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News Category: Farm

Take action against farm animal abuse

October 3, 2017

Many Canadians were shocked at the undercover footage revealed by Mercy for Animals showing workers from a Chilliwack chicken-catching company torturing and abusing chickens earlier this year. Two years ago, more undercover video footage by the same organization showed dairy cows in Chilliwack being abused. In that case, a BC SPCA investigation led to charges …

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Picking the good egg

September 27, 2017

Have you ever noticed that some brown eggs appear to have a hazy, or chalky white coating on their shell? What you’re seeing is the start of an extra layer of calcium that is sometimes formed on the egg, and it looks distinctly different than eggs that just happen to have a lighter shell colour. …

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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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