cruelty

Tell the Prime Minister to support better animal welfare laws

Earlier this year, Member of Parliament Nathaniel Erskine-Smith introduced Bill C-246, the Modernizing Animal Protections Act, a private member’s bill aimed at updating Canada’s federal animal cruelty legislation. The bill proposes to amend the Criminal Code to consolidate and modernize various offences against animals. Canada’s animal cruelty laws have not been significantly updated since 1892. It’s time to modernize these archaic laws and more effectively

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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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Too soon to say that Stampede chuckwagon race is safer

  VHS and animal advocates across Canada are relieved and pleased that no animal deaths were reported at this year’s Calgary Stampede. The Stampede says that safety measures it implemented for its chuckwagon race have had an impact.  We hope that is the case, but in fact it’s too soon to say. There have been three years since 1986 in which there were no

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CBC used false information to defend Calgary Stampede

  The CBC has been using false information in its responses to concerns about animal welfare at the Calgary Stampede and the CBC’s coverage of the Stampede’s rodeo and chuckwagon races. In emails to members of the public, the CBC falsely stated that the Alberta SPCA works with the Calgary Stampede and is on-site monitoring events.  The Alberta SPCA has denied that this is the

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Animal suffering at BC’s Williams Lake Stampede

          . This past weekend, the 90th Williams Lake Stampede was held amid much local fanfare.  The event was described by the local newspaper as “four days of rodeo action and fun”. But it wasn’t much fun for the animals. VHS sent a photographer to Williams Lake to record what really happens at the Stampede.  The pictures on this page

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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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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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Why is a convicted wildlife poacher on the board of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association?

VHS calls for removal of rodeo association board member .   The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s Animal Welfare Guide states that it “supports the responsible and humane use of animals and believes that all animals utilized in entertainment, industry and sport should be afforded proper care and management.” Presumably, this includes the “sport” of hunting but one of the CPRA’s board directors, Cody Cassidy, doesn’t seem

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CBC to broadcast rodeo cruelty again

CBC Sports is once again planning to broadcast the rodeo and chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. CBC continues to ignore the fact that a majority of Canadians are opposed to using animals in rodeos, as shown in recent polls.  Our national public broadcaster is supposed to reflect Canadian values.  Instead, it persists in broadcasting events that subject animals to fear, pain, stress and

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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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