Wolf kill contest should be cancelled

  A report in the Vancouver Sun describes a disturbing contest in Fort St. John, B.C., in which prizes are to be awarded for killing wolves.  The Sun reports says: “A privately sponsored wolf-kill contest is offering cash and other prize incentives for hunters to shoot the predators this winter in northeast B.C. Hunters who kill the largest wolves stand to receive $250 to

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Not just a chicken

Earlier this year, a rather obscure gathering of scientists took place at the University of Prince Edward Island.  The “Poultry Welfare Conference September 2012” was never going to make big headlines but in its own small way it just might help alleviate the suffering of billions of animals. As animal advocates will tell you, it’s hard to get the public to care about chickens. 

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Guest post: The Humanist view of animal rights

By Ian Bushfield, executive director of the B.C. Humanist Association Religions have traditionally approached the topic of animal rights in one of two ways. The more conservative religions state that God gave dominion to us over all ‘lesser’ species to do with as we please. Alternatively, some say we were charged with stewardship over God’s creation, so we should reduce the harm that comes

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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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