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Help stop this circus from appearing in Vancouver

. The circus is coming to town.  And we need to stop it. The Royal Canadian Circus is scheduled to appear at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver from May 12th to 14th. This circus is put on by the U.S.-based Tarzan Zerbini Circus, which has a reportedly poor animal welfare record with regard to its treatment of elephants, as detailed in this 2016 article in

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The long war against circus cruelty

                    .   VHS fought long and hard to keep animal circuses out of BC   By Debra Probert, VHS Executive Director Nobody was happier than all of us at VHS to hear that the biggest, most famous circus in the world, Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey, would be holding its last performance later this year.  Cruelty

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Great news: Abbotsford rodeo cancelled!

  The Abbotsford Agrifair’s rodeo has been cancelled.  Organizers say the decision to cancel the rodeo was made to save money, but the event has been surrounded in controversy because of the inhumane treatment of rodeo animals. VHS has been campaigning against the Abbotsford rodeo for years, calling media and public attention to cruel events like calf-roping and steer-wrestling. Last year, nearly 2000 VHS

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Is the tide turning against rodeo in Canada?

Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur .   There are encouraging signs that attitudes toward rodeo and chuckwagon races in Canada may be changing, if independent opinion in mainstream media is anything to go by. A recent editorial in the Vancouver Sun said that it was “hard to argue” with the description of the Calgary Stampede as “a spectacle of animal abuse.” In the same week, a

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Does Heart have a heart for rodeo animals?

Animal advocates in North America and around the world have been thrilled with the decision by a number of music industry artists to cancel concerts at SeaWorld, the controversial marine park in Florida. The cancellations were sparked by the stunning impact of the film Blackfish, which exposed the suffering of captive Orca whales at marine parks.  Online petitions and social media postings targeted the

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Tell stores to drop cruel glue traps

Imagine walking to the store. Suddenly, you can’t lift your feet from the ground – they’re mired in glue so sticky that you can’t lift them out. You scream and fight to get loose, but nobody helps you. You get thirsty and hungry, but there’s nothing you can do. After hours, maybe even days, you eventually succumb to dehydration, starvation, exhaustion and/or exposure. Can

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VHS response to horse death at Stampede

July 13, 2013 VHS is extremely sorry to hear of the death of another horse at the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races. It is getting harder for the public to believe that these deaths are just coincidence or bad luck. There is something inherently unsafe about the race. Nothing the Stampede has done has stopped horses dying. VHS is reiterating its call for the Stampede

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VHS response to steer death

VHS has issued the following news release: Steer killed at Calgary Stampede rodeo Vancouver Humane Society calls for event to be suspended   The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) has called for the suspension of steer-wrestling at the Calgary Stampede rodeo after an animal was badly injured in the event and had to be euthanized.  Another steer died in the event during the 2009 Stampede.

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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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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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