Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Animal Advocacy Camp February 25 – 26 2012

Join your fellow activists for Metro Vancouver’s own animal rights unconference
Animal Advocacy Camp, February 25-26


WHEN
Saturday, February 25
9AM-5PM (doors open at 8:30)
Opening talk: Camille Labchuck (Federal Green Party)
Closing talk: Rob Laidlaw (Zoocheck Canada)

Sunday, February 269AM-5PM (doors open at 8:30)
Opening talk: Lesley Fox (FurBearer Defenders)
Closing talk: Sarah Kramer (Vegan cookbook author and superstar)

WHERE
The Hive, 128 West Hastings Street
Click here for Google map

WHAT
Animal Advocacy Camp will be a practical, attendee-led event, where YOU get to set the agenda and host discussions about what YOU want to talk about. Over the two days of Animal Advocacy Camp, you can:

  • Share your stories, ideas, and experiences.
  • Learn from the experiences of others.
  • Discover the wealth of resources available
  • Host powerful dialogues about issues and strategies.
  • Create and strengthen relationships.
  • Become a stronger and more effective advocate for animals.

How it works
The agenda for each day (apart from the opening and closing talks) will be set by the people at the event during the morning agenda setting. This means that you can bring your own ideas for a topic and add it to the agenda on Saturday or Sunday morning. Your topic can be anything you want to discuss with other passionate activists — ideas, tools, support, and so on.

HOW TO REGISTER
Advance registration is required and costs $15 for both days. Register now at animaladvocacycamp.ca

FOOD
Morning coffee and snacks are complimentary. Lunch options are available at reasonable cost. Check out lunch options at http://animaladvocacycamp.ca/registerNOTE: Stop UBC Animal Research will also be selling vegan baked goods and will have a table with our merchandise.

SPONSORS:

Liberation BC
Nice Shoes
Jenni Remple: Creative for Change
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals
Earthsave Canada
Stop UBC Animal Research
Vancouver Humane Society

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Glenn at Liberation BC
glenn@liberationbc.org
604-761-4497

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Today: Urge UBC President to Have A Heart

PLEASE POST AND FORWARD

URGE UBC PRESIDENT TO “HAVE A HEART” BY ENDING ANIMAL RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY

This Valentine’s Day (February 14) please urge the University of British Columbia (UBC) President Stephen Toope to “have a heart” by ending animal research at the university. Please send him a Valentine’s card ORcall or email his office to wish him a Happy Valentine’s Day and ask him to put a stop to UBC’s brutal experiments on animals.

BACKGROUND

Every year, UBC conducts thousands of experiments involving animals, including pigs, mice, cats, monkeys, and others. Many of the experiments are highly invasive and painful. Most of the research is conducted with little public scrutiny. In 2010 alone, UBC used a shocking200,000 animals in research.

Stop UBC Animal Research has discovered UBC researchers have:

*Cut open the backs of cats, inserted screws into their spines, and built restraint chambers along the cats’ spinal columns

*Administered electroconvulsive shock to monkeys to induce seizures

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

*Injected toxins into the brains of monkeys to cause a form of “parkinsonism”

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

*Blinded monkeys in vision studies

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

*MAIL UBC President President Toope a Valentine’s card urging him to “have a heart” by ending animal research at UBC. Send cards to:

UBC President Stephen Toope

Office of the President

The University of British Columbia

6328 Memorial Road

Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

OR

*Email or call UBC President Toope to urge him to “have a heart” by ending animal research at UBC. To contact President Toope:

Email: presidents.office@ubc.ca

Phone: 604-822-8300

Be sure to let Stop UBC Animal Research know when you mailed your card to President Toope or called or emailed his office. We’re trying to keep track of how many people contact the UBC President. You can reach us at stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com. Thanks.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Stop UBC Animal Research at:

604-551-3324

stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com

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CATCA Alert for Yupi the Polar Bear in Captivity

Dear Friend,

I was wondering if you could help us with this urgent campaign to relocate a
Polar bear in Mexico, which is in a concrete barren enclosure very poor
facility, and is suffering every day because of the extreme heat.  WE URGE YOU
TO MAKE YUPI’S PLEA YOUR VALENTINE’S ACTION!

UPDATES FOR THE YUPI CAMPAIGN (February 3rd, 2012)

WEBPAGE LINK: http://www.catcahelpanimals.org/yupien.html

We have excellent news:

*The Green Party of Mexico is now our voice for this campaign in Mexico.

*Born Free UK just joined our efforts in this campaign.

*Our other animal welfare colleagues in Europe and Canada, have also been
active collecting signatures for our petitions to help Yupi.

*Very soon we will know for sure to which facility Yupi can be transfer, but it
will be either Canada or the US.

But, we still need to collect 10,000 signatures by the end of February 2012!

Please print the petition to start to collect signatures with your colleagues,
friends and family here: http://www.catcahelpanimals.org/docs/
yupipetitionen.pdf

Please send your petitions by the end of February to any of these addresses:

If you are in the UK or Europe:

Zoo Check team Born Free Foundation
3 Grove House, Foundry Lane
Horsham West
Sussex RH13 5PL, England

If you are in Canada or the US:

Rob Laidlaw
Zoocheck Canada
788 1/2 O’Connor Drive
Toronto ON M4B 2S6, Canada

For Mexico and Latin America:

Sr. Oscar Vélez Ruiz Gaitán
Coordinador de Ecología y Vida Silvestre, CEN,
Partido Verde Ecologista Mexicano
Cerrada Loma Bonita #18,
Colonia Lomas Altas Delegación Miguel Hidalgo,
México D.F. C.P. 11950

For the rest of the world:

Scan the petitions with the signatures and send them to CATCA by e-mail:
ericka@catcahelpanimals.org  Cc harmonyseal2004@yahoo.ca (Very important, on
the subject line please write: YUPI PETITIONS, so I will not miss them!)

or send them to us:

Ericka Ceballos
Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals
P.O. Box 16021, 617 Belmont Street
New Westminster BC V3M-6W6
Canada

I hope you can give us a hand to collect the signatures we need!

Go to the link to our Yupi website to learn more about Yupi: http://
http://www.catcahelpanimals.org/yupien.html

Thank you for helping us to help Yupi!

Ericka
CATCA
http://www.catcahelpanimals.org

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Night Rally Outside Vancouver Aquarium Feb.16

NIGHT RALLY 7:00PM TO 8:30PM
THURSDAY, FEB. 16
outside the Vancouver Aquarium
Bring friends, flashlights and warm clothes!

Ethics – The AAAS, though advocating ethical treatment of whales, holds its press reception at a place
where whales are treated unethically.

We are holding a Night Rally outside the Aquarium because although we support and congratulate the AAAS on holding a symposium on whale rights, it sends a conflicting message for the AAAS to also hold a party at the local whale jail

The AAAS party is for media reporters from all over the world that follow the AAAS and report on scientific advancements.

Please join us and respectfully greet the world media as they arrive ready to party at the aquarium. This is our opportunity to let the world know that in Vancouver, public protest closed the orca whale tank in 2001, and that we plan to do the same for the beluga whales and dolphins still enslaved at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Join us at the Night Rally for a couple of hours and help hold the banner (see below) or hand out info as you greet the arriving guests with a smile.

SCIENTISTS AGREE WHALES HAVE RIGHTS
PLEASE DON’T SUPPORT WHALE JAILS
LIKE THE VANCOUVER AQUARIUM

Please let me know if you are able to participate in the Night Rally on Thursday, Feb.16 from 7-8:30pm outside the Vancouver Aquarium.

Thank you on behalf of the whales,

Annelise Sorg
President, No Whales in Captivity
461 – 1755 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC
CANADA V6G 3B7
Tel (604) 736-9514
E-mail annelise@look.ca Cc ericka@catcahelpanimals.org

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MORE INFO:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
 will hold its 
annual meeting and conference in Vancouver, from February 16 to 20, 2012.  On Sunday, February 19, it will hold a symposium titled “Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Ethical and Policy Implications of Intelligence”, at which all the scheduled speakers will argue that science is showing whales to be intelligent individuals whom it is unethical for humans to hold in captivity. However, on the preceding Thursday, February 16, the AAAS has scheduled itsopening media reception at the Vancouver Aquarium.  The Vancouver Aquarium holds beluga whales and dolphins in captivity.

No Whales In Captivity wrote letters to the AAAS and pointed out the conflicting messages of holding a symposium on the rights of whales, while at the same time booking a party for the media right next to the whale tank. The AAAS was urged to change the venue to a more appropriate one, but the AAAS refused. 

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Political Lobbying Skills Seminar

Date: Thursday February 23 2012
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST

REGISTER NOW

Political Lobbying Skills

Explore techniques to effectively lobby politicians and make advancements for animal welfare in Canada. Developing a goal, identifying the key actors, constructing a power analysis, defining the key issues, creating a communication matrix and identifying effective tactics will be discussed.

Presented by Barbara Cartwright and Kim Elmslie

Barbara Cartwright is the CEO of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, and is an award winning leader in animal welfare, conservation and education.  Barbara’s work has spanned five continents and 20 years. Her knowledge of policy and public affairs allowed her to lobby for amendments to federal legislation including updates to the Criminal Code, the Migratory Bird Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. In 2008, working closely with on-line giant eBay, she led a successful effort to end the illegal ivory trade on its site worldwide. Barbara has presented to the Justice Committee of the House of Commons, the all party International Conservation Caucus, the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Specifies (CITES) as well as at the IUCN World Congress.

Kim Elmslie is the Communications Manager for the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, and has more than 16 years of experience in the animal welfare movement. Kim led a coalition of national and international conservation groups and successfully lobbied to amend the Migratory Birds Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to protect seabirds from illegal bilge oil dumping. She has lobbied at the federal and provincial level in support of stronger laws to protect animals from cruelty and has appeared before several Parliamentary and Senate committees as a witness.  Kim has presented her work at conferences around the world.

This Webinar is free for all CFHS members and offered at an introductory rate of $10.00 CAD for non-members. 

Please note a toll-free line is not available for the audio portion of the webinar.

CFHS Members:  After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Non CFHS Members: Click here to pay for the webinar or contact us atinfo@cfhs.ca or 1-888678-2347.  Once we have received your payment you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joinging the webinar.

REGISTER NOW

System Requirements

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

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