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In an earlier stage of our development most human groups held to a tribal ethic.  Members of the tribe were protected, but people of other tribes could be robbed or killed as one pleased.  Gradually the circle of protection expanded, but as recently as 150 years ago we did not include blacks.  So African human beings could be captured, shipped to America and sold.  In Australia white settlers regarded Aborigines as a pest and hunted them down, much as kangaroos are hunted down today.  Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools, of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter and the destruction of wilderness.  We must take the final step in expanding the circle of ethics.
— Peter Singer

issues/campaigns

Voice for Animals is constantly faced with new issues that crop up concerning animal cruelty or animals in need of rescue. However, we are currently working on several issues.  One of these is our long-term concern with animals in entertainment. Included in this campaign are:

  1. Zoo Elephants: Urge the Edmonton Valley Zoo to retire elephants Lucy & Samantha to a sanctuary.
  2. Zoos: The proposed Edmonton Valley Zoo expansion and, in particular, roadside zoos such as Guzoo.
  3. Circuses: Getting a ban on the use of wild animal performers.
  4. Rodeos: Raising awareness of the cruelty of these spectacles.

With the dolphins gone, we are continuing our efforts to make West Edmonton Mall (WEM) animal-free. In this campaign our attention is focused on the plight of the sealions, flamingos, and penguins. As well, we will continue to:

  • Fight the fur industry, including the brutal slaughter of seals off Canada's east coast;
  • Speak out against the cruelty and environmental destruction of "factory farms" (Confined Feeding Operations); and
  • Promote a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.

animals in research

Voice for Animals Humane Society
P.O. Box 68119, 162 Bonnie Doon Mall, Edmonton, AB   T6C 4N6 Canada
Phone: 780-490-0905   Fax:780-922-5287  E-mail: info@v4a.org