cruelty

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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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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Great news: Abbotsford rodeo cancelled!

  The Abbotsford Agrifair’s rodeo has been cancelled.  Organizers say the decision to cancel the rodeo was made to save money, but the event has been surrounded in controversy because of the inhumane treatment of rodeo animals. VHS has been campaigning against the Abbotsford rodeo for years, calling media and public attention to cruel events like calf-roping and steer-wrestling. Last year, nearly 2000 VHS

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Tell A&W to go cage-free!

  Sign our petition asking A&W Restaurants to stop using eggs from caged hens Update: More actions you can take    Canadians are familiar with A&W Restaurants’ TV commercials boasting about the company’s vegetarian feed for chickens, but does the company actually care about chickens?  When you realize that A&W uses eggs from hens kept in battery cages and in so-called “enriched cages”, it

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Please support the bill to end cetacean captivity

  Senator Wilfred Moore is urging Canadians to sign a petition supporting a bill he introduced in the Senate to end the captivity of whales and dolphins in Canada. The Senator will present all the petitions together with his Bill to “End The Captivity Of Whales And Dolphins In Canada” to the Senate on January 25th. The bill would end the live capture, breeding, and acquisition of

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Is the end in sight for battery cages?

  .   It looks like egg farmers are finally getting the message that consumers don’t want eggs from hens kept in crowded, cruel battery cages. Their apparent conversion to the concept of cage-free egg production emerged in recent local media reports.  One farmer told the Abbotsford News: “I realized that’s the way of the future so I needed to personally change to meet

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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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Is the tide turning against rodeo in Canada?

Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur .   There are encouraging signs that attitudes toward rodeo and chuckwagon races in Canada may be changing, if independent opinion in mainstream media is anything to go by. A recent editorial in the Vancouver Sun said that it was “hard to argue” with the description of the Calgary Stampede as “a spectacle of animal abuse.” In the same week, a

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