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VHS member responds to Calgary Stampede

How one VHS member responded to the Calgary Stampede’s empty claims of animal welfare Many VHS supporters took part in our e-campaign calling on the Calgary Stampede to end calf-roping.  Those who emailed the Stampede received this response, which did not satisfy many supporters.  One wrote back to the Stampede with the following answer to the Stampede’s explanations: Thank you so much for your

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Does this horse look happy?

The photo above is of a bucking horse at the Calgary Stampede. Look closely at the horse’s face in the photo below.  Can anyone honestly say they think the horse is enjoying the experience? Rodeo promoters say that horses in the bareback and saddle-bronc events love to buck, that it’s natural, that the horses are “born to buck.”  It’s true that they are bred

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Thank you to everyone who fought against cruelty at the Luxton rodeo

The campaign against animal cruelty at the Luxton rodeo in Langford, B.C. has gained an unstoppable momentum thanks to the support of compassionate citizens .     Many people on Vancouver Island and across B.C. supported the campaign against cruel rodeo events in Langford, near Victoria.  VHS would like to thank everyone who supported this effort. VHS partnered with Victoria Citizens Against Rodeo Events

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Does Heart have a heart for rodeo animals?

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

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If you hate this…

… 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. . .     .


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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VHS response to horse death at Stampede

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

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VHS response to steer death

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.

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VHS launches ad against calf-roping

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

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