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News Category: Farm

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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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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