VHS E-Newsletter Spring 2015

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animal-voiceGiving animals a voice

At VHS we speak out for animals wherever we can. And it’s your support that allows us to do this.

In April, The Toronto Star, Canada’s biggest newspaper, ran our editorial calling for an end to the appalling treatment of factory farmed chickens.

Locally, the Vancouver Sun ran a VHS piece on the cruelty of rodeos in February and the Georgia Straight carried our online article on the news media’s coverage of animal issues.

These and many other VHS articles are widely seen on social media as well as in print, giving us the chance to explain animal welfare issues and let the public know how they can help. It also puts pressure on businesses and policy makers to make changes that will improve the treatment of animals.

It’s your support that has helped give VHS a respected voice – one that we will use to help animals here in Vancouver and across the country. So thank you for your contributions!

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VHS-MM-Buttons-2015-WEBLangara College Launches Meatless Monday’s

VHS’s new Meatless Monday project has chalked up its first success. In March, Langara College in Vancouver became the first campus in Western Canada to join hundreds of schools worldwide that have adopted the popular Meatless Monday concept in their food facilities.

The Langara initiative was introduced by VHS in collaboration with food services provider Chartwells, which is owned by Compass Group, one of the largest food services providers in the world. VHS is in discussions with several other post-secondary institutions, secondary schools and food services companies about introducing Meatless Monday and we expect to announce further successes soon.

Meatless Monday resonates with people because it’s an easy, positive way for each of us to make a meaningful difference for animals, our health, and the planet. Our overconsumption of cheap meat has forced animals into factory farms, where they endure conditions and practices that most Canadians find deeply disturbing.

VHS has produced Meatless Monday brochures, stickers, buttons and bumper stickers, which can be ordered from our office. If you’re interested in getting involved and sharing this with your friends and family please contact Emily at 604 266 9744 or by e-mail at Emily@vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca. Because it’s only with your support that VHS can take more positive action to reduce the overconsumption of meat and can keep fighting factory farm cruelty.

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VHS bus adWhy do we eat one animal and befriend another?

Thank to your generous support we’ll be spreading the word about animal cruelty by running our “Food, Friend, Why?” ad on Translink buses throughout Vancouver this spring. 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 does it make sense to consider cows or pigs or chickens as somehow fundamentally different? They all have the same capacity to suffer.

The ad will be running on 15 buses in Vancouver for six weeks in April and May. It’s only through the generosity of donors that VHS can run campaigns like this to challenge current attitudes toward animals as part of working for better animal welfare.

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Scotiabank run picWalk or run to help animals in the 2015 Scotiabank Charity Challenge!

If you’re looking for a fun way to support Vancouver Humane Society please join us on June 28, 2015, or donate online to sponsor a VHS team runner, as we take part in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge half-marathon and 5K. This is our fifth year and it’s our single largest fundraising event!
With your help in 2014 we raised more than $40,000. And this year we’re hoping to do even better! Remember, you can run or walk, and 5k isn’t very far.

Why fundraise for VHS?

Every year we help hundreds of animals, from paying for emergency veterinary care for animals whose guardians are on disability or seniors’ pensions, to getting hens out of cruel battery cages. And it’s your support that helps us do this.

To register and get more information visit our Scotiabank Charity Challenge team web page.

Thank you, VHS supporters and thank you Scotiabank!

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StumpyThank you for being there for Stumpy

Stumpy, pictured above, was kept by a backyard breeder in Metro Vancouver. There were several other dogs on the property – at least 26. Many were puppies, and none of the dogs were spayed or neutered. They were all emaciated, with matted fur and were completely un-socialized. The owner had cut off Stumpy’s tail because he chased and bit it – a clear sign of frustration from confinement and lack of stimulation.

A whistle-blower saved Stumpy and several other dogs before reporting the owner to the authorities. She adopted Stumpy, but, as the vet bills piled up, she had run out of money and he needed neutering, identification tattoos and vaccinations. So she reached out to VHS and thanks to donors like you we were able to get him neutered and nurse him back to health. Now he’s being treated with kindness and patience, and Stumpy is becoming a lovable companion.

Thank you for your generous support!

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Victory over rodeo cruelty

VHS is well known for its efforts to expose the cruelty of rodeo events and those efforts are working.

In February, after a three-year campaign by VHS and other animal advocates, the Luxton Rodeo on Vancouver Island called it quits. It was the last rodeo on the Island.

Working with local group Victoria Citizens Against Rodeo Cruelty, your support helped VHS raise awareness about the cruelty of rodeo events in the community of Langford where the rodeo was based, and in adjacent Victoria. We recruited the support of celebrity Pamela Anderson, a native of Vancouver Island, and she took to Twitter to urge Islanders not to support the rodeo, which attracted media attention and more public awareness of the issue.

It was because of your generosity that we were able to employ newspaper advertising, news media, social media and a range of communications materials during the campaign, which led to its success. It’s not the first time donors have helped stop something like their either. You were also there with us in 2007 when we helped stop some of the worst events at the Cloverdale Rodeo in Surrey. And we continue to put pressure on the Calgary Stampede, which has made several changes to improve animal safety but has not gone far enough. We want the Stampede to ban calf-roping and, with your continued support, we know it will eventually happen.

Luxton calf

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