Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Sample Letter To Grand Forks City Mayors Requesting Halt to Cruel Deer Cull

To: btaylor@grandforks.ca

Cc: info@grandforks.ca

 

To whom it may concern:

 

The Honorable Brian Taylor

Mayor of Grand Forks

 

Grand Forks City Council;

 

Dear Officials,

 

The city of Grand Forks has passed a plan that would permit the cruel netting/trapping and killing of deer to control the resident deer population. Despite being informed of the extreme cruelty inherent in these methods, officials have decided to allow them anyway. Netting/trapping deer is inhumane in all respects. Every minute spent entangled or trapped is a terrifying eternity for these easily frightened prey animals, who can badly injure themselves in frantic attempts to get free. And the deer who are removed or killed aren’t the only victims: Mass killings tear families apart, leaving young and weak animals vulnerable to starvation, dehydration, and predators.

As a BC resident and Canadian taxpayer citizen, I can’t express enough my disappointment on this decision that also creates international outrage. We cannot treat our wildlife with such cruel actions, this is simply unacceptable for the public. This decision also brings negative attention on our country, once again. While there’s ongoing improvement around the world for more human treatment of animals of all species, here in Canada there’s no advancement and animals have to suffer horrific deaths from their injuries because there’s legal orders to destroy them in such cruel ways. Please refrain from trapping/killing these sentient animals and stick with effective, humane deer control methods instead. Please do not bring our country to the spotlight with such cruel actions. I trust that you will review this unacceptable decision and will not let these animals die this way, simply below the international animal/wildlife protection and conservation standards.

Thank you for your time in this important matter,

I’m looking forward hearing from you.

Regards

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Urge the City of Grand Forks to Halt Plan For Cruel Deer Cull

The city of Grand Forks has passed a plan that would permit the cruel netting/trapping and killing of deer to control the resident deer population! Despite being informed of the extreme cruelty inherent in these methods, officials have decided to allow them anyway.

Netting/trapping deer is inhumane in all respects. Every minute spent entangled or trapped is a terrifying eternity for these easily frightened prey animals, who can badly injure themselves in frantic attempts to get free. And the deer who are removed or killed aren’t the only victims: Mass killings tear families apart, leaving young and weak animals vulnerable to starvation, dehydration, and predators.

Please politely urge Grand Forks officials to refrain from trapping/killing animals and to stick with effective, humane deer control methods.

Send polite comments to:

The Honorable Brian Taylor
Mayor of Grand Forks
btaylor@grandforks.ca
250-442-8266

Grand Forks City Council
info@grandforks.ca

Please forward this e-mail widely!

Sincerely,

Jodi Minion
Wildlife Biologist
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji – Vancouver

Thursday, September 1 · 11:00am – 3:00pm

Location

Created By

More Info
http://www.countdowntocove​.com/

September 1, 2011 is the start of the Taiji Dolphin Hunt. During the 2010-2011 drive hunt, the Taiji Fisheries Union killed 850 dolphins. An additional 171 were sold into captivity.

For more information about the dolphin slaughter and their capture and live trade to zoos and aquariums around the world check out:
www.savejapandolphins.org

We are rallying together at the General Consulate of Japan. Our message is simple: JAPAN, LET THE DOLPHINS LIVE & BE FREE!

This will be a peaceful protest. Please bring signs (but not on stakes).

PLEASE ONLY RSVP IF YOU CAN ACTUALLY BE THERE IN-PERSON ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2011.

This event is being coordinated with the International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji Event
https://www.facebook.com/e​vent.php?eid=1966059070549​00
created by Save Misty the Dolphin
https://www.facebook.com/S​avemistythedolphin and
“Celebrate Japan Dolphin Day” of Save Japan Dolphins.

For my international friends please follow this link to find an event near you: http://maps.google.com/map​s/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=210​332634647534333982.0004a76​af06da9507476d

If you don’t see one close to you on that map keep checking back at this facebook page as new locations are added daily:https://www.facebook.com/e​vent.php?eid=1966059070549​00

If you have any questions regarding the event, please post a message on the Event Wall for Event Coordinator Leigh Krentz.

 http://www.jimwarren.com/site/

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Urge UBC to Disclose Info about it’s Cruel Experiments on Animals

PLEASE FORWARD AND POST WIDELY

ALERT: Urge University of British Columbia to disclose information about its cruel experiments on animals

Every year, the University of British Columbia (UBC) conducts thousands of research projects involving animals, including pigs, mice, cats, rabbits, monkeys, and others. Some of that research employs extremely painful and, ultimately, lethal procedures. Nearly all the experiments are done with little public scrutiny.

For instance, one UBC researcher has experimented on cats for 30 years. In his papers, the researcher described how he had cut open the backs of cats to expose their vertebrae, inserted titanium screws into the cats’ spinal columns to inhibit movement, and built restraint chambers 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.

UBC researchers have also:

*Repeatedly poured saline solution into newborn piglets’ lungs to induce respiratory failure

*Exposed mice to cigarette smoke for up to six months in emphysema research

*Injected toxins into monkeys’ brains to simulate “parkinsonism”

*Administered electroconvulsive shock to monkeys to induce seizures

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY

To date, UBC has denied Stop UBC Animal Research’s freedom of information act requests and has yet to provide the organization with any details about its experiments. Since much of UBC’s animal research is funded by taxpayers, the public has a right to know what UBC is doing to animals with that money.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

*Urge UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope to release information about UBC’s research on animals. See below for sample letter. Please be polite in your communication with UBC. Send any replies from UBC to stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com

To contact UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope:

Email: presidents.office@ubc.ca

Phone: 604.822.8300

*Urge BC’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to compel UBC to disclose information. The OIPC is charged with enforcing BC’s freedom of information law and has the authority to order UBC to provide information to the public.

To contact the OIPC:

Phone: 250-387-5629

Toll-free line for greater Vancouver area: 604-660-2421; 1-800-663-7867

E-mail: info@oipc.bc.ca

For more information contact Stop UBC Animal Research at stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com or call 604.551.3324

SAMPLE LETTER TO UBC PRESIDENT TOOPE

DATE

Dear UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope:

I understand UBC conducts extensive research on a variety of animals, including pigs, rats, non-human primates, cats, mice, rabbits, and other animals. Much of that research is funded by the public, through taxpayer dollars, student fees, alumni gifts, and private donations.

UBC – a public institution that promotes critical thinking, debate, transparency, and freedom of speech – has been less than forthcoming about its research on animals. The public has the right to know about such research. Many, like me, vigorously oppose vivisection because we find it ethically at odds with our values of compassion.

Information about UBC’s animal research and decisions by its Animal Care Committee should be made widely available so that prospective students, current and potential donors, and the public can make informed choices about whether to support UBC. The US has a far more transparent system. Information, data, and reports about animal research are posted at website databases through the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Agriculture. With that in mind, I urge UBC to post the following information online:

*Assessment reports of UBC by the Canadian Council on Animal Care from 2000-2010, including records of non-compliance and violations issued by the CCAC to UBC, as well as UBC’s responses to those assessment reports

*Veterinary care and necropsy reports on animals at UBC from 2000-2010

∗Data on the number of animals used annually in research, teaching, and testing at UBC for 2000-2010. Data should include numbers of animals used by species, category of invasiveness, and purpose of use.

∗Copies of animal use protocols by UBC animal researchers and instructors for 2000-2010

∗Photos, videos, and other recordings of experiments conducted on animals by UBC researchers and instructors for 2000-2010

Finally, I urge UBC to pursue alternatives to research on animals as other universities have done and ultimately end all research on animals. I look forward to your response. Thank you.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

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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Vegan WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan

In an exclusive interview with peta2, Daniel Bryan reveals how his love for animals, concern for the environment, and desire to be as healthy as possible led him to a vegan diet. Animals on factory farms are kept in cramped, filthy conditions and denied everything that is natural and important to them before having their throats cut at the slaughterhouse. More than 55 million animals are killed for human consumption every day in the U.S., resulting in devastatingenvironmental effects. Factory farming is one of the leading causes of climate change, and more than 70 percent of the wheat grown and the water used in the U.S. goes to animals on factory farms. Aside from easing your conscience and shrinking your carbon footprint, a vegan diet has also been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, cancer, and diabetes.

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Stop UBC Animal Research Vegan Bake Sale – Sunday, July 10

Stop UBC Animal Research Vegan Bake Sale – Sunday, July 10

WHAT:  Stop UBC Animal Research Vegan Bake Sale

WHEN:  Sunday, July 10, 2011, 11:30 AM-3:30 PM

WHERE:  Riot Clothing, 1395 Commercial Drive (at Kitchener St.). Click here for Google Maps link.

WHAT TO BRING:  A sellable vegan baked good (i.e. something that can be carried away on a napkin or in a bag)

PLEASE fill out the spreadsheet so we can get an idea of who will bring what.  Click on the link below to get to the spreadsheet:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?hl=en_US&key=tHF_biQSjucS-wHFUXHCCAw&hl=en_US#gid=0

To All: Even if you can’t make it, you can still bake something and it can be arranged for someone to pick it up and bring it to the sale.  The more food we have, the better the event!

Any questions can be emailed to June at djuneconley@hotmail.com  or Mya at myamayhem@hotmail.com

Thanks!  Hope to see you Sunday.

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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Horse Meat on Top Chef Canada

Tell Food Network Canada to stop airing programs that glamorize horse meat.

Sign the Petition

 

Part of the fun of watching Top Chef and other cooking shows is seeing the pros grapple with wacky ingredients we’d never find in our own kitchens. But when the ingredient in question is horse meat, that’s a problem.

Last month, an episode of Top Chef Canada (which airs on Food Network Canada) featured a challenge in which the contestants had to cook horse meat. During the airing of the episode, a Facebook group called “Boycott Top Chef: Protect the Horses” cropped up — now the group has more Facebook fans than Top Chef Canada.

Top Chef Canada execs have pledged to “carefully consider all the facts around this topic” before serving horse meat again. Here are some facts we think they ought to know:

  • Horses face horrific conditions during transport to the kill floor and during slaughter itself. Most horses are awake and feel terrible pain when they are killed for meat.
  • Many horses are sent to slaughter straight from the racetracks, and may have drugs in their systems that make them too toxic for human consumption.
  • Horse slaughter is illegal in the U.S., but that doesn’t stop would-be profiteers from shipping tens of thousands of horses illegally into Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered there.

Several states in the U.S. are even facing legislative fights from those who want to re-open horse slaughterhouses — and having television shows declare that horse meat is a “delicacy” doesn’t help advocates who are working tirelessly to keep horse slaughter illegal.

Please sign the petition today to tell Food Network Canada to pledge not to air any more programming that glamorizes the consumption of horse meat:

http://www.change.org/petitions/call-on-food-network-and-sponsors-to-stop-showing-programs-featuring-horsemeat-or-foie-gras

Thanks for taking action,

– Patrick and the Change.org team

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Demo to Protest Shark Fins in Chinatown, Vancouver

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Basking sharkdefinned

Chinese Canadian author Anthony Marr, winner of the prestigious Henry Spira Activist Award at the 2010 Animal Rights National Conference in Washington DC (www.ARConference.org), will host a media demo in Chinatown followed by a 2-block guided tour of some of Vancouver’s shark-fin hots spots. TV cameras will be led into shops where shark fins are openly sold.

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Place:
at or near the Chinatown Pavilion on Pender and Carrall, Vancouver

Time & Info:

  • July 9, 2011, Saturday
  • media conference and demo – 10:30am
  • 2-block guided tour – 10:45-11:15am

Please Contact:


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