Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

December 2 is World Fur Free Friday

DECEMBER 2nd is NOW the World Fur Free Friday!  There will be a quiet and very respectful demo (that means: no yelling, no swearing, no been aggressive to people passing by) in Vancouver for the more than 70 million animals killed every year for their fur. The gathering will be at 12 PM at the corner of Georgia and Granville in downtown. This year the demos will be in Snowflake and Michael Kors in Vancouver. Placards and educative material will be given for this demo by CATCA.


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Sign Petition to End Horse Slaughter in Canada

Please Sign this Petition. The Petition will be sent to the Canadian Government and is asking to end Horse Slaughter in Canada.

THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT: Pass Bill C-322 and End Horse slaughter in Canada
Horses from Canada and the US are enduring incredible suffering as you read this. They are being packed into trucks and hauled,sometimes very long distances to one of 4 federally run slaughter plants in Canada, designed for killing cattle, not horses. They are often gravely injured, at times even dead upon arrival, and due to their flight nature, the suffering and terror continues for these poor souls up until the very end which is all too frequently prolonged and so dangerous that even inspectors do not want to be present for fear of injury.Horses are extremely sensitive animals, are aware of danger and in a state of panic they thrash about so violently that a clean kill is practically impossible. There is overwhelming evidence in the form of both video and witness accounts to verify that horse slaughter is indeed cruel and inhumane. Horses are not food animals,however many people are under the misconception that slaughtering horses is no different than slaughtering cattle and pigs. The treatment and slaughtering of food animals is definitely in need of reform and changes as well, but the cruelty and suffering does not compare to what horses endure–these are animals that have shared their lives with people. They are companion animals, working, entertainment and wild horses–Yes wild horses–something our country should treasure and be proud of, but instead our government is sponsoring round ups of these magnificent creatures and dooming them to an imprisoned and torturous end! The horses waiting in slaughter stockyards, often in horrendous conditions are of all breeds and ages, from the very young, the pregnant, the old–even ponies,donkeys and burros. Also, most domestic horses have medication in their bloodstream that is banned in animals slaughtered for food–this is not being monitored because if it was most of these horses would not be approved for slaughter. This is Canada’s dirty little secret – and the Conservative government seems quite happy to keep it that way.They are not listening!! We want to let our Government know that Canadians care about our horses –this country was built on their backs and it is an outrage to mistreat them like this–they deserve so much better. Please sign and urge the Canadian Government to end horse slaughter and adopt bill C-322.



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Please write a letter for Brindi

Hon. Minister of Justice Ross Landry
Department of Justice, Nova Scotia
Hon. John MacDonnell
Minister of Municipal affairs
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations

Dear Minister Landry, Dear Minister MacDonnell,

I am writing to you as a last plea regarding the upcoming court case on November 8th for Francesca Rogier and Brindi, her beloved pet dog. I’m respectfully asking you to please consider intervening in this case to prevent a miscarriage of justice, and would like the opportunity to briefly state why in the following:

On November 8-9, Brindi’s owner, Francesca Rogier, will be put on trial for by-law infractions stemming from a minor scuffle with a dog in front of her house on September 14, 2010. The dog was not seriously harmed. The owners were related to the people who first reported Brindi to the city, and one of them works for the city of Halifax.

If the court finds Francesca guilty on any charge, the prosecutor for Halifax will invoke a law allowing the court to order a dog put down as an “additional penalty”.

This is a repeat of the first trial, where her owner was charged for  three by-law violations – six months after the event, and immediately  after the city lost its case in supreme court, but refused to return  Brindi. A judge ultimately decided not to order euthanasia, based on a good deal of positive evidence including testimony from expert witnesses.

These were violations that are minor offenses, not criminal offenses; HRM is not obliged to prosecutes them, and barring that, HRM is still not obliged to take it further to ask for a euthanasia order. That is something HRM hardly ever does – even in cases where a dog killed a cat or bit a person, and in those cases they hardly even issue muzzle orders. They are making the muzzle order on Brindi, which was issued without good reason, into something that it is not in that regard. The law does not require a violation of the muzzle order to lead to putting a dog down; it only requires a fine. Beyond that, every case must be judged on its merits. But despite the minor nature of this incident, Halifax is again seeking a court order to kill Brindi as an “additional penalty”. You must not let this happen, as it would be a shameful thing for the province as a whole.


Cities have a role to insure public safety, but within reason: they must also treat dogs and owners fairly. By-law infractions are minor offenses that are meant to be fined. Killing a dog is not a fair or moral penalty for any by-law infraction. If a city seeks to kill a dog it says is dangerous, it must present proper grounds. It must have proof that it has attacked with the intent to kill or do serious harm. It cannot fairly ask for “pre-emptive” action. Dogs that fight dogs are not necessarily a threat to public safety (dogs are not part of the public – if they were, they would have rights!). Dogs typically fight dogs as a way to establish dominance. It is no indication they will attack humans. And dogs can be trained out of this behavior. Fatalities due to dog attacks rank very low on the list of causes of accidental death and injury. They are not even among the top fifty.


Cities should be held to a consistent standard that is in keeping with their usual enforcement of the by-law. Halifax decided in 2008 to muzzle, then seize and destroy Brindi, fully aware that she had never attacked a person and had not injured dogs at all, except for one minor injury that was treated with first aid. Halifax’s decision to kill Brindi was thus way out of line with its customary enforcement. Its decision to seize Brindi once again is not only cruel and unusual punishment itself, but also in stark contrast with its handling of a recent case of a pit bull that attacked a woman in the throat and face. The city has never had Brindi’s behavior evaluated professionally. It will not be bringing an expert witness to the stand next week. (An animal control officer will testify, but she is not qualified in dog training and behavior.)

Clearly Halifax is not pursuing this case in the interest of public safety.


Brindi was evaluated by several trainers and behaviorists at the request of her owner. None of these deemed Brindi dangerous. They regard her as territorial, and suggested more training. Brindi’s owner, Francesca Rogier, observed all court-imposed conditions for Brindi’s return. The conditions are: following a muzzle order, building and maintaining a dog run, and doing further training. The conditions were identical to the conditions she originally offered to the city in 2008, but were met with no response from the city.

The incident leading to Brindi’s second seizure and third year behind bars was an accidental event. Freak accidents do happen: people should not be punished for them by the destruction of a beloved family member. Moreover, the incident was no more serious than previous incidents. Like those, it occurred on or near her property (I.e. At most, a few feet from the boundary). Brindi simply needed more time to readjust to her surroundings after being locked up for two years without contact with other dogs. Francesca worked with trainer Susan Jordan. She did more training that was required and continued after Brindi was released – not because a court ordered it, but because she wanted Brindi to be as perfect as possible.

I feel that Brindi does not deserve to be treated as a ‘criminal’, not to mention that she spent the past year locked up –  in depression and in deteriorating health, without her owner Francesca, and already missed out on many years of normal, natural life that a pet dog should live.

Brindi already spent many years in a shelter when Francesca adopted her, and an other two years on death row during the previous ordeal – there are no words to describe this dog’s suffering caused by bias actions of the City of Halifax‘s officers, or Francesca’s suffering throughout this ordeal.

Please, consider to give this dog a chance to live in peace, she’s getting old and needs to go home – and her owner has been unfairly singled out. They have suffered enough and need your intervention to put a stop to this case, or at least stop it from going further than the fines imposed.

Thank you for your time and understanding in this matter.

Best regards,



Filed under: Blogging, Letters, Twittering

Donate to Soi Dog Foundation

Please Donate to the Soi Dog Foundation rescuing dogs from the flooding in Thailand.
Your donation goes directly towards saving the lives of the animal flood victims.While the flood has had a devastating effect on the human population, its consequences for the animals are far greater.Flood waters have reached up to 2 meters in some areas, with the majority of areas covered by 50 centimetres or more of water. For the dogs and cats, this is an extremely serious amount. It is common for the rescuers to see dogs swimming with literally no safe place of refuge, surrounded only by flood waters. Some emergency shelter facilities have even become flooded and the animals have had to be moved to other rescue centers.

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We will try to keep you updated on the situation as time allows. For current updates please visit our Facebook page at:

If you have not seen it, you may wish to watch the full length “Soi Dogs” documentary. It is an enjoyable documentary and will give you further insights into the day to day operations at Soi Dog. The movie can be seen at:

Please, spread the word concerning Soi Dog Sponsorship Program:
This is the most effective way to help the dogs and cats living at the shelter, that have not been adopted.

All the best, and again many thanks for your support at this most critical point in time.


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Vigil For Japanese Dolphins in Vancouver

Dear colleagues, activists, supporters and friends,

First let me wish you a Happy Cruelty Free Halloween!

There is a couple of important dates coming:

Vigil for the Japanese dolphins!
Thursday Nov. 3rd Meet at Cordova and Burrard (one block up from Canada Place)
at 11:15 AM.
We will move closer to Fairmont Pacific Rim entrance where Japanese officials
will be arriving for 12 noon luncheon with Stockwell Day.  Silent vigil for
dolphins and whales slaughtered by Japan.

The vigil will be up to until 2:30 PM but some might like to walk up to
Skytrain station at Burrard St. near Georgia and collect signatures on the
petition. Everybody is welcome to join us, but please remember tha this is a
CATCA event, so we expect you to be respectful to the general public and the
people attending the meeting. This is not a protest. This is a vigil.

This meeting is to discuss recovery efforts after the recent earthquake and
tsunami in Japan.

Please, read this news from Japan and their whaling activities from just 2 days
Unbelievable, eh?

Demo at the Aquarium
Friday Nov. 4th: meet at Aquarium entrance at 6:15 PM and prepare to greet high
donors as they arrive for the year’s biggest Aquarium fundraiser – candlelight vigil (weather permitting) for marine mammals exploited by Aquarium for profit.

Our CATCA last WAD event yesterday was very cool!
We had a double long CATCA informative table, an animal crafts table, a food
table with organic and veg food and a prize table.

Many thanks go to Gazala’s wonderful parents, Charlene, Owen, Kelly, Alexia,
Sam,Sophia, Frank, Jason and Yvo, for all their help for this event.

Special thanks goes to IFAW for sponsoring this event.
Soon we will have pictures of this event in our webpage.

Please don’t forget to vote for replacing animals in research from our
colleagues of the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society of BC:

Want to know the latest animal news, alerts and petitions?
Visit our webpage in FB: Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals and pls. LIKE
So more people will be able to see the urgent animal alerts.

Thank you!

Ericka Ceballos
Founder and President

Filed under: Alerts, Candle Vigil, Planned Events

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