VHS Newsletter Spring 2017
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In This Issue
  • Animals need emergency veterinary help now!!
  • It's time to lace up your runners!
  • It's official: May 15th is Meatless Monday in Vancouver
  • Battery cages going but not gone
  • Park Board plans to end cetacean captivity at Vancouver Aquarium
  • Circus with questionable animal welfare record coming to Vancouver

Animals need emergency veterinary help now!!

We are very close to our goal of $20,000 in order to receive a matching grant of the same amount from an anonymous donor. But we only have until the end of April to raise $4,680 to meet that goal and we need your help!
The McVitie Fund saves hundreds of animals every year – animals that would otherwise be given up to a shelter – or worse yet, euthanized, because of a lack of funds. These cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals deserve to stay in their loving homes. They often belong to people on disability or seniors’ pensions, people who just need a helping hand once in a while.
Can you help them? Please donate now.

It’s time to lace up your runners!

VHS is participating in the 2017 Scotiabank Charity Challenge, which takes place on June 25, 2017. We hope you’ll join us!

You can run the half marathon or the 5k, or walk the 5k with other VHS supporters, while raising money for our work for animals. For information on how to register email us here.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and the animals are counting on you!

It's official: May 15th is Meatless Monday in Vancouver! 

Mark May 15th in your calendars! In an effort to raise awareness of the links between diet, the environment and animal welfare, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has proclaimed Monday May 15th, 2017 to be Meatless Monday.

VHS is now calling on other Metro Vancouver municipalities to follow Vancouver 's lead and join the Meatless Monday movement!

The globally popular initiative, aimed at increasing awareness about the impact of our food choices and improving access to humane, healthy and sustainable food options, has been gaining popularity in Metro Vancouver.

To date, ten schools have embraced the “once a week, cut the meat” message, with the most recent being Sutherland Secondary in North Vancouver. Sutherland launched their cafeteria campaign with the leadership of their new Meatless Monday club, comprising students who are passionate about the impact eating meatless has on pressing issues like factory farming, climate change and individual and public health. VHS hopes to bring more schools and institutions on board in the coming months. Watch this space - Meatless Monday is on the move!

Battery cages going but not gone

The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) has announced new codes of practice for the treatment of laying hens in Canada. The good news is that cruel battery cages will be phased out - but not until 2036!

In addition, the codes support the use of so-called "enriched" cages, which still restrict key behaviours like running, full wing-flapping and flying and do not permit unrestrained perching and dust-bathing. Even in an enriched cage system that meets the code requirements, many of the welfare problems inherent in battery cages remain. 

It's also important to remember that the codes are not enforced by an independent, third-party auditor. It's still the egg industry policing the egg industry. See more information on he codes here.  If you use eggs, choose certified organic, which are cage-free and have the highest welfare standards. Or just don't buy eggs at all.

Park Board plans to end cetacean captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium

On March 9, the Vancouver Park Board voted unanimously to ban cetacean captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. Park Board staff were directed to prepare a bylaw amendment for enactment by May 15.

VHS made a presentation to the Park Board in support of the ban, which followed the release of a VHS/Zoocheck report challenging the aquarium's claims about the value of research using captive cetaceans.  These interventions, as part of the decades-long effort by many groups and individuals opposing the captivity of whales and dolphins, helped bring about the Park Board's decision. Thank you to all VHS supporters who helped make this possible.

As the aquarium continues to dispute the Park Board's vote, it is important that those who oppose cetacean captivity remain vigilant. We hope we can count on your support again if necessary. 

Circus with questionable animal welfare record coming to Vancouver

VHS has concerns about the Royal Canadian Circus, which is coming to Vancouver May 12-14. Although the circus will not be using exotic animals such as tigers and elephants, it will be bringing dogs and ponies. Having seen reports critical of this circus's animal welfare record we remain concerned about any of the animals it uses. For that reason we are calling on the companies that own and manage the venue for the circus's Vancouver appearance to cancel the performances.

For more information on this circus and how you can help take action to stop its Vancouver performance click here.
VHS would like to thank the Vancouver Foundation for generously supporting the design and production of this newsletter.  The foundation has long recognized VHS’s work on behalf of animals and we are grateful for its continued support.

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