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 farm 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. You can learn more about fish farming in Canada here.
The BC SPCA supports the development of welfare-focused minimum standards for aquaculture, such as the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) codes of practice for the care and handling of farm animals.