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Blue Heron Creamery – Vancouver’s first plant-based cheese shop

  Blue Heron Creamery launched in 2016 as a vegan cheese-making and event catering company, but recently Chef Karen McAthy and her business partner Colin Medhurst announced that they will shortly be opening Vancouver’s first standalone vegan-cheese shop. We talked to Karen about the new storefront operation and about the growing appeal of plant-based cheese.   How did Blue Heron Creamery start? I had

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Fighting rodeo cruelty in 2018

  Your help and support will make a difference VHS will continue fighting rodeo cruelty this year, with a significant public awareness campaign planned to address animal abuse at the Chilliwack Fair rodeo (Aug 10-12, 2018). We’ll need your help. In 2017, the Fair’s board agreed to review two events, steer-wrestling and calf-roping, but sadly decided to retain both events, with some minor rule

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Tucker was hit by a car. Now he needs your help.

Just before Christmas, Tucker was hit by a car that didn’t slow down in a school zone – he was dragged for several feet.   He was crossing the street to play in the snow with his family when the accident occurred. Tucker sustained several injuries, the most serious of which is a broken leg. Without surgery, his leg would have to be amputated

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Helping animals on Giving Tuesday

  Making life better for animals now and in the future On November 28, the Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) and The Happy Herd partnered for Giving Tuesday to raise $10,000 to help rescued farmed animals and to fight factory farming by promoting cruelty-free living.  Thank you to everyone who donated toward our campaign, to our generous matching gift sponsors, Lisa Kramer and Mark Kamstra,

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Help promote the plant-based revolution in Canada

Petition urges federal government to lead the way with compassionate, sustainable food choices It’s time for food services in Canada to provide more vegan options and a new Parliamentary petition is urging the Canadian Government to lead the way. The petition, initiated by concerned citizen Fée Lehouiller and sponsored by Member of Parliament Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, calls on the federal government “to require public canteens

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Chickpea: plant-based comfort food with a Mediterranean twist

  The Chickpea food truck has been a big hit with Vancouverites, who have been lining up for its Mediterranean-inspired vegetarian food since it opened for business in 2016.  Now, owners Rotem Tal and Itamar Shani have opened a restaurant on on Main Street that’s attracting diners with its popular plant-based comfort food.  VHS asked Rotem and Tal about their new venture and about

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Chilliwack Fair agrees to review rodeo events

        In response to VHS’s campaign and the release of photos raising concerns about steer-wrestling and calf-roping at the Chilliwack Fair rodeo, the Fair has agreed to review the two rodeo events, including potentially cancelling them for the 2018 rodeo. VHS has issued the following news release in response to the Fair’s announcement:   Media release July 31, 2017 Vancouver Humane

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Newspaper refuses to print ad opposing rodeo

  So much for freedom of speech in Williams Lake   Earlier this year, a tiny community newspaper in Iowa won a Pulitzer Prize for taking on big agriculture companies over factory farm pollution. The Storm Lake Times, which investigated the effects of nitrogen from farm drainage on drinking water in the state, was praised for its “editorials fuelled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing

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Circus on the run!

The circus is coming to the PNE.  And we need to stop it. VHS supporters will recall that the Royal Canadian Circus was scheduled to appear at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver from May 12th to 14th, but after VHS encouraged the public to complain to Concord Pacific about the circus’s questionable animal welfare record, the venue was switched to the PNE.  It’s not too

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New code of practice still leaves hens stuck in cages

  by Debra Probert, VHS Executive Director A cage is a cage The long-awaited revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pullets and Laying Hens has been released. You may remember that in 2016 VHS called upon you to submit your thoughts to the committee during the comment period. First, an explanation. The codes of practice, according to industry and the National

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