Various news from Canada and across the world relevant to vegans in Canada.

Stop spreading cancer
Vegan Society of Canada News, March 15th 2018

We would like to renew our call to stop the advertising of processed and red meat. While surprisingly legal this practice is highly unethical. Nevertheless, it is surprising that we must plead to stop encouraging people from getting cancer by advertising the consumption of level 1 and level 2 carcinogenic substances. Let’s not wait until this become illegal to change, we will work with any business to replace their cancer spreading advertisement to vegan flyers and inserts, contact us to make the change today.

A tsunami of antibiotic resistance is coming—and Canada must take charge
Macleans, March 6th 2018

The threat of antibiotic resistance is very real. While there is various opinions as to how we got there and how to get out of it is clear that the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture is partly responsible. As for how to get out of it, there’s not one simple answer but one way to help fight climate change, overuse of antibiotics, animals and your health is to go vegan.

The first Vegan ETF in the world
Vegan Society of Canada News, March 6th 2018

Ethical financial services will be an important building block of a sustainable future. Today unless someone keep their money under a mattress it’s impossible not to support corporations who harm sentient beings, whether it be through our deposits like savings and GICs that get used as loans or through various other investment products like ETF, bonds, shares, or mutual funds. It seems inefficient to protest against animal cruelty while our investments are supporting the same behavior we are trying to eradicate. That is why we have been discussing with one of the largest financial institution in Canada in the ETF space to start offering the first Vegan ETF in the world. They have shown a keen interest and we need an initial investment of 10 million dollars to be able to start offering this Vegan ETF and once it is available on a stock exchange it will then be available for anyone to buy worldwide. While the funds does not need to be from 1 individual it cannot also be 1$ from 10 million individual. In addition, investors do not need to be from Canada as the financial institution we are currently discussing with as offices in other countries and could potentially register the ETF somewhere else if our largest interest comes from outside of Canada. Please note that we would not be a recipient of the money and we are simply helping make this a reality once we have a commitment for the funds the initial offering would happen just like any other ETF. If you have a sizable portfolio and are interested in shaping the first Vegan ETF in the world contact us for more details.

We can clone pet dogs. But is that a good idea
National Geographic, March 2nd 2018

We understand that a strong bond can develop between sentient beings. However, life is changing moment to moment, trying to oppose this change and wishing things to remain static will probably cause much dissatisfaction down the road. We oppose cloning of companion animals for many reasons, the least of which is that many sentient beings are facing death waiting to be adopted. Please don’t clone and adopt instead, it will not be the same but the benefits of saving another sentient being from death should hopefully make it even better.

Pet pig adopted from BC SPCA killed and eaten by new owners
Global News, Feb 22nd 2018

It is very sad news, but should not be a surprise to anyone. Many SPCA and shelter throughout Canada support the killings of pigs and other animals to raise funds in order to save small companion animals. We should not be surprised when an activity we ourselves condone is done by others. Every pig, not only potbelly pigs, and every other sentient being deserve the right to be happy, enjoy their natural life and be free from suffering. This is why we should lead by example and we renew our call for shelter and SPCA to adopt a vegan policy in their by-laws. Furthermore, we do not have to wait for government to enshrine the right of animals into law we can speed things up ourselves by going vegan.

Resolution Urges OEHHA to Add Cancer-Causing Processed Meat to Prop 65
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Feb 14th 2018

We welcome the proposed resolution to label processed meat as the dangerous level 1 carcinogenic substance that it is. In addition, while we do not have such regulations in Canada we would ask that producers adopt this voluntary labeling measures. Furthermore, we ask that grocers do the ethical thing as well and stop encouraging people to get cancer by advertising processed meat in their flyers. Profits should not come before lives.

February is heart month
Vegan Society of Canada News, Feb 4th 2018

If you have missed veganuary to go vegan now is the time during heart month. The American Heart Association was reminding us late last year that a plant based diet had the most impact in reducing the risk of heart failure. What are you waiting for? Join with one of your local communities, download a vegan guide or send us an email to get started.

VW suspends media chief amid scandal over fume tests on monkeys
The Guarding, Jan 30th 2018

We stand with all those across the world who calls for Volkswagen and others to stop animal testing for their cars.

School targeted by animal rights activists after vegan parents criticise decade-long pig rearing project
The Telegraph, Jan 22nd 2018

We encourage all schools everywhere to truly teach their students where their food comes from, but to do so in a fair and realistic manner that shows all aspect of food production. For example, by bringing them slaugtherhouses or showing them slaughterhouse footage not just pig cuddling in the school backyard which clearly is not representative of a vast majority of a pig's life currently in the food chain. Doing so is misleading at best and fails to educate by presenting a false view of food production in our current society.

Norway to shut down all mink and fox fur factories by 2025
Newsweek, Jan 15th 2018

We congratulate Norway in banning their fur industry and encourage Canadians to demand no less from our government.

Food for thought campaign
Vegan Society of Canada News, Jan 26th 2018

We would encourage every shelter and humane organization in Canada to sign up for the Food for thought campaign, especially those operating under the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) name. Furthermore, we demand that the Montreal SPCA, which is the rightful owner of the SPCA trademark in Canada, prevent shelters dedicated to small companions animals while supporting cruelty to other animals from using the SPCA trademark so as not to mislead Canadians into supporting organizations that might go against their wish to truly prevent the cruelty to animals and not just small companion animals.

Switzerland bans boiling live lobsters in animal welfare reform
DW, Jan 11th 2018

It is unfortunate that we cannot muster the will at home to enact policies protecting animals in various industry like fishing and fur trade. Nevertheless, we thank other countries for putting pressure on Canada and giving us an opportunity to raise to the challenge of being more compassionate. We stand with you in demanding that all these cruel and abusive practice stops.

Taxing meat could help offset environmental, health problems
CBC News, Jan 7th 2018

We strongly support the polluter pays principle that is so prevalent in the rest of our society. There are no reasons that the whole of society should bear the cost of harmful behavior like pollution, climate change, alcohol, tobacco, animal agriculture and others so that corporations can have disproportionate profit because our rules and regulations are outdated and do not properly hold responsible those who create negative externalities.

Farmers Dairy milk pulled from shelves for 'off-taste flavour'
CBC News, Jan 21st 2018

So far this is affecting milk sold in Atlantic Canada. However, for those who are still consuming dairy now might be a great time to try some delicious dairy alternative like almond, cashew, coconut, soy or oat milk while they figure out why animal abuse is off tasting.

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