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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Calgary Stampede sends young horses to slaughter

  An article in an Alberta magazine has revealed that the Calgary Stampede sends young, healthy horses to slaughter if they can’t make the grade as bucking horses for the Stampede rodeo. (CTV News is running a report on the revelations.) The current issue of Alberta Views carries a story by journalist Curtis Gillespie about animal care at the Stampede.  In it, Gillespie asks staff at the

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Nelson needs a home!

UPDATE: Nelson has been adopted!  Thanks to everyone who spread the word about Nelson’s situation.   Nelson is looking for a forever home! This sweet little tabby boy is typical of the animals that VHS helps.  He was found in a back yard, starving, and his ears were full of mites.  Although he’s estimated to be around 5 years old, he wasn’t neutered!  No

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100 years of cruelty is nothing to celebrate

In a few weeks time, on July 6, animals will once again be suffering at the hands of the Calgary Stampede.  And once again, we will be calling on all civilized, compassionate Canadians to oppose this spectacle of animal abuse. Some people wonder why the Vancouver Humane Society, a small animal charity on the West Coast, picks on the Calgary Stampede, a so-called national

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Clean, clipped and happy!

(Watch Global TV’s story on Chopper here.)   It’s not something that VHS would normally do, but when we were approached by a Good Samaritan asking us to help out with a dog who needed grooming, we made an exception. The dog in question is Chopper, who belongs to Bill, a man down on his luck and without the resources to pay for a

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A cautionary tale

Miley, a ten-week-old puppy, was sold to a family at the Abbotsford Flea Market by a breeder who had lied about her health. The family was told Miley had been vaccinated and was in perfect condition, but when the family took her home she fell gravely ill only a few days later. Miley was rushed to the vet, where she was diagnosed with parvovirus,

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