Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

PETA has just learned that Air France plans to transport 60 monkeys this Wednesday, February 1 from Africa to the U.S

PETA has just learned that Air France plans to transport 60 monkeys this Wednesday (February 1) from Africa to the U.S. for use in cruel and deadly experiments at the notorious Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories(SNBL), where PETA recently conducted an investigation that unveiled shocking cruelty.

We need your help to urge the airline to cancel this shipment!

If Air France moves ahead with its plans, the monkeys, supplied by an African facility run by the infamous Bioculture, will be crammed into tiny wooden crates and shipped to Paris in the dark and terrifying cargo hold of a passenger plane. The monkeys will then be loaded onto a cargo plane and transported to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Upon their arrival in the U.S. on February 2, the monkeys will be subjected to yet another exhausting trip as they are loaded into the back of a truck and transported to SNBL. In total, these terrified monkeys will endure more than 80 hours of grueling transport before they arrive at SNBL, where they will likely be tormented and killed in cruel experiments.

The monkeys are currently scheduled to arrive in the U.S. this Thursday, February 2. With time running out, your voice is needed now.

Please call Air France’s cargo office at 773-686-8100, extension 2, and urge the airline to cancel this shipment and join the growing number of airlines who refuse to ship primates for use in invasive experiments.

Thank you for taking action for animals in laboratories!

Sincerely,

Justin Goodman, M.A.
Associate Director
Laboratory Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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Message From SPCA Write to your local City Council urging them to support low-cost spay/neuter programs in your community. Your voice makes a difference.

A cautionary “tail”

They met at midnight, away from prying eyes.

She climbed out the window and dropped to the ground, then sprinted across the yard.

He waited behind the garage, checking nervously over his shoulder as he eagerly awaited her arrival.

They ran quickly across the laneway, heading for the park and the grove of trees that would shield them from prying eyes.

When she started showing, she was kicked out of the house.

He ended up behind bars before too long, a victim of his own bad habits and too many late-night fights.

She ended up in a homeless shelter where she gave birth to six babies.

Did this heartbreak have to happen?

What went wrong with these two youngsters?

Where were their guardians when they were taking their futures into their own…paws?

 

Abandoned cats and kittens in a box

Just one of the thousands of homeless families turned in to the BC SPCA each year.

Each year, the BC SPCA cares for thousands of unwanted and abandoned kittens and cats. Thousands more suffer and die alone in our communities. The tragedy of pet overpopulation is completely preventable when we all do our part.

Here’s how you can help end the suffering:

1.    Spay or neuter your pet. It’s the humane thing to do.

2.    Donate to the BC SPCA to support services such as free and subsidized spay/neuter services for low-income pet guardians and other life-saving programs.

3.   Write to your local City Council urging them to support low-cost spay/neuter programs in your community. Your voice makes a difference.

4.   Multiply the impact of this campaign. Forward this message to friends, family and colleagues.
Thank you from The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

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Write a letter: Remove Foie Gras from your menu in Vancouver and Whistler

Info from Liberation BC

FOIE GRAS MEANS FATTY LIVER

Foie gras is the French term for “fatty liver,” and it is the product of extreme animal cruelty. 24 million ducks and geese die in the foie gras industry every year, 500,000 of them in Canada. In modern foie gras factory farms, these waterfowl are intensively raised in large, enclosed barns. Ducks and geese need to immerse themselves in water to remain healthy and clean their feathers, eyes, and nostrils properly, but in these farms there is none. Blindness is common.  The birds never see daylight until they are taken to slaughter. All are male; the female ducks are discarded after hatching. They are generally thrown away live. Workers have been documented as they dropped a cloth bag full of live baby ducks into a garbage can filled with scalding hot water. Any survivors had their heads smashed against the can.

CANADIAN FOIE GRAS PRODUCTION

The entire Canadian foie gras industry is located in Quebec. Three producers—Elevages Perigord, Aux Champs d’Elisee and Palmex–account for the majority of production, but there are several other small producers in the province. Though Quebec has only been producing foie gras for 12 years, production has increased to 8500 livers per week—a total output of 2 tons weekly. Today, about 500,000 ducks are killed each year in Quebec’s foie gras industry.  According to Quebec foie gras producers, they export about 30% of their products to the United States, 10% to the rest of Canada and the remainder is consumed within Quebec. Read the rest at Liberation BC: http://liberationbc.org/issues/foie_gras  More Info: http://liberationbc.org/blog/2009/02/village-voice-foie-gras-article/

EMAIL

Vancouver
Hakkasan: info@hakkasan.ca
The Hawksworth: info@hawksworth.ca (can address to David Hawksworth)
Judas Goat: goat@judasgoat.ca
Don Francesco: information@donfrancesco.ca
Five Sails: gsayers@fivesails.ca (to Ms Gerry Sayers, owner)
Le Crocodile: lecrocodile@telus.net
 
Whistler
Bearfoot Bistro – chef Melissa Craig info@bearfootbistro.com
The Grill Room @ Fairmont Chateau Whistler chateauwhistlerresort@fairmont.com
The Mix by Ric’s themix@ricsgrill.com
 
SAMPLE LETTER
 
Dear (Restaruant or Owner)
I am writing to express my concern about the foie gras on your restaurant’s menu.Foie gras is made from the grotesquely enlarged livers of male ducks and geese. The birds are kept in tiny wire cages or packed into sheds. Pipes are repeatedly shoved down the birds’ throats, and up to 2 kilograms of grain and fat are pumped into their stomachs two or three times every day. The pipes puncture many birds’ throats, sometimes causing the animals to bleed to death. This cruel procedure causes the birds’ livers to become diseased and swell up to 10 times their normal size. Many birds become too sick to stand up. The birds who survive the force-feeding are killed, and their livers are sold as foie gras.

I believe that force-feeding ducks and geese so that their livers become diseased is extremely cruel, and I refuse to support an industry that causes so much suffering. I will boycott your restaurant–and tell others to do the same–until you pledge to put an end to this cruelty and stop selling foie gras.

Sincerely,
Your Name

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Toronto: Freezing Pigs Transported Despite Extreme Cold Weather Alert on Jan 3, 2012

Check out new video “Freezing pigs transported despite Extreme Cold Weather Alert on Jan 3 ’12” — we only got a little video footage from one of the three trucks we saw that morning, but the glimpses give you a sense of how gruesome the journey was for the pigs. The discoloration on their bodies is extreme and the truckload of pigs was completely silent and their stares showed incomprehension of their suffering at the hands of humans. It’d be good to call or write another letter to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA’s Toronto office is 416-665-5055 or you can post a letter here: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/contact-us/eng/1299860523723/1299860643049 ). On Tues., Jan 3, 2012, the City of Toronto issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert. Let’s ask the CFIA to ban transport in extreme weather and enforce it. This video shows all the added “unnecessary” suffering the pigs MUST endure as they are unloaded with intensive use of the electric prod…. The trucker saw us there, I imagine, but there was no pretense when he was poking with his electric prod into the truck and then climbed into the trailer with an electric prod only–leaving the rattle paddle behind. We must speak out against this. Our only regret is we should have ‘trespassed’ that cold day to oppose the violent method of unloading and took footage of the frost-bitten and hypothermic pigs who can hardly move after enduring temperatures that felt like -30 to -40 degrees Celsius on the highway for hours and then having to face the electric prod and the piteous screaming — which makes all of them suffer more! Thanks for your support.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wm6q9z4s-I&feature=youtu.be&mid=5779

The City of Toronto issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert for Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Toronto Pig Save (TPS) decided to bear witness on Lakeshore and Strachan from 7:309:30 am, though we didn’t last the last 20 minutes. We saw three trucks go by… we usually see 10-12 at this time in the early morning. But there shouldn’t have been any transport trucks at all on such a cold day.

It was -12 but it felt like -18 and -20 and you can imagine how much colder travelling on the highway at 80-100 km/hr – it would feel more like between -30 and -40 for the pigs. The pigs were completely silent and looked spooked in the glimpses we caught of them.

TPS has information sheets to systematically document any possible violations of animal cruelty laws and codes you witness. The information sheets are posted on our website here:http://torontopigsave.wordpress.com/slaughterhouse-vigil/

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Like a Facebook Page to help block Sunday Hunting in Nova Scotia

MISSION:    TO BLOCK THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO BILL-87 THE WILDLIFE ACT FROM PASSING WHICH WOULD ALLOW SUNDAY HUNTING.

 

Please help Nova Scotian Citizens who are trying to stop their government from allowing hunting on Sunday’s.  (Go to their Facebook Site Here. )   They know that with the current lack of awareness of animal consciousness and the general lack of understanding and compassion for animals in Canada that they can not stop hunting.  However these Canadian Citizens are desperately seeking to keep the one day of peace they currently enjoy.

  • One day of peace and refuge and quiet.
  • One day where they do not have to bear witness to the cruelty of hunting, to hear the horrible gun shots and to know that animals are being killed and suffering.
  • One day on Sunday where they can take their dog for a walk and not worry about them being in the cross fire of guns and the cruelty of hunting activities.

 

This is their write up posted on their Facebook Site: “Say No To Sunday Hunting in Nova Scotia”

 

 

NS Liberal Natural Resources Critic ANDREW YOUNGER has purposed to allow SUNDAY HUNTING in Nova Scotia. By liking this page, you agree that the decision is WRONG and Nova Scotians should NOT be allowed to hunt on Sundays. Such hunting would limit outdoor enthusiast’s ability to safely take part in recreational activities everyday of the week. Say NO to Sunday hunting and share this site with your friends.

 

Also posted on their site:

 

THERE ARE 2 WAYS TO SUPPORT AGAINST SUNDAY HUNTING IN NOVA SCOTIA.

 

 

(1) IS IS TO ATTEND THE PROPOSED MEETING IN THE PROVINCE. CALL AND PUT YOUR NAME DOWN FOR THE LAW AMENDMENTS AGAINST SUNDAY HUNTING- BILL 87 WILDLIFE ACT. HERE IS THE PHONE NUMBER- 424-8941..PLEASE CALL ASAP IT TAKE LESS THAN 30 SECONDS OF YOUR TIME. THIS IS FOR CITIZENS THAT WILL VOICE AGAINST THE HUNTING ON SUNDAYS .

 

(2) LIKING THIS PAGE SHOWS THE SUPPORT THAT YOU ARE AGAINST THIS BILL FROM PASSING. WE ARE NOT ASKING YOU TO ATTEND THE MEETING. THAT IS YOUR CHOICE. PLEASE KEEP SHARING THIS IS URGENT AND THE MEETING COULD BE CALLED ANYDAY NOW. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

 

Link to Nova Scotia Government Page:  http://www.gov.ns.ca/

 

 

 

Here is the Proposed amendment according to the Legislative Report:  http://www.coxandpalmerlaw.com/en/home/publications/NS_Legislative_Report_Nov_10.aspx

Bill No. 87 – Wildlife Act (amended) – Andrew Younger (Lib)
This Bill amends the Wildlife Act and provides that where a Saturday and the following Monday are prescribed as part of the open season for hunting big game, the Sunday between is deemed to be part of the open season. It also allows the holder of a big game hunting license to hunt on a Sunday during the open season and to transport or possess a firearm or bow in a wildlife habitat on a Sunday during the open season.
Status: Passed first reading and is awaiting debate in principle by the House. 

 

 

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An example of why we want Traps Banned!

A Woman in Oregon is interviewed about her experience after finding her dog’s face clamped in a trap and who ultimately dies. A similar experience occurred in Enderby last year. There are many examples of pets being caught in traps. Of course the pain, horror and trauma is the same in any animal, but watching your loved pet die must speak to another reasons why traps need to be banned. No graphic content in this video.  Here is a website to help ban trapping. http://www.trapfreeoregon.org/

 

Story was originally posted here: http://video.channel3000.com/watch.php?id=38048

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Important Stop UBC Animal Research Meeting January 12, 2012

Stop UBC Animal Research meeting and vegan potluck
 

DATE:  Thursday, January 12

TIME:  7:00-9:00PM

WHERE:
Entre Nous Femmes Housing Society
1656 Adanac Street
Vancouver
The meeting place is a large, light grey apartment complex located half a block west of Commercial Drive on the south side of the street. On the centre front of the complex there is large signage that says “Alma Blackwell – Entre Nous Femmes.” This name is half-hidden by a red maple tree. Look to the base of this tree and that’s where the entrance to the meeting room is, at ground level. (Don’t go up the ramp or the stairs. The door you are looking for is between the ramp and the stairs, sidewalk level.)

 

For More Info Please Go to The Stop UBC Animal Research Blog Website here:  http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

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Please Contact Vernon City Councillors and ask them to put a ban on Traps

Sorry to say that cowards of the Enderby City Council voted against banning of traps in the city area.  Please feel free to give them a ring or drop a line and let them know how you feel about that. https://vancouveranimalrightscampaigns.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/urgent-call-enderby-city-councillors-asking-them-to-ban-leg-hold-traps/

Now a lady whom we will call Raven Lady is on to the next district: Vernon, B.C.  She has been handing out literature for weeks all through the Vernon area trying to bring attention to trapping and she has found there is interest and concern. According to her, Fur Bearer Defenders is giving her some assistance with information on how to proceed.

She will be having a council meeting soon to show her case and has received positive feedback from her last presentation on how cruel trapping is.  Let’s give Raven Lady a little hand by phoning and emailing the Vernon City Councillors and let them know this decision would be supported for the following reasons:

– They are excruciatingly, unbearably painful, the animals are terrified and in some areas the trappers don’t have to check traps for 2 weeks, by law.
–  In the mean time they die agonizingly slow deaths or chew their own legs off to get out.
– There was a woman who found her dog caught in a snare trap and held him while he died in it.  This happened in Enderby last year.  Pets as well as wildlife get caught in these painful traps.  Not only are traps cruel, but unsafe for domesticated pets and children.
– If the ban does not take place we will be contacting the media and encouraging a boycotting of Tourism in the area and of local businesses.
– Please ask them to educate themselves on the real horrors of trapping at the following site:     http://furbearerdefenders.com/campaigns/trapping-cruelty/trapping-overview

Please Contact the Vernon City Councillors and politely voice your concern for the animals by asking that a ban be placed on the use of traps in the area.

http://www.vernon.ca/council/councillors.html

 

Thank you,

VARC Members

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