Archive: Animal Welfare

The OSPCA Act Amendment: It’s a Money Matter

On June 6th, Ontario passed the OSPCA Amendment Act (Interim Period), 2019, which will fill the gap in animal welfare enforcement left by the OSPCA when it quits the ground on June 28. Previously, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones had asked the OSPCA to continue its role while government develops new legislation, but the OSPCA declined.…

The Need for Informed Large Animal Welfare Enforcement

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) withdrew its commitment to enforce animal welfare legislation on March 31. This leaves Ontario without a supervising body to oversee law enforcement in situations that involve animal welfare, including farm animals. Most farmers today do an excellent job of caring for their animals, providing…

What the Animal Activists Won’t Tell You

Although the activists at the courthouse on May 4th celebrated the dismissal of charges of mischief against the protestor who gave water to pigs in transport, in fact, that was only a small positive outcome for the protestors from the trial. The bigger victory for the activists was that this case raised a lot of…

Cage Free Egg Trend: Animal Welfare

Scientific research can tell us about animal natures, animal health, and stress inducing factors. Analysis can tell us how much changes in care for animals will cost and benefit, both in dollars, production and in risks to the animals. But ultimately in our food system, animal welfare is in the eye of the beholder. It…

Cage Free Egg Trend: Marketing Strategy

With the power of social media and the internet, activists and animal right groups have influenced people’s perceptions of food production and their decisions on what to eat. With the new generation of customers demanding more ethical and healthier options in their diets, some of the world’s biggest food chains like McDonald’s, Burger King and…