Animal advocates in North America and around the world have been thrilled with the decision by a number of music industry artists to cancel concerts at SeaWorld, the controversial marine park in Florida. The cancellations were sparked by the stunning impact of the film Blackfish, which exposed the suffering of captive Orca whales at marine parks. Online petitions and social media postings targeted the
… help us fight it. . The Vancouver Humane Society will be carrying its campaign against rodeo cruelty into 2014. If you’re opposed to abusing animals for the sake of entertainment, we hope you’ll support us. Thank you to everyone who helped with our 2013 campaign. . . .
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
Imagine walking to the store. Suddenly, you can’t lift your feet from the ground – they’re mired in glue so sticky that you can’t lift them out. You scream and fight to get loose, but nobody helps you. You get thirsty and hungry, but there’s nothing you can do. After hours, maybe even days, you eventually succumb to dehydration, starvation, exhaustion and/or exposure. Can
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
Last week, a travel article appeared on the website of Fodor’s, the world’s largest publisher of travel and tourism information, describing the author’s recent visit to the Calgary Stampede. The article gushed over the Stampede’s recovery from the flood in June and detailed all the activities to be enjoyed, summing up the experience this way: “Part rodeo, part party, part fair, part food fest, all fun; the
July 13, 2013 VHS is extremely sorry to hear of the death of another horse at the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races. It is getting harder for the public to believe that these deaths are just coincidence or bad luck. There is something inherently unsafe about the race. Nothing the Stampede has done has stopped horses dying. VHS is reiterating its call for the Stampede
VHS has issued the following news release: Steer killed at Calgary Stampede rodeo Vancouver Humane Society calls for event to be suspended The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) has called for the suspension of steer-wrestling at the Calgary Stampede rodeo after an animal was badly injured in the event and had to be euthanized. Another steer died in the event during the 2009 Stampede.
The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) is running a full-page ad calling for a ban on calf-roping in a Calgary newspaper. The ad, shown above, appears in the July 4 edition of Fast Forward Weekly on page 3. The ad contrasts the compassion of basic human kindness with the cruelty of calf-roping and calls on the Calgary Stampede to “have a heart for animals” and
Rodeo promoters like the public to think that it’s just a few animal rights activists who oppose rodeos. In fact, mainstream animal welfare agencies throughout the civilized world are opposed to rodeo events like calf-roping and steer-wrestling, as these position statements show: Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Calgary Humane Society British Columbia SPCA Ottawa Humane Society (pdf file – see pg. 9) American SPCA