California startup, Hampton Creek, the vegan company behind Beyond Eggs.
Known across the globe for
his political career, Mr. Gore rose to even bigger fame with the release of his
2006 Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth"--which raised
awareness about climate change.
That very same year, the
United Nations released their report Livestock's Long Shadow, a groundbreaking
study that shows animal agriculture creates more greenhouse gases than all the
transportation in the world combined.
While the reasons for Mr.
Gore's transition to veganism have yet to be discussed, one can only assume
that the environmental
impact of meat, dairy and eggs has something to do with it.
Regardless, Al Gore's
decision to adopt a healthy and humane plant-based diet will certainly inspire
Whether you're looking to
improve your heath,
safeguard the environment, or protect animals from needless cruelty,
switching to a delicious vegan diet is simple and easy. Visit ChooseVeg.ca to get started today.
Written by: Ari Solomon, Mercy For Animals
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When a photo of the frozen, packaged pork used in
McDonald's McRib sandwiches showed up on Reddit, it quickly went viral and
What the photo shows doesn't show, and what
would turn even more stomachs, is the horrific cruelty pigs endure on today's
Mercy For Animals Canada conducted an undercover investigation last year inside a pig farm in
Manitoba, documenting appalling animal abuse. In factory farms, thousands of
pigs are kept in gestation crates--metal cages so small they can't even turn
around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives.
Want to eat delicious food without contributing to needless animal abuse?
Adopting a humane vegan diet is simple and easy. Visit ChooseVeg.ca
today to get started!
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The American Association of Swine Veterinarians recently completed
research trials to determine whether tail docking and teeth clipping of piglets
result in any "production benefits" (i.e., profits) for pork
As exposed during our 2012 undercover investigation at a
Manitoba pig factory farm, tail docking consists of slicing off the tails of
fully conscious piglets without the use of painkillers. Teeth clipping is also performed
without painkillers and involves grinding, breaking off, or cutting the teeth
of a piglet--sometimes to the gum line. Piglets whose teeth have been clipped
experience more gum and tongue injuries, oral and tooth abscesses, and
infections. Despite the incredible suffering it brings upon them, the vast
majority of piglets in Canada undergo at least one of these painful procedures,
referred to by the industry as "processing."
The AASV's report
provides a disturbingly clinical account of the suffering piglets endure during
the procedures. The researchers state: "Clipped and docked pigs vocalized
more during processing, and processed pigs were observed lying alone more often
during the 3 days after processing and the entire suckling period."
The report concludes: "results of this experiment indicate that
leaving the teeth and tails intact have no detrimental effects on mortality,
morbidity, live performance, or carcass merit of growing-finishing pigs."
In other words, contrary to the pork industry's claim that its actions are "science-based,"
there is absolutely no science to support the routine mutilation of piglets.
Thankfully, by simply leaving pork off your fork, you can withdraw your
support from an industry that mutilates piglets. To learn more about
transitioning to a humane plant-based diet, visit ChooseVeg.ca.
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The month of November has different meanings for all. Some
of you are preparing to grow out your mustaches for Movember to raise awareness and funds for the
fight against prostate cancer and other health problems affecting men.
Speaking of mustaches, ditch the milk mustache and sport a
That's right--this month we're encouraging you to dump
dairy and support MOOvember! What better way to promote prostate cancer prevention
than ditching something that increases your risk: dairy. Studies have in fact shown
risk of prostate cancer with regular dairy consumption.
Millions of people also suffer from lactose intolerance,
which can cause bloating, gas, cramps,
vomiting, headaches, rashes and asthma. A U.K. study further discovered that many
people who suffered from irregular heartbeats, asthma, headaches, fatigue and
digestive problems had undetected lactose intolerance and "showed marked
and often complete improvements in their health after cutting milk from their
Not only is dairy unhealthy, its
production is unconscionably cruel. Click
here to learn more about how animals suffer in dairy production.
(Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur, We Animals)
Dairy-Free & Delicious!
Join people across Canada in celebrating MOOvember! Enjoy 30
days of delicious, healthy, and fun meals. Check out Chooseveg.ca for easy and delicious recipe
ideas and fun facts. We have a 7-day
meal plan for you and tons of resources!
Mooo-ve over cow's milk. Dairy-free milks, made
from soy, rice, almond, or hemp, pack a mighty flavour and nutritional punch.
They come nutritionally enriched, and in plain, sweet vanilla, creamy
chocolate, and strawberry flavours.
FUN FACT: Almond milk contains 50% more calcium
than cow's milk. Also, nut milks contain a wide variety of vitamins and
minerals not found in cow's milk.
Encourage your friends, family, spouse or co-workers to
join you on your MOOvember mission! Ask them to sponsor you by making a donation
in your name.
*Severin Carrell, "Milk
Causes 'Serious Illness for 7M Britons.' Scientists Say Undetected Lactose
Intolerance Is to Blame for Chronic Fatigue, Arthritis, and Bowel
Problems," The Independent 22 June 2003.
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For some people (myself included) there is nothing like an
adrenaline rush! Some get this fixby driving a motorcycle or riding a
rollercoaster, while others enjoy entering a haunted house. Today is the perfect day to get dressed
up, buy a ticket to your local haunted house, and allow yourself to jump and
You feel scared, your emotions are heightened, and you go
into survival mode. You are surrounded by friends, family and loved ones, and you
are in this together. You are winding your way through a dark maze and at
moments there is a feeling of being trapped, that there is no escape.
For us, there is light at the end of the darkness, but
animals are not so lucky. For animals stuck on factory farms every day is a
Baby pigs are castrated while fully conscious, baby chicks
are debeaked, and pregnant pigs are imprisoned inside gestation crates and can't
even turn around. Just recently,
many Canadians were exposed to the horrors of battery cages and the suffering that hens
endure on commercial egg farms. The only escape from these frightening factory
farms is death. The over 700 million animals trapped on factory farms in Canada face fear,
suffering, and ultimately violent slaughter for their flesh.
Be a superhero for animals!
Some of you may be dressing up as your favourite superhero
for Halloween. Be a superhero for animals every day! Here are a few simple ways
that you can make a difference:
Sign our petition
against cruel battery cages.
for recipes and tips on transitioning to a vegan diet.
Become a volunteer today.
Support our work and become a monthly
Thank you and have a safe and fun Halloween!
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Mercy For Animals Canada's latest investigation into the cruel Canadian egg industry has revealed shocking systemic abuse that has gripped the nation.
Hidden-camera video shot at two factory farms in Alberta--Creekside Grove Farms and Kuku Farms--exposes thousands of hens crammed into barren battery cages with no room to even stretch their wings, trapped and injured chickens left to suffer without veterinary care, dead hens left in cages with live hens, and chicks having their heads smashed and being thrown into garbage bags to suffocate or into incinerators to be burned alive.
The disturbing footage first aired on CTV's "W5."
The hard-hitting episode not only revealed the egg industry's cruel practices but served as a scathing indictment against the evasive body that governs the egg industry. Following CTV's broadcast, print, television and radio media from across the country picked up the story. Here is just some of that coverage:
Although unconscionably cruel, it is standard egg industry practice to cram hens into wire cages so small each bird has less space than the size of a sheet of notebook paper to live her entire life. Confining hens in barren battery cages is widely regarded as one of the most inhumane factory farming practices in existence. In fact, battery cages are so cruel they have been banned in the entire European Union, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the states of California and Michigan.
Kuku Farms is a major supplier of eggs to Burnbrae Farms--McDonald's Canada's exclusive egg provider. As the largest fast-food purchaser of eggs in Canada, McDonald's Canada has the power and ethical responsibility to ensure that eggs used in its Egg McMuffins do not come from hens who were subjected to a lifetime of intensive confinement in barren battery cages.
to sign the petition and learn how you can help the hens.
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