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VHS response to horse death at Stampede

July 13, 2013 VHS is extremely sorry to hear of the death of another horse at the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races. It is getting harder for the public to believe that these deaths are just coincidence or bad luck. There is something inherently unsafe about the race. Nothing the Stampede has done has stopped horses dying. VHS is reiterating its call for the Stampede

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VHS response to steer death

VHS has issued the following news release: Steer killed at Calgary Stampede rodeo Vancouver Humane Society calls for event to be suspended   The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) has called for the suspension of steer-wrestling at the Calgary Stampede rodeo after an animal was badly injured in the event and had to be euthanized.  Another steer died in the event during the 2009 Stampede.

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VHS launches ad against calf-roping

The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) is running a full-page ad calling for a ban on calf-roping in a Calgary newspaper.  The ad, shown above, appears in the July 4 edition of Fast Forward Weekly on page 3. The ad contrasts the compassion of basic human kindness with the cruelty of calf-roping and calls on the Calgary Stampede to “have a heart for animals” and

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VHS reaches Scotiabank Charity Challenge goal of $25,000!

We did it! We reached (and exceeded!) our goal of $25,000 at the 2013 Scotiabank Charity Challenge! On Sunday, June 23, 2013, VHS supporters walked or ran in support of the Vancouver Humane Society’s work on behalf of animals.  To date, we have raised $25,626 from 273 sponsors of our team members. That’s amazing! There is still time to donate (and you can check

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Who opposes rodeo?

  Rodeo promoters like the public to think that it’s just a few animal rights activists who oppose rodeos.  In fact, mainstream animal welfare agencies throughout the civilized world are opposed to rodeo events like calf-roping and steer-wrestling, as these position statements show: Canadian Federation of Humane Societies  Calgary Humane Society  British Columbia SPCA Ottawa Humane Society (pdf file – see pg. 9) American SPCA

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