Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Global Day Of Action: End Horse Slaughter in Canada

Global Day of Action: End Horse Slaughter in Canada
A recent
undercover investigation has made national news in Canada, and now a Bill is being tabled in the House of Commons that would put an end to horse slaughter in Canada forever. Protests will be held nation-wide in Canada including a protest at the slaughterhouse the investigation took place, and in cities around the world. One day of protest at this slaughterhouse could push Bill C-544 and end the suffering of horses at slaughter in Canada forever. We need every caring person to make this happen. So mark this on your calendar, take the day off of work, bring your friends and family, and help make history for the horses who are destined to be slaughtered – and in memory of those who already have.

When: 12pm, October 4
Where: Robson Gourmet Butcher, Robson Public Market, 1610 Robson St., Vancouver BC

WHERE: Diana Krall Plaze outside the entrance to the Harbour Front Library, 90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo

Here you will find the undercover investigation:
Here you will find Bill C-544

Please send a quick message to your MP:

Please Collect Signatures for the House of Commons Here

Join the Facebook Event Here

Footage From Richieu


Filed under: Demo's, Letters, Petitions, Planned Events, Twittering, , , , , , , ,

UBC must come clean about animal research

Few Vancouver residents and students know the University of B.C. has an extensive animal research program. Every year, the university conducts thousands of research projects involving animals, some of which employ painful and ultimately lethal procedures. Nearly all of the research is conducted privately with little public scrutiny.

According to a Jan. 25, 2008 article published in the UBC student newspaper, The Ubyssey, “UBC is one of the largest biomedical campuses in the country. The ACC (Animal Care Center) distributes some 100,000 creatures, both large and small, to dozens of UBC-affiliated research projects.” The paper also reported the university experiments on a wide variety of animals, such as mice, pigs, sheep, non-human primates, rats and rabbits. For instance, The Ubyssey noted UBC continues to use non-human primates in neurological experiments. The paper reported, “the rhesus macaque, an Asian species, has been used extensively in Parkinson’s disease research. The monkeys are typically subjected to brain damage which models the degenerative disease and then treated with various methamphetamine and electroconvulsive shock therapies.”

Despite the questionable merit of animal experimentation, a growing unease with such research, and breakthroughs in non-animal alternatives, the use of animals in “science” has steadily increased in Canada. Data from the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) shows the numbers of animals used in research have risen from less than 1.8 million in 1998 to nearly 2.3 million animals in 2008. UBC is at the forefront of this trend.

In February, Stop UBC Animal Research was formed by local citizens — including UBC students, alumni, and faculty — out of concern for animals at the university. Our months-long investigation of UBC reveals some of the university’s animal experiments are highly invasive. One UBC researcher, for example, has experimented on cats for 30 years. In 2008 he received a five-year, federally funded grant for continued animal research. It is revealing and deeply troubling what the university has sanctioned. In his papers, including one published in 2008, the researcher described how he had cut open the backs of cats to expose their vertebrae. Titanium screws were inserted into the cats’ spinal columns to inhibit movement. A restraint chamber was built around the cats’ exposed vertebra to give researchers access to the cats’ spinal columns and to fix the animals in a sitting position for recording sessions.

Unfortunately, the university has been less than forthcoming about its research. UBC has yet to provide us with protocols used in animal experiments and has twice denied our request for information under provincial freedom of information law.

To make matters worse, animal research in Canada is not well regulated. Contrary to UBC officials’ assertions, CCAC guidelines are voluntary. In addition, non-compliance records are not made available and CCAC assessments of UBC’s research are confidential, which means the public has no way of knowing if the university has violated animal-care standards.

At the very least, UBC should disclose the numbers and species of animals used in experiments and protocols used in university research. That way, students, donors, alumni, and the public can make informed decisions about supporting a university that engages in activities many find objectionable and of marginal scientific utility.

Anne Birthistle is a member of Stop UBC Animal Research. (

© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

Filed under: Articles

Gene Baur On Animal Voices Radio Friday Sept, 24

Hello listeners!

Remember to tune into today’s Animal Voices radio show from noon to 1pm PST on 102.7fm CFRO or online at

In today’s show, we’ll speak about some of the exciting events coming up this weekend to benefit Farm Sanctuary, including the Vancouver Walk for Farm Animals and the Gimme Shelter event, featuring keynote speaker Gene Baur, co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. Plus, a chance to win a copy of Gene Baur’s book “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food“! (hint: all you have to do is enter your name under the “Discussion” tab on our Facebook page for a chance to win!) The deadline for this contest draw is next Friday at 9am and the winner will be chosen on next Friday’s show. It’s a fantastic book and a must-read for all!

Travel Tips & Recommendations for Compassionate Eating: Los Angeles
Alison will share some of her recommendations on places to eat in Los Angeles, California, based on her recent trip there. Los Angeles is one of her favourite places to find cruelty-free vegan food, featuring 20 vegan restaurants and over 30 vegetarian restaurants! There always seems to be new places popping up as well to get some good vegan grub, and Alison shares some new finds as well as standard favourites, including Real Food Daily in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, The Veggie Grill in El Segundo and West Hollywood, Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana, Shojin in downtown L.A., and the Newsroom in West Hollywood.

Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary
Our feature interview is with Gene Baur, animal activist, best-selling author, and president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, which was the very first farmed animal rescue organization, founded in 1986, and has 2 shelters, in New York and California. In his work for the animals, Gene has conducted hundreds of visits to farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses to document conditions, and his pictures and videotape, exposing factory farming cruelty, have been aired nationally and internationally, educating millions. His efforts have been covered by leading news organizations, including the New York Times, The Larry King Show, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN television networks. His book, entitled Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food, was published in 2008 and has become a national best seller.

Mr. Baur will be making a speaking appearance this Sunday here in Vancouver as part of the Gimme Shelter fundraising event. This precedes the Walk for Farm Animals, a nation-wide fundraiser for Farm Sanctuary, which happens here in Vancouver this Saturday!

Remember, you can also always listen to podcasts of our shows afterwards both on our Facebook page and on our website

Thanks for listening,

Filed under: Radio Show

Events for September 25th – 26th 2010

Walk For Farm Animals and Gimme Shelter

It has been an extra busy month in the world of animal advocacy, from the STOP UBC Animal Research Campaign to Vegan Outreach all over the lower mainland’s Universities and Colleges. Thousands of brochures have been handed out to new and eager students inviting them to explore the wonders of exchanging tofu for intensive farming practices.

However, there are two very special events happening this week-end that I would like to remind you of.

On Sunday there will be three Keynote Speakers at the Roundhouse: Eleanor Boyle on Sustainable Food Choices, Rex Wyler from Greenpeace and Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary will be speaking at a Fundraiser entitled “gimme shelter.”

What: Gimme Shelter Fundraiser
Where: Roundhouse Community Theatre
Date: Sunday Sept 26th
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $32.00
Order Tickets Here:


The Walk For Farm Animals has this mission statement:

Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy. We envision a world where the violence that animal agriculture inflicts upon people, animals and the environment has ended, and where instead we exercise values of compassion.

What: Walk For Farm Animals
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Street Side)
Date: Saturday Sept 25th
Cost: $20.00 if not pre registered
Contact: or Becci at 778-991-761.

How Cool is the Walk For Farm Animals?
Check out last year’s walk here:

Hope to see you there!  Please Twitter and Share!  Thank you!

Filed under: Events, Fundraisers, Twittering

CATCA September Newsletter 2010


We just got an appointment there with the person under the Commissioner of the Environment Cabinet, to discuss important issues about the ban on the import of seal products at the European Union, which was just implemented a couple of weeks ago, but with some exceptions added at last minute. us to collect funds by donating in our website by Paypal.

You can also send your donation by cheque at our postal address:
P.O. Box 16021, 617 Belmont St.
New Westminster BC V3M-6W6 Canada).



We in CATCA are currently desperate to get funds for an investigation for CITES that will help us in our effords to save 38,000-40,000 African elephants  of getting kill for their ivory tusks!. We were very succesful in March this year at the CITES CoP to save them. (Check our prior Reports in the Report section of our website). Now we have to prepare ourselves well to be able to have a good investigation with proper results and as a consequence, we will have strong arguments for the next CITES CoP, but we are running against the clock to get the neccesary funds to start ASAP!


Dolphins herded in Japanese cove but none killed


**Bowl for the animals!
Now you can help the animals in need while you have fun

CATCA Fundraiser Package is $20.00 Per Person and it includes:
2 games of bowling, bowling shoes (NOTE for vegans: just bring some non slippery slippers or  your own tennis shoes),a veggie/vegan burger with salad or French fries or you can have a veggie/ vegan wrap with salad or French fries with a glass of pop, iced tea or beer. This price includes taxes and gratuities

Just go on any Monday in SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER with 3+ people to Xcalibur Bowling Centre at 12350 Pattullo Place in Surrey (Very near to the Scott Road Station). At the reception YOU HAVE TO SAY that you are going there for the CATCA Fundraising, to get this special promotional price.

The hours are from 11 AM to Midnight. We recommend you to call (604) 580- 2600 x 223 to reserve a lane.  Ask for Su Brock
For this Fundraising Promotion you need to be there before 9:00 PM

We will have an ongoing raffle of baskets at Xcalibur to help us to get some funds for our work.
DO YOU WANT TO DONATE US SOMETHING FOR THIS RAFFLES? Please, contact us here by sending us an e-mail:

Pls. help us by promoting this event. Here below is our poster and fliers ready to print and post! Posters Fliers

Thank you!

Filed under: Donations Needed, Fundraisers, Newsletters in Activism

STOP UBC Animal Research Meeting Wed Sept 22

DATE: Wednesday, September 22

TIME: 7:00 PM

LOCATION: Society for Promoting Environmental Conservation

2150 Maple Street (Corner of 6th & Maple. Two blocks west of Burrard St.)

Vancouver.  See Google maps:

If you get lost you may call Brian’s cell at: 604-618-1030

Our September meeting will be an exciting and important one. We’ll report on our findings about research on animals at UBC. In addition, we’ll have an update on our campaign activities. And we’ll conduct a brainstorming session about what actions we’ll be taking to alert the public about UBC’s experiments on animals.

WHAT TO BRING: Feel free to bring some vegan food and drink to share. And be sure to bring your own cup so we don’t waste paper and plastic cups. Thanks! As always, we’ll have some delicious vegan food and drinks for everyone. Please RSVP so we know how much food and beverages to bring. Thanks!

BACKGROUND: In February, a group of committed animal rights advocates gathered in Vancouver to launch a new and important effort to expose the University of British Columbia’s experiments on animals. Our campaign, “Stop UBC Animal Research,” will play a critical role in educating the public about what really happens behind the imposing walls of UBC’s research laboratories and facilities.

Most students and area residents are unaware that UBC is one of the largest bio-medical campuses in the country. The university annually distributes some 100,000 animals, both large and small, to dozens of UBC affiliated-research projects. UBC researchers in Vancouver and in other related facilities around Canada have been routinely experimenting on animals, including pigs, rats, rabbits, mice, cats, and non-human primates.

Thousands of animals endure a grim existence at UBC. You can help them by joining our campaign to stop experimentation on animals at the university. Please attend our upcoming meeting.

Stop UBC Animal Research is a community grassroots campaign that employs peaceful, legal, and compassionate approaches to educate the public about the grim realities of research on animals at the University of British Columbia and to ultimately bring about an end to research on animals at UBC. Please visit our website at:

Filed under: Uncategorized

Listen to CKNW Interview with Stop UBC Animal Research

CKNW interview with Stop UBC Animal Research’s Be sure to listen to UBC’s response as well.

CKNW is Vancouver’s most listened to talk radio.  The word is spreading thanks to all of you!     Since we went public in mid-August we’ve:

None of this could have been possible without your help and energy. Thank you for making this all happen.

Stop UBC Animal Research is a community grassroots campaign that employs peaceful, legal, and compassionate approaches to educate the public about the grim realities of research on animals at the University of British Columbia and to ultimately bring about an end to research on animals at UBC. Please visit our website at:

Filed under: Follow Ups, Radio Show

Vancouver Animal Defense League Targets Top Financial HLS Supporters

Monday 20th – 26th September

Financial Focus Week of Action:

Please Contact the Vancouver Animal Defense League for Dates, Time and    Locations


Target:  Keeping up the pressure on the vital financial targets, this week of action is for all companies linked to HLS financially – from Fortress to their subsidiary companies and more. There are targets around the world so please get involved!

Top Financial Targets:

• Fortress Investment Group (HLS’ loan provider)

• Nomura (own over 30% of Fortress)

• Ocean Finance (owned by Fortress)

• Rail America (a subsidiary company of Fortress)

• IntraWest (a subsidiary company of Fortress)

• GateHouse Media (a subsidiary company of Fortress)

Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) are the largest contract testing laboratory in Europe with labs all over the world. They have about 70,000 animals on site, including rabbits, cats, hamsters, dogs, guinea-pigs, birds and monkeys. These animals are destined to suffer and die in cruel, useless experiments.

HLS will test anything for anybody. They carry out experiments which involve poisoning animals with household products, pesticides, drugs, herbicides, food colourings and additives, sweeteners and genetically modified organisms. Every three minutes an animal dies inside Huntingdon totaling 500 innocent lives every single day.

Huntingdon Life Sciences is the most exposed laboratory in the world. In recent years they have been infiltrated and exposed at least seven separate times for disgusting animal cruelty and rule breaking. Each time horrific evidence of animal abuse and staff incompetence has been uncovered, including workers punching beagle puppies in the face.

The SHAC campaign was formed in November 1999 with the aim of closing down Europe’s largest animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences.  The campaign is active all across Europe and North America.

The Vancouver Animal Defense League is organizing events in Vancouver during the World Financial Focus Week of Action.


There are two financial targets with offices in Vancouver.  Intrawest is fully owned by Fortress. Fortress loaned HLS $70 Million in 2006. HLS would have closed if they hadn’t and will likely close now if Fortress withdraws their loan.

This is Intrawest’s headquarters:

Vancouver (executive office)

Intrawest ULC.

Suite 710, 375 Water Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6

Telephone: (604) 695-8200

Facsimile: (604) 695-8202

Bank of America is the third largest shareholder in Fortress.

1055 Dunsmuir Street

P.O. Box 49295

Vancouver, British Columbia

V7X 1L3

Tel: 1.604.684.7281





Filed under: Get Involved, Planned Events, Protests, Rallies

Local Fishermen Find Joy in Killing Ancient Sturgeon

Revision:  Here’s another “angle” from a group called CFAWR:  Apparently the Sturgeon was caught and released. The story printed here didn’t claim the mighty, beastly sturgeon was released back into the water after this rather traumatic experience, but if this group are the watchdog of all sports fishing I’ll take their word for it and own up to a false misinterpretation of the story “line.”  Hope the wonderfish is able to get over the hook, line and stinker and live on for a few more hundred years!

“Calderone was also struck by how docile the monster was when brought to shore.”   And I am struck at how utterly sad it is to have so little respect for this sentient being, minding his own business and being dragged into shore. “Unlike salmon, they don’t fight themselves to death after they’re caught,” said Carrao. “They just lie there, they don’t stress themselves out. That’s why they’ve lived 200 million years.”  That is of course until fishermen can get in there and happily and brutally murder each and every last one of them. “It’s the ugliest fish you’ll ever see,” said Calderone. “They’re just prehistoric.”  As fat and ugly as the prize was, it won’t stop the lucky fishermen from reliving the glory for years to come.  “We went out for lunch later and it was all we could do to wipe the smiles off our faces,” said Calderone.  Can you imagine taking such incredible pleasure in killing another living creature?  That is the strangest thing in the world to me.

For the complete story go here

Filed under: Articles, Media

Liberation BC leafletting for Turkeys at Thanksgiving

Give Turkeys Something to Be Thankful For

Help distribute information about the brutal turkey industry this Thanksgiving. We’ll be leafletting after work in various locations downtown from September 27th to October 10th. If you are interested, contact Joanne ( or 604-761-4497) for the exact schedule and locations.

Filed under: Education/Leafletting

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Stop UBC Animal Research Campaign at Vancouver Art Gallery

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