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Breed-specific bylaws don’t keep communities safe

July 26, 2010

The most effective way to protect the public from dangerous dogs is with multifaceted strategies that address aggressive behaviour in dogs of any and all breeds. That’s according to BC SPCA animal welfare manager Geoff Urton, who is urging  government, animal welfare organizations and other stakeholders to work together on multi-faceted strategies such as those …

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Calgary Stampede deaths highlight rodeo concerns

July 15, 2010

The recent deaths of horses at the 2010 Calgary Stampede once again raises the need for animal welfare organizations and the public to call for more humane treatment of animals in events which showcase rodeo skills. In its official position on rodeo events the BC SPCA expresses serious concern about the events that are the …

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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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British Columbians agree: It’s poor taste to serve foie gras

February 18, 2010

Since our alert about foie gras last month, we’ve heard from people across B.C. who were disappointed to see foie gras on the menu of their favourite restaurant. Please help the hundreds of thousands of ducks raised in tiny cages and force-fed daily in Canada by looking out for foie gras on restaurant menus. Tell …

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Animals Matter to Canada

November 12, 2009

Thanks to the support of 75,000 Canadians, the House of Commons has unanimously passed a motion to support the development of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW). The UDAW aims to seek global recognition that animals are capable of feeling pain and suffering, and that they deserve protection. In 2007, the BC SPCA joined the international “Animals Matter” coalition …

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Chained/Tethered Dogs Advocacy Campaign Goes Provincial

October 23, 2009

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has launched a provincewide education campaign to raise awareness about the plight of chained, backyard dogs.”Every year SPCA animal protection officers respond to hundreds of calls about dogs who are chained or tethered in backyards,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community …

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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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