Animals in entertainment

Animals should not suffer for the sake of human amusement.

What we are doing about it

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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.

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Rodeos

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.

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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

Take action for animals at the New Westminster Petting Farm

Take action for animals at the Queen’s Park Petting FarmTell the City of New Westminster you support their move toward animal-friendly public spacesAdd your voice Will you support animal-friendly public spaces in New Westminster? Earlier this year, VHS wrote to New Westminster City Council regarding the Queen’s Park Petting Farm. We shared a briefing note…

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5 activities to help children love animals

Looking for animal-friendly activities for kids? Try these 5 activities to help your children develop a love of animals! There is something special about the bond between children and animals. Children are fascinated by animals; they are able to connect with them on an emotional level and empathize with their perspective. Having empathy for animals…

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