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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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Stop sled dogs dying

  Sled dogs are dying in cruel, long-distance races.  You can help stop this. Five dogs have died so far in this year’s Iditarod race in Alaska. One died in the Yukon Quest in February. The deaths have prompted an impassioned plea from P.J. Johnson, the Yukon Poet Laureate and life-long Yukoner, to end these races.  To sign a petition against the Iditarod and

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Help stop this circus from appearing in Vancouver

. The circus is coming to town.  And we need to stop it. The Royal Canadian Circus is scheduled to appear at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver from May 12th to 14th. This circus is put on by the U.S.-based Tarzan Zerbini Circus, which has a reportedly poor animal welfare record with regard to its treatment of elephants, as detailed in this 2016 article in

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A victory for the opposition to cetacean captivity

VHS is thrilled with the unanimous vote by the Vancouver Park Board to direct its staff to bring forward a bylaw change by May 2017 prohibiting display of cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium. This is a huge step forward in the fight against cetacean captivity.  We hope the Park Board will approve the amended bylaw in May and end the aquarium’s captive cetacean program once and

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