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Cruelty-free holiday gifts

  Looking for that perfect, cruelty-free Christmas gift?  We’ve got a few suggestions! Books                  How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach by Tobias Leenaert                 Captive by JoAnne McArthur           The Animals’ Agenda by Jessica Pierce and Marc Bekoff          

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Vegan Yarn: comfort and beauty without cruelty

As knitting and other needlework becomes more popular every day, new stores (especially online) are sprouting – including exciting companies like Vegan Yarn! We caught up with vegan owner Heidi Braax, who, as she became more interested in knitting, got tired of being shuffled over to the “Acrylic Wall of Shame” (I’ve been there, Heidi!) The result is her own cruelty-free, ethically sourced and hand-dyed yarn company.  

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Here’s a great way to help hungry birds in this cold weather

  This vegan recipe provides the fat that birds need in the cold While feeding birds is not necessary year-round in our temperate climate, (there are some exceptions), birds definitely begin to have trouble finding suitable, nutritious food when the weather turns cold and snowy. Now is an important time to provide high fat, accessible food for our feathered friends. Birds seem to start

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The long war against circus cruelty

                    .   VHS fought long and hard to keep animal circuses out of BC   By Debra Probert, VHS Executive Director Nobody was happier than all of us at VHS to hear that the biggest, most famous circus in the world, Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey, would be holding its last performance later this year.  Cruelty

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Canadian Wildlife Federation obscures its hunting affiliations

A recent story in the Vancouver Sun raised an important question for animal lovers: Why does the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) continue to obscure the fact that it is deeply rooted in the hunting and fishing community, and  is actually made up of twelve ‘affiliate’ organizations, most of which have a major focus on hunting and fishing? If you have any doubt, check out

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Go cruelty-free this Thanksgiving

Pity the poor turkey. An inconceivable 20 million will be slaughtered in Canada in 2015, many of those destined to grace family Thanksgiving dinner tables. Pity the turkey, the dairy cow, the chicken, the pig; in fact, pity all animals that are raised on factory farms to provide us with cheap meat and dairy products. They face horrific conditions on-farm.  Turkeys and chickens genetically

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Giles means everything to PTSD sufferer

“She couldn’t bear the thought of Giles being seriously injured.” Giles is a sweet four-year-old boy whose guardian Shelley took him in after he was born in a barn and faced a lifetime of fighting for everyday existence. He’s been a constant companion and an important part of Shelley’s life ever since. Giles’ incredibly affectionate and loving nature is important for more reasons than

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