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Goat Code of Practice now open for public comment

White goat in a field eating grass.
February 8, 2021

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Goats is being updated for the first time in 16 years. There are over 230,000 goats in Canada, and while some goats are pets, the majority are raised commercially for dairy, meat and fibre (mohair/wool).  “Updating the Code of Practice is a key way to advance goat welfare in Canada. This …

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Happy trails: a friendship born from tragedy

jolene hermione
February 6, 2021

Jolene and Hermione are proof that some of the best friendships are born from tragedy. The two mares were rescued as a part of cruelty investigation near Princeton at the end of September 2020 in which 97 animals were taken in by the BC SPCA. At the time, the emaciated horses had to go into strict quarantine immediately. Tragically, …

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How the BC SPCA helps horses

December 13, 2020

Each year the BC SPCA rescues sick, abused, and neglected horses from across the province who need urgent care. Sadly, the horses seized through SPCA cruelty investigations are usually in poor condition, and in many cases require extensive nutritional and medical rehabilitation due to starvation and other health issues. In 2015 the BC SPCA opened …

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Public comment open for Canada’s first Code of Practice for farmed fish

Salmon fish jumping out of water in flowing river
December 4, 2020

The public comment period for Canada’s first Code of Practice for farmed fish is now open, and will remain open until January 7. Be sure to submit your feedback on the draft Code to ensure that the welfare of farmed fish is protected! Here are a few key points we hope you convey along with …

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Ten fun facts about horses

December 3, 2020

Horses have been a part of society for many years, and for many different reasons. Horses are working animals, companions and athletes in equestrian sport, to name a few. Although horses are such well-known animals, the following facts may surprise you about these magnificent creatures. 1. Horses can’t breathe through their mouth Horses are “obligate …

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Equine photographer releases book featuring BC SPCA’s rescue horses

November 13, 2020

Equine photographer Leanne Peniuk’s passion for horses is on full display with the release of her new coffee-style book, Rescue Me, which showcases success stories and photographs of rescued horses from British Columbia, including BC SPCA rescue alumni. “Every story in this book inspired me,” says Peniuk. “These horses have endured such hardships in their …

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Voice your views on care and handling of pigs during code consultation

BC SPCA building a better future for Canada's farms
October 29, 2020

The BC SPCA is reminding 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 before the deadline next month. National farm codes, developed by multi-stakeholder committees, are updated every 10 years, with an interim review conducted after five years. …

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