animal welfare

Ditch dairy for these great alternatives

In an effort to promote the consumption of dairy products, the dairy industry has dubbed June “National Dairy Month”. But with milk consumption steadily declining in Canada and more people embracing healthier, humane and less resource-intensive dairy alternatives, we prefer to celebrate June as “National Dairy-Free Month”. In the last few years the variety of dairy-free products on grocery store shelves has grown significantly,

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Rogers Foods needs to take a stand against rodeo cruelty at the Chilliwack Fair

Company has not addressed the issue in its response to concerned citizens   Thank you to everyone who emailed Rogers Foods to ask them to urge the Chilliwack Fair to drop cruel rodeo events.  More than 2000 of you did so!  Rogers Foods has not responded to VHS directly but sent this response to members of the public who contacted them: Rogers Foods is

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New bus ad reminds us that animals are friends, not food

VHS’s new Translink bus ad highlighting our Go Veg campaign recently hit the streets of Vancouver. The ad, which features a young girl petting a pig, aims to remind us that when we were children we instinctively saw animals as friends and not food. VHS’s Go Veg campaign works to help people rediscover that innate love for animals and to raise awareness of the

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The truth about animals in captivity

  On March 27, VHS hosted a presentation in Vancouver by Rob Laidaw, executive director of Zoocheck, on animals in captivity.  Titled Nature in a box: the paradoxical and dangerous world of zoos and aquariums, Laidlaw’s talk was a compelling indictment of the captive animal industry.  Drawn from his own research and long experience of monitoring the industry, including visiting hundreds of zoos and

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Meatless Monday is on the menu at Kwantlen Polytechnic

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s food service provider, Sodexo, and the school’s “Let’s Be Compassionate” club recently joined forces to raise awareness of the University’s involvement in the increasingly popular Meatless Monday movement. The two groups organized a Meatless Monday outreach event at the Surrey campus, where they distributed information about the benefits of a plant-based diet and samples of the cafeteria’s Meatless Monday options. Students

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Leading animal protection advocates call for improved federal transport regulations

  A coalition of animal protection organizations and experts have issued an open letter to the federal Ministry of Agriculture, urging the government to strengthen regulations pertaining to the domestic transportation of animals. The coalition is comprised of humane societies, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals and other animal advocates, all of whom wish to see these regulations – last updated in

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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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The knowledge of suffering was too much to bear alone

  Our guest blogger Sigrid Bjarnason is an animal advocate and vegan living on Gabriola Island. Here, she describes why she made these important life choices and how she and her fellow “Vegeteers” work on behalf of animals. Forty years ago when I was in my mid-20s, I stuffed my flip-flops, a bathing suit and some shorts into my neon orange backpack and headed

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