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LUXTON RODEO CANCELLED!

Luxton Rodeo calls it quits after campaign by VHS and VCARE The Luxton Rodeo in Langford, B.C. has been cancelled, following a three-year campaign by the Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) and Victoria Citizens Against Rodeo Events (VCARE). The campaign,which gained support from local people in Langford and from animal lovers across the country, had called for an end to cruel rodeo events.  Powerful newspaper

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From margins to mainstream: meat-free eating is on the rise

According to a recent Globe & Mail article, vegan cuisine has moved into the mainstream.  Certainly, no one can fail to notice the emergence of vegan and vegetarian restaurants (along with more meat-free options in conventional restaurants) and the availability of meat and dairy substitutes in supermarkets.  While the overwhelming majority of people are still carnivores, adopting a plant-based diet is no longer on

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Why no action on dairy farm cruelty?

  It has been almost seven months since the BC SPCA recommended charges against eight employees of a Chilliwack dairy farm, who allegedly whipped, punched and kicked cows at the farm.  Yet Crown Counsel has yet to announce whether the charges will be approved. Video of the alleged beatings was released by the animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals, following work by an undercover

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Thank you for helping animals like Mickey!

  Mickey is on the mend thanks to VHS donors! VHS supporters may recall the story of Mickey, who suffered a broken leg and needed expensive surgery.  We’re thrilled to report that VHS supporters stepped up to the plate to ensure Mickey got the help she needed. She’s had successful surgery and is recovering well. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the effort

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Can you help Mickey?

This is Mickey. Isn’t she beautiful? Mickey was rescued from Hong Kong where, because she is a larger-sized dog, nobody wanted her. Unfortunately, she got away from her guardian (as sometimes happens) and ran out into the street, where she was hit by a car. She broke her right front leg. Mickey needs expensive surgery so she can run again. Because her guardian is

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Don’t forget sick and injured animals this Christmas

Our new bus shelter ad in Vancouver is a timely reminder that sick and injured animals need your help. VHS is running the ad until January 5 to seek support for our McVitie Fund for emergency veterinary care.  With your help hundreds of animals will get desperately needed treatment and more will be spayed or neutered.         Watch for our ad around

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Please help animals like Charlie on Giving Tuesday!

It’s Giving Tuesday, the day Canadians and people around the world give back to their communities and help others.  VHS is asking you to help animals today – Animals like Charlie, pictured left. Charlie had swallowed a rock, which needed to be surgically removed right away. His guardians didn’t have the money for this expensive surgery, so VHS stepped in to help. Although he

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VHS news release on chuckwagon incidents

July 8, 2014 Vancouver Humane Society says chuckwagon race fundamentally unsafe Man injured, horse dead in separate incidents at Calgary Stampede Vancouver – The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) says the Calgary Stampede should suspend its chuckwagon races after a man was injured and a horse was killed in separate incidents at the Stampede chuckwagon track today. “We are extremely sad to hear about these

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Yes, rodeos ARE cruel

Despite what rodeo promoters say, the evidence is clear that the animals suffer .   Early on, the controversy over the Luxton Pro Rodeo in Langford, B.C. revolved around Pamela Anderson’s Twitter intervention, dubious allegations about harassment of rodeo sponsors and how the upkeep of the Luxton Fairgrounds can best be funded. Finally, the media focus is now on the animals. The central question

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