Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

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Write to Langley Township who voted 5 – 3 against a shark fin ban.

From the Vancouver Animal Defense League:

So last week the Township of Langley voted 5-3 against a shark fin ban even though they have several restaurants within their township selling shark fins.  Please email and ask them to reconsider.  If the city of Vancouver wants a regional ban on shark fins then why would the Township of Langley oppose their efforts?

We appeared as a delegation to the City of Langley last week and they are discussing whether they should implement a ban within city limits.  Please email and encourage them to support the regional ban as well as a Provincial ban.

We are scheduled to appear as a delegation to the Duncan city council on Vancouver Island, October 15th.  More details to come.

Thank you very much for your efforts!

Vancouver Animal Defense League





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Update on Courthouse Rally For Captain


VANCOUVER – September 27, 2012; 9:00am – Courthouse rally for CAPTAIN
222 Main street Vancouver Provincial Courthouse
We have an upcoming rally outside the courthouse in Vancouver for the dog named Captain who was found in a dumpster, starved, stabbed, and beaten. His owner, Brian Whitlock is attending court on an unrelated charge of criminal harassment against a woman. Anyone who can be there would be most welcome, as THE ATTENTION IS BEGINNING TO WANE. Although Whitlock has had 4 appearances scheduled, he has yet to show up, and his lawyer and/or the judge keep asking for adjournments. Details are available at the link below. Thank you.

Join Facebook Group Here:


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Who was Captain?


Here is a write-up from the Justice For Captain Facebook Group:

Today it has been 2 months since Captain’s death. I’d like to remember Captain today by sharing his story with the world. Captain was a 2-year-old German Shepherd who was a tryout for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police but he was rejected because he was “too friendly” and was also alleged to have been deaf. He was sold by the RCMP to a man in Langley who subsequently sold him to Captain’s current

owner, Brian Edward Whitlock. On July 18, 2012, Captain was discovered in a dumpster in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, by a couple out for a walk. He was emaciated, and had been stabbed, cut, and brutally beaten, to the point of likely being rendered quadriplegic and with brain hemorrhaging. Captain was rescued from the dumpster and taken immediately to a veterinary hospital. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts to save him, including performing CPR for 30 minutes, Captain passed away the next day. Captain’s owner was nowhere to be found in the days following Captain’s discovery in the dumpster. A warrant to search his residence was subsequently secured, and during that search a Swiss army knife, baseball bat, and heavy chain were recovered. The SPCA recommended charges of animal cruelty (causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal in accordance with the Canadian Criminal Code) to Crown Counsel in Captain’s death, but have indicated they will not name the suspect in Captain’s death until charges are laid. However, media sources have reported that the charges have been recommended against Brian Whitlock. Crown Counsel have not yet approved charges. They returned the file to the SPCA seeking further information regarding witness statements and expert witness testimony, as well as results of DNA testing. The SPCA is currently awaiting the results of the DNA analysis, and have indicated that Crown Counsel will not proceed with charges until they have all the evidence before them. The SPCA have expressed, however, that they are “very confident” that charges will be laid in Captain’s case and that he will get justice in the courts. There are measures that YOU can take to ensure this happens.

1) Please sign and share the petition to our government to strengthen and enforce animal cruelty legislation:

2) Please phone, send an e-mail (, or write a letter to BC’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General to RESPECTFULLY ask when charges will be pressed against Captain’s killer:

Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Honourable Shirley Bond
PO BOX 9044 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9E2
Phone: 250 387-1866
Fax: 250 387-6411

Thank you for remembering Captain today by taking action to ensure that he did not die such a horrific and indefensible death in vain. WE NEED JUSTICE FOR CAPTAIN.


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Join Anthony Marr in his Global Anti-Hunting Coalition and write a letter to Global TV


I have been informed that the hunting lobby is petitioning Global TV to cancel its recently announced cancellation of its hunting programming. Here is my letter to Global TV to thank them, and to oppose this opposition, and I urge all to join me in this fight.

To:,, Dear Global TV, I am writing to thank you for cancelling from your programming the three hunting shows [Canada in the Rough], [The Canadian Tradition], and [Angler & Hunter Television], which in essence are nothing short of snuff films performed by serial killers of magnificent animals whom non-consumptive wildlife viewers love and enjoy.

It is a well known fact that the vast majority of Canadians and Americans do not hunt, many of whom being opposed to hunting on moral and ethical grounds, and that hunting as a heartless and merciless hobby is on the wane. I have also been informed that many have turned to other channels that do not host such depravity for news and entertainment. Now we can allow our children to freely peruse your channel without concern for their mental health and emotional well being.

Please Thank Gobal TV for banning the cruelty of showing hunting on t.v. Sincerely, Anthony Marr Founder and President Global Anti-Hunting Coalition Vancouver, BC


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Court Date For Captain Sept 13th for Brian Whitlock


Just a reminder that there will be another court hearing on Sept. 13th for BRIAN WHITLOCK, owner of Captain, the German Shepherd he mortally wounded and left to die in a dumpster.

Please Visit this Facebook Group for ongoing information


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