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News Category: Farm

Cage-free may not mean what you think: BC SPCA cautions consumers about food labels

October 6, 2016

Tianna Gauvreau, BC SPCA humane products marketing specialist, was disappointed when her butcher attempted to sell her “free run” chicken at a higher price than conventional chicken. “If I did not work in farm animal welfare, I would not have known that I was being misled,” says Gauvreau. “I would have thought I was buying …

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Five ways you can end farm animals’ suffering in transportation

October 1, 2016

Do you think there should be more rules about the temperature on a farm animal transport truck? How about how many animals are in that small space? Join us in calling on the Canadian government to do better by signing our petition. Be ready to give feedback to the government when draft laws are introduced …

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Inside the BC SPCA

September 6, 2016

If you missed it, it’s not too late to view the half-hour special on the BC SPCA produced by our media partner CTV. The special aired during the evening news hour on Monday, Sept. 5 and featured SPCA initiatives such as: Our SPCA Certified farm labeling program; a behind-the-scenes look at Wild ARC, the BC …

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Farm animals need love too: New BC SPCA facilities a huge help in fighting cruelty

August 1, 2016

British Columbians may often think of kittens and puppies when they think of the BC SPCA, but the animal welfare organization also advocates for, rescues and adopts out farm animals. From horses and llama to goats and chickens, farm animals are among the more than 43,000 animals the BC SPCA helps each year. “I think …

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Get cracking on better welfare for hens

July 1, 2016

Interested in sharing your view on whether the proposed standards are good enough for hens? This is where we think there are priorities for improvement: Recommended practices: Do you think any of the recommended practices throughout the draft code should be requirements? Housing system: Enriched cages are permitted in the code. Can enriched cages provide …

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BC SPCA offers Canadian-made solution for humane certification to restaurants and grocers

May 5, 2016

The BC SPCA is reaching out to restaurants and food retailers across Canada with a home-grown solution to farm animal welfare certification. Launched in 2002 by the BC SPCA, SPCA Certified is a Canadian-made national farm animal welfare certification and food labelling program which offers third-party certification to any Canadian farm raising beef cattle, dairy …

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What does ‘certified organic’ mean for animal welfare?

February 1, 2016

Do you know what ‘certified organic’ actually means? And how it relates to animal welfare? In November 2015, the most recently revised Canadian Organic Standard was published. This concluded a two-year revision process in which the BC SPCA played an active role. Similar to the Codes of Practice within the conventional farming industry, the Canadian …

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This February, let’s show our animals some love!

February 1, 2016

With a new federal government in place, it’s time for Canadians to check in with our parliamentarians and ask our MPs to show Canadian animals some love! Get in touch with your local MP and let them know what animal welfare issues tug at your heartstrings. Would you like to see changes to our outdated …

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BC SPCA officially opens new Recovery & Adoption Centre for abused farm animals

October 14, 2015

Government and community representatives joined BC SPCA staff and volunteers on Oct. 14 to officially open the BC SPCA’s new Recovery & Adoption Barn in Kelowna, which will temporarily house horses and farm animals rescued from abusive or neglectful situations in the Okanagan region. The new 2,500-square-foot facility, located adjacent to the existing BC SPCA …

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