compassion

Tell City of Saskatoon not to host rodeo championships

It has been announced that the City of Saskatoon is to host the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) starting in 2017.  This follows the failure of the CFR to secure an agreement to continue holding the rodeo championship in Edmonton. The move comes despite the fact that 63 per cent of Canadians and virtually all animal welfare organizations oppose rodeos.  More info here. Please let

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CBS: End the exploitation of wild animals on show “Zoo”

VHS is joining the call for CBS to end the use of wild animals in the filming of its show “Zoo”. The Vancouver-shot series is based on James Patterson’s 2012 novel by the same name and is a thriller about a zoologist’s investigation into a wave of violent animal attacks against humans around the world. For a series that’s based on the story-line that captive and exploited animals are fighting back against their oppressors,

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Meet the VHS team!

.     New video gives a behind-the-scenes look at VHS VHS celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and we’re proud of our history. But we’re focused on the future and working hard to make life better for animals in the years ahead. Meet the people at VHS who are taking this work forward in this new video:   Help us continue this important

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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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Vancouver Food Policy Council Endorses Meatless Monday

  Meatless Monday in Vancouver just got an important boost! The influential Vancouver Food Policy Council (VFPC) has unanimously passed a motion that “endorses the concept of Meatless Mondays and encourages Vancouver citizens to choose plant-based meals on Mondays.” The council is an important and respected voice in food policy in the city and the motion is a major step in advancing the Meatless

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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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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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SeaWorld’s historic decision is lost on Vancouver Aquarium

Last week, SeaWorld announced that, effective immediately, it is ending its orca breeding program and will be phasing out its theatrical shows involving orcas. While this is certainly welcome news for the future generations of these whales who would have been born into a life of captivity, sadly, it amounts to little for the existing generation in SeaWorld parks, who will remain captive “for

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