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Vancouver’s Vegan Supply supports “a life without animal products”

.   Vancouver-based Vegan Supply is a growing business dedicated to ensuring vegan products are available to compassionate consumers. Though focused on the Canadian market, they can deliver anywhere in the world. We asked the company’s Dave Shishkoff some questions about Vegan Supply’s values, challenges and vision for the future. .   What is Vegan Supply’s mission? Our primary goal at Vegan Supply is to

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Why is animal lover Jann Arden promoting the Calgary Stampede?

Let Jann Arden know that rodeo is cruel – see actions below. Singer Jann Arden, long known as an animal lover, has been named as a joint-parade marshall for the Calgary Stampede parade, the event that kicks off the ten-day rodeo, fair and chuckwagon races. The announcement is a surprise, given Arden’s previously stated opposition to the chuckwagon races, shown in this tweet from

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Why is a convicted wildlife poacher on the board of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association?

VHS calls for removal of rodeo association board member .   The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s Animal Welfare Guide states that it “supports the responsible and humane use of animals and believes that all animals utilized in entertainment, industry and sport should be afforded proper care and management.” Presumably, this includes the “sport” of hunting but one of the CPRA’s board directors, Cody Cassidy, doesn’t seem

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Help the world go veg with our amazing bumper stickers!

We’ve got two great bumper stickers you can use to support our efforts to promote a plant-based diet. The stickers, which can be ordered on our merchandise page, promote our Meatless Monday and Go Veg campaigns. They cost $1.50 each, or $2.00 each with a magnet. Here’s what they look like up close: .       .     You can also order

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CBC to broadcast rodeo cruelty again

CBC Sports is once again planning to broadcast the rodeo and chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. CBC continues to ignore the fact that a majority of Canadians are opposed to using animals in rodeos, as shown in recent polls.  Our national public broadcaster is supposed to reflect Canadian values.  Instead, it persists in broadcasting events that subject animals to fear, pain, stress and

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Fort McMurray fire – animal rescue

The fire and evacuation in Fort McMurray is, of course, having an impact on animals. If you would like to help, donations can be made to the Fort McMurray SPCA along with the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force, which are helping to coordinate an effort to keep pets and livestock with their families. VHS has donated to each of these groups, whose efforts we

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Why is the UBC alumni association promoting the Calgary Stampede’s cruel rodeo events?

      It’s surprising and disappointing to learn that the University of British Columbia’s alumni association, Alumni UBC, is offering a trip to the Calgary Stampede rodeo to its members. It’s disappointing for obvious reasons – animals shouldn’t suffer for the sake of entertainment – but surprising because universities and their wider communities are often the agents of progressive social change. A number

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Erin Ireland’s plant-based journey

Erin Ireland is a food journalist, blogger, entrepeneur and animal-lover who has been on a personal journey to discover and understand the principles and practices involved in ethical eating. In a recent blog post (reprinted below with her kind permission) she describes her transition to a plant-based diet.     It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting here on the couch in pyjamas drinking an

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Here’s the scoop on Vancouver’s Nice Vice Creamery

Nice Vice is Vancouver’s first ever 0% dairy, plant-based micro creamery, which opened in Yaletown in February. VHS talked recently to owner-operator Chris White about starting up a plant-based business. Here’s our Q&A with him: . 1. What inspired you to open Nice Vice? I opened up Nice Vice Creamery after visiting many of the fantastic artisanal ice cream and gelato establishments around the

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Working together for animals

VHS would like to thank all the organizations listed below who signed on to the group letter that we sent to A&W asking them to go cage-free. Not only did A&W listen, but they plan to be cage-free within two years, ahead of most other companies. Nicely done, everyone!   Animal Justice Canada “Commercial animal agriculture is essentially an unregulated industry. The absence of

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