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VHS Newsletter Winter 2015
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In This Issue

Milo has a new lease on life


Milo is a 10-year-old poodle who means the world to his guardian, who lovingly describes him as her “furry son.” He’s also known in his neighbourhood as “the dog with the glove” due to his adorable habit of carrying around a glove in his mouth during his walks – a quirk that began as a young puppy and continues 10 years later.

Despite his age, Milo has often been mistaken for a puppy due to his exuberant attitude and playfulness. Recently though, his guardian noticed that he suddently seemed to be suffering pains in his back. Worried, she took her beloved companion to the vet, where x-rays confirmed Milo had developed arthritis in his spine and lumbar region... Read more... 


Most Canadians oppose rodeo but CBC Sports keeps broadcasting it

 

VHS has long criticized CBC Sports for broadcasting the Calgary Stampede rodeo. The CBC has refused to end its coverage despite the clear evidence that animals suffer in rodeos. They’ve told us that the Stampede is “a longstanding Canadian tradition and is popular with millions of Canadians across this country.”

Really? The facts show that when you ask Canadians across this country how they feel about rodeo, most of them are opposed to it.

A new national public opinion survey on animal welfare issues shows only three in ten (31%) Canadians are in favour of using animals in rodeos. The survey, by polling company Insights West, found that a solid majority of Canadians (63%) are opposed to rodeos and that Alberta is the only province with a majority (57%) in favour of rodeo... Read more...

Schools set to join Meatless Monday movement


VHS is working with several secondary schools who are interested in implementing their own Meatless Monday initiatives and VHS program coordinator Emily Pickett  is confident 2016 will see the movement continue to grow. Watch this space!
Langara College became the first post-secondary campus in Western Canada to join the popular Meatless Monday movement this past spring, in response to student demand and in collaboration with VHS... Read more...
 


VHS marks 30 years of helping animals


Close to a hundred supporters and animal lovers turned out to celebrate VHS’s 30th anniversary at a reception in Allard Hall at UBC on November 21st.

The event highlighted many of VHS’s achievements over the last 30 years and drew attention to the animal welfare issues we continue to address.

VHS executive director Debra Probert spoke to the assembled guests about VHS’s history, thanking the many people who contributed to our success, including founder Ingrid Pollak. She also described the need for organizations like VHS: “I‘d just like to remind you why we’re here... Read more...

Speaking out for farmed animals


VHS continues to speak out about the cruelty of factory farming.  Most recently, we had an article published on the popular Huffington Post website, drawing attention to the disturbing issue of animal cloning.  The genetic manipulation of animals to increase productivity is frightening and the public needs to know what's happening.  

We also had an opinion editorial published in the Vancouver Sun, commenting on the plight of chickens raised for meat on factory farms... Read more... 

Buy a beautiful calendar and help animals!


VHS is offering a beautiful 2016 art calendar, produced by a local artist, to raise funds for our work.   

The calendar, titled Brilliant Blossoms, features the work of Grazyna Wolski, who is known for her large-scale floral paintings. Grazyna has generously donated the calendars to VHS. Each calendar costs $15 (includes shipping). Size: 12 X 9 ¾ closed; 12 X 19 ½ with image on top and calendar grid on bottom.

 VHS has additional merchandise available... Read more...
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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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