Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

Activists Uniting For The Benefit of Animals

Minus 17 in Vancouver Tonight, a video and pictures for outdoor warming ideas for outdoor people and animals

I just heard about a news report on CBC that said there are 20,000 homeless cats in Surrey alone.  Wow. Here’s the link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/cat-crisis-erupts-in-surrey-where-strays-number-in-the-thousands-1.2749722

I particularly find this part interesting:

“She offers a few solutions. First and foremost, Morris says pet owners should spay or neuter their cats, especially if they’re allowed outside.

But she’s also calling for a cultural shift: to treat cats with the same respect we treat dogs.

For example, she says, it’s less socially acceptable to abandon a dog than it seems to be to abandon a cat.”

Tonight we drop to an unheard of Minus 17 in the Mainland.  Can you do anything to help?  Do you live in an area where there are perhaps some homeless cats?  Or maybe some skunks or racoons who could use a helping hand for a night or two?

I’m also reminded by Sorelle of rabbitats how wonderful it would be to be able to put out boxes of stray around surrey if that were allowed for all the wild and abandoned bunnies.  Here are some of her great ideas:

“Great ideas here to help outdoor animals. Please spread the word. I wish we could leave bales of straw all over in the parks and bushes where all the dumped bunnies live. Boxes (with two small holes) or bins with straw or blankets, or even just piles of straw left under bushes will probably help a lot of little creatures out there. A sock full of rice or beans microwaved and placed in a box with a blanket is great too. And always check under your hood or at least pound on it a few times before starting your car! Kitties and small animals could be keeping warm under there and can be injured or killed.”

I am also reminded by a very concerned and worried friend about all the homeless, unsheltered people on the streets tonight.  How it seems like an unforgivable sin, that these people could be abandoned and alone in this freezing weather, where there are not enough beds.

I am listing a few more ideas, along with visuals and a quick movie to watch on creating a way to keep feet or paws warm for 8 hours in the cold:

Heres an informal video if thats easier: http://www.magisto.com/album/video/PSMrRQZNC0Z5IS0GDmEwCX12

1.) hot water bottle method

you need a hot water bottle

tea towel

thermal bag

small blanket if possible, its ok if not!  or sweater or old towel

straw, which wicks moisture away, not hay

even better, add a box for stray cats and animals!

The dollar store might sell them (they are horrible quality of plastic and break down, please beware, but its better than nothing!)

thermal bags are cheap at the dollar store or super market.  it seems layering the hot water bottle helps hold the heat in longer, and then the more layering you can do with hot water bottles, bags, blankets, straw will keep the heat in even longer.

Directions:  Boil the hot water, add to hot water bottle (if you don’t have one, use hot tap water in an old plastic pop bottle, leaving space for expansion), wrap in the thermal bag, fold in half if you like and wrap in an old sweater, blanket or towel.  Give to someone on street or put out for animals in a place you think they’ll hide that looks sheltered from biting wind.  You can also you a tarp or garbage bag to create wind free areas, under a deck or around a tree or in shrubs.  Any hiding places with a tiny bit of warmth will take the edge off, it might just be enough to make it through the night.  If you like, entice an animal there with a bit of food and water, even though it will freeze.  If you happen to be more rural and have access to stray you can layer a thermal blanket with a thermal bag and straw in a box and partially cover it, if open on the top or cut two small holes in for an escape on either side. You can also use a pet carrier of any sort.  Im sure there are a thousand ways to be creative here.  These are just some quick ideas Ive used with some success.

2.) Of course if you have access to electricity even better!   A small light bulb of 50 – 100 watts produces lots of heat.  An electric blanket, of some sort, a trouble light, an electric heater, whatever you have!  Id love to hear your ideas!  this could be put somewhere, out of the wind, around a porch, if you put out tuna it will attract many creatures and they will feel the heat and appreciate it.

3.)  Lentils, rice  or warmed rocks or bricks

These can be warmed in the oven or a microwave or stove top and then placed in a sock or cloth bag.  Of course the more you layer it, the longer it will last and if you have a thermal bag it will last a bit longer. This method only holds heat for a couple of hours, but its something!

Thank you for caring about our homeless people and creatures who desperately need our help not only in B.C. but all over the world.

Id love to hear your great ideas and hear what works.

Below are some pictures and a quick video.

Take care and stay warm.

http://www.magisto.com/album/video/PSMrRQZNC0Z5IS0GDmEwCX12

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Canada Needs To Start Prosecuting Animal Abusers and Stop Prosecuting Animal Rescuers

Maggie Moore‎ Posted to Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns
April 21

Canada Needs To Start Prosecuting Animal Abusers and Stop Prosecuting Animal Rescuers

“In Canada, you can inflict the most horrific cruelty on an animal without much worry of prosecution. But heaven help you if you rescue that suffering animal from their abuser.”

That has been the experience of animal rescuer Janet Olson, currently facing numerous charges in Surrey, B.C., relating to the rescue of several abused dogs. She has witnessed first-hand the stark difference between the way animal rescuers and animal abusers are treated by the Canadian justice system. “Although animal abuse is technically a crime under the criminal code of Canada,” Olson states, “in reality, even the worst cases of cruelty are treated as little more than misdemeanors.” In contrast, anyone rescuing a suffering animal from their abusive owner faces serious penalties for theft.

And Olson certainly is. Despite having no previous record or trouble with the law, the crown counselor prosecuting Olson’s case is requesting a jail term of 12 to 18 months for theft of property under $5000, if she pleads guilty and saves the court the cost of a lengthy trial. “If I insist on a trial, at a personal cost of over $100,000 and a cost to BC taxpayers of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the prosecutor will conceivably double that sentence recommendation.” says Olson. “These aren’t abused dogs to the crown. They are nothing more than property with the same rights as your television or toaster.”

In March 2014, Kevin Shiell, a Duncan man rescued an emaciated pitbull who was living in horrific conditions on a short chain in his own filth. Bear, who was known to the SPCA but had been left to was strangling on his entangled chain when Shiell found him. Shiell says if he had missed one more green light Bear, who was standing on the tips of the toes of his back feet to keep from being strangled, would have died. Yet Bear’s owner faces no charges for cruelty. But Shiell, Bear’s rescuer, is facing charges – for breaking and entering.

Olson points out that if these were children that had rescued from starvation, cruel confinement, beatings, hypothermia and near strangulation instead of dogs, it would be the parents who would be facing prosecution instead of her and Shiell. But Canadian animals have virtually no protection under the law from mistreatment. It is extremely rare for anyone in Canada convicted of even the most horrific acts of animal cruelty to receive anything harsher than a fine.

Olson cites the recent case in BC of Robert Fawcett, who was charged and convicted for the horrific slaughter of one hundred sled dogs, burying many of the alive. “The prosecutor did not even ask for a single day in jail,” says Olson. “Imagine – one hundred brutally murdered dogs and no jail time – as if they had no more rights than plants. He got a one year probation, which is shockingly, one of the most serious sentences an animal abuser in Canada will ever receive.”

But in the vast majority of animal cruelty cases, the charges are simply dropped. In 2009, NWT resident, Archie Beaulieu was charged with cruelty for starving and denying water to his thirty four sled dogs, who were all in such terrible physical state by the time they were finally rescued that they all had to be euthanized. The skulls of other dogs were found buried in the same mud and feces that the dying dogs were found standing in. Beaulieu had been starving dogs to death for years, leaving their bodies where they lay, then starting again with more dogs living on top the rotting bodies of the old ones. The charges were stayed by the crown. A NB man, Keith Barton, who was acquitted on five counts of killing his Pomeranians by fracturing their skulls with a hammer, the judge stating that the animals were his property and “he had the right to destroy them.”

The problem in obtaining convictions is often blamed on the requirement to prove “willful intent” to cause suffering. But even when that is clearly evident, the sentences are still extremely lenient. In Alberta in 2008 Daniel Haskett tied his dog’s legs together with duct tape, put a bag over her head, a rope around her neck and then dragged her behind his vehicle until her neck, back and pelvis were broken and one of her eyes had popped out of its socket. The crown prosecutor asked for only three months in jail. The judge sentenced Haskett to 30 days to be served on weekends. He wasn’t even denied the right to own more dogs. David Chan, of Pitt Meadows B.C. was found guilty of brutally torturing 11 Pekingese dogs. The dogs suffered burns, deep cuts, hemorrhages, ulcerated lesions and serious fractures and several died from their injuries. Chan received a one year probation and community service – no jail time, no criminal record and no fine. A Calgary man, Derick Colin Anderson, threw his girlfriend’s puppy off a balcony and when that didn’t kill him, kicked him to death, then sent the pictures of the dead puppy to his girlfriend. Anderson received no jail time, no criminal record and, remarkably, no ban on owning dogs.

Olson despairs, “It is hard to imagine what a person in Canada would have to do to an animal that would be horrific enough for our courts to inflict a serious punishment. If the brutal and deliberate slaughter of 100 sled dogs isn’t enough, if the deliberate starvation of dozens of dogs isn’t enough, if dragging a dog behind a truck until her body is broken and stripped of her flesh isn’t enough, if ritualistically torturing dogs to death isn’t enough – what would be enough?”

Compare this to Olson’s case for rescuing suffering dogs from their abusive owners. “I have already spent more time in jail prior to a conviction than Brian Whitlock, a BC man who poisoned, stabbed and beat his German shepherd named Captain with a baseball bat then tossed him barely alive in a dumpster, spent in jail after his conviction. If I had rescued Captain from Whitlock, I would most likely have spent more time in jail then the week that he did for brutally killing him.”

Olson maintains that there is no crime in the Criminal Code of Canada that goes as unpunished or is as weakly punished as animal cruelty. When it comes to animals, Canada is one of the most inhumane and unjust countries in the world. Not only does our justice system not protect animals from suffering, it prosecutes those who do.

If you agree that prosecuting Janet Olson for rescuing dogs suffering at the hands of their owners is not in the public interest and that you would rather see your tax dollars be spent on prosecuting animal abusers instead of animal rescuers please contact the Attorney General of BC, the Honourable Suzanne Anton by emailing her at JAG.minister@gov.bc.ca. You can also reach her with a pre-written letter at the campaign site https://www.causes.com/campaigns/40024-stop-injustice-for-animals-injustice-for-an-animal-rescuer
Please also sign the petition at
http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/drop-the-criminal-charges-against-animal-rescuer-janet-olson
and for Kevin Shiell at http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/duncan-provincial-court-of-british-columbia-drop-the-break-and-enter-charge-for-rescuing-bear
Please share these links far and wide.
Janet Olson can be reached at justiceforanimals9@gmail.com

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Save The Hollywood Theatre

Could you please write a letter like this below to the Mayor and City Council and send it as soon as possible? Politicians react to public pressure, your role is important. Please help us save the Hollywood Theatre!

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To Vancouver Mayor and City Council

As a supporter of “Save the Hollywood” I am asking the City to extend its protection order for 45 more days from the original protection order. This order protects the exterior and interior of the Hollywood and will give more time needed for communication between the owner, council and the Community to come up with a suitable plan for the Hollywood. We urge the City Council to call a special meeting to extend the protection order before it expires on January 20, 2014
Yours Truly

supporter name
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Please send it to:
‘gregor.robertson@vancouver.ca’; ‘mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca’; ‘adriane.carr@vancouver.ca’; ‘elizabeth.ball@vancouver.ca’; ‘george.affleck@vancouver.ca’; ‘tony.tang@vancouver.ca’; ‘andrea.reimer@vancouver.ca’; ‘geoff.meggs@vancouver.ca’; ‘heather.deal@vancouver.ca’; ‘kerry.jang@vancouver.ca’; ‘raymond.louie@vancouver.ca’; ‘tim.stevenson@vancouver.ca’

Thank you so much for your help,
Save the Hollywood Coalition

View the petition

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Update From Vancouver Animal Defense League

A Canada Goose in Massachusetts.

A Canada Goose in Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

EXCELLENT NEWS.

 

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.
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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.  
http://shop.brooklynclothing.com/

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.  
vancouver@brooklynclothing.com

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‘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.”
http://www.meatthetruth.nl/en/


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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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEJ4kjXTWSg 

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ACTION ALERT!

Sun Sui Wah shark fin restaurant has several massive billboard sized advertisements up INSIDE YVR airport and we want them removed.  Ronald Smith ronaldsmith@clearchannel.com 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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Veg Fest July 27th at Granville Street between Georgia and Robson

Dear all,

CATCA will have an informative table at the VegFest on Saturday July 27th!
(The VegFest will be at Granville Street between Georgia and Robson).

The event will be from 10-6 PM.
If you could come for 1 or 2 hours that will be greatly appreciated.

Please, send me a private message here in FB if you can volunteer for this nice event.

Thank you very much on ahead.

Ericka Ceballos
President
CATCA-ACWF

EVENT THIS SATURDAY!!!!!

CATCA-ACWF will have an educative table at the Veg Fest Vancouver! This is a free summer street festival in it’s third year on happening July 27th, 2013 in downtown Vancouver on Granville Street (between Dunsmuir and Smithe) hosting vegan food vendors, informative tables for animal organizations, local businesses, and much more!

We will be there from 10 AM-6 PM. Stop by to say hi and to pick up our latest ACWF important fliers. CATCA-ACWF is now accepting donations of small animal art/crafts or jewelry for our next online Fundraiser event. You can drop your donations in our table or send them by mail to: Ericka Ceballos/CATCA , P.O. Box 16021, 617 Belmont Street, New Westminster, BC V3M-6W6 Canada

Your items will go a long way to save the animals!

Thank you!/Gracias/ Dzienki!

Ericka Ceballos
President
Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals
http://www.catcahelpanimals.org
Animal Conservation and Welfare Foundation
http://www.ACWFeu.org

Welcome to CATCA
http://www.catcahelpanimals.org
Working for more than two decades to stop abuse and cruelty to animals.

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Is Vancouver trying to help tenants keep their pets?

Source, Full story here CBC News:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/06/13/bc-vancouver-pets-rentals.html

 

The City of Vancouver approved a motion late yesterday afternoon to help renters keep their pets — but it might not have the authority to affect such a change.

The city says more than half of Vancouverites are renters, and under the current rules pets can be banned from rental properties.

Coun. Tim Stevenson says the city wants to come up with a way pets, renters and landlords can all get along.

“Maybe they’ll pay a higher fee to enter into the apartment building, but you know they’ve had this in place for … 23 years in Ontario,” Stevenson said.

Geoff Urton with the B.C. SPCA says owners often give up their beloved pets for a place to live.

Ontario is the only province that has outlawed no-pet rules at rental properties. Ontario is the only province that has outlawed no-pet rules at rental properties. (Amel Emric/CP Images)

“Just in our Vancouver animal shelter, more than 100 pets a year are surrendered to us for that reason,” he said. “It’s the number one reason animals are surrendered to us.”

Pet owner Andrew Simmons says his landlord tried to evict him and his two cats, Muffin and Tigger.

He complained to the Rental Tenancy Branch and was able to keep them, but doesn’t want others to have to fight the same battle.

“I had permission from the previous owners to have pets. I just never had it in writing,” he said.

“When the building was sold and we had new landlords, then they tried to evict me. I think it’s a start because it’s always good to have dialogue. “

But the motion approved by the city might be moot. The Residential Tenancy Act is under provincial jurisdiction, and the government says it has no plans to change the current rules.

 

Question from VARC:  What can we as pet and animal loving citizens do to support this motion?  Ideas? Suggestions?

One idea is we encourage you to forward this letter from the SPCA to any landlords you have come into contact with or whose email address you have.

Afterall, education they say, is the first of many, many, illdefined steps:

https://vancouveranimalrightscampaigns.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/spca-letter-defending-pet-ownership-to-unfriendly-landlords-2500-pets-surrendered-due-to-lack-of-pet-friendly-housing/

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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.

Cheers

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.

Sincerely,

On Sunday, May 5, 2013

Dear,

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. http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/lobsters-crabs.aspx

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

Sincerely,
Rose

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SPCA Letter defending pet ownership to unfriendly Landlords: 2500 pets surrendered due to lack of pet friendly housing

A Letter from the BC SPCA

To whom it may concern,

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) takes the position that companion animals enrich our lives and contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of communities. Therefore we strongly endorse the concept of pet-friendly housing. When responsible pet guardians are allowed to keep animals, they tend to stay in units longer and take good care of their property. This, along with the increased social interaction between neighbours who are out walking their pets, leads to lower turnover of residents, good relationships between
neighbours and better security in buildings.

The benefits of pet guardianship to human physical and emotional health are well-documented. Companion animals assist children with the development of language skills, empathy, responsibility and self-esteem and studies have also shown that companion animals reduce feelings of loneliness,
anxiety and stress.

Despite the obvious advantages of having a companion animal, many strata councils and landlords have taken steps to either reduce or eliminate pets from residential housing under their jurisdiction. Most strata bylaws include substantially restrictive pet policies — only five per cent of rental housing allow dogs, and nine per cent allow cats.

Of the animals who are surrendered to our shelters, we estimate that more than 2,500 are there because their guardians were unable to find housing that would accommodate them.Some strata bylaws and rental agreements attempt to regulate pets by size, in addition to number. This is in spite of the fact that there is no documented evidence, scientific or otherwise,
to support the notion that larger pets create problems.

When a strata council or landlord restricts pets by weight, it is primarily with the intention to prohibit large dogs from being on the premises, presumably because larger breeds are thought to be louder, more destructive and more poorly behaved than their miniature counterparts. But our experience would indicate this is not true. In fact, larger breed dogs are often quieter and well suited to apartment or townhouse living.

The BC SPCA vehemently opposes blanket “no pets” policies, and encourages strata councils and landlords to instead consider a collaborative process to meet the needs of pet guardians and their neighbours. It is widely agreed that it is not animals who cause problems — it is irresponsible pet guardians.

However, the majority of pet guardians are extremely responsible and willing to take whatever steps are required to keep their animals in rental or strata housing. Having clear guidelines/contracts in place for pet guardians can easily ensure that responsible behaviours are followed and enforced.

Some options include:
~ Placing guidelines on where pets are permitted in shared outdoor/garden space;
~ Agreement that pets will be on leash and/or within the control of their guardian at all times in shared indoor and outdoor space on the property;
~ Agreement that all pet guardians must pick up after their pets on the property;
~ Agreement on noise restrictions during late-night and early-morning hours;
~ Designating individual units or wings as pet-friendly;
~ Ensuring that pet guardians complete a detailed registration form for their pet that includes a photo and description of the animal; proof of vaccinations; proof of municipal licence; proof of spay/neuter; tattoo number; letters of reference on the animal from a trainer, veterinarian, breeder, or rescue organization; contact information for a veterinarian;
and contact information for a person who agrees to care for the pet should the guardian become incapacitated; and
~ Ensuring pet guardians are apprised of local strata bylaws concerning noise, and that they take steps to have their pets properly adjusted and socialized for the sights and sounds of life in a multi-unit complex.
We strongly urge you to consider steps that will promote responsible and humane communities which include both humans and the animals who enrich our lives.

For more information on the BC SPCA, please visit http://www.spca.bc.ca.
Sincerely,
Lorie Chortyk
General Manager, Community Relations
BC SPCA

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Image By Ariel Rose: http://circulasuna.jimdo.com/

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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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Cartoonist Graham Harrop is donating a Vancouver Sun Original Cartoon for CATCA Fundraiser

Support CATCA animal activities!
Donate an item too!
Auction ends March 31, 2012 at 7pm PST.
Winner must pay for shipping of item(s).
Learn what we do: http://www.catcahelpanimals.org

Cartoonist Graham Harrop is donating a Vancouver Sun cartoon original, along with a colour print of how the cartoon appeared in the newspaper – he hopes this helps Catca to continue in its wonderful work! Original b&w cartoon resale value is $300 – min. bid $25

All these items auctioned will end on March 31st. Bid now and donate an item to the great CATCA causes. S& H of small items is: $1.34 CAD here in Canada and $2.66 to the US. International shipping is available too. Please help us to spread the message! Thank you! Ericka Ceballos

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