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

October 2, 2019

In Canada, about 25.2 million hens lay over 9 billion eggs each year. Around 71% of those hens (17.9 million) spend their entire lives in small, cramped, wire enclosures called battery cages. They are housed in crowded groups of four to eight hens. To understand just how crowded these cages are, picture a standard piece …

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Youngest of 42 horses seized from Interior property thriving in new home

Senko
September 12, 2019

Senkō was the youngest in a group of 42 neglected horses seized from an Interior property in March. When horse trainer and large animal technician at Mills Veterinary Service, Kristi Kalke, first met Senkō he was just six-months-old, very scared and appeared to be completely feral. Kalke was part of a team working with head …

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Ways you have helped farm animals so far in 2019

A dairy cow looks out of a red barn.
June 26, 2019

We have asked our dedicated supporters to help farm animals this year by submitting responses to surveys about the National Farm Animal Care Council’s (NFACC) Codes of Practice. The Codes of Practice are guidelines for the care of farm animals. They serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices. Animal welfare …

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Get to know cows

June 10, 2019

Cattle (often informally referred to as ‘cows’) are among the most common and iconic farmed animals. People who have spent time with them will likely agree that cows are valuable individuals with unique personalities. However, our limited exposure to cows encourages people to think they lack intelligence and sensitivity. If you have never given much …

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Three ways to be an animal ambassador at farmers’ markets

June 4, 2019

The weather across the province has been heating up, and farmers’ markets are in full swing across B.C. (find a market near you). Farmers’ markets provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about where our food comes from and how it was produced. Whether or not you’re a regular at your local farmers’ market, you can …

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12 Things to know before adopting a mini pig

March 13, 2019

Search for “micro-pig” on YouTube and you will instantly be regaled with adorable videos of tiny piglets climbing stairs, playing with dogs, sleeping on couches and scampering on the beach. “There is no denying how cute they are,” says Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA. “But how many will still be cherished …

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Sunworks Farm: Toys for turkeys

March 11, 2019

Certified since 2005, Sunworks Farm (Armena, Alberta) is among the first SPCA Certified farms. In a recent farm newsletter, owners Ron, Sheila and Isaac Hamilton wrote  about the ways they go above and beyond to ensure their turkeys always feel comfortable, well-cared for and safe. We wanted to share this heart-warming story with you, our …

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