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Ask the BC government to do more to combat the cruel and dangerous wildlife trade

VHS is shifting the focus of our campaigns and communications to include the wildlife and exotic pet trade, which has been implicated in the emergence of COVID-19. The emergence of new zoonotic diseases (diseases that spread from animals to humans) has been ignored for far too long, especially its connection to the international wildlife trade (explained in our recent op-ed). It’s time the international

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Emergency plans must include animals

VHS letter calls for legislation to require local authorities to include animals in emergency plans VHS has submitted a letter to a provincial government consultation on modernizing B.C.’s Emergency Program Act (EPA), calling for the Act to ensure animals are not forgotten in emergency planning. Current legislation does not require local officials to include domestic animals as part of their plans, which we believe

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Give your views on bird welfare at the Bloedel Conservatory

  The City of Vancouver is asking for public comment on the future of the Bloedel Conservatory, which houses more than 120 exotic birds. The Talk Vancouver survey (for which you need to register) provides an opportunity to ask the conservatory to ensure that the birds’ welfare is a priority in future plans. (The Vancouver Park Board and the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association are

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Challenging captivity

VHS has a long history of opposition to animal captivity. Most recently, we published a report, commissioned from Zoocheck, that drew attention to a number of issues at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. The report found that animals at the zoo were suffering from boredom and frustration caused by the lack of activity and stimulation that comes with captivity. In addition, the report identified animal

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VHS has a new Executive Director!

VHS is pleased to announce that Amy Morris has been appointed as Executive Director. Amy joins VHS from the BC SPCA, where she most recently served as Public Policy and Outreach Manager/Policy and Companion Animals Manager. Amy has wide experience in the animal protection movement, campaigning for policy changes at the municipal, provincial and federal levels to curtail animal exploitation.  Successes include updating municipal

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Are women and young people the best hope for fighting animal cruelty?

    A recent poll of Canadians about a range of animal issues is cause for optimism in the animal protection movement. The poll, by respected polling company Research Co., found that majorities of Canadians are opposed to using animals in rodeos (59%); hunting animals for sport (85%); keeping animals in zoos or aquariums (52%) and killing animals for their fur (75%). These results

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Celebrate Your Big Day with Vancouver Humane!

You can make your birthday extra special by sharing the day with animals in need! Host your own birthday fundraiser online and you can collect donations directly for Vancouver Humane through either Facebook or CanadaHelps.   Sharing your own fundraiser is a great way to get friends and family interested in a cause you hold near and dear to your heart, like the plight

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Vancouver Climate Strike a sign of hope for all of us – including the animals

On September 27th, approximately 100,000 people took the streets of Vancouver for the global Climate Strike. The Vancouver Humane team joined this inspiring event, which was youth-led and called on governments to take immediate action on climate change. Organizers had anticipated around 15,000 people would join the strike. Instead, it ended up being the city’s largest protest since the Walk for Peace in 1984,

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Montreal SPCA supports call to cancel Grey Cup rodeo

    UPDATE: Since we first published this post, we’ve received another letter of support, this time from the Ottawa Humane Society, backing our call for the CFL to cancel the Grey Cup rodeo. The Montreal SPCA has joined Vancouver Humane in calling on the Canadian Football League (CFL) to scrap plans to hold a rodeo at this year’s Grey Cup. In a letter

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Jinya Ramen Bar quietly launches new vegan options

Big news for fans of Japanese cuisine in Vancouver as Jinya Ramen Bar’s new vegan options roll out at their Robson Street location. While previously featuring only a single bowl of (admittedly delicious) ramen, new menu items include vegan mini tacos and a vegan rice bowl, along with soy meat soboro now listed among possible ramen toppings. Check out their menu online (PDF here)

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