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Latest VHS 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.

Warm yourself up with these ethical alternatives to down

Article originally published on Daily Hive. As the Canadian winter drags on and the country is gripped in a polar vortex, many of us will be looking for clothes and bedding to stay warm, whether it’s tucked up in bed or snow-shoeing up a mountain. But how many shoppers will be aware that their choice…

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Why BC’s first mink farm COVID outbreak is a very bad sign

Article originally published on Daily Hive. News of an outbreak of COVID-19 at a mink farm in BC’s Fraser Valley is yet another warning that we need to stop the industrial exploitation of animals. The outbreak, declared by the BC government after eight people at the site tested positive for the virus, is the first in Canada,…

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Broken promise means pigs will suffer in inhumane crates until 2029

Article originally published on Daily Hive. The Canadian pig farming industry is breaking a promise to end the continuous use of inhumane “gestation stalls” that confine pregnant sows so tightly they are unable to turn around. The industry committed in 2014, outlined in the industry’s Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, to…

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Pork industry should keep its promise to end inhumane practice

Article originally published in The Georgia Straight. Life for pigs on Canada’s factory farms was set to change for the better thanks to a hard-won animal-welfare reform that would end the continuous confinement of pregnant sows in inhumane “gestation stalls”. But Canadian pig farmers are saying, “Not so fast.” The Canadian pig-farming industry made a…

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Canada needs to take the threat of disease from wildlife seriously

Article originally published in The Province. Despite calls from experts to take action against the global wildlife trade, which scientists believe is a likely source of COVID-19, the response from national governments has been muted and mixed, with virtual silence from Canada. That’s a shame, as there is plenty Canada could do to improve our own safeguards against…

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