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News Category: Farm

Overwhelming number of responses to draft Pig Code

August 28, 2013

Pig welfare has been in the spotlight in recent months with work underway to update Canada’s Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs. Celebrity activists including Ryan Gosling have weighed in on important welfare issues like confinement housing for pigs, and this week the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) announced that it …

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Luxton Pro Rodeo Refuses to Eliminate Cruel Practices

May 16, 2013

A recent article in the Times Colonist outlines the Luxton Pro Rodeo’s refusal to eliminate inhumane rodeo events in favour of a family-friendly Western-style country fair. The Luxton Pro Rodeo boasts tie-down calf roping, steer wrestling, and children’s sheep-riding: activities that cause fear, stress, and even serious injury to the animals involved. Learn more about …

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B.C. Government maintains monitoring of animal slaughter

March 4, 2013

The BC SPCA is encouraged by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture’s recent announcement that they will be maintaining on-site inspection programs for provincially-licensed commercial slaughter plants once the Canadian Food Inspection Agency withdraws its services next year Earlier this year, the Society published a new position statement on humane killing of animals, which lays out …

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Forensic examinations reveal mutilated cats were victims of predators

June 15, 2012

BC SPCA officials announced today that necropsies conducted by internationally known forensic veterinarian Dr. Melinda Merck on the remains of mutilated cats and other animals found in the Lower Mainland, have determined the animals were victims of predator attack. Initial findings from pathologists and veterinarians, combined with the unusual placement of the bodies, had raised …

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Experts call for farm animal industry reforms

April 24, 2012

In an expert report released today, animal welfare scientist Dr. Ian Duncan and ethicist Dr. Bernie Rollin are calling for reforms to the housing, care and breeding of farm animals in Canada. Among their recommendations are for pain relief to be required during routine surgeries such as castration, and for phase-outs of confinement housing systems like battery …

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Langley veterinarian convicted in horse neglect case

March 28, 2012

Warning: graphic photos below. Langley veterinarian Mark Marohn was found guilty today of animal cruelty under both the Criminal Code of Canada and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after the BC SPCA discovered six emaciated and badly neglected horses in his care. Marohn was charged in April of 2009. In December, 2008, BC SPCA …

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Sow confinement: When will it become a thing of the past?

February 29, 2012

Over the past half-century, restrictive gestation stall housing for pregnant sows has been the norm, but today there is growing concern for the welfare of sows in such systems. Many countries have responded by implementing bans on the use of gestation stalls in pig production. The response from consumers has been an increased demand for …

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