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BC SPCA urges British Columbians to speak out against grizzly bear hunt

October 16, 2017

The BC SPCA is urging British Columbians to speak out against grizzly bear hunting across the province. The public has until Nov. 2 to provide input to the B.C. government on two policy documents outlining proposed changes to the grizzly bear hunt. “This summer the B.C. government announced it will end all hunting of grizzly …

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Thinking outside the cage: Achieving Higher Welfare for Egg-Laying Hens in Canada

October 3, 2017

In Canada, about 24 million hens lay 616 million eggs each year. More than 90% of those hens (21.6 million) spend their lives in small, cramped, wire enclosures called battery cages. They are housed in groups of four to eight birds. Photo (right): Rows of hens housed in battery cages. Each row is stacked six …

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Speak up for animal protection updates to the Criminal Code

May 1, 2017

A recent petition urges the Government of Canada to make long overdue changes in protecting animals – and by signing, you can become another voice for vulnerable animals all across Canada. The e-petition reaches out to animal lovers across the country to voice their concerns over the current animal cruelty protection provisions in the Criminal …

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Senate considering Bill S-203 that honours the sentience of cetaceans

March 23, 2017

The BC SPCA is pleased to demonstrate full support for a bill currently being discussed by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Bill S-203, also known as the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, would make it illegal to capture, breed or move cetaceans with the intent of putting them in …

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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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Legislation strengthens animal welfare protection

February 27, 2017

The BC SPCA applauds the Government of British Columbia’s move to target irresponsible dog and cat breeders throughout the province. Introduced by Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick, the legislation will, if passed, provide a framework for the licensing and/or registration of commercial breeders of cats and dogs. “We are thrilled to see the provincial government take …

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Have you thanked your vet for supporting a ban on tail docking?

December 1, 2016

B.C.’s veterinarians are showing how much they support the humane treatment of animals. The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) recently voted to ban cosmetic tail docking, offering a unique opportunity for British Columbians: let your local vet know how much you support the move. The province-wide ban, which follows a vote last year …

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Did you know B.C.’s wildlife is at risk? Share your ideas for helping at-risk species

November 1, 2016

Do you care about caribou, frogs and birds? How about badgers or turtles? Did you know that British Columbia has hundreds of endangered species living in our province and no stand-alone law to protect them? Until Nov. 30, you have a unique chance to share your ideas for helping at-risk species in B.C. Using accessible …

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