Opinion editorials

VHS is a respected voice on animal issues because we use research to ensure our views are factual and evidence-based.  Below are VHS’s most recent opinion editorials published in the media.

Proposed rodeo in Langley flies in the face of community values

Article originally published in The Daily Hive. A new rodeo may be coming to the Lower Mainland — and that could spell bad news for animals and residents. Organizers have requested approval from the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association to host the event in Langley this September. The group name, Valley West Stampede Society, may not ring any…

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The Greater Vancouver Zoo is failing the animals in its care

Article originally published in The Daily Hive. In the wild, hippos typically live in social groups of around 10 to 30 individuals. They spend most of their time wallowing in shallow, slow-moving water as they bask in the warm sun of their natural climate. A day in the life of the two hippos at the…

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Emergency planning must include animals

Article originally published in the VHS Newsletter. In November 2021, flooding and landslides devastated parts of British Columbia. People were forced from their homes, animals had little or no way of escaping, and roads were blocked off or destroyed, slowing rescue efforts and essential supply distribution. One of the hardest hit was the Sumas Prairie…

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Discovery of dead wildlife demands further action on rodent poisons

Article originally published on Daily Hive. Take actionSupport a full ban on rodenticides in B.C.!Add your voice Earlier this year, wildlife protection advocates in BC cautiously celebrated news of a partial ban on second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides. Anticoagulant rodenticides cause a slow and painful death through internal bleeding for the animals that ingest them. The BC…

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