compassion

Majority of BC residents oppose rodeos, trophy hunts and killing animals for fur

A majority of British Columbians are opposed to rodeos, according to a poll by research company Insights West. The poll found that 56% of B.C. residents are opposed to rodeos, with only 38% in favour of them. The poll also revealed that large majorities of people in B.C. are opposed to trophy hunting and killing animals for fur. “Across British Columbia, only one-in-ten residents

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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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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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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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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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Two ways of looking at animals

  With compassion This heart warming video about a goat sanctuary demonstrates animal sentience and capacity for emotion. As a commodity This CBC story shows how the same animal is viewed as just a product, whose only value is economic. Humans can choose not to treat animals as commodities by moving to a plant-based diet.