CKUT Radio Residency
Are you interested in learning new radio production, editing or recording skills? Be a part of our CKUT Ecolibrium Radio Show in April 2012!
We will air interviews, stories and music related to animal rights and welfare, as well as environmental issues arising from consuming animals.You can participate 'backstage' in the production process, or even be on air! Training is offered for all steps of the process, so no experience required.
If you are interested, please e-mail us! This project will be a great experience and we would love to have you on board.
Name Change and Meeting Times for Winter 2012
Welcome back! We will continue to meet regularly on Thursdays at 6pm in the SSMU cafeteria.
Also, last semester we were like many McGill student clubs forced to take a new name. Our current website URL will continue to function, but please update your bookmarks accordingly once the new one is functional.
Film Screening: Food, Inc
We'll be holding a film screening and discussion of Food, Inc on Wednesday, November 30, at 6pm in Leacock 219.
Also, from now on we'll try to keep this website more up-to-date than it has been for the last few months!
Meeting Times for Fall 2011
Welcome back! Animal Liberties will meet regularly this semester on Thursdays at 6pm in the SSMU cafeteria. New members are always welcome!
Pub Night 2
We'll be holding another pub night in Thompson House this Thursday, March 3, at 6pm. (Thompson House is at 3650 McTavish, just north of Des Pins. We'll probably be in the first room on the left as you enter through the main entrance.)
Film Screening: Off the Chain
We'll be holding a film screening and discussion of Off the Chain (about dogfighting and the current controversy over pitbulls) on Thursday, February 17, at 6pm in Leacock 210.
Valentine's Day: Free Hot Chocolate!
On Monday, February 14, from about 11:30-15:00 we'll be tabling at the Ψ intersection on the lower campus. Besides providing information about veganism we'll also be providing free hot chocolate, but be sure to bring a mug if you want some. Spread the love!
On Thursday, January 27, at 6pm we'll be going back to Aux Vivres, at 4631 Saint-Laurent (between Villeneuve and Mont-Royal). See you then!
Meeting Times for Winter 2011
Welcome back! Animal Liberties will be holding our first meeting of the semester this Thursday at 5:30pm in the SSMU cafeteria. (Thursdays at 5:30pm will remain our regular meeting time for now.) We'll be making plans for the upcoming term which include the Redpath photo exhibit, a Valentine's Day bake sale, some film screenings, a few trips to restaurants and pubs, and more. We hope to see you there!
On Tuesday, November 16 at 6pm we'll be going to Aux Vivres, at 4631 Saint-Laurent (between Villeneuve and Mont-Royal). See you then!
On Tuesday, November 9 at 7pm we'll be holding a pub night in Thompson House. If you don't know where that is, it's at 3650 McTavish, just across the road north of Shatner. When you walk in through the main door, we'll be in the room immediately to your left.
Meeting Times for Fall 2010
Welcome back, and greetings to all new members! For your information, starting on September 29th Animal Liberties will be meeting weekly on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in the SSMU cafeteria. Anyone who wants to get involved is free to drop by.
WE ANIMALS: McGill Symposium & Exhibit on Animal Law
From March 8th to 11th, the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at McGill (sponsored by Animal Liberties, among others) will be hosting a symposium and photography exhibit on animal law. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the following events scheduled to take place at the McGill Faculty of Law, at 3644 Peel Street:
Switzerland Leading the Way: A Presentation By the World’s Only Public Animal Welfare Lawyer, Dr. Antoine F. Goetschel
Tuesday March 9th, 5:30-7:00 pm
Room 100, McGill Faculty of Law
3644 Peel Street, Montreal
Switzerland is a world leader in animal welfare. Its constitutional protection of the "dignity of the creature", the strict requirements of the recently updated Swiss Federal Animal Protection Act, and the employment of a public animal welfare lawyer are all exceptional measures that have no counterpart in Canadian law. In Canada, the animal cruelty provisions in the Criminal Code have not been significantly updated since 1892, leaving animal welfare laws disturbingly lax and underdeveloped.
Dr. Goetschel will speak on advancements in animal welfare legislation in Switzerland as well as his role as the world’s only public animal welfare lawyer in Zurich, Switzerland. In court, Dr. Goetschel acts much like a public prosecutor, appealing for an appropriate sentence and safeguarding the interests of animals in criminal cases generally. It is his job to enforce the Swiss Federal Animal Protection Act, enacted in 2008, under which any animal classified as a "social species" (such as cats, dogs, cows, guinea pigs and sheep) will be considered a victim of abuse if it does not cohabit, or at least have contact, with others of its own species.
In addition, Dr. Goetschel will speak on the current Swiss initiative that proposes to compel all 26 cantons of Switzerland to appoint a public animal welfare lawyer which would give both companion and farm animals the right to be represented by a lawyer in court. On March 7th, 2010 the entire Swiss population will vote in a referendum on whether to accept the initiative that aims to give unprecedented legal protection to animals.
The exhibit will feature the work of prominent Canadian photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, whose unique talent brings awareness to animal issues in powerful ways. The photographs will be drawn from her current project, We Animals, which captures human interactions with animals in a way that allows the viewer to find new meaning in unnoticed situations of use, abuse and sharing of spaces.
Perspectives on Animal Law: A Panel of Experts from Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.
Wednesday March 10th, 6:00 pm
Experts from three different countries will engage in a panel discussion exploring the current state of animal welfare law in Canada and abroad, as well as perspectives for future development. Speakers include David Wolfson, professor of animal law at Columbia Law School, Dr. Antoine Goetschel, the world’s first and only public animal welfare lawyer, and Alanna Devine, current Director of Animal Welfare at the Montreal SPCA.
Vernissage & Reception
Wednesday March 10th, 7:45 pm
Join us in the Atrium of the Faculty of Law after the panel discussion for an exclusive evening with photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. Several of her pieces will be up for sale, healthful and ethical food & drinks will be provided, and raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win gift certificates to Montreal vegetarian restaurants and a free photo/portrait shoot with McArthur in Toronto. Proceeds raised this evening will go to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Montreal SPCA, and Fauna Foundation.
For more details, visit our SALDF's website and Facebook group.
We hope to see you there!
Valentine's Day: Free Hot Chocolate!
On Friday, February 12, from about 10:30-16:00 we'll be tabling at the Ψ intersection on Lower Campus. Besides providing information about veganism we'll also be providing free hot chocolate, but be sure to bring a mug if you want some!
For your information, Animal Liberties now meets weekly on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM in the SSMU cafeteria. Anyone who wants to get involved is free to drop by.
Film Screening, General Meeting and Restaurant Trip
We'll be holding a film screening and discussion of 'The Witness' (Jenny Stein: 2000) on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:00 PM in Burnside 512 (in the Geography library on the fifth floor). Immediately afterwards we'll be holding a general meeting to introduce new members to the group and to get to work on our upcoming projects, including the Veggie Pride parade.
Also, on Friday, January 29, at 6:00 PM we'll be meeting at Aux Vivres restaurant on 4631 boul. Saint-Laurent. Be sure to RSVP either by email or by Facebook so we'll have some idea of how many places to reserve. All are welcome!
The McGill Vegan: Call for Submissions!
We are calling for submissions for the third edition of The McGill Vegan, a newsletter for anything relating to animal rights and vegan outreach. We welcome submissions of book reviews, news articles, interviews, feature articles, comics, fiction, poetry, restaurant reviews, recipes, and anything else that comes to mind! Some possible topics include the new 'Vegan Option' stickers in the cafeterias, a review of the recent 'Terriens' premiere at UQAM, or a discussion of animal experimentation on campus.
Send you submissions and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 19th.
PDFs of the first and second editions are available online.
(Feel free to pass this call for submissions on to anyone who might be interested!)
Our first meeting of the new year will be held on Tuesday, January 12, at 5:30 PM in the SSMU cafeteria. We'll be planning our upcoming projects, including Meat-Out in March and Montréal's first Veggie Pride parade, a few organizational matters, and anything else which people might be interested in doing this semester. See you then!
Plans for 2010
International Animal Rights Day: Thursday, December 10December 10 is International Animal Rights Day. Watch for us tabling at the Ψ intersection on Lower Campus!
World Vegan Day: Film Screening & Discussion
Tuesday, November 3 is World Vegan Day: come join Animal Liberties to celebrate! We'll be showing the documentary 'Animals' (Jason Young: 1999), to be followed by a discussion. The screening will take place at 8 PM in the Lev Bukhman Room, on the second floor of Shatner. Also, send us a message if you want to come to our potluck beforehand!
World Farm Animals Day: Thursday, October 1
This Thursday, October 1, is World Farm Animals Day. Watch for us giving out leaflets at the Roddick Gates in the afternoon!
Veg*an Restaurant Walking Tour: Friday, September 25
This Friday, September 25, is our veg*an walking tour! We will leave at 5 PM from the Milton Gates and go explore some vegan/vegetarian restaurants in the area. We plan to finish around 7 PM at Yuan on the corner of St-Denis and Sherbrooke, and then have dinner with whoever would like to stay! There is no need to sign up: just be at the Milton Gates on Friday a little bit before 5 PM.
Animal Liberties at Car-Free Day: Tuesday, September 22
Car-Free Day will be held this Tuesday, September 22. The lower campus will be closed to traffic and there will be many environmental groups out tabling, as well as a free-coffee café run by PGSS and Greening McGill, the Farmers' Market, a visit from the Midnight Kitchen, and bike maintenance courtesy of the SSMU Bike Collective and Right-to-Move. We'll be there too. Come check it out!
First Meeting of the Semester: Thursday, September 17
The first AL general meeting of the fall semester (and vegan sundae party!) will be held on Thursday, September 17, at 6:30 PM in the second-floor SSMU cafeteria. This will be a great opportunity for new members to get involved. We hope to see you there!
Animal Liberties at the Discover McGill Street Fest!
Welcome to all new and returning students! The Discover McGill Street Fest will be held on Tuesday, August 25, from 4:30 PM until 7:30 PM. We'll be tabling with the rest of the clubs on McTavish. Drop by and say hello!