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VHS Newsletter Summer 2015
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In This Issue

Wizard needed some medical magic


Wizard and his brother, Snowy, are inseparable. Since joining their guardian’s family they have been valuable members and a source of all things cute. When they aren’t cuddling the afternoon away together, they can be found cleaning each other or play fighting out a typical sibling rivalry.
Wizard and Snowy bring so much joy to their family members - two young girls and their mother living on a very limited income. The two cats had recently seen the vet for vaccinations, microchipping and neuters – a necessary vet visit, but one that can be pricey when on a limited income. So it was especially unfortunate when Wizard managed to get out of the house soon afterward and was found limping in pain, bleeding and crying. It seemed he had been struck by a vehicle and his family rushed him to the emergency clinic... Read more...
 


Meatless Monday on the move


The “once a week, cut the meat” message has continued to spread, with local schools leading the Meatless Monday charge, including Langara College, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Eric Hamber Secondary and Winston Churchill Secondary. This summer also saw the local movement receive an important boost in the form of an endorsement by the Vancouver Food Policy Council (VFPC), a respected voice in food policy in the city. Through a unanimous motion, the VFPC “endorses the concept of Meatless Mondays and encourages Vancouver citizens to choose plant-based meals on Mondays.”
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Keeping rodeo on the run 


Thanks to our donors' loyal support, VHS continues to hammer away at the rodeo industry, exposing animal cruelty and educating the public about what really happens to rodeo animals.  This summer we sent photographers to record what happened at two B.C. rodeos and revealed shocking treatment of animals at the Williams Lake Stampede and the Chilliwack fair rodeo.  We used news media and social media to bring attention to the photos and to put pressure on the organisers of these events.  We will send the photos to businesses that sponsored the rodeos and will urge them to drop their support.  We''ll keep you posted on what actions you can take as we take the campaign forward.  Watch this space.
VHS also continued to draw attention to the Calgary Stampede.  Fortunately this year there were no reported animals deaths or injuries.  But it's too soon to say whether the Stampede's safety measures (which it has been pressured to implement) will result in a permanent decrease in incidents in the chuckwagon race.  In any case, events like steer-wrestlng and calf-roping continue to subject animals to needless distress for the sake of entertainment... Read more... 

 


Your chance to speak up for hens!


Until August 30th the federal government is accepting public feedback on the Codes of Practice for Laying Hens. VHS has made a detailed submission, and you can see the major points here.
The online process can seem complicated and intimidating, but even if you only state how you feel about transitioning housing from battery cages to slightly larger cages called ‘enriched’, your opinion is vital for the future of Canada’s 28 million hens currently confined in cages. (VHS is opposed to any and all caging systems). You can skip any of the sections that you don’t feel comfortable commenting on.
 
On behalf of Canada’s millions of caged hens, thank you!!!

Helping save a rabbit colony in Victoria

VHS contributed $500 to an effort by local animal lovers who are working to save a colony of rabbits in View Royal, Victoria.  The growing colony is in an unsafe area near an overpass and  the rabbits need to be spayed/neutered and relocated.   The Helmcken Rabbit Rescue group has taken on the task of trapping the rabbits, getting them to a veterinarian and ultimately relocating them to a sanctuary.  They asked for help with spay/neuter costs and we agreed to support them.  Thanks to you, VHS can help out in these urgent situations. 
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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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