Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Mercy For Animals; “I could only watch as she lay kicking and blinking, conscious and suffering . . .”

I could only watch as she lay kicking and blinking, conscious and suffering, for minutes before she finally died.

Pig number 46257’s death was no less cruel than her life living in a filthy, metal gestation crate not much larger than her body. She could barely move. She developed sores on her face from being forced to lie pressed against the bars of her cage. By the end, she was too sick to stand.

There is a reason why these ‘torture chambers’ have been banned in the entire European Union and in nine U.S. states. We cannot allow Sobeys, Loblaws, Metro, and Walmart to continue selling pork raised in these horrific conditions. Sign my petition demanding these stores stop sourcing pork from animals locked in gestation crates immediately.

I am an investigator with Mercy For Animals Canada and I went undercover for 10 weeks at a Puratone factory farm supplying pork to these stores. Last week I went public on CTV’s W5 with footage of the horrific conditions I observed. The misery and abuse that I witnessed will haunt me for the rest of my life.

The good news is that we can change what these stores are selling, because we have done it before. Major retailers like Costco, Safeway, McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, and over 40 others in Canada and the United States have taken a stand against gestation crates, demanding pork suppliers do away with them.

Sign my petition and demand that Sobeys, Loblaws, Metro and Walmart follow their competitors and do the right thing.

Hopeful,
“Darrel”

MFA Canada Undercover Investigator

 

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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

Email: dkimmel@georgiaaquarium.org
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: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fawionline.org%2Faction-ealerts%2Fyour-help-needed-stop-import-18-wild-belugas-georgia-aquarium&h=dAQH_X8AbAQEnsTg7JiOgZFVQZVsXlWqJQFaMXWFIaS4-VQ&s=1

Read more: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/georgia_aquarium_belugas.htm

 

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Join Anthony Marr in his Global Anti-Hunting Coalition and write a letter to Global TV

 

I have been informed that the hunting lobby is petitioning Global TV to cancel its recently announced cancellation of its hunting programming. Here is my letter to Global TV to thank them, and to oppose this opposition, and I urge all to join me in this fight.

To: viewercontact@globaltv.com, viewers@globalnational.com, viewercontact.bc@globaltv.com Dear Global TV, I am writing to thank you for cancelling from your programming the three hunting shows [Canada in the Rough], [The Canadian Tradition], and [Angler & Hunter Television], which in essence are nothing short of snuff films performed by serial killers of magnificent animals whom non-consumptive wildlife viewers love and enjoy.

It is a well known fact that the vast majority of Canadians and Americans do not hunt, many of whom being opposed to hunting on moral and ethical grounds, and that hunting as a heartless and merciless hobby is on the wane. I have also been informed that many have turned to other channels that do not host such depravity for news and entertainment. Now we can allow our children to freely peruse your channel without concern for their mental health and emotional well being.

Please Thank Gobal TV for banning the cruelty of showing hunting on t.v. Sincerely, Anthony Marr Founder and President Global Anti-Hunting Coalition Vancouver, BC

 

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Posting on Behalf of Special Needs K9

HELP PLEASE MAKE A CALL TO
TAYLOR COUNTY, IOWA SHERIFF Phone: (712) 523-2153. THESE PUPPY MILL DOGS ARE GOING TO BAKE TO TO DEATH IN THE SUN!!!
This directly violates code 717B (neglect) because they are not protecting the dogs against the elements (heat).
These dogs are located on a USDA-licensed puppy mill in the Bedford area in far southern Iowa.

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

PLEASE FORWARD AND POST WIDELY

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

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY

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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

*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 stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com

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

Email: presidents.office@ubc.ca

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

E-mail: info@oipc.bc.ca

For more information contact Stop UBC Animal Research at stopubcanimalresearch@gmail.com or call 604.551.3324

SAMPLE LETTER TO UBC PRESIDENT TOOPE

DATE

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.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

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: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

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Question to the public. Has Troy Gentry Paid For His Mistake?

We at VARC are curious how citizens feel about the following story.  We look forward to your feedback. Do you think Troy Gentry has shown remorse for his actions or do you think as a hunter he will simply do this again?

Troy Gentry illegally and unethically killed a pet cub bear in a canned hunt in Minnesota in 2004. According to CMT news: “Greenly and Gentry allegedly tagged the bear with a Minnesota hunting license and registered the animal with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as if it had been killed in the wild. The animal’s hide was subsequently shipped to a taxidermist in Kentucky for mounting.” SHARK (Showing Animals Respect & Kindness) writes “Troy Gentry, of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, pled guilty to a crime resulting from the horrendous slaughter of a tame bear inside a one-acre electrified enclosure.”  “In 2004, Gentry bought a tame cub named “Cubby” from Lee Marvin Greenly, the owner of “Minnesota Wildlife Connection,” where people can photograph wild animals that have been domesticated.  He paid Greenly $4, 650.00 and then filmed himself shooting an arrow into the poor animal, all the while pretending the bear was wild and even dangerous.”

“In the video, Gentry claims with glee that he shot Cubby in the lungs.  While this brought Gentry much pleasure, as his glowing smile attests to, the reality is that when an animal is shot in the lungs they literally drown in their own blood.” Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDsUx4PH5Aw.

SHARK waged and won a three-year battle (including a victorious lawsuit) against the US Fish and Wildlife Service that forced the federal government to turn over the videotape of  Gentry’s canned hunt killing. http://www.sharkonline.org/UP0000000779.pdf

Troy Gentry writes a statement which is posted on the Montgomery Gentry website: http://montgomerygentry.com/news/troy-gentry-statement saying the following: 

November 8, 2010

Four years ago I was charged for illegally tagging and
taking the hide of a black bear across state lines. For that, I paid a $15,000 dollar fine, served a period of probation and gave up my rights to hunt or fish in the state of Minnesota for 5 years.  At that time I apologized for the crime that I committed but failed to apologize to the public for the unethical way the bear was taken.There’s no one who feels as bad about this as I do.  I have beaten myself up about this over the years.  I made a mistake, a bad decision and it has been an embarrassment to both me and my family.  I have learned my lesson and have paid a huge price personally and professionally.  Since this happened, I know in my heart that I am a
different and better person.I am not proud of what I did and I am truly sorry.-Troy Gentry
 
 
 
 

Global Wildlife Warriors are requesting that citizens write to the Merritt Mountain Musical Festival organizers asking that Troy Gentry be removed from the line up of performers.  Please write to the organizers with the contact details below if you feel Troy Gentry’s actions should keep him out of the Music Festival.

CONTACT:  Tel:(250) 378-0965  Email: info@mountainfest.com

Activist’s Sample Letter:

Dear Organizers of Merritt Festival,
I am contacting you to bring a crime to your attention, committed by Troy Gentry, the country singer performing
at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival. The public is outraged that this person has been given this opportunity and I am asking you to cancel his performance due to his disturbing action of illegally killing a precious and tame bear cub in an example of “canned hunting.” There are you tube video’s showing how he mercilessly killed a cub with bow and arrow shot through the lungs where he died an agonizing death:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDsUx4PH5Aw

I believe this will bring negative attention to the celebration of the musical entertainers at this festival.

Thank you,

Sincerely, Name, Country

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Meet Paul Watson at PCFF 2011

Projecting Change Film FestivalVancouver, B.C.
Thu, 26 May, 2011 – Sun, 29 May, 2011
Projecting Change Film Festival is Western Canada‘s only environmental and social issue film festival. This is a film festival meets TED-talk-type event. The fourth annual festival takes place from May 26th – 29th at SFU Woodwards and unites individuals who are passionate about exploring some of today’s most pressing global issues through thought provoking films and engaging discussions with speakers from around the world.
Captain Paul Watson will make an appearance, for the second year in a row, to speak after the film Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson on Friday, May 27th at 6:45pm.
The film festival starts on May 26th at 7:00pm with an Opening Night Gala at the historic Salt Building. Then May 27-28th the festival begins with a 10:00am film showing with the last film starting at 9:30pm. The festival ends on May 29th with the first film starting at 10:00am and the last one starting at 7:00pm.
Location: SFU Woodward’s
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7

(Map)
Fees: Adults – $12 ;Students (13-17) – $10; Seniors (65+) – $10; Children 12 and under – $10 At The Door
Calendar: My Sea Shepherd Event Calendar

Sea Shepherd Events Page

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Ellen DeGeneres Asks Fans to Help Stop Canadian Seal Slaughter

Ellen DeGeneres Asks Fans to Help Stop Canadian Seal Slaughter

Ellen DeGeneres has over one million fans on Facebook, but I’m pretty sure I’m her #1 fan after her latest move of animal activism:the vegan talk show host recently asked her viewers to help end the Canadian commercial seal hunt.

On her show’s webpage, DeGeneres writes: “Seal hunting is one of the most atrocious and inhumane acts against animals allowed by any government. Canada is allowing the slaughter of a record number of seals in their 2011 hunting season, which is going on right now. The seals are often younger than 3 months old.”

DeGeneres then links fans to PETA’s website, where donations are accepted to help stop the seal hunt. Close to $45,000 has already been contributed from seal-lovers worldwide.

Ellen’s call to action is timely, as the seal hunt is just getting underway. This year, the Canadian government has sanctioned the slaughter of 468,200 seals, a 20 percent increase from 2010 slaughter numbers.

As Ellen DeGeneres suggested, donating to PETA’s anti-fur campaign is a wonderful way to help the seals, who are killed for their pelts, meat, and oil. But you can also save seals without involving your credit card: The Humane Society of the United States has called for a boycott of Canadian seafood, as many Canadian fishermen hunt seals during the fishing off-season.

In order to help eaters avoid supporting the seal slaughter unknowingly, HSUS has thoughtfully put together a search engine for restaurants in the U.S. that participate in the Canadian seafood boycott.

And seal-lovers everywhere should be aware of one restaurant that doesn’t make HSUS’s list of eateries: Red Lobster. The seafood chain is the world’s largest purchaser of Canadian seafood, and is thus a huge supporter of the commercial seal hunt.

Right now, Red Lobster is the least seal-friendly eatery in the United States. But the restaurant could quickly go from zero to hero: With its 690 North American locations, Red Lobster would pack a powerful punch for seals if they joined the boycott of Canadian seafood.

Sign our petition to tell Red Lobster to stop selling Canadian seafood until the commercial seal slaughter ends for good.

Photo Credit: ronpaulrevolt2008

Annie Hartnett is a writer and animal advocate who has worked for several wildlife rehabilitation centers and environmental programs.

 

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Update on Endangered Sea Turtles at UBC~ How To Help

UPDATE:

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: http://www2.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=4406219. Also watch Stop UBC Animal Research on CTV’s Canada AM thttp://www.ctv.ca/canadaam/. Click story, “UBC under fire for studying endangered turtles.”)

Stop UBC Animal Research immediately condemned the proposed deal (see: http://www.free-press-release.com/news-group-pans-ubc-s-plans-to-exchange-endangered-sea-turtles-with-uk-aquarium-1299680732.html). We do not support such an arrangement because it would trade one life for another and traumatize the turtles from abroad.

HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE SEA TURTLES AT UBC
*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:

Email: presidents.office@ubc.ca
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:http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

BACKGROUND:
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
http://www.ctv.ca/canadaam/ (Click story, “UBC under fire for studying endangered turtles)

http://www2.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=4406219

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/05/endangered-sea-turtles-killed-ubc_n_831325.html

http://www.compasscayman.com/story.aspx?id=49088

http://www.cayman27.com.ky/news/item/8986

http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2011/03/04/Cayman-turtles-face-Canadian-death/?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d7091298c449718%2C0

Global TV (http://bit.ly/f48wg3)

http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/episode/2011/03/02/wednesday-march-2-2011/


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: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

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UVic Rabbit Request for Texas Meeting

If you are in the area of Whitehouse, Texas, or know anyone who is, please come out to the meeting tonight to oppose the animal ordinance on tonight’s agenda!

Meeting starts at 6pm at 311 East Main St., in Whitehouse, Texas

You can speak at the meeting, here’s how:
local citizens: there is a section in the agenda, right at the beginning, called “Citizen Participation”. Just after the minutes of the meeting are approved, you can stand up and speak for 3 minutes.
non-citizens: there is a section in the agenda, just after Citizen Participation, where you can speak for 3 minutes, it’s called “Non-Citizen’s Participation”. For this you must sign up 10 minutes before the meeting is called to order. (ie try to arrive early to sign up)

Item 9B on the agenda is Ordinance 11-0211-01 Animal Control
Encourage the council to vote against it.

Two quick points:
If animal rescue groups can’t operate in the city, animal control costs will rise exponentially as homeless animals will be abandoned to the street.
Animal rescue groups also contribute to lowering the cost of city animal control by spaying and neutering homeless animals and keeping them off the streets.

If you can’t be at the meeting, please phone, fax, or email:

phone 903-839-4914, fax 903-839-4915
emails:
dhogden@whitehousetx.org
mjeter@whitehousetx.org
ppowell@whitehousetx.org
thill@whitehousetx.org
cparker@whitehousetx.org
plicht@whitehousetx.org

Wild Rose Rescue Ranch can be reached at lenhamw@aol.com

Thank you, the Rabbits and friends

For More Info Please Check Out The Action For UVIC Rabbits Facebook Group

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