Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

National Animal Welfare Conference with Dr. Jane Goodall in Toronto

Please distribute this e-mail to everyone you know who cares about animal welfare.

Register by March 1st 2014 to get the early bird rate and be entered to win an opportunity to attend a special VIP event with Dr. Jane Goodall and other prizes!

Conference registration fees increase by $100 after March 1st.

Canadian Federation of Humane Societies – National Animal Welfare Conference
Eaton Chelsea – Toronto, ON – April 12-15 2014

The 2014 Conference is an unprecedented opportunity to share, learn, connect and network with the animal welfare community in Canada. The 2014 conference brings together like-minded individuals and organizations who promote respect for and humane treatment of animals.

Register Now:

Early Bird prizes:

· An opportunity to attend a special VIP event with Dr. Jane Goodall (more exciting news to come about this event)
· Free accommodation for the duration of the conference
· Free conference registration

Conference highlights:

· Keynote: Hope for Animals – Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE and UN Messenger of Peace
· Opening Plenary: The Future of the Humane Movement: Critical Factors in Building a Humane Canada – Craig Daniell, CEO, BC SPCA
· Plenary: The Five Freedoms for Farm Animals: How on Earth Will We Get There? – Geoff Urton, Manager of Stakeholder Relations, BC SPCA
· More than 24 individual sessions in four stimulating concurrent tracks
· Three post-session training courses
· Pre-session site visits
· Nightly accommodation rate of only $119 + taxes at the Eaton Chelsea (hyperlink to registration page)
· $500 Travel bursary from the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada

Visit: to register, book your accommodation, read the conference program, overview and speakers’ bios.

If you have any questions about the conference please don’t hesitate to contact me. See you in Toronto!

Again, please distribute this e-mail to everyone you know who cares about animal welfare.


David Dern
Marketing & Fund Development Manager
Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

Tel: 613-224-8072, ext 22

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CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference early bird registration is now open! Register now:



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Animal Advocacy Camp

Animal Advocacy Camp 2014
Vancouver’s Animal Rights UnConference

March 22 & 23
Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver

Join your fellow animal advocates for two days of learning and sharing about taking effective action for animals.

You have valuable skills, experiences, and ideas. By working and learning with others you can build a stronger community of animal advocates and make a greater difference in the lives of animals.

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.

* 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.

Animal Advocacy Camp is a step in the direction of a strong and powerful Canadian animal rights movement. Bringing activists together to talk, plan, learn, and share together will lead to more effective activism and greater change.

Be a part of creating change.


Jo-Anne McArthur – photographer, We Animals ( ), The Ghosts in Our Machine ( )

Dylan Powell – Marineland Animal Defense ( )

Lisa Hutcheon – Small Animal Rescue Society of BC ( )

Sara Dubois – Chief Scientific Officer, BC SPCA ( )

Register and learn more at .

Stop UBC Animal Research is a community grassroots campaign that employs peaceful, legal, and compassionate approaches to educate the public about the grim realities of research on animals at the University of British Columbia and to ultimately bring about an end to research on animals at UBC. Please visit our website at:

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Join Stop UBC Animal Research for a discussion on vivisection

Please join Stop UBC Animal Research and VADL for an open discussion on the UBC
vivisection campaign and how to effectively move forward. We will be discussing
campaign goals, strategies and tactics. Bring your ideas and compassion for the animals
in laboratories – yours is their only voice!

Oakridge Public Library at 41st and Cambie – meeting space at rear….
6:45pm on Thursday, January 23rd

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Radical Animals and Ravaged Environments: A New Understanding For a Common Struggle

Radical Animals and Ravaged Environments: A New Understanding For a Common Struggle

Thursday, September 12th, 7pm
The Yet-to-be-named Former Rhizome Café, 317 East Broadway

Hosted by The Black Paw Print Collective and Rising Tide – Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.


Join us for a community discussion about bridging together environmental struggles and animal liberation.

With presentations by
Aylon Cohen, Black Paw Print Collective
Comrade Black, Profane Existence and former SHAC Canada
Fletch, Rising Tide-Vancouver
Suzy Q, Black Paw Print Collective


The Black Paw Print Collective is an anarch@-feminist collective devoted to total animal, environmental, and human liberation through direct action and education.

Rising Tide: Vancouver Coast Salish Territories is a grassroots environmental justice group committed to fighting the root causes of climate change and the interconnected destruction of land, water, and air.

RSVP on facebook:


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UBC Animal Research friends and supporters !!

Subject: Please join us for two important events!

Hi to all Stop UBC Animal Research friends and supporters! You are invited to a vital planning meeting this coming Monday, September 9th at 7pm, at 1428 West 7th Avenue in Vancouver
(near Granville Street). Newcomers are welcome to join in and share their ideas, questions and expertise….

We will be hearing more about the upcoming visit by Dr. Ray Greek, President of
Americans for Medical Advancement, in an event sponsored by Stop UBC Animal Research.
9/27th at VPL will be an unprecedented opportunity for many to hear a leading scientist speak out
against animal research – a presentation not to be missed!

We have much planning to do for 9/27th. We will also be planning upcoming advertising and outreach
opportunities and looking for exciting new ways to keep the campaign active and a powerful voice for
the animals in laboratories at UBC and at other Canadian institutions.

Please RSVP if you can join us at Monday’s meeting!

604-551-3324 or

Who Knew?!
10,000 Canadians are killed EVERY YEAR by ANIMAL-TESTED drugs!
This is the 4th leading cause of death! JAMA 1997 vol.277, pp.301-6
featuring Dr. John J. Pippin, MD “MAXIMUM TOLERATED DOSE”
6 pm – 7:30 pm
Dr. C. Ray Greek, MD, author of
SACRED COWS and GOLDEN GEESE The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals
Appearing in person to answer questions and elaborate on “TRUISMS – That Aren’t True”….
8 pm
Sept. 27, 2013
Vancouver Main Public Library 350 West Georgia St. Peter Kaye Room

From Stop UBC Animal Research Website:

In February, 2010, Stop UBC Animal Research formed out of concern for animals at the university. Our months-long investigation of UBC revealed disturbing details. For instance, one UBC researcher has experimented on cats for 30 years. In 2008 he received a five-year, federally funded grant for continued animal research. In his papers, the researcher described how he had cut open the backs of cats to expose their vertebrae, inserted titanium screws into the cats’ spinal columns to inhibit movement, and built restraint chambers around the cats’ exposed vertebrae to give researchers access to the cats’ spinal columns and to fix the animals in a sitting position for recording sessions.

We also discovered UBC researchers have conducted studies in which they:

Administered electroconvulsive shock to monkeys to induce seizures
Poured a saline solution into newborn piglets’ lungs to induce respiratory failure
Captured wild songbirds, withdrew their blood, then decapitated some of the birds
Exposed mice to cigarette smoke for up to six months in emphysema research
Blinded monkeys in vision studies



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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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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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Intersections Of Oppression

Please go to their Facebook Page for further details and contact information:

Oppression is something that many beings face, regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation or species. Why is it that animals are so often left out of radical liberation struggles? Join Mya Mayhem and Tim Rusmisel as they facilitate a discussion about how anarchist, feminist, environmental and other struggles are intertwined and how we can move towards uniting in the fight for total liberation.

Mya Mayhem and Tim Rusmisel are passionate vegan straightedge anarach@-feminist activists who have been dedicated to total liberation struggles for over a decade. Campaigns they have recently been a part of include the Open the Cages Tour and the Black Pawprint Collective. Their next project is a move to Costa Rica to work with the Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary on wildlife rescue/rehabilitation, sea turtle conservation, forest preservation and community solidarity building. This event is a fundraiser to help the animals of Rainsong.

Location: Spartacus Books, 684 East Hastings Street
Date: Tuesday February 26th at 7:00 p.m.

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Animal Advocacy Camp

Please Check out Animal Advocacy Camp 2013 coming up on February 23 and 24th at the UBC Student Building.

More details here:

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Join Vancouver Animal Defense League and Peta Supporters in Protesting Fur on Fur-Free Friday November 23, 1 – 3, Winners

Please join Vancouver Animal Defense League and local PETA supporters in protesting fur on Fur-Free Friday! It’s the day after Thanksgiving, the start of the winter shopping season, and the largest fur protest of the year. Check out this video for tips on what to say to those wearing fur, too. Here are the details:

When: Friday, November 23, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Winners Department Store, 798 Granville St., Vancouver (See this map.)
Contact: Marley Jean at

All materials, such as posters and leaflets, will be provided, and please note that reserved parking will not be available. If you will be traveling for the holidays, check out our list of Fur-Free Friday events and see which one you can attend!

Please read PETA’s handy protest tips. We welcome everyone to come out and have a fun time speaking up for animals. Learn more about how animals are used for fur, leather, down, wool, and exotic skins here so that you can answer any questions that your friends might have. If you aren’t able to join us on Friday, please let me know and I’d be happy to send you leaflets and stickers to pass out in your area or help you get active in other ways.

We’re also offering 20 percent off anti-fur T-shirt purchases of $20 or more at from now until December 12. Please use coupon code FFF12 at checkout.

We hope to see you at the protest!

For all animals,

Adam Miller
Action Team Coordinator
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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