Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Help Vancouver city council stop Kinder Morgan

Dogwood Initiative:

Earlier today Kinder Morgan submitted an application to twin its Trans Mountain Pipeline and more than triple the amount of bitumen being shipped by tanker from the Vancouver area.

The proposal would bring hundreds more bulk crude oil export tankers to our south coast every year, dramatically increasing traffic through Burrard Inlet and the southern Gulf Islands – we all know the unacceptable risks this poses to our communities. Fortunately, our municipal government is stepping up.

Vancouver city councillors are voting on a motion at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday Dec. 18 that would allow the city to intervene directly in the National Energy Board’s Kinder Morgan review. They need to hear from Vancouver residents who support their involvment. The Vancouver city council has already voted to oppose the Trans Mountain expansion proposal – they would be a powerful voice of reason in the review process.

Can you attend the meeting and speak in support of this motion? You will have five minutes to tell council you support their leadership and strong stance on this dangerous proposal. Here’s how to get involved:

To register to speak, call meeting coordinator Lori Isfeld: (604) 871-6355
Or register by email:
Please copy me on your email to the meeting coordinator or let me know if you’re planning to attend by replying to this email.
If you can’t be there in person, you can communicate your thoughts about the resolution to the mayor and councillors by emailing by the end of Tuesday.
This is your chance to show municipal politicians if they stand up against this project, Vancouverites will be there behind them.

Thank you for supporting our champions for the coast,

Celine Trojand
Organizing Director

P.S. Pasted below is the resolution being considered and a link to the agenda:

That Council direct staff to apply as an intervenor in the National Energy Board hearings on the anticipated Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal to advance the following points:

1. The expansion of the pipeline through the Metro Vancouver region and associated increases in tanker traffic pose an unacceptable risk to the City of Vancouver, residents and businesses including, but not limited to, risks to Vancouver and the region’s vibrant economy, local environment and parks, infrastructure, financial and legal liability, public health, and our international brand as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

2. That the City of Vancouver does not agree with the NEB’s position that harms caused by the eventual combustion of the fossil fuels carried by the pipeline not be considered as part of the review of impacts on the public interest. Further that the City of Vancouver views an increase in the extraction of fossil fuels intended for combustion, and the increase in greenhouse gases associated with this extraction and combustion, as posing a direct risk to the City as a result of sea-level rise and extreme weather impacts associated with anthropogenic climate change.

3. The City of Vancouver has grave concerns on the following points:

that no appropriate emergency response plan is in place from appropriate provincial and federal government agencies, in fact capacity has been reduced in recent years.
that the City of Vancouver, it’s residents and businesses are not indemnified against all financial loss associated with a spill from current or proposed shipments.
that full recovery funding is not guaranteed for all affected parties.
that Kinder Morgan and other responsible agencies have not invested in appropriate mitigation efforts to avoid a spill of current shipments




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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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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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Urge Georgia Aquarium to abandon it’s plans to import 18 Beluga Whales

Please urge Georgia Aquarium to abandon its plans to import these animals. Tell it that beluga whales should not be puppets of an entertainment industryprofiting under the guise of conservation and education, while ripping the animals away

from their families, homes, and freedom. Importing 18 wild-caught beluga whales captured from a recovering population from Russia is not the way to promote conservation and education. Write, email or call:

Mr. David Kimmel
President and Chief Operating Officer
Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313

Tel: 404-581-4000

Tell him:
To please withdraw the permit request to import 18 beluga whales that Georgia Aquarium submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service on June 15.
That you refuse to patronize Georgia Aquarium or any of its partner aquariums until this action is taken.
That brutally removing these animals from the wild for the purpose of public display is archaic and that captive beluga whales suffer from stress, poor health, and increased mortality.
That conservation is about protecting species and their habitats in the wild, not capturing them for public display.

Take action:

Read more:


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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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Letter to Nepal Representatives Re: Young men rip goat Apart?

Dear Nepal Representative,

I was recently forwarded a petition from Care2 and I find this so deeply disturbing and difficult to believe that I thought I would write to ask if you have any further information. As far as you know, is this actually true? Is this a tradition in Nepal? Is this accurate information? Do young men actually rip a goat apart to be called hero’s? I sincerely look forward to your response and to finding out if this is accurate information. And if so I hope you can forward me information that would help to end this barbaric practice as I trust none of you, in your positions of authority could be remotely in support of this horrible tradition.

Sincerely, A. Rose, Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns

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Thank you to the following blog for their helpful info!

I would also like to know what PETA is doing about this if anybody has info!  Thank you!!

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Join Anthony Marr and Vancouver Animal Defense League in asking for ban of shark fins in Burnaby

The Vancouver Animal Defense League is joining the fight to save our finned friends! We want to see shark fins banned not only in Vancouver, but we are pushing for a simultaneous ban in Burnaby, Richmond AND Vancouver.
We want the sale, possession and trade of shark fins to be banned outright in all three cities.
On June 25th we will be appearing before the city council of Burnaby to speak for our finned friends. Vancouver activist Anthony Marr will be speaking and he has only 10 minutes to convince the city why this ban should be put into place. The meeting room fits 90 people and we want to make sure there is standing room only.
We will be arriving at city hall an hour before the meeting starts to rally for the sharks. Bring your signs and banners!
This demo is one of the most important we will see all year, bring your friends and family!
Watch for the Richmond rally coming soon!

Email for more information.


Date: Monday June, 25th, 2012

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Burnaby City Hall, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2

Contact: for more information

Join Facebook Event Here:

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OCEAN DAY ACTION: Email to Help Sharks in Vancouver · By Artist for the Ocean

Please help Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby BAN shark fin! A city councillor stated today that if they get enough emails asking for a ban, this issue WILL be taken seriously. She said at this point they have not received enough emails to bring this issue to the table YET. PLEASE email them and pass this on!


Subject: Ban Shark Fin Soup

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please celebrate the ocean today by making a vote to ban shark fin soup. Over 70 million sharks are horrifically killed by cutting the fin off and throwing the body alive back into the ocean. It has grown to be big business globally by illegal practices that have reduced the sharks in the ocean to 10% remaining. The finning is for a bowl of shark fin soup that is nothing more than a tasteless soup used as a status symbol for weddings in the Chinese Culture.

We would like you to take this glorious day “Ocean Day” and make a point to protect its biodiversity by protecting the sharks with an action of banning shark fin soup.

Watch Sharkwater
The feature film trailer for Sharkwater – internationally award winning documentary by Rob Stewart

Thank you.


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Message From Senator Mac Harb on the Seal Hunt

March 2011

Dear Friend, I have recently tabled a Notice of Motion directing the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to find specific ways to help support Canada’s Inuit and aboriginal hunters affected by the European Union ban on commercial seal products.

I am pleased to report that the motion was seconded by Senator Charlie Watt, who represents Northern Quebec in the Senate. Senator Watt also sits on the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Along with looking at ways to help these Canadians take advantage of their unique exemption as subsistence hunters, I believe that this motion will compel the government to move past its futile efforts to challenge the EU ban on commercial seal products at the World Trade Organization. As we know, this challenge will take several years, will cost millions of dollars and is unlikely to overturn the carefully drafted EU ban.

Senator Watt and I will need the support of our colleagues in the Senate to ensure the motion passes and this issue is studied at the Committee. I would therefore encourage you to contact the members of the Senate, by email or letter using the link and address below, urging them to support Canada’s Inuit and aboriginal communities by voting in favour of the motion.

Canadians living in Canada’s Northern and Atlantic communities expect and deserve a proactive, viable strategy from their government as the commercial seal hunt comes to an end once and for all. I thank you for your interest and contribution to achieving this goal. Sincerely, Senator Mac Harb List of Senators:

E Mail may be sent postage-free to any Senator at the following address:

The Senate of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0A4. __________________________________________________________________________________

Mars 2011

Madame, Monsieur,

J’ai récemment déposé un avis de motion demandant au Comité sénatorial permanent des pêches et des océans d’examiner des mesures précises pour appuyer les chasseurs inuits et autochtones du Canada touchés par l’interdiction du commerce des produits du phoque qu’a imposée l’Union Européenne (UE). Je suis heureux d’annoncer que la motion a été appuyée par le sénateur Charlie Watt, qui représente le Nord du Québec au Sénat et qui siège au Comité permanent des pêches et des océans.

Je crois qu’en plus de permettre de trouver des façons d’aider ces Canadiens à tirer profit de l’exemption dont ils jouissent en tant que chasseurs de subsistance, cette motion obligera le gouvernement à cesser de déployer inutilement des efforts pour contester auprès de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce l’interdiction du commerce des produits du phoque imposée par l’UE.

Comme nous le savons, cette contestation sera tranchée dans plusieurs années, coûtera des millions de dollars et n’aboutira probablement pas à une invalidation de l’interdiction soigneusement rédigée par l’UE. Pour que la motion soit adoptée, et la question étudiée par le Comité, le sénateur Watt et moi aurons besoin de l’appui de nos collègues du Sénat. Je vous encourage donc à communiquer avec les sénateurs, par courriel ou par la poste (hyperlien et adresse ci-après), afin de les engager à appuyer les collectivités inuites et autochtones du Canada en votant en faveur de la motion.

Les Canadiens qui vivent dans les collectivités du Nord et de l’Atlantique attendent et méritent que leur gouvernement adopte une stratégie viable et proactive alors que la chasse commerciale du phoque tire à sa fin. Je vous remercie de votre intérêt et de votre aide pour atteindre cet objectif. Je vous prie de recevoir, Madame, Monsieur, mes salutations les meilleures. Mac Harb, sénateur Liste des sénateurs :

Vous pouvez écrire à tout sénateur, sans affranchir, à l’adresse suivante :

Le Sénat du Canada, Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0A4.

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Update From Vancouver Animal Defense League

March is a busy month for Vancouver Island animal lovers!!  We have several events going on including seal hunt demos, screenings of the Cove in Victoria, and an informative talk happening on Gabriola!!


THURSDAY MARCH 3RD We will be heading to BOTH Jean Crowder’s AND James Lunney’s office for a rally in support of the protection of Harp Seals. As Canadians we are sick and tired of our government ignoring our opposition to this attrocity and we need to let our MP’S hear about it!  Bring posters if you have any, we will have some.

NOON to 1pm
Jean Crowder’s office
77 Victoria Crescent

1:30PM TO 2:30PM
James Lunney’s office
Suite 6, 6894 Island Highway North

Please be on time for these demos as it they will be media events, arrive early if you can!



In Nanaimo, British Columbia, we will converge on the entrance to the
Departure Bay Ferry Terminal on the morning of Saturday, March 19, 2011.
The ferries from West Vancouver arrive in Nanaimo at 1010 and 1210 and
leave at 1030 and 1230. Thus we will be on the street at the traffic
lights on the corner of Brechin Road and Stewart Avenue in front of the
terminal in two shifts, from 1000 to 1030 and from 1200 to 1230 to catch
most of the cars coming and going.

Participants need only commit to being there for 30 minutes to do one
shift. Those willing to do two shifts can retire to a nearby pub from 1030
to 1200. Free parking is available all along the harbour side of Stewart
Avenue or there is pay parking right next to the demo at Millers Pub.
Please set aside a couple of hours on March 19 for this symbolic



Please join us on Saturday
March 5th at 6pm for a screening of
The Cove’. Following the documentary there will be a discussion with local
Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians who are heading to Taiji, Japan on the 7th of March to document the dolphin slaughter.
Tickets are $10 at the door, seating is limited.


The Gabriola Vegetarian Society is hosting a great discussion about xenotransplantation which is the transplantation of living cells, tissues or organs from one species to another.  In 1997 during the biggest ever leak from a UK laboratory documents revealed that Huntingdon Life Sciences were involved in the grotesque transplantation of genetically modified pigs hearts and kidneys into wild caught baboons on behalf of the drug firm Novartis- known as xenotransplantation- but the horrible experiments caused so much suffering, they were deemed illegal.  The greatest success of this research program was that one baboon survived for 30 days with a pig’s heart implanted into the back of his neck, the poor animal was seen holding the swollen red transplant, which was seeping yellow fluid, for the rest of the last days of his life.  The rest of the animals lasted an average of 10 days.  Animals in laboratories all over the world are suffering for these brutal pointless experiments.

On average, 20-30% of Canadian patients who require a transplant die on waiting lists every year, and the gap between need and availability continues to widen as demand for organs and tissues accelerates. Canada has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the western world. Is animal-to-human organ transplantation the answer?

You are invited to join

Dr. Michael Mehta for Xenotransplantation:

Should we harvest animal organs for use in humans?

Presentation will be followed by a short question and answer session

Tuesday, March 8th

7pm at the Roxy

Cost: Free or by donation

Sponsored by the Gabriola Vegetarian Society

Organ donation forms from the BC Transplant Society will be available. These forms are also available anytime at both our medical clinics, the pharmacy and the volunteer GHCF office. For more information, please call Sheila Haniszewska at 247-8482.


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