Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Please Put Out Water For the Birds, Butterflies and Bees

Vancouverites and people from around the world.  We are in a huge heat wave.  In Vancouver we are 30 days of no rain, this is serious. If you imagine how hot you are, consider the poor little creatures struggling in hot city streets with out shade of forests, cool natural breezes that would naturally help cool and refresh and suffering without the, cool lands where water flows.  These creatures are struggling tremendously in this heat.  Please, please, please consider putting out food to help them regulate their core body temperatures.  Leave out bird seed for the birds.  They have to work hard to cool down.  Provide shade, a safe place and a bucket or bowl of fresh clean water, changed daily.

Our wildlife is suffering, incredibly.  Please help.




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Things of interest: The Honey Bee

“The saying “busy bee” is important when considering the bee as a totem. When a bee totem appears it is helpful to evaluate your activities. How much work are you getting done? Don’t ask yourself how busy you are. We can be very busy and yet accomplish little. The bee is very productive and doesn’t mess around. Bee teaches us to stay on task until the work gets done. Bees, like ants, live in a caste system. Ask yourself what role your are playing, queen bee, drone, or worker bee. Sweetness is also associated with the bee. Bees pollinate flowers, burrowing their mouths into fragrant blooms. Honeybees collect nectar to make their honeycombs. The stinger is also significant, a bee’s stinger represents sacrifice. The stinger is used as a defensive weapon, yet can result in death. When a bee totem appears you may need to ask yourself what needs to be sacrificed or let go of. If you allow yourself to let go of things that no longer serve you, the sweetness that may be in short supply will flow toward you more freely.”





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Pigs Dive Into Water, playful, intelligent and humerous

“When in their natural surroundings—not on factory farmspigs are social, playful, protective animals who bond with each other, make nests, relax in the sun, and cool off in the mud. Pigs are known to dream, recognize their own names, learn “tricks” like sitting for a treat, and lead social lives of a complexity previously observed only in primates. Many pigs even sleep in ‘pig piles,’ much like dogs. Some love to cuddle and others prefer space.

People who run animal sanctuaries that include pigs note that they are more similar to humans than you would guess. Like humans, pigs enjoy listening to music, playing with soccer balls, and getting massages. Pigs can even play video games!

Pigs communicate constantly with one another. More than 20 of their oinks, grunts, and squeals have been identified for different situations, from wooing their mates to expressing hunger. Newborn piglets learn to run to their mothers’ voices, and mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.

Pigs have very long memories. Dr. Stanley Curtis, formerly of Penn State University, put a ball, a Frisbee, and a dumbbell in front of several pigs and was able to teach them to jump over, sit next to, or fetch any of the objects when asked to, and they could distinguish between the objects three years later.

Biologist Tina Widowski studies pigs and marvels at their intelligence: “When I was working with the monkeys, I used to look at them and say: ‘If you were a pig, you would have this figured out by now.'”

Scientists at the University of Illinois have learned that not only do pigs have temperature preferences, they also will learn through trial and error how to turn on the heat in a cold barn if given the chance and turn it off again when they are too warm.

Pigs don’t “sweat like pigs”; they are actually unable to sweat, and they like to bathe in water or mud in order to keep cool. One woman developed a shower for her pigs, and they learned to turn it on and off.

Pigs have been known to save the lives of others, including their human friends. According to London’s The Mirror, “a pet piglet called Pru was praised by her owner … after dragging her free from a muddy bog.” The owner said, “I was panicking when I was stuck in the bog. I did not know what to do and I think Pru sensed that. … I had a rope with me that I use as a dog lead and I put it around her. I was shouting ‘Go home, go home’ and she walked forward, slowly pulling me out of the mud.”

In addition to Pru, there is Priscilla, a pig who saved a young boy from drowning; Spammy, who led firefighters to a burning shed to save her calf friend Spot; and Lulu, who found help for her human companion, who had collapsed from a heart attack. A pig named Tunia chased away an intruder, and another, named Mona, held a fleeing suspect’s leg until the police arrived.

Many pigs in sanctuaries ended up in new homes after jumping off of slaughterhouse-bound trucks and escaping, and in England, a stone carving of a pig named Butch was placed upon a historic cathedral after Butch and his friend Sundance escaped from a slaughterhouse and roamed the country for several days before being captured. Fortunately, a national outcry against slaughter allowed Butch and Sundance to go to a sanctuary.”


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Rescues: we are here to help, everywhere, comedy

A VARC Team member found this on Craigs List and shared it with the Editor. We are passing it along because we think its cute, funny and relevant. Of course we would never want anybody to feel that they should continue to keep their unloved pet out of fear or shame of bringing him or her to a shelter. Or to drop them off somewhere because they feel vilified for surrendering an animal. We think, it is far better to give an animal a chance at a loved life, then remain neglected or unwanted. This does not mean there wont be bumpy times in life where all concerned need to just do their best. If you love your little friend, do everything to hang on through the bumpy times, reach out and ask for help! There are many in the world who WILL support you, whether that be with vet bills and food so you can hang on through the tough times or something else. If you just don’t care, that’s a whole other story. Just be your dog, cat, bunnies best friend as we are all doing our best in a world over populated with neglect and under nourished with income and basic necessities. Just a note. If you love your pet and need help, please contact us. We will try to send you the appropriate links to get assistance, if we can.

Also, never ever ever advertise your animals and friends to be adopted out on Craigs List. There may not be many, but there are serious whackos in the world…. Don’t you want to know your little friend at least went to a safe place?

VARC Editor

Rescues*** we are here to help… (Everywhere )
What should be on every rescue and shelter answering machine..,

Hello: You have reached (123) 4556-7890. Due to the high volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to the following options and choose the one that best describes you or
your situation:

Press 1 if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has
suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home
right away.

Press 2 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your
150 pound, 8-year-old dog.

Press 3 if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of
your dogs because you are the only person in the world to have a
baby and dogs at the same time.

Press 4 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having
problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.

Press 5 if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and
cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.

Press 6 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home TODAY
and pick up the dog you no longer want.

Press 7 if you have been feeding and caring for a stray for the
last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it’s not your

Press 8 if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money
for your vacation.

Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not
active and is going to outlive you.

Press 10 if your relative has died and you don’t want to care for
their elderly dog because it doesn’t fit your lifestyle.

Press 11 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because
it is declawed, but you are not willing to accept the responsibility
that the cat’s behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.

Press 12 if your two-year old male dog is marking all over your house
but you just haven’t gotten around to having him neutered.

Press 13 if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling
because she is suddenly pregnant.

Press 14 if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up
before I have to go to work so you can drop a dog off on your way
to work.

Press 15 to leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know
you have left a dog in our yard in the middle of January, which is
in fact, better than just leaving the dog with no message.

Press 16 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to
take your dog that you have had for fifteen years, because it is
not our responsibility.

Press 17 if you are going to threaten to take your ten-year old dog
to be euthanized because I won’t take it.

Press 18 if you’re going to get angry because the volunteers had the
audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted
volunteer who is not authorized to take your personal pet.

Press 19 if you want one of our PERFECTLY trained, housebroken, kid
and cat friendly purebred dogs that we have an abundance of.

Press 20 if you want us to take your dog that has a slight
aggression problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and killed your
neighbors cats.

Press 21 if you have already called once and been told we dont take
personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this
time with a different answer.

Press 22 if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to
board your personal dog while you are on vacation, free of charge,
of course.

Press 23 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to
deliver an eight week old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before
your kids wake up.

Press 24 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby
bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.

Press 25 if you want us to take your female dog who has already had
ten litters, but we cant spay her because she is pregnant again and
it is against your religion.

Press 26 if you’re lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel
bad and take your personal pet off your hands.

Press 27 if you have done everything to housebreak your dog and
have had no success but you don’t want to crate the dog because it
is cruel.

Press 28 if you didnt listen to the message asking for an evening
phone number and you left your work number when all volunteers are
also working and you are angry because no one called you back.

Press 29 if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because
today is your daughters birthday and you forgot when she was born.

Press 30 if your dogs coat doesn’t match your new furniture and you
need a different color or breed.

Press 31 if your new love doest like your dog and you are too
stupid to get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next
month anyway) instead of the dog.

Press 32 if you went through all these options and didnt hear
enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being
shed by one of our volunteers who is holding a discarded old dog
while the vet mercifully frees him from the grief of missing his

Author Unknown, but much appreciated!

Please remember that if you can not commit to fur-always or at least the next 13-17 years, dont BUY A PET! it is not a shelter or rescues obligation to take on your commitments, they do so out of fear that you will kill them if they dont and dumping them anywhere, even alone on the side of a road is abuse!



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CATCA at Veg Fest This Saturday, a free summer street festival


CATCA-ACWF will have an educative table at the Veg Fest Vancouver! This is a free summer street festival in it’s third year on happening July 27th, 2013 in downtown Vancouver on Granville Street (between Dunsmuir and Smithe) hosting vegan food vendors, informative tables for animal organizations, local businesses, and much more!

We will be there from 10 AM-6 PM. Stop by to say hi and to pick up our latest ACWF important fliers. CATCA-ACWF is now accepting donations of small animal art/crafts or jewelry for our next online Fundraiser event. You can drop your donations in our table or send them by mail to: Ericka Ceballos/CATCA , P.O. Box 16021, 617 Belmont Street, New Westminster, BC V3M-6W6 Canada

Your items will go a long way to save the animals!

Thank you!/Gracias/ Dzienki!

Ericka Ceballos
Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals
Animal Conservation and Welfare Foundation

Welcome to CATCA
Working for more than two decades to stop abuse and cruelty to animals.

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Veg Fest July 27th at Granville Street between Georgia and Robson

Dear all,

CATCA will have an informative table at the VegFest on Saturday July 27th!
(The VegFest will be at Granville Street between Georgia and Robson).

The event will be from 10-6 PM.
If you could come for 1 or 2 hours that will be greatly appreciated.

Please, send me a private message here in FB if you can volunteer for this nice event.

Thank you very much on ahead.

Ericka Ceballos


CATCA-ACWF will have an educative table at the Veg Fest Vancouver! This is a free summer street festival in it’s third year on happening July 27th, 2013 in downtown Vancouver on Granville Street (between Dunsmuir and Smithe) hosting vegan food vendors, informative tables for animal organizations, local businesses, and much more!

We will be there from 10 AM-6 PM. Stop by to say hi and to pick up our latest ACWF important fliers. CATCA-ACWF is now accepting donations of small animal art/crafts or jewelry for our next online Fundraiser event. You can drop your donations in our table or send them by mail to: Ericka Ceballos/CATCA , P.O. Box 16021, 617 Belmont Street, New Westminster, BC V3M-6W6 Canada

Your items will go a long way to save the animals!

Thank you!/Gracias/ Dzienki!

Ericka Ceballos
Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals
Animal Conservation and Welfare Foundation

Welcome to CATCA
Working for more than two decades to stop abuse and cruelty to animals.

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Downed Cow, Veganism is our future

”The article “Downed Cow” 28 years ago changed my life forever.” ~Maria Dolores Power

The truck carrying this cow was unloaded at Walton Stockyards in Kentucky one September morning. After the other animals were removed from the truck, she was left behind, unable to move. Stockyard workers used customary electric prods in her ear to try to get her out of the truck, then they beat her and kicked her in the face, ribs, and back, but she still didn’t move. They tied a rope around her neck, tied the other end to a post in the ground, and drove the truck away. The cow was dragged along the floor of the truck and fell to the ground, breaking both her hind legs and her pelvis in the process. She remained this way until 7:30 that evening.

For the first three hours, she lay in the hot sun crying out. Periodically, when she urinated or defecated, she used her front legs to drag herself along the gravel roadway to a clean spot. She also tried to crawl to a shaded area, but she was unable to move far enough. Altogether, she only managed to crawl between 13 and 14 yards. The stockyard employees wouldn’t allow her any drinking water; the only water she received was given to her by Jessie Pierce, a local animal rights activist. After she was contacted by a woman who witnessed the incident, Jessie arrived at noon. Stockyard workers did not cooperate to help her, so she called the Kenton County police. A police officer arrived but was instructed by his superiors to do nothing; he left at 1 p.m.

The stockyard operator informed Jessie that he had permission from the insurance company to kill the cow but wouldn’t do it until Jessie left. Although doubtful that he would keep his word, Jessie left at 3. She returned at 4:30 and found the stockyard deserted. Three dogs were attacking the cow, who was still alive. She had suffered a number of bite wounds, and her drinking water had been removed. Jessie contacted the state police. Four officers arrived at 5:30. State trooper Jan Wuchner wanted to shoot the cow but was told that a veterinarian should kill her. The facility’s two veterinarians would not euthanize her; they claimed that in order to preserve the value of the meat, the cow could not be destroyed. A butcher eventually arrived at 7:30 and shot the cow. Her body was purchased for $307.50.

When the stockyard operator was questioned by a reporter from The Kentucky Post, he stated, “We didn’t do a damned thing to it”, and referred to the attention given to the cow by humane workers and police as “bullcrap”. He laughed throughout the interview, saying that there was nothing wrong with the way that the cow was treated.

This is not an isolated case. It is so common that animals in this condition are known in the meat industry as “downers”. According to the meat industry’s own statistics, each year, millions of chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows arrive at the slaughterhouse either dead or too sick or injured to walk. The animals become severely crippled or ill after a lifetime of abuse in factory farms and a very difficult journey to the slaughterhouse, during which they are shipped through all weather extremes without any food or water. Factory farms don’t provide individualized medical care or humane euthanasia to sick animals: It’s cheaper to let the animals suffer and eventually die. The suffering caused by the meat, egg, and dairy industries’ cost-cutting measures is enormous. The egg industry, for example, confines between five and 11 birds to small wire battery cages, despite the fact that the extreme crowding causes some of the birds to get sick and die. Egg-industry expert Bernard Rollin sums up the simple, cold-hearted reasoning of egg factory-farm operators by saying that “chickens are cheap, cages are expensive”.

After PETA brought much-needed attention to this issue, the Kenton County Police Department adopted a policy requiring that euthanasia be performed on all downed animals immediately, whether they are on the farm, in transit, or at the slaughterhouse. Many other law enforcement agencies don’t have such policies, and downed animals continue to suffer everywhere. It is up to the public to demand change in how the meat, egg, and dairy industries treat animals, and it is up to consumers to refuse to purchase the products of this miserable industry. Otherwise, many more animals will continue to suffer the same agonizing fate of this nameless cow.

What You Can Do – Please, help prevent unnecessary suffering by adopting a vegetarian diet. Eating dairy, eggs, meat, honey or other animal products and byproducts is unnecessary and causes the death of trillions of innocent animals each year and environmental damage. A single person eating a vegetarian or fruitarian diet saves more than 500 animals each year.


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Redesign stickers for milk cartons

Ever felt pissed off, while at the milk aisle, buying some wholesome soy milk. Seeing the deceitful milk packaging, which were maliciously engineered. To dupe people, into believing that dairy farms are animal havens.
We all know that, for the animals, the milk farm, is a place of death and torture. So why not redesign them scummy lil cartons, yourself?
All you need is a printer and some sticker pages (can be bought cheap at printer and computer supply stores).
Don’t forget to share, your handiwork with us at –
The best 269 aisle copywriters will get, free 269life swag!!!

Please invite as much people as you can.
For the chrome users, you can invite all your friends with one click! (just go to the app store and search for invite all)

The stickers –
( Layout ready for an A4 page, accommodates 12 stickers – )

English –


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Is Vancouver trying to help tenants keep their pets?

Source, Full story here CBC News:


The City of Vancouver approved a motion late yesterday afternoon to help renters keep their pets — but it might not have the authority to affect such a change.

The city says more than half of Vancouverites are renters, and under the current rules pets can be banned from rental properties.

Coun. Tim Stevenson says the city wants to come up with a way pets, renters and landlords can all get along.

“Maybe they’ll pay a higher fee to enter into the apartment building, but you know they’ve had this in place for … 23 years in Ontario,” Stevenson said.

Geoff Urton with the B.C. SPCA says owners often give up their beloved pets for a place to live.

Ontario is the only province that has outlawed no-pet rules at rental properties. Ontario is the only province that has outlawed no-pet rules at rental properties. (Amel Emric/CP Images)

“Just in our Vancouver animal shelter, more than 100 pets a year are surrendered to us for that reason,” he said. “It’s the number one reason animals are surrendered to us.”

Pet owner Andrew Simmons says his landlord tried to evict him and his two cats, Muffin and Tigger.

He complained to the Rental Tenancy Branch and was able to keep them, but doesn’t want others to have to fight the same battle.

“I had permission from the previous owners to have pets. I just never had it in writing,” he said.

“When the building was sold and we had new landlords, then they tried to evict me. I think it’s a start because it’s always good to have dialogue. “

But the motion approved by the city might be moot. The Residential Tenancy Act is under provincial jurisdiction, and the government says it has no plans to change the current rules.


Question from VARC:  What can we as pet and animal loving citizens do to support this motion?  Ideas? Suggestions?

One idea is we encourage you to forward this letter from the SPCA to any landlords you have come into contact with or whose email address you have.

Afterall, education they say, is the first of many, many, illdefined steps:

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Join Stop UBC on July 27th starting at 9:30 please RVSP

Please join Stop UBC Animal Research at VegFest on July 27th!
Granville Street between Georgia and Robson, starting at 9:30 but
a few different shifts are available….
We need leafleters, people to attend the table, sell t-shirts and
bake us vegan dog treats (to give away upon donation)!

Please RSVP at this e-mail address or phone 604-551-3324

Also, the Animal Welfare Department at UBC is calling for animal advocates
to join a focus group on animals is research issues: if you would like to
apply, please contact Elisabeth Ormandy

These are 2 important opportunities to make the animals’ voices heard so please
consider investing just a small amount of your time.

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Support Vancouver Humane Society Demo’s against rodeo cruelty at Calgary Stampede

People who care about animals will be holding demonstrations against rodeo cruelty at the Calgary Stampede (July 5-14). They need your help.
Every year, VHS makes headlines with its campaign against rodeo cruelty at the Calgary Stampede. We do what we can to draw attention to the issue through the news media, advertising, our website and social media. But there is a group of people in Calgary who are on the front-lines of the struggle to stop the suffering of rodeo animals and they are the unsung heroes of that struggle.
There is enormous peer-pressure in Calgary to support the Stampede and not to question what happens during the rodeo. But there is a small but growing number of Albertans who are willing to stand up to that pressure and make their voices heard by attending public protests against the rodeo. They come from all walks of life; from mechanics to filmmakers, from office workers to care givers. They are women, men, young, old, single, married – just ordinary people. But they share an extraordinary compassion for animals.

Last year the demonstrations in Calgary attracted the most support ever, with 55 people attending. This year, the protest organizers hope to build on that success – and they need your help. If you live in the Calgary area and you believe in kindness to animals, this is a chance to show you care and to make a difference. If you hate animal cruelty, don’t stand by and let it happen. Please help if you can.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Anthropologist Margaret Mead
For information on how to join the protests against rodeo cruelty contact:

Protest dates and times:

Friday July 5th at 6pm

Saturday July 6th at Noon

Sunday July 7th at Noon

Friday July 12th at 6pm

Satuday July 13th at Noon

Sunday July 14th at Noon

Location: Across the street from the Victoria Park/Stampede LRT Station on the grassy area.
– See more at:


Photo: Matthew Wolfe

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