Today is Meatless Monday in Metro Vancouver

Sutherland Secondary’s Meatless Monday Club tabling for Meatless Monday and giving away free salads. Schools lead the way, as more schools offer plant-based meals In an effort to raise awareness of the links between diet and the environment, health and animal welfare, the Cities of Vancouver, New Westminster, North Vancouver and Port Moody have proclaimed today Meatless Monday. Students in Metro Vancouver are leading

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Circus on the run!

The circus is coming to the PNE.  And we need to stop it. VHS supporters will recall that the Royal Canadian Circus was scheduled to appear at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver from May 12th to 14th, but after VHS encouraged the public to complain to Concord Pacific about the circus’s questionable animal welfare record, the venue was switched to the PNE.  It’s not too

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Aged 55 or over? Make or update your will for free!

  Starting May 1, you have a unique opportunity to either make a will (if you haven’t already) or revise your current will, for free! Vancouver Humane Society is participating in a campaign that allows you to provide for family and friends and make a significant contribution to your chosen charity, if you choose to do so. There is absolutely no obligation to include

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Two newspapers, factory farming and the truth

  This month, a tiny community newspaper in Iowa won a Pulitzer Prize for taking on big agriculture companies over factory farm pollution. The Storm Lake Times, which investigated the effects of nitrogen from farm drainage on drinking water in the state, was praised for its “editorials fuelled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa.” If

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Meatless Monday is on the move

Mark May 15th in your calendars! In an effort to raise awareness of the links between diet, the environment, health and animal welfare, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has proclaimed Monday May 15th, 2017 to be Meatless Monday. The globally popular movement, aimed at increasing awareness about the impact of our food choices and improving access to humane, healthy and sustainable food options, has been

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New code of practice still leaves hens stuck in cages

  by Debra Probert, VHS Executive Director A cage is a cage The long-awaited revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pullets and Laying Hens has been released. You may remember that in 2016 VHS called upon you to submit your thoughts to the committee during the comment period. First, an explanation. The codes of practice, according to industry and the National

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Stop sled dogs dying

  Sled dogs are dying in cruel, long-distance races.  You can help stop this. Five dogs have died so far in this year’s Iditarod race in Alaska. One died in the Yukon Quest in February. The deaths have prompted an impassioned plea from P.J. Johnson, the Yukon Poet Laureate and life-long Yukoner, to end these races.  To sign a petition against the Iditarod and

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Help stop this circus from appearing in Vancouver

. The circus is coming to town.  And we need to stop it. The Royal Canadian Circus is scheduled to appear at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver from May 12th to 14th. This circus is put on by the U.S.-based Tarzan Zerbini Circus, which has a reportedly poor animal welfare record with regard to its treatment of elephants, as detailed in this 2016 article in

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A victory for the opposition to cetacean captivity

VHS is thrilled with the unanimous vote by the Vancouver Park Board to direct its staff to bring forward a bylaw change by May 2017 prohibiting display of cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium. This is a huge step forward in the fight against cetacean captivity.  We hope the Park Board will approve the amended bylaw in May and end the aquarium’s captive cetacean program once and

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Here’s a great way to help hungry birds in this cold weather

  This vegan recipe provides the fat that birds need in the cold While feeding birds is not necessary year-round in our temperate climate, (there are some exceptions), birds definitely begin to have trouble finding suitable, nutritious food when the weather turns cold and snowy. Now is an important time to provide high fat, accessible food for our feathered friends. Birds seem to start

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