Debra Probert on the Rodeo; and Karen Duncan, Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue

June 24, 2011
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In this episode, we start with a re-cap of last weekend’s very first Veg Fest Vancouver, held at the Main Street Car Free Festival. Animal Voices was a part of this fun day and we enjoyed interacting with so many community members throughout the event.

Karen Duncan, Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association

Our first interview is with Karen Duncan, who is the President of the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association. VOKRA is a no-kill, non-profit, all volunteer run registered charity dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. Formed in the year 2000, VOKRA rescues over 1,400 cats & kittens per year, placing them in loving foster homes until they can be permanently adopted. Karen shares with us some of the good work that the people at this organization does for our feline friends.

Please visit VOKRA’s Facebook page here.

Debra Probert, Vancouver Humane Society, on the Rodeo

Our feature interview is with Debra Probert, who is the Executive Director of the Vancouver Humane Society. The Vancouver Humane Society is a local registered charity dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and encourages individuals, organizations, and governments to take responsibility for the welfare and rights of domestic animals and wildlife influenced by human activities. In this spirit, Debra speaks with us about the animal welfare issues pertaining to the rodeo, and VHS’ current campaign concerning the Calgary Stampede rodeo.

VHS is asking the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge not to take part in the Calgary Stampede when they visit Calgary in July. The Stampede is using the royal couple to promote the Stampede and to endorse the rodeo. One action they are asking you, the public, to carry out is to contact Clarence House, the couple’s official residence, to ask them to stay away from the Stampede. Comments can be made on the Clarence House website.

For more info on the Vancouver Humane Society’s Stampede campaign, please visit this webpage.

To learn more about the realities of the rodeo in its treatment to animals, take a look at this video:

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2 Responses to Debra Probert on the Rodeo; and Karen Duncan, Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue

  1. June 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    In addition to providing shelter for more than 8000 homeless animals each year, and conducting an average of 1500 cruelty and neglect investigations annually in our city, Calgary Humane Society has worked for more than 20 years to improve animal welfare at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo. As a result of our tireless efforts, significant and real progress has been made. Whereas VHS is a newcomer to all this, and focuses on high profile media campaigning, it seems fair for your program to interview Calgary Humane Society who have been on the grounds every day of every event, done the investigations, worked to educate the Stampede, and has both the enforcement and veterinary experience to speak authoritatively on the issues.

    I would appreciate an opportunity to be on your show to discuss what it is like on the grounds and the results of our more than two decades of effort on rodeo issues.

    My phone number is 1-403-723-6006

  2. Alison
    July 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Thank you for your note, Patricia. I would definitely like to contact you in the future – the next time we do a show on the rodeo – and will keep your contact info on hand.

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