Farmed animals

Advocating for a more humane & ethical food system

The issue of industrial animal agriculture

Farmed animals are among the most directly impacted by human activity, with more than 830 million land animals raised and killed for food in Canada in 2019. Society’s overconsumption of animal products has led to the rise of the industrial animal agriculture system, characterized by:

  • large numbers of animals
  • confined in cramped, barren and unnatural conditions

Animals are kept in cages or stalls that severely limit their ability to behave naturally and socially. Young are separated from their mothers much earlier than would naturally occur, often on the day they were born. 

On-farm practices that result in animal suffering include:

  • painful procedures without the use of pain control
  • rough handling and the use of electric prods
  • untimely or no treatment of injury and disease
  • inhumane methods of euthanasia

Practices and conditions surrounding the transport, auction and slaughter processes are also incredibly stressful for animals.

Every year in Canada, approximately 14 million animals suffer injuries and 1.6 million die during transport journeys that are often long-distance and in extreme weather conditions.

At slaughterhouses, thousands of animals are killed per day, resulting in a fast-paced, dangerous environment for both the animals and the workers.

What we are doing about it


Our Go Veg program focuses on educating and empowering individuals in making the transition toward a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle.


Our Plant-Based Plates program works at the institutional level to transition menus and food policy toward less animal products and more plant-based foods.

Latest news

Check out our new Go Veg Ads!

The following advertisements are part of VHS’s Go Veg program, which focuses on educating and empowering individuals in making the transition toward a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle. Please help us share the “Go Veg” message by sharing the ads to your social media pages. To celebrate the new ad campaign, we’ve organized a fun…


Webinar: Powerful actions to protect animal welfare

On July 22, 2020, Vancouver Humane Society’s executive director, Amy Morris, interviewed campaign director Emily Pickett. Emily highlights actions that we can take as individuals to protect animal welfare. Emily shared her personal journey from first learning about animal suffering to identifying actionable solutions to the ‘wicked’ problems. She shared about her personal decisions…



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