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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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A&W promises to go cage-free

    A&W has announced that it will serve only cage- and antibiotic-free eggs within two years. The announcement follows a campaign by VHS and other Canadian animal protection groups, which urged the fast-food chain to join the many other food companies that have gone cage-free. A VHS online petition had gained more than 6700 signatures asking A&W to stop using eggs from caged hens. VHS

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Animal groups ask A&W to go cage-free

.   Please sign our petition .   VHS and five other animal welfare organizations have signed a joint letter urging A&W Restaurants to stop using eggs from caged hens. The letter follows news that Tim Hortons and Burger King have committed to going 100 per cent cage-free.  In recent months, a number of major food companies have also announced they will transition to

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Going veg? Here’s what to stock up on

      If you’re transitioning to a plant-based diet, it’s important to stock up on some of the staples that are essential to a meat and dairy-free lifestyle. Below, we’ve compiled a list of key food ingredients and products that will help anyone going veg.  It’s by no means exhaustive and we encourage you to explore the many sources of information on plant-based

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Help animals in need, like Rosie, this holiday season

When Rosie’s guardian was given Rosie as a puppy, the two had an instant connection. Not only was Rosie an adorable and sweet puppy, but her gentle nature was especially helpful for her caregiver, who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Soon after though, Rosie began to experience difficulty walking and a vet determined she had been born with a congenital defect in both hind

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Facing jail for giving pigs water

    Media in Ontario are reporting that an animal activist, Anita Krajnc, is willing to go to jail rather that face fines or a conditional sentence for giving water to pigs being transported to slaughter. Krajnc is a co-founder of Toronto Pig Save, which holds vigils outside slaughterhouses to draw attention to the plight of pigs and other animals who endure cruel transport and

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Meatless Monday Goes To School

School is back and we at VHS couldn’t be more excited (sorry, kids)! You’ll recall we launched our Meatless Monday program this past spring, which even as the school year was winding down, was well-received by students in the Lower Mainland. Three post-secondary schools (Langara, BCIT and Trinity Western) joined the growing movement and multiple secondary schools expressed interest in bringing the initiative to

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Furry foes find friendship

Jack Russells don’t usually have rats for buddies. The terriers have been used to hunt rats since the 19th century and are known to be ferociously efficient at their job.  But, as these photos from an animal-loving VHS fan show, sometimes friendship can overcome generations of breeding and a tough reputation. Pictured above is Chibi giving a ride to his new friend Fizbo, an

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Iskut from Iskut, helped through McVitie Fund For Animals

Guest post by Desiree; activist, animal lover & McVitie fund for animals recipient This captivating dog was found wandering the streets of a small northern community, Iskut, B.C., all on his lonesome at the age of one month. It was pretty much love at first sight when the two of us locked eyes; him, in search of a mother and I in search of

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