The BC SPCA considers fish to be sentient, capable of experiencing negative emotions such as pain and fear. We are therefore concerned about a number of welfare issues that can arise on fish farms. Examples include:
- Poor water quality
- Disease transmission
- Stressful handling, transport and slaughter procedures
Humane treatment for fish — as for other farmed animals — means providing proper nutrition, veterinary care and a safe, clean and comfortable low-stress environment. Those responsible for managing fish farms should ensure that animal welfare is an integral part of every aspect of production every day. Learn more about fish farming in Canada.
The BC SPCA supports the development of welfare-focused minimum standards for aquaculture, and are pleased to see Canada’s first-ever Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farmed Salmonids released in 2021. The BC SPCA will continue to advocate for improved animal welfare standards with each update.