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BC SPCA urges Canadians to voice their views on care and handling of pigs during code consultation

125 Years of Protecting Animals
September 25, 2020

The BC SPCA is calling on Canadians to voice their opinions on proposed amendments to the National Farm Animal Care Council’s Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs. National farm codes, developed by multi-stakeholder committees, are updated every 10 years, with an interim review conducted after five years. This week, a code …

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Caring for backyard chickens

August 26, 2020

The BC SPCA supports consumers seeking alternatives to eggs produced by hens housed in battery cages. However, backyard chickens can be a lot of work and bring their own unique challenges, so they aren’t the right fit for everyone. If raising hens isn’t for you, purchase eggs produced on SPCA Certified farms and from other …

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BC SPCA says research, planning needed before raising backyard chickens

bc spca van with backyard chickens
July 17, 2020

With British Columbians self-isolating at home in 2020 due to COVID-19, communities across B.C. have seen a surge of interest in homesteading activities, such as baking, gardening and preserving. Whether it’s the desire to be self-sufficient or just having extra time around the house, more people are also expressing an interest in raising backyard chickens. …

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Farmers’ markets are open: support local and welfare-friendly food!

June 4, 2020

With the arrival of warmer weather across the province, farmers’ markets are gearing up for a busy season ahead. However, this season did not begin as planned, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced a major change in the way they operate. Farmers’ markets remained open during the peak of the pandemic as they were designated as …

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10 surprising facts about sheep!

March 31, 2020

Do not let the term ‘sheepish,’ often used to describe people who mindlessly follow others, fool you…sheep are intelligent animals and are capable of more than just grazing on pasture. Here are ten reasons why sheep are such interesting animals that you’ll have to read to baa-lieve! 1. Terminology Female sheep are called ewes, male …

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Fun facts about goats!

Baby goats cuddling together
March 30, 2020

Goats are very curious, playful and friendly animals, that are also a common animal found on farms. See what you know about these quirky animals and learn more! There are over 200 different breeds of goats With so many different breeds, sizes vary greatly. One of the smallest breeds of goat, the Nigerian dwarf goat, …

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Fun facts about chickens: get the s-coop here!

Chicken and chick in grass foraging
March 26, 2020

Chickens are one of the most common farm animals around the world. Continue reading for facts about chickens that will ‘beak’ your interest, and show how fascinating and interesting these animals are! Today’s modern chickens were domesticated around 8000 years ago. They evolved from the red jungle fowl, who lived in the jungle. Another fun fact …

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