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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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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The long war against circus cruelty

                    .   VHS fought long and hard to keep animal circuses out of BC   By Debra Probert, VHS Executive Director Nobody was happier than all of us at VHS to hear that the biggest, most famous circus in the world, Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey, would be holding its last performance later this year.  Cruelty

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Tell the government it must address the cruelty of animal transport

  Please speak out for animals facing long journeys of preventable suffering by submitting your views to the government’s consultation on  farmed animal transport The trial of Ontario animal activist Anita Krajnc, who faces jail time for giving water to pigs being transported to slaughter in hot weather, caught the attention of the world’s media last year.  It also brought attention to the suffering

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