Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Global Week of Action Against AstraZeneca/Huntingdon Life Sciences Feb 21-26th

Monday February 21st to Saturday the 26th is AstraZeneca Attack! Global Week of Action against AstraZeneca!!

Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) are the largest contract testing laboratory in Europe. 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.

AstraZeneca are a major customer and vocal supporter of Huntingdon Life Science’s cruel methods of
animal torture and scientific fraud, AZ even have the audacity to state that no
suffering occurs at HLS! This was there response to the Animal Defenders
International’s expose from 2008. During the time of the expose, AstraZeneca
were funding experiments on primates at HLS. Not only did the breeding farm in
Vietnam who supplied the poor animals not meet basic UK animal welfare
standards, but the conditions of the animals when housed inside HLS was
extremely poor; some monkeys were missing limbs, had skin problems or other
infections. Monkeys routinely escaped from cages, resulting in some being raped
and attacked. Read more about HLS here:http://shac.net/HLS/exposed/2008/

So we have a major AstraZeneca shareholder in Vancouver and Victoria.

AstraZeneca shareholder – Axa (Equity and Institutional investor with nearly 70 million shares in AZ)

Canada: http://www.axa.ca/en/home.jsp

VANCOUVER
AXA HQ
999 Hastings West Street
2nd Floor, Box Office 22
Vancouver, BC
V6C 2W2
604 669-0595

VICTORIA
711 Broughton Street
2nd Floor
Victoria, BC
V8W 1E2
250 381-1535

We want AXA to cut their ties with AstraZeneca as long as they are funding horrific animal experiments and we want AstraZeneca to cut their ties with HLS. PIECE BY PIECE we will take them apart.

Please join us for a demo against AXA at the Vancouver HQ on Friday Feb 25th at NOON at 999 Hastings West Street.

Please join us for a demo against AXA in Victoria on Friday Feb 25th at 3pm at 711 Broughton Street.

If you can’t make it to the demo please call the offices and ask them to cut their ties with AstraZeneca animal abusers, or you can send an email here http://www.axa.ca/en/home.jsp

HERE IS THE PHONE NUMBER FOR ASTRAZENECA as well, please phone them and ask them to cut their ties with HLS!!
English Toll Free:      1-800-668-6000 and 1-800-565-5877
French Toll Free:      1-800-461-3787

THANK YOU!

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UVic Rabbit Request for Texas Meeting

If you are in the area of Whitehouse, Texas, or know anyone who is, please come out to the meeting tonight to oppose the animal ordinance on tonight’s agenda!

Meeting starts at 6pm at 311 East Main St., in Whitehouse, Texas

You can speak at the meeting, here’s how:
local citizens: there is a section in the agenda, right at the beginning, called “Citizen Participation”. Just after the minutes of the meeting are approved, you can stand up and speak for 3 minutes.
non-citizens: there is a section in the agenda, just after Citizen Participation, where you can speak for 3 minutes, it’s called “Non-Citizen’s Participation”. For this you must sign up 10 minutes before the meeting is called to order. (ie try to arrive early to sign up)

Item 9B on the agenda is Ordinance 11-0211-01 Animal Control
Encourage the council to vote against it.

Two quick points:
If animal rescue groups can’t operate in the city, animal control costs will rise exponentially as homeless animals will be abandoned to the street.
Animal rescue groups also contribute to lowering the cost of city animal control by spaying and neutering homeless animals and keeping them off the streets.

If you can’t be at the meeting, please phone, fax, or email:

phone 903-839-4914, fax 903-839-4915
emails:
dhogden@whitehousetx.org
mjeter@whitehousetx.org
ppowell@whitehousetx.org
thill@whitehousetx.org
cparker@whitehousetx.org
plicht@whitehousetx.org

Wild Rose Rescue Ranch can be reached at lenhamw@aol.com

Thank you, the Rabbits and friends

For More Info Please Check Out The Action For UVIC Rabbits Facebook Group

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Update From Vancouver Animal Defense League

March is a busy month for Vancouver Island animal lovers!!  We have several events going on including seal hunt demos, screenings of the Cove in Victoria, and an informative talk happening on Gabriola!!

MARCH IS HARP SEAL ACTION MONTH IN NANAIMO!!

THURSDAY MARCH 3RD We will be heading to BOTH Jean Crowder’s AND James Lunney’s office for a rally in support of the protection of Harp Seals. As Canadians we are sick and tired of our government ignoring our opposition to this attrocity and we need to let our MP’S hear about it!  Bring posters if you have any, we will have some.

NOON to 1pm
Jean Crowder’s office
77 Victoria Crescent

1:30PM TO 2:30PM
James Lunney’s office
Suite 6, 6894 Island Highway North

Please be on time for these demos as it they will be media events, arrive early if you can!

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SEAL HUNT RALLY IN FRONT OF BC FERRIES DURING FERRY RUSH, MARCH 19TH

In Nanaimo, British Columbia, we will converge on the entrance to the
Departure Bay Ferry Terminal on the morning of Saturday, March 19, 2011.
The ferries from West Vancouver arrive in Nanaimo at 1010 and 1210 and
leave at 1030 and 1230. Thus we will be on the street at the traffic
lights on the corner of Brechin Road and Stewart Avenue in front of the
terminal in two shifts, from 1000 to 1030 and from 1200 to 1230 to catch
most of the cars coming and going.

Participants need only commit to being there for 30 minutes to do one
shift. Those willing to do two shifts can retire to a nearby pub from 1030
to 1200. Free parking is available all along the harbour side of Stewart
Avenue or there is pay parking right next to the demo at Millers Pub.
Please set aside a couple of hours on March 19 for this symbolic
action.

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BENEFIT SCREENING OF ‘THE COVE’ AT GREEN CUISINE, MARKET SQUARE IN VICTORIA!

Please join us on Saturday
March 5th at 6pm for a screening of
The Cove’. Following the documentary there will be a discussion with local
Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians who are heading to Taiji, Japan on the 7th of March to document the dolphin slaughter.
Tickets are $10 at the door, seating is limited.
www.thecoveguardians.blogspot.com
thecoveguardians@gmail.com

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The Gabriola Vegetarian Society is hosting a great discussion about xenotransplantation which is the transplantation of living cells, tissues or organs from one species to another.  In 1997 during the biggest ever leak from a UK laboratory documents revealed that Huntingdon Life Sciences were involved in the grotesque transplantation of genetically modified pigs hearts and kidneys into wild caught baboons on behalf of the drug firm Novartis- known as xenotransplantation- but the horrible experiments caused so much suffering, they were deemed illegal.  The greatest success of this research program was that one baboon survived for 30 days with a pig’s heart implanted into the back of his neck, the poor animal was seen holding the swollen red transplant, which was seeping yellow fluid, for the rest of the last days of his life.  The rest of the animals lasted an average of 10 days.  Animals in laboratories all over the world are suffering for these brutal pointless experiments.

On average, 20-30% of Canadian patients who require a transplant die on waiting lists every year, and the gap between need and availability continues to widen as demand for organs and tissues accelerates. Canada has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the western world. Is animal-to-human organ transplantation the answer?

You are invited to join

Dr. Michael Mehta for Xenotransplantation:

Should we harvest animal organs for use in humans?

Presentation will be followed by a short question and answer session

Tuesday, March 8th

7pm at the Roxy

Cost: Free or by donation

Sponsored by the Gabriola Vegetarian Society

Organ donation forms from the BC Transplant Society will be available. These forms are also available anytime at both our medical clinics, the pharmacy and the volunteer GHCF office. For more information, please call Sheila Haniszewska at 247-8482.

 


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A Vigil For The Lost Lives of 100 Sled Dogs on April 23rd

Sadly this tragic event is a glimpse into a much broader picture of the treatment of the entire animal kingdom.  Most animals are treated as resources to be used for financial gain, whether wild or factory farmed.  I just hope this sad and horrific view into the daily cruelty of what happens to innocent animals everywhere will encourage people to look at how they also are contributing to the mass slaughter of other species of animals and to find their own voice in speaking up for all animals.

http://www.cesarsway.com/news/dognews/Tragic-Murder-of-Dogs-in-Canada

Please Contact c_anne@shaw.ca or go to the Facebook Page for further info!

Basic Information

Founded Feb 5th 2011
Location North Vancouver Canada
About We’ve gone Global! Goal:

An International Candlelight Walk

on April 23rd to honor the 100 Sled Dogs.

Give them a voice. Organize in your town now.

Description One Day~ One Petition~ One purpose~ Change!

We now have 19 cities in four countries on

board for April 23rd united Vigil.

Come join us and organize in your

community now. We can make a

difference but only as a united front!

Awareness is moving slowly across the globe.

Mission Bring National and International exposure

on the Anniversary date of the sled dogs

death on April 23rd in order to create

opportunity for activists, as well as

change laws in Canada to protect

sled dogs, and animals used for

commercial use. Lastly, to honor

these beautiful dogs in a National vigil

so they do not die in vain.

Products http://markholland.liberal.ca/files

/2010/07/petition_AnimalCruelty_2011.pdf
Please download this link for a

petition that we will be using

Email c_anne@shaw.ca
Website http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Vigil-fo…

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Sea Shepherd Event in Vancouver Feb 17th at the Jazz Cellar

Sea Shepherd Vancouver Fundraiser

Sea Shepherd Vancouver is seeking your support this Thursday at the

Jazz Cellar for aNight for the Oceans, which is a fundraiser to raise

awareness and support forSea Shepherd’s current

Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign, Operation No Compromise.

This event will feature live music from the Crackling and e.s.l.

The doors open at 6:30 PM and close at midnight.

Tickets are $40 each.

Included with the ticket price will be veg appetizers, a drink,

and a gift bag from LUSH. There will also be a silent auction and

official Sea Shepherd merchandise available for sale.

Tickets are still available but are going fast!

Get yours today by calling the Jazz Cellar’s

reservation line at 604-696-1071

or send an e-mail to vancouver@seashepherd.org.

WHAT: Sea Shepherd Fundraiser

live music from the Crackling and e.s.l.,

veg appetizers, drink, LUSH gift, auction, more!

WHEN: FEB 17, 2010 – 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM

WHERE: The Jazz Cellar

3611 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC

PRICE: $40

TICKETS: 604-696-1071 or vancouver@seashepherd.org

If you cannot attend this event we will miss you, but

please consider making a donation

to support our mission of defending

ocean wildlife and habitats worldwide.

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Show Your Heart Help Stop Animal Suffering Feb 13th

I apologize for any confusion about this Sunday’s “Have a Heart– Walk for the Animals” dog walk on Sunday. I did not know there was an anti-fur demo on Sunday as well. To accommodate that demo, we have MOVED the time of the dog walk to Sunday, 2-4PM.

AGAIN, THE EVENT IS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 FROM 2-4 PM.

PLEASE POST AND FORWARD

SHOW YOUR HEART, HELP STOP ANIMAL SUFFERING
…Valentines Walk for the Animals

JOIN STOP UBC ANIMAL RESEARCH IN CALLING FOR AN END TO ALL EXPLOITATION OF ANIMALS

WHEN: 2-4PM, Sunday, February 13

WHERE: Meet at the Inukshuk statue at the southwest end of English Bay beach. The statue is located off the popular Vancouver seawall. It is near where the large trees are lit up during Christmas. Along Beach Ave near Bidwell Street.
See map at: http://www.venturevancouver.com/inukshuk-first-beach-english-bay-vancouver

WHAT TO BRING:
*Your companion dog on leash

*Wear your Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirt. If you don’t have one, we’ll have shirts for sale for $20.

*Signs that read: “End all animal exploitation,” “UBC – All animals should be respected,” “One man killed 100 dogs in Whistler. At UBC 100,000 animals are harmed each year,” “End animal research at UBC,” “Every animal can feel pain – Stop animal research at UBC.”

WHY: Understandably, there has been much public outrage over the killing of 100 sled dogs in Whistler. Stop UBC Animal Research joins the chorus of voices against that senseless slaughter. From this tragedy, we hope the public will begin to make the connection between “Man and woman’s best friend” and the animals suffering in UBC’s laboratories. Each year UBC conducts thousands of experiments involving animals yet much of that research is hidden. Our dog walk along the Seawall will help raise awareness about what is happening to animals at UBC. And it is meant to spark a dialogue about how all animals among us should be treated.

CONTACT: stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com or call 604-551-3324.


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: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

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TWO IMPORTANT STOP UBC ANIMAL RESEARCH OUTREACH EVENTS

TWO IMPORTANT STOP UBC ANIMAL RESEARCH OUTREACH EVENTS

1.) Stop UBC Animal Research outreach at “Olympic Glory Relived” on Granville Street

WHEN: 4-6PM, Saturday, February 12

WHERE: Meet at the corner of Granville and Robson near the Lennox Pub, 800 Granville Street, at 4PM. We will then distribute literature about UBC’s animal research to the crowds. Click here for directions: http://bit.ly/fPmtzS
If you get lost call Brian at 604-551-3324.

WHAT: “Olympic Glory Relived” is a street fair to be held on Granville Street to commemorate a year after the Olympics. Since a large turnout is expected, the event gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about UBC’s animal research to a wider audience. Four Stop UBC Animal Research activists will be dressed as monkeys. The rest of our crew will have Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirts on. We will walk through the crowds distributing literature and signing people onto our campaign. For more information about “Olympic Glory Relived”: http://discoveringvancouver.com/2011/01/vancouver-2011-olympic-party/

WHAT WE NEED FOR EVENT:
*Four people to volunteer to wear monkey costumes

*One activist dressed as the “Tin Man” from the Wizard of Oz. The Tin Man will be looking for UBC’s heart. We will provide costume.

*Other activists to hand out literature

*Photographer, videographer

WHAT TO BRING:
*Wear your Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirt. We will have T-shirts for sale for $20. You should wear your T-shirt over warm clothing such as a sweatshirt or long underwear.

*Dress for weather

2.) Stop UBC Animal Research Outreach night at Illuminate Yaletown

WHEN: 6:30-9PM, Saturday, February 12

WHERE: Meet in front of the Roundhouse Community Centre at the corner of Davie and Pacific in Yaletown at 6:30PM. We will then distribute literature about UBC’s animal research to the crowds. Click here for directions: http://bit.ly/hJZE1p
If you get lost call Brian at 604-551-3324.

WHAT: Illuminate Yaletown is a free winter party in Yaletown that will showcase 20 contemporary light art installations at 18 different locations around the neighbourhood. Since a large turnout is expected, the event gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about UBC’s animal research to a wider audience. Four Stop UBC Animal Research activists will be dressed as monkeys. The rest of our crew will have Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirts on. We will walk through the crowds distributing literature and signing people onto our campaign. For more information about “Illuminate Yaletown”: http://yaletowninfo.com/illuminate-yaletown-2011/

WHAT WE NEED FOR EVENT:
*Four people to volunteer to wear monkey costumes

*One activist dressed as the “Tin Man” from the Wizard of Oz. The Tin Man will be looking for UBC’s heart. We will provide costume.

*Other activists to hand out literature

*Photographer, videographer

WHAT TO BRING:
*Wear your Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirt. We will have T-shirts for sale for $20. You should wear your T-shirt over warm clothing such as a sweatshirt or long underwear.

*Dress for weather

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com

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Important Date Change for Stop UBC: Now Walk For Animals on Sunday Feb 13th

Update!

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have CHANGED THE DATE OF THE WALK TO SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13!

PLEASE POST AND FORWARD

SHOW YOUR HEART, HELP STOP ANIMAL SUFFERING
Valentines Walk for the Animals

JOIN STOP UBC ANIMAL RESEARCH IN CALLING FOR AN END TO ALL EXPLOITATION OF ANIMALS

WHEN: Noon-2 PM, Sunday, February 13

WHERE: Meet at the Inukshuk statue at the southwest end of English Bay beach. The statue is located off the popular Vancouver seawall. It is near where the large trees are lit up during Christmas. Along Beach Ave near Bidwell Street.
See map at: http://www.venturevancouver.com/inukshuk-first-beach-english-bay-vancouver

WHAT TO BRING:
*Your companion dog on leash

*Wear your Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirt. If you don’t have one, we’ll have shirts for sale for $20.

*Signs that read: “End all animal exploitation,” “UBC – All animals should be respected,” “One man killed 100 dogs in Whistler. At UBC 100,000 animals are harmed each year,” “End animal research at UBC,” “Every animal can feel pain – Stop animal research at UBC.”

WHY: Understandably, there has been much public outrage over the killing of 100 sled dogs in Whistler. Stop UBC Animal Research joins the chorus of voices against that senseless slaughter. From this tragedy, we hope the public will begin to make the connection between “Man and woman’s best friend” and the animals suffering in UBC’s laboratories. Each year UBC conducts thousands of experiments involving animals yet much of that research is hidden. Our dog walk along the Seawall will help raise awareness about what is happening to animals at UBC. And it is meant to spark a dialogue about how all animals among us should be treated.

CONTACT: stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com or call 604-551-3324.


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: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

Previously Post!

PLEASE POST AND FORWARD WALK FOR THE ANIMALS From the Whistler Dog Massacre to the Animals used at UBC for Research JOIN STOP UBC ANIMAL RESEARCH IN CALLING FOR AN END TO ALL EXPLOITATION OF ANIMALS

WHEN: Noon-2 PM, Friday, February 11

WHERE: Meet at the Inukshuk statue at the southwest end of English Bay beach. The statue is located off the popular Vancouver seawall. It is near where the large trees are lit up during Christmas time. See: http://www.venturevancouver.com/inukshuk-first-beach-english-bay-vancouver

WHAT TO BRING: *Your companion dog on leash

*Wear your Stop UBC Animal Research T-shirt. If you don’t have one, we’ll have shirts for sale for $20.

*Signs that read: “End all animal exploitation,” “UBC – All animals should be respected,” “One man killed 100 dogs in Whistler. At UBC 100,000 animals are harmed each year,” “End animal research at UBC,” “Every animal can feel pain – Stop animal research at UBC.”

WHY: Understandably, there has been much public outrage over the killing of 100 sled dogs in Whistler. Stop UBC Animal Research joins the chorus of voices against that senseless slaughter.

From this tragedy, we hope the public will begin to make the connection between “Man and woman’s best friend” and the animals suffering in UBC’s laboratories. Each year UBC conducts thousands of experiments involving animals yet much of that research is hidden. Our dog walk along the Seawall will help raise awareness about what is happening to animals at UBC. And it is meant to spark a dialogue about how all animals among us should be treated.

— 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: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

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CATCA Alert Bowling Fundraiser Special Event Sunday Feb. 13th

Please Support CATCA in this one time media event for the animals while having fun bowling!

See Details Below

Time
Sunday, February 13 · 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location Xcalibur Bowling Centre 

12350 Patullo Place Surrey (near the Scott Road Train)
Surrey, BC

Created By

More Info This Sunday from 12-2 PM will be a special Bowling Event at Xcalibur Bowling Centre with live radio interviews. But CATCA needs people to come for this fundraiser, so we are inviting you to come and join us! 

WE HAVE TWO PROMOTIONS FOR THIS SUNDAY:
1) A veggie/vegan meal with pop or beer, 2 bowling games + shoes for $20.00 P/P
2) No food and just two bowling games and shoes $15.00 P/P

Hope to see you there!

IMPORTANT: Pls. RSVP and send me an e-mail at ericka@catcahelpanimals.org to let me know who is coming and how many other people will come with you, as we only got a limited amount of lanes reserved.

Ericka
Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals
www.catcahelpanimals.org

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Photo Gallery from the Barking Mad Dog Rally

How inspiring to see so many dogs and their friends show up in the pouring rain.  There were shivering, cold, wet dogs all wrapped up in their blankets and clothes and their large companions at their sides dripping wet under the umbrella’s. However for such a good cause nearly everyone was smiling as the doggies played at the Barking Mad Dog Rally in response to the Whistler Sled Dogs Killing.  Let’s hope this puts some fire in the pants of politicians to make some real changes for animals and the archaic laws of Canada.

Images by VARC

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Stop UBC Animal Research Campaign at Vancouver Art Gallery

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