Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Surrey’s New Time Tethering Bylaw, needs you as a witness


Surrey is now accepting reports from the community about tethered dogs. And just as the Campaign for Animal Rights (CARL) advised Surrey Council prior to the passage of the time limited ban, by-law enforcement officers have been advising the callers that the bylaw is unenforceable and not a single dog has yet been removed from their chain. Since it is impractical for bylaw enforcement officers to sit unobserved outside a chained dogs home for four hours, it is now incumbent on neighbors to prove the dog is on their chain longer than four hours. And how can neighbors be expected to video tape their neighbors dog for a four hour period. As we advised Mayor Watts and her Council, the only enforceable tethering bylaw is a ban on the chaining of unattended dogs.

Surrey residents, please report all dogs who you know are on chains for longer than four hours to Surrey By-Law enforcement at 604-591-4370 and continue to followup with them about the dog until something is done. Please also email the addresses of chained dogs who have not been helped to us at We will go to the media, who is very interested in this issue, and expose the unenforceability of their bylaw.

And everyone, please write Mayor Watts and her council at to complain about their new bylaw and demand they create an unattended tethering ban and truly help end the suffering of chained dogs in Surrey.



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Peta response to local restaurants serving boiled lobsters

Quick follow up on the conversations around serving boiled lobster. Peta is following up with a letter to the General Manager of the Restaurant who decided that boiling them alive is the most humane alternative.

Please check out the link that Peta Staff offered to send to other restaurants who still do this barbaric practice and forward it to any restaurants you know of that do this. And please let us know!

OBVIOUSLY we are dealing with pretty low life forms of sentience if we are talking to a tadpole conscious species who think boiling incredibly intelligent, sentient, feeling amazing creatures alive is, yummy! However, do your best to be kind, respectful and polite as it goes much, much further than harsh words (like the comical ones, we couldn’t resist writing here…. Sigh)

Dear Ms. Rose,

Thank you for your reply. I did forward the restaurant’s email address to the appropriate PETA staff member.

If you do contact other restaurants, you could send them the link to the Crustastun system of quickly killing crabs and lobsters. To learn more please visit

Thanks again for writing and for caring about lobsters.




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Response from local restaurant on lobster “euthanization”

Hey there,

We have started a mini campaign at VARC, the kind where we politely walk into seafood restaurants and tell them a little about the sensitive nervous systems of lobsters and crabs and ask if they’d consider finding alternate ways of killing them. We just got a response from one restaurant stating that they consider boiling them alive the most humane method, well their words are a bit different, we’ll let you read below.

Not going to shout out the name of this high end seafood place in Vancouver as we do have a working relationship with them thus far, but we thought we’d share a bit of our conversation.

Please let us know what you think the most humane way of killing a lobster is, obviously there is NO humane way, but if worse comes to worse, which for lobsters, it does every day, what do you think is the least painful way these misunderstood sea creatures can be humanely euthanized?

Ad we encourage you to do the same to any local seafood place in your community. Politely tell them what you think of this rather barbaric practice and let them know how highly sophisticated these sea creatures are, in person, or by email. Its just awareness, step by step. There is a great peta link below with amazing info on crabs and lobsters.


Conversation Below:

Hi Rose,

Thank you for your interest in our food preparation practices. (blank) as a company, is continually taking steps to move our restaurants further along the environmentally friendly path.

Currently we are pioneering an effort to move to a zero waste model where, all or close to all materials and food waste are recycled or sent to compost.

Previous to this we joined ocean wise. We make every effort to carefully engineer our menus taking into consideration sustainability while keeping true to our concepts.

The note you made about the handling of lobsters did spark my interest. Upon further research including conversations with our executive team, we have decided that any evidence to an alternate method of preparing lobster is not strong enough to cause us to change our practices at this time.


On Sunday, May 5, 2013


I stopped into your restaurant and had a discussion with you about lobsters.
I was wondering if you had a chance to consider this any further and if there were any discussions about the most ethical ways to kill lobsters?

I was told there is a very specific way of killing them, that actually allows the lobster to die quickly and supposedly ensures the “meat” is more tender.

Here is some info on the sentience of their natures.
I hope you will read it.

I really look forward to hearing from you and hearing what your thoughts are about this.


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Summary of the CITES with CATCA

Summary of the CITES CoP16:
I invite you visit my CATCA FUNDRAISER GROUP: to bid on some cool animal items to help me cover the expenses of my lobbying… at the CITES CoP16. If you want to know about my succesful lobbying stories check my wall. Please share widely.
Thank you!
Ericka Ceballos


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Update on Endangered Sea Turtles at UBC~ How To Help


UBC plans to trade sea turtles for turtles at UK Aquarium
University says it will experiment, kill new turtles from Britain

Endangered Sea Turtle

As reported last week, a UBC insider tipped off Stop UBC Animal Research about the university’s plans to kill seven endangered green sea turtles. The whistleblower claimed UBC was killing the turtles because the university was closing some animal research facilities on UBC’s south campus and had no place to move the animals. UBC obtained the turtles ten years ago from a turtle farm in the Cayman Islands.

Since the story made international news last week, a UK-based aquarium has offered to exchange older turtles from its facility for the UBC turtles. The older turtles would be transported to UBC where researchers would conduct highly invasive experiments on them then kill the animals. (See: Also watch Stop UBC Animal Research on CTV’s Canada AM t Click story, “UBC under fire for studying endangered turtles.”)

Stop UBC Animal Research immediately condemned the proposed deal (see: We do not support such an arrangement because it would trade one life for another and traumatize the turtles from abroad.

*Urge UBC’s President to release the turtles immediately to a sanctuary so the animals may live their remaining days in peace. Urge UBC to reject any deals that would exchange one life for another. To contact UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope:

Phone: 604.822.8300
Fax: 604.822.5055

*Donate to Stop UBC Animal Research so we can continue our important work to end animal experiments at UBC. Go to:

All seven species of sea turtles are at high risk of extinction. Listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, sea turtles face a host of threats. Those threats include: pollution, especially from oil spills, beach front development, ingestion of marine debris, such as plastic bags, the illegal turtle shell trade, and turtle egg and meat consumption. In addition, artificial lighting along beaches often discourages female turtles from nesting and disorients hatchlings who may mistakenly wander inland, exposing them to predation.

MEDIA (Click story, “UBC under fire for studying endangered turtles)

Global TV (

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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Stop UBC at Vancouver Art Gallery

Stop UBC Animal Research’s Nearly Naked, Peta Supported Event on October 24th outside the Vancouver Art Gallery

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gathered media from all of Vancouver to cover the theatrical themed demo, bringing attention to the 100 000 animals used in animal research yearly at UBC. (approximately 2 minutes) (approximately 4 minutes)

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Heartwarming story of rescuing a horse in Richelieu

Listed  below is media coverage of protests held across Canada plus a you tube video of a collection of photos and clips from protests across Canada.

At our protest in Massueville at the Richelieu slaughterhouse, the protesters were met by a man who wanted to bring his horse to slaughter. He had to come talk with us as we were blocking the entrance, and upon learning his intentions we pleaded with him to give us the horse. He was very stubborn and finally called us days later saying he would sell us the horse for more than he would make at slaughter. Funds were raised and the horse was rescued, underwent his necessary surgery, and is now at a foster home waiting for his forever home. His name is now Joe, he is a stallion so his owner kept him in a stall most of his life. Not only will he not have to suffer the horrors of the slaughterhouse, he has freedom. He will get to experience the joys of running, playing and the sun on his coat. Thank you so much to everyone across Canada who worked so hard to pull the demonstrations together. We’ve not only made national headlines that will definitely help stop the slaughter, and we’ve also saved a life! Thank you! I have attached photos of Joe.

Emily Lavender

Short Youtube made of protests:

TV Coverage – click on October 4


Newspaper Coverage:–horse-lovers-demonstrate-across-canada-with-bulletholes-on-their-head–horse-lovers-demonstrate-across-canada-with-bulletholes-painted-into-their-heads—World/Arts/2010-10-04/article-1819715/Horse-lovers-demonstrate-across-Canada-with-bulletholes-painted-into-their-heads/1–horse-lovers-demonstrate-across-canada-with-bulletholes-painted-into-their-heads–horse-lovers-protest-with-bulletholes-in-head

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Listen to CKNW Interview with Stop UBC Animal Research

CKNW interview with Stop UBC Animal Research’s Be sure to listen to UBC’s response as well.

CKNW is Vancouver’s most listened to talk radio.  The word is spreading thanks to all of you!     Since we went public in mid-August we’ve:

None of this could have been possible without your help and energy. Thank you for making this all happen.

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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Donations Needed for Dr. Martinez to Help UVic Rabbits

Original Link: Bunnies Make Pit Stop in Steveston

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Bunnies make pit stop in Steveston


At his Steveston clinic Thursday, Joseph Martinez demonstrates how he would give a bunny oxygen through a special mask.

Christine Lyon photo

Published: September 03, 2010 12:00 PM
Updated: September 03, 2010 1:29 PM

Bunnies saved Joseph Martinez’s life and now he’s saving theirs.

The son of poor Italian immigrants, Martinez and his three sisters grew up on a farm in the middle of Israel’s Negev desert and subsisted largely on the rabbits they raised.

“Thanks to bunnies, we survived, so I owe a lot to bunnies,” he said. “Basically, bunnies saved our lives.”

The Steveston veterinarian will spend most of this Labour Day weekend spaying and neutering 40 bunnies from the University of Victoria before they are shipped to the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch in eastern Texas.

“Bunnies are my forté,” said Martinez, who made the switch to vegetarianism at age 10 and decided to dedicate his life to animals, later studying to be an animal doctor in Italy.

UVic has long had an overpopulation of feral rabbits on campus. The university euthanized 104 of them last May, prompting animal rights groups to fight against a large-scale cull. The Ministry of Environment recently granted a permit to one group, allowing them to transport up to 1,000 rabbits off campus.

Because the ministry classifies rabbits as wildlife, not pets, the animals cannot normally be given over to a rescuer.

On Thursday Sorelle Saidman and Laura-Leah Shaw of the ad hoc organization TRACS for Texas-bound Bunnies, were busy unloading 40 floppy-eared critters from the back of a pickup truck.

Stacks of cages quickly filled the small waiting room at Martinez’s Little Paws Animal Clinic on Second Avenue and Chatham Street.

This is a trial run. The Texas ranch agreed to take 1,000 bunnies, but the logistics of getting that many rabbits down south are difficult.

The ministry permit lets TRACS take possession of a maximum 96 bunnies at once, after which the group has seven days to sterilize and ship them to Texas.

The task is difficult considering the group relies on donations.

“You can’t keep making these big trips, there’s no money to keep shipping rabbits down there,” said Saidman. Martinez is one of only three vets who can perform the surgeries, according to the ministry permit.

“We basically have to do a whole whack of fundraising and try to get the ministry to add more vets and give us more time,” said Saidman.

Martinez has to complete all the operations by Tuesday so the bunnies can cross the border. They will be housed in a Washington State holding facility before making the long drive to Texas.

It takes about one hour to spay or neuter each bunny, including the anesthetic, operation and recovery time. That means Martinez will work 10- or 12-hour shifts all weekend, while still caring for his regular clients.

Though he is happy to help save the UVic bunnies, the donations he has so far received are barely enough to cover basic expenses and he is seeking further support.

In April, Richmond council banned the sale of rabbits in stores as a way to reduce the number of abanded domestic rabbits in city parks.

Local politicians are also asking other B.C. municipalities to get behind a ban on the retail sale of rabbits.

Original Story Here:

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Georgia Straight: PETA Poses Nude in Vancouver

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Photos: Nearly naked PETA protest encourages people to go vegan

By Staff, August 18, 2010

Two nearly naked members of the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals took to the streets of Vancouver on August 17 to encourage people to practice a vegan lifestyle. Wearing almost nothing except paint depicting butchers’ cuts of meat, the women carried signs reading “All Animals Have the Same Parts—Go Vegan”.

All photos courtesy of PETA.

The women also hit the streets of Victoria with the same message earlier this week.

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