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News Category: Farm

New report on horse slaughter practices released

May 7, 2010

The BC SPCA and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies have presented federal authorities with a report of concerns regarding horse slaughter in Canada. The Report on Horse Slaughter Practices in Canada is based on a review of recent video footage depicting inhumane practices at two of Canada’s largest horse slaughter plants, one in Alberta and …

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Judge rules in favour of BC SPCA in dispute over seized animals

March 29, 2010

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled in favour of the BC SPCA in a dispute over the seizure of 28 thin and emaciated horses and 39 terrier mix dogs and puppies last year. The BC SPCA seized the animals following an animal cruelty investigation on a property near Vernon. “The animals were clearly in …

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Emaciated and abandoned horses rescued in Cedar

March 8, 2010

The BC SPCA rescued seven abandoned horses and one donkey from a property in Cedar on March 2. The animals were emaciated and suffering from a wide range of medical problems, including parasites, oozing untreated wounds, dental issues, diarrhea and severe rain scald.  “The animal owner was not providing even minimal care for these poor …

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Brentwood Bay residents accused of starving, hanging, horse

November 14, 2009

Crown counsel has charged Brentwood Bay residents David Whiffin and Clayton Cunningham with animal cruelty after a 27-year-old Appaloosa gelding named Jalupae was starved to the point of emaciation and then hung to death.  The alleged incident took place on a waterfront acreage in Brentwood Bay. “It is so difficult to fathom why anyone would …

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Think Twice Before Supporting Rodeo Events

July 22, 2009

The BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is urging members of the public to think twice before supporting rodeo events which cause unnecessary suffering to animals. The call comes as Abbotsford gets ready to host the Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo July 30 – August 3 at Abbotsford Exhibition Park. “The BC …

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Clydesdale horses, fowl seized from Powell River property

July 15, 2009

Three ailing Clydesdale horses are under veterinary care after they were seized from a Powell River acreage by BC SPCA cruelty officers Friday. One horse, a 14-year-old gelding, was infested with external parasites and suffering from an eye tumour and infection so severe that the surrounding tissue was inflamed and pus streamed down the horse’s …

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Langley veterinarians charged in horse neglect case

April 22, 2009

Langley veterinarians Mark Marohn and Carol Schoyen-Marohn have each been charged with two counts of animal cruelty after the BC SPCA discovered six emaciated and badly neglected horses in their care. The couple faces charges under both the Criminal Code of Canada and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. They make their first court …

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