Since 1895, the BC SPCA has been working for better laws for the treatment of animals in B.C.
Back then, the biggest concern was conditions for working horses. Today, we work to change laws to ensure all animals are provided, at a minimum, the Five Freedoms.
In recent years, we have had success in changing laws about:
- The keeping and importation of exotic animals in B.C.
- Standards for the care of dairy cows, sled dogs and dogs and cats in breeder operations.
- Putting a pet deposit option into the Residential Tenancy Act to increase the availability of pet-friendly housing.
- Municipal bylaws outlining minimum standards for animal care.
What the BC SPCA is doing to petition for better laws
Our latest work focuses on:
- Municipal bylaws: Partnering with municipalities to adopt humane bylaws that help to end animal suffering and supporting communities to increase restrictions on exotic pets.
- Laws for farm animal care: Developing ‘Codes of Practice’ for farm animals and asking for them to be adopted into provincial law.
- Laws for dog and cat breeders: Asking the Province of British Columbia to adopt a dog and cat breeder registry and inspection system.