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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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Tell the government it must address the cruelty of animal transport

  Please speak out for animals facing long journeys of preventable suffering by submitting your views to the government’s consultation on  farmed animal transport The trial of Ontario animal activist Anita Krajnc, who faces jail time for giving water to pigs being transported to slaughter in hot weather, caught the attention of the world’s media last year.  It also brought attention to the suffering

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Please tell this Vancouver restaurant to take baby seal meat off the menu

  A Vancouver restaurant, Edible Canada on Granville Island, is featuring meat from the cruel Newfoundland seal hunt on its menu as part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival.  VHS is urging Vancouverites to ask Edible Canada to remove the meat from its menu, as the commercial seal hunt is recognized around the world as inhumane.  More than 95 per cent of the seals

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Bam Bam’s story is one that animal lovers know too well

We like to tell people who support our McVitie Fund for sick and injured animals about the many happy endings the fund has achieved. Sometimes, however, the ending is not the one we hoped for. And yet, even these stories of love, loss and bittersweet memory illustrate why we do what we do. Eleven years ago Bam Bam was a cross-eyed kitten with a

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Tell Health Canada it’s time to recognize the benefits of a plant-based diet

Your chance to stand up for a healthier, kinder and more sustainable diet for Canadians. Health Canada is currently conducting a consultation on the Canada Food Guide, which makes important dietary recommendations for Canadians.  It only takes a few minutes to complete a brief questionnaire. The questionnaire focuses on a number of questions related to health but also asks for general recommendations regarding diet

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Please urge Vancouver City Council to ban horse-drawn carriages

VHS has written to Vancouver’s mayor and council, calling for an end to horse-drawn carriage rides in the city following this week’s near-disaster in Stanley Park. Monday’s incident, in which frightened horses bolted on to the seawall pulling a carriage full of passengers, was a serious threat to both public and animal safety.  The runaway carriage hit a park bench, throwing the driver and

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VHS calls for end to horse-drawn carriages in Stanley Park

  Near disaster in park as frightened horses bolt  VHS today called for an end to horse-drawn carriage rides in Stanley Park after television news broadcast disturbing video of a near disaster in the park today. The video shows frightened horses bolting from their route in the park with a carriage full of panicking passengers, hitting a park bench and racing along the edge of

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New film exposes sled dog cruelty

  You can help by drawing attention to this important documentary A new documentary is exposing serious animal welfare problems in the sled dog industry in North America.  The film, Sled Dogs, is being screened at this year’s Whistler Film Festival in British Columbia in December. VHS, which was interviewed for the film, has always been opposed to sled dog racing and touring.  After the infamous 2010 massacre of

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