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SeaWorld’s historic decision is lost on Vancouver Aquarium

Last week, SeaWorld announced that, effective immediately, it is ending its orca breeding program and will be phasing out its theatrical shows involving orcas. While this is certainly welcome news for the future generations of these whales who would have been born into a life of captivity, sadly, it amounts to little for the existing generation in SeaWorld parks, who will remain captive “for

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Lola & Susie receive help through VHS’s McVitie Fund

There are few options available for good pet owners who fall on hard times. Sometimes all it takes is an unexpected circumstance, like an injury at work or being laid off, which can make covering an equally unexpected vet bill for your pet overwhelming. That’s where the Vancouver Humane Society’s McVitie Fund comes in. It’s our goal to help animals and people in need

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VHS Helps More Schools Join the Meatless Monday Movement

More and more people are looking for ways to eat humanely, healthfully and sustainably. Reducing or eliminating our meat consumption are both effective ways of doing just that! Our society’s overconsumption of meat condemns farm animals to a life of suffering in unnatural and inhumane conditions; increases our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity and other preventable conditions; and is a significant contributor to

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Help animals in need, like Rosie, this holiday season

When Rosie’s guardian was given Rosie as a puppy, the two had an instant connection. Not only was Rosie an adorable and sweet puppy, but her gentle nature was especially helpful for her caregiver, who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Soon after though, Rosie began to experience difficulty walking and a vet determined she had been born with a congenital defect in both hind

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Meatless Monday Goes To School

School is back and we at VHS couldn’t be more excited (sorry, kids)! You’ll recall we launched our Meatless Monday program this past spring, which even as the school year was winding down, was well-received by students in the Lower Mainland. Three post-secondary schools (Langara, BCIT and Trinity Western) joined the growing movement and multiple secondary schools expressed interest in bringing the initiative to

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‘Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered’ Documentary

  Local filmmaker Gary Charbonneau delivers a controversial documentary on the Vancouver Aquarium’s rescue and captivity program. There will be a screening of the film, “Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered” on Sunday, Sept.13th, 7:30pm at the Vancouver Public library. VHS opposes the keeping of wild animals for public display, as it deprives them of the ability to freely engage in instinctual behaviours in their natural environment.

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Buddha-Full Fresh Juice & Smoothies: Building a cruelty-free community on the North Shore

Buddha-Full Fresh Juice & Smoothies represents an ethical, 100% animal friendly, community-based environment. Geremie Voigt and Kyla Rawlyns opened the café in North Vancouver five years ago. Buddha-Full proudly serves organic fresh juices & smoothies, raw organic cuisine, organic gluten-free baked goods, a full local retail section, and locally roasted coffee from Moja. VHS supports the growth of cruelty-free businesses and we were interested

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Iskut from Iskut, helped through McVitie Fund For Animals

Guest post by Desiree; activist, animal lover & McVitie fund for animals recipient This captivating dog was found wandering the streets of a small northern community, Iskut, B.C., all on his lonesome at the age of one month. It was pretty much love at first sight when the two of us locked eyes; him, in search of a mother and I in search of

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When a call to VHS is a needy animal’s last hope

  “My cat accidentally slipped out the front door and was hit by a car. I’m on disability right now and don’t have enough money to cover the entire vet bill. Please, is there any way you can help me?” This is the kind of desperate call the Vancouver Humane Society gets several times a week. As VHS’s Program Coordinator & Office Manager, I’m

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Langara College Becomes First Campus in Western Canada to Join Global Meatless Monday Initiative

Next Monday, March 30th, Langara College will become the first campus in Western Canada to adopt the popular Meatless Monday initiative, joining hundreds of schools worldwide including McGill, Dalhousie, and Queen’s, along with Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and U.C. Berkeley. The initiative was introduced by Langara’s food services provider, Chartwells—which is owned by Compass Group, one of the largest food services providers in the world—in

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