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Peter Fricker

Communications director, Vancouver Humane Society

Peter Fricker is the communications director at the Vancouver Humane Society (VHS), a registered charity dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. Peter has worked on a number of VHS campaigns, ranging from factory farming to the exotic animal trade. Most notably, he has helped VHS raise awareness of the plight of animals used in rodeos, especially at the Calgary Stampede. His writing has been featured in the Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail and other Canadian newspapers.
Sled Dog Businesses Don't Celebrate Animals, They Exploit

Sled Dog Businesses Don't Celebrate Animals, They Exploit Them

It's a position that the public can easily support by refusing to patronize commercial sled dog tours and races. Dogs don't need to be mythologized. They just need to be loved, respected, treated well and given the chance to express their full range of behaviours.
12/06/2016 05:47 EST
How Vancouver Became A Vegetarian

How Vancouver Became A Vegetarian Paradise

Vancouver has long been a vegetarian-friendly town. Back in 2010, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals named the city the sixth most veg-friendly city in North America and number one in Canada. But Vancouver and the rest of B.C.'s Lower Mainland have become more than just a good place to buy a veggie burger.
11/02/2016 11:31 EDT
How Farms Treat Animals Is A Hard Sell For

How Farms Treat Animals Is A Hard Sell For Consumers

The problem for the dairy industry -- and for all modern animal agriculture -- is that many people find their practices disturbing and unacceptable. And "educating" consumers by showing them exactly what happens on farms is hardly going to help.
10/06/2016 02:29 EDT
The Food And Agriculture Industry Is Misleading Us With

The Food And Agriculture Industry Is Misleading Us With PR

Canada's food and agriculture industries have launched a public relations blitz designed to build public trust and confidence in Canadian food and farming. But even a cursory look at how this campaign is being conducted and who's behind it suggests consumers should cast a skeptical eye on its claims. To put it simply, Farm & Food Care Canada is not what it seems.
08/16/2016 01:14 EDT
CBC Needs To Stop Giving Animal Cruelty

CBC Needs To Stop Giving Animal Cruelty Airtime

The CBC, as our national public broadcaster, should presumably reflect modern Canadian values, but when it comes to its coverage of the Calgary Stampede, it chooses to ignore the values of the majority of Canadians who are opposed to rodeos.
07/12/2016 04:50 EDT
Rodeo Animals Aren't Performing, They're

Rodeo Animals Aren't Performing, They're Suffering

Compassionate Canadians should boycott rodeos and speak out against the treatment of rodeo animals. They are not the willing "athletes" that rodeos claim they are. They are victims of abuse and anyone who believes in kindness to animals should not stand on the sidelines while they suffer.
07/06/2016 06:48 EDT
Admitted Poacher Has No Place In Canada's Top Rodeo

Admitted Poacher Has No Place In Canada's Top Rodeo Association

One of the CPRA's board directors, Cody Cassidy, doesn't seem to afford wildlife "proper care and management." In fact, Mr. Cassidy pleaded guilty to several poaching-related charges in July of last year, according to the <em>Red Deer Advocate</em>.
06/03/2016 11:32 EDT
Canadian Cities Should Say No To Hosting

Canadian Cities Should Say No To Hosting Rodeos

Any city thinking of hosting the Canadian Finals Rodeo should look at how public attitudes are changing toward rodeo and other uses of animals in entertainment. The lack of public support shown by polling, the negative media opinion and the positions taken by animal groups have begun to have real consequences for rodeo, at least on the West Coast.
05/12/2016 11:29 EDT
Animal Rights Advocates Are Targeting Your Taste

Animal Rights Advocates Are Targeting Your Taste Buds

The stereotype of vegans and vegetarians as self-righteous, hectoring, spoilsports pushing their puritan agenda was never fair. Now that negative perception is disappearing altogether. The promotion of plant-based pleasure has arrived.
05/03/2016 10:40 EDT
A&W Must Go Cage-Free Or Find Itself On The Wrong Side Of

A&W Must Go Cage-Free Or Find Itself On The Wrong Side Of History

Canadians are familiar with the company's television ads promoting its "vegetarian-fed" chicken and beef with "no added hormones or steroids" (although neither policy affects animal welfare). While McDonald's and Wendy's are racing ahead to appear like chicken liberators, A&W risks branding itself as the guys who keep hens locked up.
01/13/2016 01:57 EST
Cloning Adds To Factory Farm

Cloning Adds To Factory Farm Horrors

The news of China's plans to clone cattle to meet its growing demand for meat is yet another signpost on a road heading for a dark future for factory-farmed animals and for our own moral well-being. It's a road we need not take.
12/17/2015 03:41 EST