Visa helps VHS help animals

  Visa will donate $10 to VHS for each new monthly online donor! CanadaHelps (VHS’s online donation port) and Visa are teaming up to help charities! Beginning November 1st, 2012 (today!!) Visa will donate $10 to VHS when new donors set up a new monthly donation through CanadaHelps*. Monthly donations not only enable VHS to help animals today; they also enable us to plan

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Inhumane transport of horses to Japan

            The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition has released video of Alberta horses being inhumanely shipped to Japan for slaughter.  CHDC has issued the following press release:   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CFIA Fails Again at Enforcing Regulations for Live Horse Exports to Japan October 18, 2012, Calgary, AB – Footage taken of Alberta horses being shipped live to Japan for slaughter shows

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Pipeline threat to precious wildlife

  Why VHS opposes the Northern Gateway pipeline  British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest is home to an abundance of wildlife.  Kermode bears (spirit bears), Grizzly bears, wolves, whales, salmon and many other species depend on the forest and its pristine waterways and coastline for their survival. The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline will deliver oil to giant tankers plying the rugged coastal waters of the

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Happy ending for Scooter

  Scooter, a handsome tabby boy, had just been to the vet to be neutered. The vet suggested he wear a cone until he healed, so he wouldn’t open the wound, but when Scooter got home, he was disoriented from the cone and fell off his scratching post. His family rushed him back to the vet, who diagnosed a dislocated hip. Because the family

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The truth behind the Canadian Wildlife Federation

  The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is categorized as an animal protection charity by the Canada Revenue Agency. But just what is the CWF protecting animals from when the organization is deeply rooted in the hunting and fishing community? In fact, the CWF comprises twelve provincial organizations, most of which have a major focus on protecting and promoting hunting and fishing. The Alberta Fish and Game

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Three horses die in Stampede chuckwagon race

VHS issued the following news release on July 12:   Death of three horses at Calgary Stampede Vancouver Humane Society calls for suspension of chuckwagon races The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) is calling for the suspension of the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races following the death of three horses in this evening’s race. “Clearly, the Stampede’s much publicized safety improvements have failed to make the

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VHS launches ad condemning calf-roping

VHS is publishing a thought-provoking ad in a Calgary newspaper condemning rodeo calf-roping.  The ad, appearing in Fast Forward Weekly on Thursday, July 5, highlights the young age of calves used in the event by juxtaposing a photo of a calf and a human baby, underlined by the words: “Just 3 months old – Would you abuse a baby to entertain a crowd?” The

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Mayor Watts to Mayor Nenshi: Ban calf-roping

    The popular mayor of Surrey, B.C., Dianne Watts, has written a letter to Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, urging him to advocate for a ban on calf-roping at the Calgary Stampede. Mayor Watts supported the decision by Surrey’s Cloverdale Rodeo to drop calf-roping and several other rodeo events in 2007.   In her letter, she tells Mayor Nenshi that eliminating calf-roping at the Stampede

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Tormenting animals to make them buck

  The rodeo industry likes to say that bucking bulls and horses only work a few seconds a year and otherwise lead pampered lives.  They also like to talk about the animals being “born to buck.” But if you watch this video you’ll see that bucking bulls are tormented at a young age to “train” them to buck.   A metal weight (called a

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Wayne Pacelle of HSUS in Vancouver

Wayne Pacelle, president of The Humane Society of the United States, will be in Vancouver on Sunday, June 17 to sign his new book and discuss animal welfare issues. VHS is co-hosting the event with Humane Society International Canada.   WHO: Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States WHAT: Discussion, Q&A and book signing WHERE: Black Bond Books at Book Warehouse,

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