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News Category: Farm

SPCA Certified farmers embrace animal-friendly food guide

September 1, 2017

The Canadian food guide has been a staple in our society’s food planning since its introduction in 1942. Developed during the Second World War at a time of poverty and wartime rationing, the guide has since been slow to change with nutrition research and the cultural diversity of Canada. Canada’s Food Guide was formed to …

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12 Things to know before adopting a mini pig

July 25, 2017

Search for “micro-pig” on YouTube and you will instantly be regaled with adorable videos of tiny piglets climbing stairs, playing with dogs, sleeping on couches and scampering on the beach. “There is no denying how cute they are,” says Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA. “But how many will still be cherished …

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Caring for urban and backyard chickens

July 25, 2017

The BC SPCA is supportive of urban consumers seeking alternatives to conventional eggs produced by hens housed in battery cages; however, raising hens in an urban, backyard environment is not a suitable practice for individuals with little to no knowledge or experience in chicken care. Instead, consumers are encouraged to purchase eggs produced on SPCA …

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Chilliwack dairy farm workers sentenced to jail in ‘precedent-setting’ ruling

May 29, 2017

Three dairy farm workers from the Fraser Valley have been sentenced to jail for causing distress to an animal in a landmark ruling. The sentencing, handed down in Chilliwack Provincial Court last month, stems from a BC SPCA cruelty investigation into Chilliwack Cattle Sales Ltd. after an undercover video showed several employees abusing dairy cows. …

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Farm animals count: New census data shows rise in poultry, cattle numbers

May 10, 2017

There are nearly two million more hens and chickens in British Columbia than there was in 2011, according to Statistics Canada’s release of the 2016 Census of Agriculture data today. Nearly 40,000 more cattle were also reported, while other provinces showed dairy cow decline. In 2011, there were just under 19 million chickens raised for …

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Tell Canada to adopt Dr. Temple Grandin’s guidelines for the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

March 15, 2017

Killing animals for food is hard for many Canadians to think about. With around 700 million animals transported to slaughter facilities each year, animal welfare is crucial. From being unloaded from trucks, to handled in the pre-slaughter area, it is important to have adequate regulation and monitoring. The Canadian government has proposed new laws, and …

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New SPCA facilities key to responding quickly to animal cruelty complaints

January 5, 2017

A record number of large-scale animal seizures in 2016 have highlighted the need for new BC SPCA facilities in the province. “With support from our donors and a $5-million contribution from the Government of B.C., the BC SPCA launched a Facilities Development & Services Plan two years ago to replace or refurbish aging SPCA shelters …

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