animal welfare

Still no charges in dairy cruelty case

It has now been one year since the BC SPCA recommended criminal animal cruelty charges against eight employees at Chilliwack Cattle Sales, Canada’s largest dairy producer, and many months since provincial animal cruelty charges were recommended against the company itself. Yet, Crown prosecutors have still yet to come to a decision about laying charges.   For its part, the BC SPCA responded quickly, conducting

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When a call to VHS is a needy animal’s last hope

  “My cat accidentally slipped out the front door and was hit by a car. I’m on disability right now and don’t have enough money to cover the entire vet bill. Please, is there any way you can help me?” This is the kind of desperate call the Vancouver Humane Society gets several times a week. As VHS’s Program Coordinator & Office Manager, I’m

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The five best places to get vegan ice cream in Vancouver

Warm weather is here, and with it an excuse to indulge in a scoop or three of ice cream. Although supermarket freezers are exploding with delicious vegan ice cream choices (Luna & Larry’s salted caramel & chocolate is a personal favourite), sometimes we all want to let someone else do the scooping while we enjoy a new flavour with friends. Fortunately, there’s no shortage

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Giles means everything to PTSD sufferer

“She couldn’t bear the thought of Giles being seriously injured.” Giles is a sweet four-year-old boy whose guardian Shelley took him in after he was born in a barn and faced a lifetime of fighting for everyday existence. He’s been a constant companion and an important part of Shelley’s life ever since. Giles’ incredibly affectionate and loving nature is important for more reasons than

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Animal rights news from VHS!

  Sign up for our new E-Newsletter VHS has launched a new E-Newsletter to keep supporters up-to-date on our campaigns against animal cruelty.  To receive the newsletter, which will be issued three times a year, sign up here.  Don’t miss out on news about the issues we’re working on, including: farm animal welfare, rodeo cruelty, Meatless Monday, animals in captivity and other animal rights topics.

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Nice Shoes: a pioneer in cruelty-free, compassionate shopping

.   Nice Shoes, Vancouver’s only vegan shoe store, was opened in 2011 by animal advocates Glenn Gaetz and Joanne Chang. The store carries 100% vegan shoes as well as purses, bags, belts, wallets and other cruelty-free products. VHS supports the growth of cruelty-free businesses and we were interested to find out more about how Nice Shoes is faring in Vancouver’s competitive retail market.

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A&W’s move to antibiotic-free chicken doesn’t address animal welfare issues

You’ve probably seen the commercials.  A nice man from A&W Restaurants takes to the streets to offer consumers the company’s new antibiotic-free chicken.  People seem to approve and who wouldn’t?  The overuse of antibiotics in farm animals is a huge problem that threatens the effectiveness of the antibiotics we depend on for human health. But A&W’s move to address the issue by sourcing only

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The debate over pet adoption

The Vancouver Sun has a thoughtful article by animal behaviourist Rebecca Ledger, who discusses the ethics of purchasing animal companions versus adoption. VHS believes that “Adopt, don’t buy” is the best policy, as we explained in this previous article in The Sun. The BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed explains the many genetic health problems created by pedigree dog breeders.  These problems have been documented

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Bearing witness to factory farm cruelty

This month, Mother Jones Magazine ran a harrowing account of animal cruelty on an American pig farm. The article, an excerpt from a new book on factory farming by journalist Ted Genoways, focuses on an undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which exposed farm workers meting out savage beatings to helpless pigs. The story and an accompanying PETA video

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Appalling cruelty in animal transport

VHS demands action from government     Undercover footage taken by Mercy for Animals/Canada revealed that Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors failed to stop blatant abuse of pigs being transported to slaughter in Red Deer, Alberta. VHS is calling for enforcement of existing laws and updated legislation to protect these vulnerable animals (see our letter below). Please contact Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the

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