Should the Vancouver Aquarium Increase its Captive Cetacean Program?

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Should the Vancouver Aquarium Increase its Captive Cetacean Program?

This is the question that the Vancouver Park Board asked on Saturday, July 26, 2014, with continuing public input on Monday, July 28. The meeting launched with the presentation of a fact finding report in the morning, followed by ample time for Vancouver Aquarium staff to present their case. All other speakers were allotted three


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Bearing Witness: A powerful experience with Toronto Pig Save

I spent the summer in Toronto visiting my family, especially my elderly parents.  I was reluctant to leave Vancouver for several reasons, one of them being that I would miss our Friday Chicken Slaughterhouse Vigils at Hallmark Poultry Processing at Commercial and Hastings.  Fortunately we have such an awesome team of regulars who kept the


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Leafleting on Meatless Monday

The Vancouver City Council declared June 10th, 2013 “Meatless Monday” as part of their Greenest City Initiative, giving us a great opportunity to do some outreach. Many people still aren’t aware that animal agriculture is one leading causes of climate change.  While the best way to help the environment–and the animals!–is to go vegan, even


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Happy Meatless Monday!

The Vancouver City Council has declared today “Meatless Monday” as part of their Greenest City initiative! Here are a few facts: There’s no way around it–animal products are terrible for our planet.  Here are a few snippets from our info page: Producing one calorie of animal protein requires 8 to 10 times as much fossil fuel


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Meatless Monday is coming to Vancouver!

Exciting news: thanks to the work of Eleanor Boyle, Trish Kelly, and others, the Vancouver City Council has chosen June 10, 2013 as “Meatless Monday”, and we’re going to be out leafleting to the public.  We’d love to have you join us!  Learn more here. Why Meatless Monday?   Because the city of Vancouver is


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UBC Research on Monkeys in the News

Stop UBC Animal Research (STOP), a local campaign to end research on animals at UBC, landed a story on the front page of The Province today. STOP uncovered a proposal by UBC researchers to conduct experiments on rhesus monkeys and is asking for the University to halt the experiment and release the monkeys to a


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Another Death at the Vancouver Aquarium

If you live in Vancouver, you’re probably aware that Nala, the baby beluga born last year at the Aquarium, has died.  Every time this sort of thing happens, it reopens the debate about keeping such intelligent, complicated animals in captivity–as it surely should.  Cetaceans don’t do well in captivity.  They never have.  According to Lifeforce,


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Vancouver writes!

Vancouver (and the surround area) is full of amazing, active vegans who want to change the world for the better. This makes me very happy. But what makes me even happier is that so many of them write blogs. Blogs are both inspirational to those of us who are involved in animal activism and an


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Love, nudity and the Olympics

Today is Valentines Day – a perfect day to spread the message of love and compassion to the Olympics fans and media. Special thanks go out to our friends Genny and Michelle for organizing this great event! This is by far the funnest and most positive demo we’ve had so far during the Olympics.  Activists


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Dear Vancouver, backyard chickens are a bad idea

We already have issues with unwanted dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, turtles, llamas, chinchillas, tropical birds, and the list just goes on and on. Introducing another kind of animal that will be part pet, part food source will likely mean bad things for the chickens themselves. Why, in this whole question of whether we


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