VHS launches ad against calf-roping

The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) is running a full-page ad calling for a ban on calf-roping in a Calgary newspaper.  The ad, shown above, appears in the July 4 edition of Fast Forward Weekly on page 3. The ad contrasts the compassion of basic human kindness with the cruelty of calf-roping and calls on the Calgary Stampede to “have a heart for animals” and

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VHS reaches Scotiabank Charity Challenge goal of $25,000!

We did it! We reached (and exceeded!) our goal of $25,000 at the 2013 Scotiabank Charity Challenge! On Sunday, June 23, 2013, VHS supporters walked or ran in support of the Vancouver Humane Society’s work on behalf of animals.  To date, we have raised $25,626 from 273 sponsors of our team members. That’s amazing! There is still time to donate (and you can check

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Who opposes rodeo?

  Rodeo promoters like the public to think that it’s just a few animal rights activists who oppose rodeos.  In fact, mainstream animal welfare agencies throughout the civilized world are opposed to rodeo events like calf-roping and steer-wrestling, as these position statements show: Canadian Federation of Humane Societies  Calgary Humane Society  British Columbia SPCA Ottawa Humane Society (pdf file – see pg. 9) American SPCA

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A remarkable champion for animals

Ashley Fruno has spent her life working for animals.  She trained with VHS as a teenager and went on to work for PETA in Asia, campaigning fearlessly in places where animal welfare laws are weak or non-existent, where protesting can be dangerous and where life for animals can be particularly hard. Now, she is making a personal appeal for help with an incredible project

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Support VHS in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge!

Scotiabank charity run 2013 chicken runners

Run (or walk) for the animals!! SCOTIABANK CHARITY CHALLENGE SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 VHS is again participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge on June 23. This is our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year! We hope that you will join us, either by running or walking the 5k or half-marathon, or by sponsoring one of our amazing team members. The animals are

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Food, Friend, Why?

Our ad “Food, Friend, Why?” 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 when one considers the intelligence and sentience of farmed animals, it doesn’t make sense to consider cows or pigs or chickens as somehow so different. We certainly don’t expect everyone

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Two ways of looking at animals

  With compassion This heart warming video about a goat sanctuary demonstrates animal sentience and capacity for emotion. As a commodity This CBC story shows how the same animal is viewed as just a product, whose only value is economic. Humans can choose not to treat animals as commodities by moving to a plant-based diet.              


Protest against the Luxton Rodeo

Please join with local animal advocates to protest against the Luxton Pro Rodeo in Langford, near Victoria, BC. Peaceful protests will be held on: Saturday, May 18th from 1pm to 4pm Sunday, May 19th from 1pm to 4pm Location: 1040 Marwood Avenue in Langford. (A preparation/information meeting will be held at 12:30 to 1 pm at the nearby Happy Valley School at 3291 Happy Valley

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