Have your say about how Canada’s 28 million laying hens are treated!!!

Canada’s Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals are guidelines that are developed by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) and funded by the federal government. NFACC is made up of representatives from farmers, government and animal welfare organizations. The codes consist of ‘requirements’ and ‘recommendations’, and are intended to be used as guides for how farmers treat their

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Rodeo on the run?

According to media reports, the “dysfunctional” Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) is in chaos, with its general manager being fired and several board directors resigning. This follows the the CPRA’s failure to negotiate a deal to keep its championships, the Canadian Finals Rodeo, in Edmonton.  The CFR will now be held in Saskatoon, starting in 2017.  (You can urge the City of Saskatoon not

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Tell the Prime Minister to support better animal welfare laws

Earlier this year, Member of Parliament Nathaniel Erskine-Smith introduced Bill C-246, the Modernizing Animal Protections Act, a private member’s bill aimed at updating Canada’s federal animal cruelty legislation. The bill proposes to amend the Criminal Code to consolidate and modernize various offences against animals. Canada’s animal cruelty laws have not been significantly updated since 1892. It’s time to modernize these archaic laws and more effectively

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We reached our goal – thanks to you!

On Sunday, June 26th, Team VHS ran for the animals in the Scotiabank Half-Marathon & 5k. This year marks VHS’s sixth year participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Thanks to our amazing team of runners and all of the generous donors who sponsored our team, an incredible total of $39,100 was raised to support VHS’s work to help animals. The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is the most

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Tell City of Saskatoon not to host rodeo championships

It has been announced that the City of Saskatoon is to host the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) starting in 2017.  This follows the failure of the CFR to secure an agreement to continue holding the rodeo championship in Edmonton. The move comes despite the fact that 63 per cent of Canadians and virtually all animal welfare organizations oppose rodeos.  More info here. Please let

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Too soon to say that Stampede chuckwagon race is safer

  VHS and animal advocates across Canada are relieved and pleased that no animal deaths were reported at this year’s Calgary Stampede. The Stampede says that safety measures it implemented for its chuckwagon race have had an impact.  We hope that is the case, but in fact it’s too soon to say. There have been three years since 1986 in which there were no

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CBC used false information to defend Calgary Stampede

  The CBC has been using false information in its responses to concerns about animal welfare at the Calgary Stampede and the CBC’s coverage of the Stampede’s rodeo and chuckwagon races. In emails to members of the public, the CBC falsely stated that the Alberta SPCA works with the Calgary Stampede and is on-site monitoring events.  The Alberta SPCA has denied that this is the

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Animal suffering at BC’s Williams Lake Stampede

          . This past weekend, the 90th Williams Lake Stampede was held amid much local fanfare.  The event was described by the local newspaper as “four days of rodeo action and fun”. But it wasn’t much fun for the animals. VHS sent a photographer to Williams Lake to record what really happens at the Stampede.  The pictures on this page

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CBS: End the exploitation of wild animals on show “Zoo”

VHS is joining the call for CBS to end the use of wild animals in the filming of its show “Zoo”. The Vancouver-shot series is based on James Patterson’s 2012 novel by the same name and is a thriller about a zoologist’s investigation into a wave of violent animal attacks against humans around the world. For a series that’s based on the story-line that captive and exploited animals are fighting back against their oppressors,

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Meet the VHS team!

.     New video gives a behind-the-scenes look at VHS VHS celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and we’re proud of our history. But we’re focused on the future and working hard to make life better for animals in the years ahead. Meet the people at VHS who are taking this work forward in this new video:   Help us continue this important

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