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The Barking Mad protest at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park brought out hundreds of supporters and their dogs. They braved the rain on Sunday afternoon in support of the 100 sled dogs killed by Outdoor Adventures Whistler last year. A similar protest was held yesterday in Whistler. An investigation is underway by the BCSPCA. News of the incident reached the Vancouver Humane Society. The organization promptly reacted by calling for a ban on the sled dog tour business.

Organized by media journalist Catherine Barr, participants were encouraged to wear Olympic red attire and voice their anger towards this horrific event that should never happen again, here or anywhere else on the planet.

The rally was held from noon to 2 pm. Many local media were present, photographing and documenting the event via live tweeting using the #barkingmad hashtag.

Barking Mad Rally protesters Barking Mad Rally protester Rally dogs

Meanwhile, Tourism Whistler suspended sales for Outdoor Adventures on its website and is offering refunds to anyone wanting their money back. The rest of my photos from this event can be found here.

Barking Mad Rally dog Sled Dogs are Puppies Too!


  • Comment by Angela — February 7, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

    I am so pleased to see these protests. Those people are disgusting who did this to those poor dogs – Man’s best friends – obviously man is not dog’s best friend – all in the name of the almighty $. Shame on them and more than shame. I hope they get a substantial sentence for their disgusting conduct and crime.

  • Comment by arianec — February 8, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Agreed! It’s a testament to Vancouver pet lovers to show up in the pouring rain to have their voice heard. I’m sure this won’t be an open and shut case.

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