Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Beautiful Musician, Story Teller and Animal Advocate Touring BC. Spread the word!

In winter 2010 Australian Singer Songwriter Emaline Delapaix moved to a caravan in rural North Eastern Germany, close to the Polish border with her Canadian cat Reece to write songs, escape city life and to find herself. She is back now for a month to tour B.C.

In winter 2010 Australian Singer Songwriter Emaline Delapaix moved to a caravan in rural North Eastern Germany, close to the Polish border with her Canadian cat Reece to write songs, escape city life and to find herself. She is back now for a month to tour B.C.

I will be spending 4+ weeks in beautiful British Columbia in Jan/Feb 2013, playing some intimate wintery shows, catching up with friends and reconnecting with this amazing place which I miss so much. During t

So far I will be supporting the following charities:

Critter Care Wildlife Society

Wildlife Rescue Association of BC
Hearts on Noses Mini Pig Sanctuary
Parrot Island Exotic Bird Sanctuary
Saints Rescue (for senior animals)I sure would appreciate it if you could help in any of the following ways:tell your friends in BC about my tour if you’re located elsewhere
host me for a night or 2
organize a house concert or local gig for me or recommend a venue
suggest a local animal charity to support
drive me a short distance if you are close to a gig
help promote local gigs by putting a poster or two up
tell your friends and family
lend me some equipment for a local gig
feed me . . .I promise to bring stories, songs and smiles to lighten up the winter a little ;PI will be traveling from Vancouver all the way up to beautiful Prince Rupert and back down through Nelson, stopping in many places along the way. Things are in the planning stages but here are a few rough ideas of where I will be and when:

Touring BC, from Berlin, Germany

Touring BC, from Berlin, Germany

Sat 5th – Vancouver/Bowen Island area
Sun 6th – The Cliffs Enderby
Mon 7th –
Tue 8th – Quesnel?
Wed 9th – Wells Hotel Wells
Thu 10th – Nancy O’s Prince George
Fri 11th – Between PG & Smithers?
Sat 12th – Two Sisters Smithers
Sun 13th – DAY OFF
Mon 12th – DAY OFF
Tue 15th – Cowpuccino’s Prince Rupert
Wed 16th – DAY OFF/Travel
Thu 17th – Cafenara Terrace
Fri 18th –
Sat 19th – Between Prince George & Jasper
Sun 20th – Golden?
Mon 21st – Truffle Pigs Field
Tue 22nd – Benoit’s Wine Bar Revelstoke
Wed 23rd – DAY OFF
Thu 24th – Bluebelle Bistro Kaslo
Fri 25th – Sleep is for Sissies Winlaw
Sat 26th – Ellisons Cafe Unplugged Sessions Nelson w/ Kyla Hanna
Sun 27th (lunchtime) – John Ward Fine Coffee Concert Nelson
Mon 28th – DAY OFF/Travel
Tue 29th – Drift Izakaya Rossland
Wed 30th – Between Rossland and Vancouver?
Thu 31st – Chomp Vegan Eatery Port Moody
Fri 1st Feb – Karmavore Vegan Shop New Westminster Sat 2nd Feb – Gorilla Food Vancouver TBC
Sun 3rd Feb – TAO Organics North Vancouver (last show!)

See all of you wonderful people really soon!










Emaline DelapaixTour of BC


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Update on Courthouse Rally For Captain


VANCOUVER – September 27, 2012; 9:00am – Courthouse rally for CAPTAIN
222 Main street Vancouver Provincial Courthouse
We have an upcoming rally outside the courthouse in Vancouver for the dog named Captain who was found in a dumpster, starved, stabbed, and beaten. His owner, Brian Whitlock is attending court on an unrelated charge of criminal harassment against a woman. Anyone who can be there would be most welcome, as THE ATTENTION IS BEGINNING TO WANE. Although Whitlock has had 4 appearances scheduled, he has yet to show up, and his lawyer and/or the judge keep asking for adjournments. Details are available at the link below. Thank you.

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Presse Release, Anthony Marr Shark Fin Ban Urged for Vancouver, Richmond Burnaby

Media release

Anthony Marr will present at Burnaby City Hall June 25, Monday, 7pm

In Ontario, the cities of Toronto, Brantford, Mississauga, Oakville, Newmarket, Pickering and London have banned shark fins outright.

In the U.S. Pacific: California, Oregon and Washington have all banned shark fins state-wide.

Here in British Columbia – Port Moody, Coquitlam and North Vancouver have publicly announced their own bans.

Conspicuously absent: Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby, which should be in the forefront of this charge.

The Vancouver Animal Defence League aims at outright shark-fin bans in all cities of British Columbia, beginning with Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby.

As a first salvo, Anthony Marr will deliver a 10-minute presentation at the Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way) on June 25, Monday, at 7 pm. The Vancouver Animal Defence League will hold a respectful demonstration in front of the city hall at 6 pm. All are welcome to join.

“Other than shark-finning being exceedingly cruel, half of all shark species are endangered,” says Anthony Marr. “Every year, 75-90 million sharks of various species are killed for their fins, with the rest of their still-alive bodies thrown back into the ocean. Shark-finning is by and large illegal, but almost every country with a coast line do it. And these poached products end up in the Chinatowns of cities like Vancouver and Richmond where the trade is legal, and over half of the fins could be from endangered species. The ‘one-bowl-at-a-time voluntary withdrawal’ approach may work, given a few decades; unfortunately, the sharks just don’t have the time.”

Please contact:

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)



And here is Anthony Marr’s interview on Animal Voices radio:
His segment starts at 34:09.



By Wanda Chow – Burnaby NewsLeader
June 21, 2012

Like many people of Chinese heritage, Anthony Marr ate shark fin soup, a symbol of wealth and prosperity often served at wedding banquets.

Then, as a young man, he learned how shark fins are harvested.

“I was appalled,” said Marr, now an animal rights activist. “I actually saw a video that showed how the sharks were just baited and hooked, brought on board … then had the pectoral fins and dorsal fins and the tail cut off and the rest of the shark thrown back.

“Then there was also footage showing one of the sharks sinking to the bottom and just trying to gasp for breath and couldn’t move, just kept wriggling the body until they die. It was horrible.”

Marr, a Vancouver resident, will be speaking as a delegation to Burnaby council on Monday evening on behalf of the Vancouver Animal Defence League. The group wants to see the city ban the sale of shark fins and the serving of shark fin soup.

In recent months, Port Moody and Coquitlam have already approved such a ban, Marr said, and several cities in Ontario done so before that.

The group is now aiming to get such bans in place in the Lower Mainland cities with the largest populations of people of Chinese heritage—Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby.

Marr said that, of the more than 400 species of shark, over half are endangered. Shark finning is mostly carried out by poachers who “don’t give a hoot” what species they’re poaching, so half of the shark fins sold are likely from endangered species.

The largest harvesters of shark fin are in Costa Rica, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Singapore and Taiwan, he said.

Marr has been involved in campaigns to protect tigers in India and whales and dolphins off the coast of Japan. For him, the campaign to ban the trade of shark fins is personally significant.

“I also feel if it’s a Chinese activist who stood up and led to the banning of it then the Chinese people would doubly redeem themselves,” he said, “by number one, stopping it, number two, stop using it.”

Marr and the Vancouver Animal Defence League will hold a demonstration in front of Burnaby city hall at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 25, which he is calling on members of the public to join. That will be followed by Marr’s 10-minute presentation to council at 7 p.m. Monday in city hall council chambers. Info:

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First Nations Alliance Come Together to Enforce Ban on Tar Sands Pipeline in Traditional Territories

Dear friends,

The Yinka Dene Alliance, an alliance of five First Nations from Northern B.C., and other First Nations allies are about to complete a cross-country journey from Vancouver to Toronto to enforce their legal ban on tar sands pipelines from their traditional territories. 

For years, they have been at the front-line of work to oppose this destructive pipeline, and the tankers its construction would bring to BC‘s coast. As the federal government has ramped up its extreme rhetoric against people who oppose the pipeline, the Yinka Dene are refusing to be ignored, and now they are heading directly to Enbridge’s shareholder meeting in Toronto to deliver their message in person.
Today, we’re writing to ask you if you will add your voice to theirs by signing their petition now. All of our voices are stronger when we speak together. Members of the Yinka Dene will personally deliver the petition to Enbridge’s executives at the company’s AGM on Tuesday.

The Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline will pump 500,000 barrels per day of oil through their territory, and a single spill could destroy their communities, culture, and way of life. The Yinka Dene are literally “people of the land” and their livelihoods and culture depend on healthy water, soil, and ecosystems.

The Yinka Dene nations have never ceded their territory and legally no development projects may be built on their traditional territories without their consent.

Sign the Yinka Dene Alliance’s Freedom Train petition now to show your support for their journey to Toronto. Every voice strengthens their message, and will help ensure that this destructive pipeline is not built.

The Yinka Dene Alliance departed on their cross-country train journey April 29, and already over 7,000 Canadians have shown their support by telling Enbridge that we stand with the Yinka Dene Alliance and against this destructive pipeline. Let’s help the Yinka Dene get to 10,000 before the shareholder meeting on Wednesday.

Thanks for standing together for our coast, our climate, and in solidarity with the Yinka Dene Nations.

Yinka Dene Freedom Train

Here’s the full petition:

We call on Parliament to recognize the decision that has been taken by the Yinka Dene Alliance and other First Nations to ban tar sands pipelines and tankers in their lands and waters – including the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project.

Your information will be kept confidential if you do not publish it on the website. You may provide just your province and postal code if you wish. Anyone may sign but only residents of Canada will be counted by Parliament. Your personal information will be held by the Yinka Dene Alliance and won’t be sold. We may contact you on a very limited basis. We may also share this list with allied organizations – on a limited basis – who support our cause.

Sign here:

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Today: Urge UBC President to Have A Heart



This Valentine’s Day (February 14) please urge the University of British Columbia (UBC) President Stephen Toope to “have a heart” by ending animal research at the university. Please send him a Valentine’s card ORcall or email his office to wish him a Happy Valentine’s Day and ask him to put a stop to UBC’s brutal experiments on animals.


Every year, UBC conducts thousands of experiments involving animals, including pigs, mice, cats, monkeys, and others. Many of the experiments are highly invasive and painful. Most of the research is conducted with little public scrutiny. In 2010 alone, UBC used a shocking200,000 animals in research.

Stop UBC Animal Research has discovered UBC researchers have:

*Cut open the backs of cats, inserted screws into their spines, and built restraint chambers along the cats’ spinal columns

*Administered electroconvulsive shock to monkeys to induce seizures

*Poured saline solution into newborn piglets’ lungs to induce respiratory failure

*Injected toxins into the brains of monkeys to cause a form of “parkinsonism”

*Exposed mice to cigarette smoke for six months in emphysema research

*Blinded monkeys in vision studies



*MAIL UBC President President Toope a Valentine’s card urging him to “have a heart” by ending animal research at UBC. Send cards to:

UBC President Stephen Toope

Office of the President

The University of British Columbia

6328 Memorial Road

Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2


*Email or call UBC President Toope to urge him to “have a heart” by ending animal research at UBC. To contact President Toope:


Phone: 604-822-8300

Be sure to let Stop UBC Animal Research know when you mailed your card to President Toope or called or emailed his office. We’re trying to keep track of how many people contact the UBC President. You can reach us at Thanks.


Stop UBC Animal Research at:


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Sample Letter To Grand Forks City Mayors Requesting Halt to Cruel Deer Cull




To whom it may concern:


The Honorable Brian Taylor

Mayor of Grand Forks


Grand Forks City Council;


Dear Officials,


The city of Grand Forks has passed a plan that would permit the cruel netting/trapping and killing of deer to control the resident deer population. Despite being informed of the extreme cruelty inherent in these methods, officials have decided to allow them anyway. Netting/trapping deer is inhumane in all respects. Every minute spent entangled or trapped is a terrifying eternity for these easily frightened prey animals, who can badly injure themselves in frantic attempts to get free. And the deer who are removed or killed aren’t the only victims: Mass killings tear families apart, leaving young and weak animals vulnerable to starvation, dehydration, and predators.

As a BC resident and Canadian taxpayer citizen, I can’t express enough my disappointment on this decision that also creates international outrage. We cannot treat our wildlife with such cruel actions, this is simply unacceptable for the public. This decision also brings negative attention on our country, once again. While there’s ongoing improvement around the world for more human treatment of animals of all species, here in Canada there’s no advancement and animals have to suffer horrific deaths from their injuries because there’s legal orders to destroy them in such cruel ways. Please refrain from trapping/killing these sentient animals and stick with effective, humane deer control methods instead. Please do not bring our country to the spotlight with such cruel actions. I trust that you will review this unacceptable decision and will not let these animals die this way, simply below the international animal/wildlife protection and conservation standards.

Thank you for your time in this important matter,

I’m looking forward hearing from you.


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Urge UBC to Disclose Info about it’s Cruel Experiments on Animals


ALERT: Urge University of British Columbia to disclose information about its cruel experiments on animals

Every year, the University of British Columbia (UBC) conducts thousands of research projects involving animals, including pigs, mice, cats, rabbits, monkeys, and others. Some of that research employs extremely painful and, ultimately, lethal procedures. Nearly all the experiments are done with little public scrutiny.

For instance, one UBC researcher has experimented on cats for 30 years. 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 vertebra to give researchers access to the cats’ spinal columns and to fix the animals in a sitting position for recording sessions.

UBC researchers have also:

*Repeatedly poured saline solution into newborn piglets’ lungs to induce respiratory failure

*Exposed mice to cigarette smoke for up to six months in emphysema research

*Injected toxins into monkeys’ brains to simulate “parkinsonism”

*Administered electroconvulsive shock to monkeys to induce seizures


To date, UBC has denied Stop UBC Animal Research’s freedom of information act requests and has yet to provide the organization with any details about its experiments. Since much of UBC’s animal research is funded by taxpayers, the public has a right to know what UBC is doing to animals with that money.


*Urge UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope to release information about UBC’s research on animals. See below for sample letter. Please be polite in your communication with UBC. Send any replies from UBC to

To contact UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope:


Phone: 604.822.8300

*Urge BC’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to compel UBC to disclose information. The OIPC is charged with enforcing BC’s freedom of information law and has the authority to order UBC to provide information to the public.

To contact the OIPC:

Phone: 250-387-5629

Toll-free line for greater Vancouver area: 604-660-2421; 1-800-663-7867


For more information contact Stop UBC Animal Research at or call 604.551.3324



Dear UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope:

I understand UBC conducts extensive research on a variety of animals, including pigs, rats, non-human primates, cats, mice, rabbits, and other animals. Much of that research is funded by the public, through taxpayer dollars, student fees, alumni gifts, and private donations.

UBC – a public institution that promotes critical thinking, debate, transparency, and freedom of speech – has been less than forthcoming about its research on animals. The public has the right to know about such research. Many, like me, vigorously oppose vivisection because we find it ethically at odds with our values of compassion.

Information about UBC’s animal research and decisions by its Animal Care Committee should be made widely available so that prospective students, current and potential donors, and the public can make informed choices about whether to support UBC. The US has a far more transparent system. Information, data, and reports about animal research are posted at website databases through the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Agriculture. With that in mind, I urge UBC to post the following information online:

*Assessment reports of UBC by the Canadian Council on Animal Care from 2000-2010, including records of non-compliance and violations issued by the CCAC to UBC, as well as UBC’s responses to those assessment reports

*Veterinary care and necropsy reports on animals at UBC from 2000-2010

∗Data on the number of animals used annually in research, teaching, and testing at UBC for 2000-2010. Data should include numbers of animals used by species, category of invasiveness, and purpose of use.

∗Copies of animal use protocols by UBC animal researchers and instructors for 2000-2010

∗Photos, videos, and other recordings of experiments conducted on animals by UBC researchers and instructors for 2000-2010

Finally, I urge UBC to pursue alternatives to research on animals as other universities have done and ultimately end all research on animals. I look forward to your response. Thank you.




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 Animal Research Vegan Bake Sale – Sunday, July 10

Stop UBC Animal Research Vegan Bake Sale – Sunday, July 10

WHAT:  Stop UBC Animal Research Vegan Bake Sale

WHEN:  Sunday, July 10, 2011, 11:30 AM-3:30 PM

WHERE:  Riot Clothing, 1395 Commercial Drive (at Kitchener St.). Click here for Google Maps link.

WHAT TO BRING:  A sellable vegan baked good (i.e. something that can be carried away on a napkin or in a bag)

PLEASE fill out the spreadsheet so we can get an idea of who will bring what.  Click on the link below to get to the spreadsheet:

To All: Even if you can’t make it, you can still bake something and it can be arranged for someone to pick it up and bring it to the sale.  The more food we have, the better the event!

Any questions can be emailed to June at  or Mya at

Thanks!  Hope to see you Sunday.

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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Not sure why, but we seem to be on a roll here.  Check out last weeks victories, including the petition to advance animal cruelty legislation in British Columbia.


Best. Week. Ever. Here’s what happened in the last seven days, because members took action:

1) Ai Weiwei released! A petition started by more than 20 directors of the world’s most famous art museums turned into an international movement. 140,000 of us joined the campaign, and on Wednesday the Chinese dissident artist was freed. Weiwei’s manager says members were “amazing” and personally thanked you for the support that helped to lead to his release.

2) Women in Saudi Arabia are driving! Saudi women activists won 3 campaigns on this week: With your help, they got charges dropped against Manal al-Sharif, who was arrested for driving a car in a country where it’s illegal for women to do so. After two more petitions targeting Hillary Clinton and Europe’s top ambassador Catharine Ashton, both spoke out forcefully in favor of giving women the right to drive (and Hillary says she only took a public stand because of this campaign!).

3) Sled dogs, saved! After a hundred sled dogs were brutally massacred in British Columbia, Lost actor Ian Somerhalder created a campaign on to get the province to change its policies governing the treatment of animals. More than 67,000 people signed, and British Columbia just adopted the strongest anti-cruelty laws in all of Canada! 

4) Grand Canyon, preserved! With a uranium-mining ban about to expire in the area surrounding the famous U.S. landmark, Arizona resident Suzanne Sparling led the charge to extend it. She collected 50,000 public comments from members, and last Monday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced his support for another 20-year ban on the dangerous practice.

5) And the Minnesota Twins make 5. To cap it all off, CBS reported on Tuesday that the Minnesota Twins will be the 5th pro baseball team to make an “It Gets Better” video to help prevent suicide by teens who are bullied for being gay. Every team that’s made a video (Twins, Red Sox, Cubs, Mariners, and Giants) has done so after a local member started a petition asking them to. As these victories add up, the cumulative effect is eroding the culture of homophobia in men’s pro sports.

We accomplished all this together, but every single campaign began when one person created a petition on

Click here to start your own petition now — our tech team has made it easier than ever.

Let’s have another great week.

– Patrick and the team

P.S. Here’s another amazing fact: These are just 5 of the more than 200 campaigns that members have won in 2011. If there’s something you want to change about a policy in your town, a practice by a business, or anything you care about, click here to start your own petition.

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Stop UBC Mock Funeral in the News!

This weekend, Stop UBC Animal Research staged a mock funeral for the animals used in research at UBC. The action, which had stunning visuals including caskets, photos of animals in laboratories, the Grim Reaper, and campaign members dressed for a memorial service, was an outstanding success. More than two dozen Stop UBC Animal Research members participated. And the demonstration received good media coverage (See links below):

Animal research protestors state mock funeral at UBC (UBYSSEY newspaper)

Fake funeral held in protest of UBC animal research (UBYSSEY youtube video)

Memorial at UBC for lab animals (Saving Animals News)

Activists protest UBC animal testing (CBC TV)

To see photos from the Saturday action go to:

Thanks to all who made the event such a brilliant success!


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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