The big, challenging questions about plant-based foods with Peter Fricker

What plant-based foods are produced in Canada? Do you have to farm animals to produce enough food for Canadians? Would our economy fail if we stopped slaughtering animals? What’s the deal with vegan junk food? Learn about all of this and more by listening to our interview with VHS’ Projects and Communications Director, Peter Fricker.  On June 24, we are hosting an online

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Have your say in Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan

The City of Vancouver is currently seeking public feedback through an online survey that will help inform the 5-year Climate Emergency Action Plan that will go to Council in November 2020. The deadline for submissions is May 24, 2020. This is a crucial opportunity to encourage the City of Vancouver to prioritize food system change and a transition toward climate-friendly, humane and healthy plant-based diets

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Don’t forget the animal moms this Mother’s Day

Farmed animals form strong maternal bonds This Sunday is Mother’s Day, which not only honours mothers but also celebrates motherhood and maternal bonds. Although the celebration has typically been focused on human motherhood it’s worth remembering that maternal bonds are not exclusive to humankind. Most animals, including the farmed animals we raise for meat, milk, eggs and leather, have maternal behaviours. But, sadly, for

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Poisoned owl rescued by VHS supporter

  Birds and other wildlife are often the unintended victims of rodent poison VHS supporter Yasmin Abidi helped rescue what appeared to be an injured owl last week in North Vancouver. It later emerged that the owl had been poisoned, most likely by rodent poison. Yasmin and several other Good Samaritans found the owl in a tree near a main road, bleeding and being

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Help Brutus in his time of need!

When thirteen-year-old Brutus developed a persistent cough and began bringing up fluid, his worried owner Carol made several trips to their vet. After two unsuccessful rounds of antibiotics, Brutus’ vet advised that he would need x-rays in order to diagnose the issue and prescribe Brutus with the medication he needed. Carol is currently unable to work due to her own medical conditions, and is

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Help Bubba get the surgery he needs!

Exuberant English Bulldog, Bubba, injured his leg while playing at the park. When he began limping and showing signs of pain, his owner Holly took him to the vet, who confirmed he would need an x-ray, most likely followed by surgery for a suspected torn or broken ligament. Holly, a single parent on disability, reached out to VHS for help. Could you make a

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Rocco’s story

Rocco’s owner, Fay, adopted Rocco when he was 2-years-old. On a limited pension from the government, Fay was nervous when Rocco started limping. He needed an ACL surgery, but on her limited funds she was going to have to choose between buying groceries and giving up her best friend. Luckily, Fay found the Vancouver Humane Society and we were able to assist her in

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

UPDATE: The campaign discussed below is now closed and we have sent a petition with nearly 3500 signatures to the provincial government urging stronger regulation of the trade in wild and exotic animals.  Please support our new campaign and petition urging the federal government to take action against the cruel and dangerous wildlife trade at the national and international levels. Thank you!   VHS

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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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