10 Vegan Holiday Main Dishes

This post features 10 delicious vegan main dishes for the holiday season:

I spend Christmas with my family in Toronto.  I am the only vegan (and vegetarian) in the family, but they are all very supportive of my lifestyle choice, and my parents, in particular, are always happy to enjoy whatever I prepare.  We always have a Tofurky roast, because I must admit I really like it, complete with my own mushroom sauce.  I  normally prepare roasted garlic and rosemary brussels sprouts and carrots, and enjoy my mother’s delicious roasted potatoes.  The soup is always vegan.  We’ve never been much for desserts in our family, so I normally have just a chocolate coconut milk ice cream. I will try the cauliflower alfredo lasagne and the pumkin corn chowder while I’m there.



Animal welfare

New animal welfare standards take effect in N.S. to protect pets

New animal welfare regulations are now in effect in the province of Nova Scotia to better protect companion animals. Agriculture minister Keith Colwell says that the new rules prohibit tethering for more than 12 consecutive hours and require a veterinarian’s certificate of health for the sale of cats and dogs, a measure largely aimed at curbing the activities of so-called puppy mills. Colwell said enforcement officials are now also able to write summary offence tickets for violations of the regulations and the Animal Protection Act, with fines ranging from about $200 to $700.

This legislation is certainly a welcome step in the right direction, although I don’t think it’s enough; an opinion that is shared by more that 50% of the people who responded to the poll attached to this news article. Tethering an animal for twelve hours is still too much, and I think that we need stiffer fines and prison sentences for certain abuses.  Progress, however, is a good thing, and I hope that we can continue to put pressure on the government to enforce even stricter legislation in the near future.


Animal welfare

New global index shows Canada lagging behind in protecting animals

The World Protection Agency conducted an assessment of 50 nations’ animal welfare legislation, the Animal Protection Index. Canada’s profile may be found here.  According to the Agency’s summaryCanada rated below India, the Philippines, Brazil, Australia and most of Europe … Canada ranked lower than many countries in protecting farm animals due to our laws pertaining to animal transport that allow farm animals to be kept in transit, for up to 52 hours for cows and 36 hours for pigs, without water, food or rest. Canada lags behind again in our overarching legal protection for animals. Our anti-cruelty legislation dates back to 1892 and has received no significant revisions since that time. Protection for wild animals is inconsistent across the country and is mainly focused on the preservation of species rather than the wellbeing of any particular animal.

We clearly still have such a long way to go.