Animals in entertainment

Animals should not suffer for the sake of human amusement.

What we are doing to change animal lives for the better

The impacts of the use of animals in entertainment is seen most often in their aversion and active resistance to the tools used to force them to perform. Animals also suffer injuries and death. Some spend their entire lives chained.


Petting Zoos

Petting zoos send the wrong message to children about the value of animals. They are an example of businesses using animals in entertainment without regard to their behavioural needs.



VHS is opposed to rodeo because most events involve the use of fear, stress and pain to make animals perform. VHS has been successful in curtailing rodeos in B.C. The Abbotsford Agrifair rodeo was cancelled in 2016 after a VHS campaign, as was the Luxton Rodeo on Vancouver Island in 2015. In 2007, the Cloverdale Rodeo eliminated four events (calf-roping, steer-wrestling, team-roping and wild cow-milking) after a long campaign by VHS.


Horse Carriages

VHS is concerned about the prevalence of horse carriages on the increasingly busy streets of Vancouver and around BC, with carriage rides being offered at a number of local events throughout the year, in addition to regular operations in Stanley Park. VHS has repeatedly written to the government and business associations sponsoring horse carriage rides, highlighting concerns for the welfare and safety of the animals and the public who they share the road with.

More initiatives & campaigns

Latest news

Podcast: Is it easy to go vegan?

The plant-based journey looks different for everyone. In this month’s episode of The Informed Animal Ally, the Vancouver Humane Society’s Amy Morris and Chantelle Archambault are joined by guest Danielle George to discuss healthism and ableism in the plant-based discussion, as well as ways to make plant-based eating more accessible to everyone. July episode: Will…


Another horse has died at Hastings Racecourse 

VANCOUVER, September 27, 2023 – Another horse has lost her life at Hastings Racecourse, the B.C. Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) has confirmed.  On September 15, two-year-old Shadesofriogrande escaped from the stable area and died after running into a wooden wall. According to the GPEB, a veterinarian determined she had suffered blunt force trauma…