animal welfare

The power of love – a dog story from the heart

  The following is a story from VHS’s current newsletter.  Sadly, as the newsletter went to print, Robbie’s condition began to deteriorate. In a final act of kindness, his life was ended peacefully and painlessly.  Leanne McConnachie has arms even Michelle Obama would kill for. Slim, strong and tight as coiled steel. At age 47 she is a picture of athletic grace. Yet she

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Gardein: A pioneer in meat-free products

Gardein founder Yves Potvin talks to VHS about the popularity of meat alternatives. VHS encourages people to transition to a plant-based diet because reducing or eliminating meat consumption ensures fewer animals will suffer on cruel factory farms or be killed in slaughterhouses. But many people who have always had meat at the centre of their meals find making that transition difficult.  Sure, there are

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Tell stores to drop cruel glue traps

Imagine walking to the store. Suddenly, you can’t lift your feet from the ground – they’re mired in glue so sticky that you can’t lift them out. You scream and fight to get loose, but nobody helps you. You get thirsty and hungry, but there’s nothing you can do. After hours, maybe even days, you eventually succumb to dehydration, starvation, exhaustion and/or exposure. Can

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VHS bus ad now on Metro Vancouver routes

Our ad “Food, Friend, Why?” is now on Translink diesel buses throughout Metro Vancouver.  The ad raises an important and provocative moral question: why do we eat one animal and befriend another? Most of us wouldn’t dream of eating a cat or a dog, but when one considers the intelligence and sentience of farmed animals, it doesn’t make sense to consider cows or pigs

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Travel writers, truth and animal welfare

Last week, a travel article appeared on the website of Fodor’s, the world’s largest publisher of travel and tourism information, describing the author’s recent visit to the Calgary Stampede. The article gushed over the Stampede’s recovery from the flood in June and detailed all the activities to be enjoyed, summing up the experience  this way: “Part rodeo, part party, part fair, part food fest, all fun; the

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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 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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A remarkable champion for animals

Ashley Fruno has spent her life working for animals.  She trained with VHS as a teenager and went on to work for PETA in Asia, campaigning fearlessly in places where animal welfare laws are weak or non-existent, where protesting can be dangerous and where life for animals can be particularly hard. Now, she is making a personal appeal for help with an incredible project

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