Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Dogwood Initiative, Beyond Coal, New West Quay October 27th 12 p.m.

Thank you for fighting to keep B.C.’s coast safe from the threat of oil spills and to stop the expansion of U.S. thermal coal exports through B.C. ports. Right now, there’s one agency standing in the way of both of these fights: Port Metro Vancouver.

The port has the power to expand the docking facility Kinder Morgan requires to twin its pipeline to Burnaby and to grant permits for coal export proposals like Fraser Surrey Docks. The problem is, Port Metro Vancouver is run like a corporation with an unelected board of mostly industry appointees.

We simply don’t have a say in port decisions that have direct consequences on our health and livelihoods. It’s time to take back our port.

When: Sunday October 27, 12 p.m.
Where: The Quay, New Westminster
Why: Because it’s time to take back our port

Join us to show the port what real democracy looks like. RSVP now for a peaceful rally co-sponsored by our partners Communities and Coal, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change and Wilderness Committee.

The port could make a decision any day now to grant the expansion permit for Fraser Surrey Docks and become the biggest coal exporter in North America. You’ve signed petitions, written letters and inspired local leaders to take action against this proposal. The port has responded with PR stunts like holding out-of-the-way open houses instead of public hearings and asking Fraser Surrey Docks to conduct an inadequate “environmental impact assessment” instead of a health impact assessment that meets international standards.

Port Metro Vancouver is unaccountable and undemocratic. In fact, that’s how it’s set up to operate.

This is our moment to show the port it cannot remain unaccountable to the families who would be impacted by Kinder Morgan’s proposal or those living along the coal train routes.

RSVP now and help us take back the port on October 27.

I’ll see you there,

Laura Benson

P.S. We’re not the only ones ready to take back our port. Organizations from across the Lower Mainland fighting to protect critical habitat, farmland and local communities from roughshod port development will join us on the 27th. Please stand with your neighbours and RSVP now.

Image Wilderness Committee



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CATCA Distributes brochures on Whales in Captivity at Landmark Cinemas

Dear all, As part of the WAD Activities, Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals (CATCA) will be distributing educative brochures about whales in Captivity on Wednesday 23th at Landmark Cinemas (New Westminster Sky Train Station) during the New West Doc Fest presentation of Blackfish.

There will be very great documentaries for three nights only, that you do not want to miss! Bring your family and friends.

I hope to see you there!

Ericka Ceballos
WAD Canadian Ambassadress

**Check the list of documentaries!**

New West Doc Fest (October 23, 24,25)

Wednesday Oct 23
7:00 Feature Film: The Legend of Sarila
9:00 Feature Film: Blackfish

Thursday Oct 24
7:00 Feature Film: GMO OMG
9:00 Feature Film: Twenty Feet from Stardom

Friday Oct 25
7:30 Feature Film: Bidder 70
9:00 Free AFTER PARTY at the Spud Shack Fry Co.
New Westminster SkyTrain Station

Filed under: Alerts, Education/Leafletting, Help Needed, ,

Update From Vancouver Animal Defense League

A Canada Goose in Massachusetts.

A Canada Goose in Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Business is obviously less than booming for Snowflake Furs after they downsized and shut down one of their stores.  Up until recently they had five stores in Vancouver, Whistler and Banff but one of their Banff stores is now shut down.

Alpine Start ‘Canada Goose’ fur trim campaign update.

We have decided to back off of Alpine Start until spring of 2014 after they committed to making changes in their store.  They have agreed to remove the Canada Goose window decals and work this winter to seek out fur-free alternatives to Canada Goose.  Alpine Start is on the same block as MEC and Valhalla Pure, which are both fur-free, so we are confident that a protest campaign would devastate them.  We have made it very clear that we will settle for nothing less than a fur-free policy, and have plans to contact them in March to discuss Fall and Winter 2014.    

"Thanks for your continued support and motivation for us to stay current
with the ethical treatment of wild animals and the cruelty of fur sourcing.
Our decision is already made to support your cause - reduction of fur
products in our retail store. For a small independent store like Alpine Start Outfitters, immediate
elimination of a key category will hugely impact sales and this will surely
put us out of business unless we work on this with a long term exit
strategy - so we can gradually reduce the fur products and replace them
with other non fur products/ brands."

Our new fur target is Brooklyn Clothing company.

We approached the owner today, provided him with a fur trim information package and asked him 
to put his hand in one of our leghold traps so that he could experience the entire reality of the 
fur-trimmed products he carries.  He did not put his hand in the trap, but he committed to researching 
the issue and promised to respond to us soon.  We let them know that we plan on protesting this 
winter if they do not agree to go fur-free.   

Please ask them to adopt a fur free policy.


‘Meat the Truth’ documentary screening.  

Tues November 5th, 7:30pm
Spartacus Books 684 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory, BC
Spartacus books is wheelchair accessible.
By donation, all proceeds to benefit Vancouver Animal Defense League’s grassroots campaigns.

“Do you like having a planet to live on? Well we do! Turning off lights is a good start, but what we eat might even be more important. Meat The Truth reveals the startling links between meat eating and global warming, and is a must-see for anyone who cares about the future of life on this planet! Watch the film that picks up where ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ conveniently left off. A must-see for anyone who cares about the future of life on this planet.”


Fintastic Friday Nights are STILL happening!

Please join us Friday nights at Sun Sui Wah, 3888 Main St, 6:30 till 8:30.

Check out this video of a 17 month old boy whose first words happen to be one of our shark fin chants.  His family lives 2 blocks from our demo location and his mother says he can’t even say daddy yet.  He and his brothers have been listening to our shark fin protests from their house for the last eight months and they love to join in once and a while.  Very cool. 



Sun Sui Wah shark fin restaurant has several massive billboard sized advertisements up INSIDE YVR airport and we want them removed.  Ronald Smith has the ability to remove those ads IF he gets enough complaints.  Please ask him to stop promoting a business that has endangered species on their menu.


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Primate Liberation Week, Help Stop UBC Animal Research Collect Signatures

Tomorrow marks the start of Primate Liberation Week – please join us on Wednesday, October 16th at 4:30pm at the Canada Line station at Georgia and Granville – we will be leafleting in support of the 1,000’s of monkeys languishing in laboratories in Canada and gathering petition signatures asking the Minister of Science and Technology for an immediate moratorium on the most invasive and cruel forms of animal research.
Another way to help animals in laboratories! Our entry into the Aviva Community Fund just has 2 more chances to make it to the next round –  please sign in and vote today and Sunday!
thank you for being their voice!

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Stop UBC Animal Research Campaign at Vancouver Art Gallery

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