Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Vex is a Handicapped dog living on the streets of Romania: can you donate anything to help him get medical care?

Please Help Vex get the Medical Care he needs! He is a Handicapped Dog, and has been living on the Streets of Romania like this since 2010! He’s now at Praxis Vet in Bucharest, Romania! He needs Fundraising for his Medical Care, and also a Wheelchair! Please Help him! Thank you! Vex’s CHIP IN LINK: Update from Criss Anca regarding Vex (4/1/12): I just came home…Me and Maria Tudor went to Oltenita and took Vex to the vet in Bucharest. He is now in care of Dr Stefan at Praxis Vet ! I am trying to upload the photos and videos, it will take a while. The dog’s back legs are in very bad conditions…but the vet will clean them…. The problem is …he will need a cart …he will not be able to walk…He was living since 200 by crawling :((( Vex is now at Praxis Vet in Bucharest, Romania! Update (3/30/12): Maria Tudor will try to find this boy tomorrow, and bring him to a Vet Clinic in Bucharest, Romania * Maria Tudor’s FB Page: is the man who’s been feeding “Vex” on the Streets of Romania, and built him a little Shelter during Winter Time! * BD Liviu:******************* There are 2 People who are Inquiring about Adopting Vex! They are both in Western Europe! Here are their names below! 1. Fiona Flynn (she lives in Ireland): 2. Tricia Clemens (she lives in Wales, UK), and runs an Animal Rescue Sanctuary there on 12 Acres of Land: Tricia Clemens Message regarding this Handicapped Dog, “Vex”: Not sure if my offer has got through. We are in Wales, UK and have a sanctuary in the country with 12 acres. We help mainly old, sick, terminally ill or disabled animals though also help any animal who needs help. We are entirely voluntary so cannot afford transport but if this can be arranged then we can offer this dog a safe, forever home living en famille as our permanent dogs do. any queries by all means ask and check us on our web site Also seek references via Facebook. 26 years in rescue. I forgot to mention in my offer that, although we can’t do the transportation we will certainly arrange and pay for neutering if he comes to us. Can you possibly let us know what is happening? Having offered him a home I am keeping a space for him but if he is not coming then I will offer it to another dog. Would be so happy to help. ********************** Here is the ANimal Rescue Organization, who first posted “Vex’s” Pics on Facebook. Please note that poor Vex is still living on the Streets like this! * Asociatia pentru protectia animalelor Robi:

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Message from CATCA on the Canadian Seal Hunt

Dear all,

I have some important news to share with you all:

Canadian commercial seal hunt

Our blood thirsty Canadian Federal Government and the DFO does it again:
Now they want an annual quota of 400,000 Harp seals for 2012!

They totally don’t have to struggle much to be completely deaf and blind to all
the facts of scientific reports and data, stating that the harp seal
populations are vulnerable due to high mortality rates caused by global
warming, with poor ice conditions threatening the survival of the baby seals.

Our government is also totally ignoring the fact that there is not market at
the EU and in several other countries worldwide.

The EU ban on the import trade of seal products that was implemented in August
20th 2010, has been literally killing the market and the commercial seal hunt
even before it came in effect, making this the only effective action that has
ever threatened to end the infamous and brutal Canadian commercial harp seal

But then why the DFO’s Gods claim more innocent baby seal blood?

They do it because they want to show the world that they can still kill baby
seals, even if there is not a real market nor they make any profit, just to
waste as usual our own tax payers money in sponsoring sadistic fishermen (that
make less than 1% of their annual income of profit) in this barbaric commercial
seal hunt.

It is simple and plain: Canada doesn’t care at all for conservation of seals or
any other wildlife.

They also do it because they are desperate as all their international seal
market doors are slamming on their face now.

Last year they had the same quota and they claimed that they caught around
70,000 harp seals -some say 38,000-( and we wonder how they did that as there
were barely any boats on the ice, with about 225 sealers in the commercial seal
hunt of 2011 according to some observers).

2011 was a bad year for the fishermen at “The Front”, because there were
several reports of freshly cut seal skins dumped upon arrival in garbish
containers in New Foundland, more than in other prior years.


So what is the point of just killing our beautiful seals for nothing?
It doesn’t make sense at all.

But it is just a matter of time, as the DFO and our Federal government will not
be able to keep on doing this senseless killing of our Canadian seals much
if there are not markets for the pelts and other seal derivates.

The only thing that we know for sure, is that the end of this horrific
slaughter is near, and no matter how much the DFO tries, they can’t keep doing
this unsustainable, non for profit, wasteful and beyond any civilized common
sense killing of the seals just because they don’t like them.

Hopefuly it will be sooner than later, so no more blood of the innocent baby
seals will be spilled to please the DFO never ending blood thirsty gods.

International Campaign to help Yupi

In other news, please sign and share our petition online for Yupi.
We need to get 100,000 signature (or hopefuly more) by the end of this month.

These signatures will be printed and sent out to the Director of the zoo.

For more info on this campaign pls. check our webpages:

Thank you!

Ericka Ceballos
Coordinator of the International Campaign to Save Yupi
International Save Yupi Coalition
Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals CATCA

Ericka Ceballos, CATCA

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Last Day of the Governance of Nonhuman Animals at the University

This event is part of the thematic series Bringing the Collective Together: Nonhuman Animals, Humans and Practice at the University. See below for overview:

How are nonhuman animals seen and used by humans at the university? What is the history and the ethics of this practice? How should a democratic society deliberate about the use of animals at a university? How does the prevailing mode of regulation relate to the value of practical wisdom? How might animal voices best be heard and attended to by a democratic public? This series initiates meaningful interdisciplinary, scholarly deliberation about the use of nonhuman animals in university teaching and research. It brings together scholars from the humanities, social sciences and sciences who otherwise have scant occasion to interact. It creates opportunity to compare Canadian regulation to that in other jurisdictions; explores the ethics of the use of life, including by invoking diverse cultural standpoints; examines who benefits from animal research; and interrogates the juridical and political governance of nonhuman animals in a democratic society.

Link to this series on Green College site:

Video of our previous events:

Event A: Ethics of Life, Use and Care

Event B: Who Benefits from Animal Research?

Event C1: Governance of Nonhuman Animals at the University in a Democratic Society (Part 1)


Speakers and Topics:

Maneesha Deckha – Law, University of Victoria
–A feminist relational legal perspective on the use of animals in research

Max Cameron – Political Science, UBC
–Why animals deserve moral consideration; how their perspectives might be included in institutional governance of their lives

Kenneth Sharpe – Political Science, Swarthmore College
–How institutions that govern animals in research might better address all goods and interests at stake

Michael Burgess – Chair in Biomedical Ethics, UBC
–How democratic deliberation can channel deep disagreement among reasonable people toward well-considered policy decisions


Michael McDonald, Inaugural Maurice Young Chair of Applied Ethics, UBC

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Worldwide Vegan Bakesale – Liberation BC

Worldwide Vegan Bakesale

April 22, 2012 – 3:00pm – 7:00pm

From April 21st to April 29th, 2012, vegan bakers all over the planet will be taking part in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale–and that includes Vancouver!  On Sunday, April 22nd, we will be holding a bake sale outside 3G Vegetarian Restaurant, with half of the proceeds going to help local activists involved in the rescue of former battery caged hens, and half going to Liberation BC to fund our advocacy work. 3G will also be generously donating a portion of their earnings that day.

We need bakers and volunteers!  If you want to help out, you can add yourself (and your baked goodies!) to our spreadsheet here.

Contact for more information.


3G Vegetarian Restaurant

3424 Cambie St

Vancouver, BC


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Vigil for Spinnaker at Vancouver Aquarium on Saturday March 10th

Dear colleagues, friends and supporters,

VIGIL for Spinnaker

Saturday, March 10, 2012

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Outside the Vancouver Aquarium


Please join us on Saturday at 1:30pm
for a Vigil outside the Vancouver Aquarium
to say good-bye to Spinnaker who died on March 8
and to pray for the freedom of all the others still inside.

We would like everybody to please stand quietly,
hold hands or hold candles, but be mindful.
Honour the life of Spinnaker by attending this Vigil.

Help convince the Vancouver Aquarium not to replace Spinnaker.


Saturday at 1:30pm

Bring candles and friends

No Whales In Captivity

Vancouver, Canada

Tel: 604-736-9514

Find us on Facebook NO-WHALES IN-CAPTIVITY


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Please ask Egyptian Government To Help Starving Animals

As you may be aware, the Gracia Del Mar (a South American–owned vessel recently retrofitted to carry live animals) is currently stranded in the Red Sea near Eritrea. An engine failure reportedly caused the ventilation and feeding systems to shut down just three days into their journey, leaving animals to starve, suffer, and die in the extreme heat.

It is rumored that more than 2,750 animals have died so far. The ship has been refused permission to dock in Port Said, Egypt (the animals’ intended destination for slaughter), because of the number of dead and dying cattle on board, and it has been left stranded after not being allowed to dock at several other destinations. Conditions on board are believed to be horrific, with no aid or relief available to the suffering animals.

Please join PETA in asking the Egyptian government to allow this ship to dock and provide immediate and appropriate care to these animals, who have already suffered so much at the hands of the live-export industry.

The Egyptian government has so far been ignoring calls from organizations around the world asking that the country help out in this situation.

Please send polite comments to:

The Honorable Mohamed Reda Ismail Abdel Hady
Egyptian Minister for Agriculture

Please write to your local Egyptian embassy and ask that the ambassador do everything in his or her power to intervene in behalf of these animals.

For more tips on writing, please see PETA U.S.’ letter-writing guide.

The following talking points can be rephrased in your e-mails:

  • Animals used for live export suffer from the moment they leave the farm until their final agonizing slaughter.
  • Both Brazil (where the animals’ journey began) and Egypt are required under the World Organization for Animal Health guidelines to take responsibility in ensuring that the animals are treated humanely in this situation.
  • These cattle are being left to die a slow and painful death.
  • The world is waiting for Egypt to do the right thing by immediately allowing this ship to dock.
  • Egypt should allow the ship to dock and the cattle to receive appropriate care and humane euthanasia where necessary.

Thank you in advance for your action for animals!


The PETA Asia-Pacific Team

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