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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.

It’s an inconvenient truth that fish are sentient and feel pain

Article originally published in The Georgia Straight. Ready for another inconvenient truth?  Here’s one: fish feel pain, are sentient, and are far more intelligent than we thought. Even more inconvenient—we need to do something about it. The scientific evidence that fish are sentient (able to feel and perceive things) has been piling up over the past few…

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The Calgary Stampede should drop inhumane rodeo events

Article originally published on Daily Hive. There are few good things to come out of COVID-19 but the cancellation of the Calgary Stampede’s chuckwagon races is one of them. For the second year in a row, the event has been called off because of the pandemic, sparing horses from the annual death trap that has…

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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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