Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Thank you Vancouver Animal Defence League and Fin Free Victoria for pressuring Kirin to go fin free

For two years we have been pressuring Kirin to adopt a fin free menu and they finally agreed without a single protest. A big thank you to activists from Fin Free Victoria who took the time to come over from the Island to meet with management at Kirin, this undoubtedly played a large part in their recent decision.

Kirin was one of the largest shark fin dealers in Canada. With 4 huge locations in the lower mainland, they are a popular choice for weddings and large banquets. After our recent victory with the Sun Sui Wah campaign we made a statement to media about our intention to move on to Kirin with our Fintastic Friday Night protests, soon after that they changed all of their in-house and online menus. Yesterday we confirmed with management that they will not be purchasing anymore shark fin, but they will use their remaining stock to provide for any events previously booked.

Please thank Kirin management for taking steps to protect our planets remaining shark populations.
info@kirinrestaurant.com

We are currently searching for a new campaign target. With hundreds of restaurants in the lower mainland serving shark fin soup, we have a lot of work ahead of us.

We are still working on a Provincial shark fin ban with Fin Free Victoria, we should have some positive updates before the end of the month.

If you would like to contribute to VADL campaigns please visit our website.
http://www.vancouveranimaldefenseleague.com/

Thank you!
VADL

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Update from Vancouver Animal Defence League: National Anti-Fur Week, media coverage and FUNDRAISING!

Our Sun Sui Wah victory is in today’s Vancouver Courier!

http://www.vancourier.com/sun-sui-wah-removes-shark-fin-from-menu-1.825991

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National Anti-Fur Week!

Join activists across Canada, in 18 cities and 6 provinces, for the largest coordinated day (WEEK) of action against the fur trade.

National Anti-Fur Day, now in its 25th year, has evolved into a week-long event centered around Valentine’s Day, asking people to have a heart for fur-bearing animals.

Protest schedule for Vancouver:

Saturday February 8, 11 to 1 at Brooklyn Clothing Co, 418 Davie St
Thursday February 13, 11 to 12 at Alpine Start, 68 West Broadway
Thursday February 13, 1 to 3 at Brooklyn Clothing Co, 418 Davie St
Friday February 14, 1 to 3 at Snowflake Furs, 102-750 Pender St
Saturday February 15, 11 to 1 at Brooklyn Clothing Co, 418 Davie St

Vancouver event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/256652744497273/?ref=br_tf

National event page: https://www.facebook.com/NationalAntiFurDay

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Manure sale fundraiser!

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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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Vancouver Animal Defence League Victories!

BREAKING NEWS–VICTORY: GROUSE MOUNTAIN FUR-FREE AFTER VADL CAMPAIGN!

NEWS COVERAGE:
http://globalnews.ca/news/1068276/grouse-mountain-opts-not-to-re-stock-real-fur-jackets-animal-rights-activists-take-credit/

Grouse Mountain has removed all cruel fur products from its retail operations almost immediately after we announced an anti-fur protest for January 7, and following a months-long campaign.

On January 2, following a New Year’s Eve announcement of the protest, Grouse Mountain informed us that there is now “no fur on the mountain.” On January 3, we entered Outfitters and confirmed that the store is now 100% fur-free.

Prior to announcement of the protest, Outfitters had carried fur-trimmed Canada Goose and Parajumpers jackets. In October 2013, we transmitted email and voicemail appeals to Grouse Mountain in order to initiate dialogue, but Grouse ignored the appeals, compelling us to launch a sustained pressure campaign via social media, telephone and in-store presence. At one point, after an activist visited Outfitters and spoke with customers on November 11, Grouse summoned the RCMP, who handcuffed, detained and interrogated the activist.

Given Grouse Mountain’s iconic status, this is a keystone victory in the battle against the vile fur industry generally and Canada Goose in particular. We’ll monitor Grouse every week through the fall.

Grouse Mountain is the second Canadian retailer to drop Canada Goose’s fur products after VADL campaigns: Hills of Kerrisdale dropped Canada Goose and went 100% fur-free in winter 2012 after months of protest. Currently we’re also undertaking a fur-free campaign at Brooklyn Clothing.
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VADL TV INTERVIEW ON BROOKLYN CAMPAIGN EXPOSES FUR CRUELTY

Click here to view the outstanding 7-minute+ interview with VADL activist Michael Brooks and Brooklyn Clothing owner Jason Overbo regarding our current fur campaign:

http://globalnews.ca/video/1068251/anti-fur-activists-protest-yaletown-clothing-store

The campaign is going strong, now in its third month. We’ll protest at Brooklyn for years if needed, period.
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SHARK FIN CAMPAIGN UPDATE

VADL activists have secured a meeting with the owner of Sun Sui Wah, to discuss an end to that restaurant’s serving of shark fin soup; stay tuned for the outcome. Meantime our Fintastic Friday protests will continue so long as Sun Sui Wah supports torture and extermination of sharks. Nine months of protesting under our belts so far!
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JOIN US WEDNESDAYS/FRIDAYS/SATURDAYS!

Every Wed. and Sat., 11-1: Protests at Brooklyn Clothing on Davie
Every Fri., 630-830: Shark fin protest at Sun Sui Wah

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Update from Vancouver Animal Defence League- Fortune Garden Seafood Restaurant takes shark fin soup off menu and more!

http://www.vancouveranimaldefenseleague.blogspot.ca

After 8 months of protesting outside of Fortune Garden Seafood Restaurant they have finally agreed to take shark fin soup off their menu. By the end of this month they will have changed their menus and sold the last of their stock. FIN FREE!
Our Fintastic Friday Nights continue! Please join us at Sun Sui Wah (3888 Main St) every friday night from 6:30 till 8:30 pm until they remove shark fins from their menu!
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ACTION ALERT: Nanaimo Seal Hunt Protest Saturday 16 March 2013

12:00-2:30pm, Saturday, March 16, 2013, the Vancouver Island Animal Defense League will demonstrate against the Canadian commercial seal hunt beside the old Island Highway in Nanaimo, BC. We will meet on the hill overlooking the traffic lights at the corner of Terminal Avenue North (Island Highway) and Brechin Road, rain or shine. There’s plenty of free parking near the Tim Hortons at Brooks Landing Shopping Centre. This event has been timed to coincide with two ferry arrivals from Vancouver ACTION ALERT: Nanaimo Seal Hunt Protest Saturday 16 March 2013

12:00-2:30pm, Saturday, March 16, 2013, the Vancouver Island Animal Defense League will demonstrate against the Canadian commercial seal hunt beside the old Island Highway in Nanaimo, BC. We will meet on the hill overlooking the traffic lights at the corner of Terminal Avenue North (Island Highway) and Brechin Road, rain or shine. There’s plenty of free parking near the Tim Hortons at Brooks Landing Shopping Centre. This event has been timed to coincide with two ferry arrivals from Vancouver and to catch lunchtime traffic along the highway. Please come and bring any anti-sealing signs you may have. Otherwise you can help hold up our large Stop the Slaughter sign or simply wave at passing motorists. If you can’t stay for the whole time, your presence for even a little while will be appreciated.

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National shark fin vote!

On March 27 MP Fin Donnelly’s private members bill C-380 will be voted on by Canada’s MP’s. This bill would ban the importation of shark fins into Canada.
In BC we are focusing on three conservative MP’s who have stated they plan to vote against the shark fin ban. The more people who contact these MP’s the better chance we have to change their vote, it’s still possible!!

James Lunney, Nanaimo- Port Alberni
Check out the VADL on the front page of the Nanaimo Bulletin facing off with James Lunney on this issue. http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/197031261.html
james.lunney@parl.gc.ca
613-992-5243

Andrew Saxton, North Vancouver
andrew.saxton@parl.gc.ca
613-995-1225

John Weston, West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast
john.weston@parl.gc.ca
613-947-4617

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Vancouver Animal Defense League SHIRTS!!

Support our efforts by buying our gear! http://vadl.spreadshirt.com/

Thank you!
VADL
http://www.vancouveranimaldefenseleague.blogspot.ca

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