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How you spoke up for animals in 2022

Photos of a dog, a horse and an owl
January 31, 2023

Every year, thousands of British Columbians join the BC SPCA to speak up for animals. “Today, we are celebrating the difference residents of B.C. have made for tens of thousands of animals across British Columbia and Canada in the past year,” says Dr. Sara Dubois, chief scientific officer at the BC SPCA. Grounded in evidence-based …

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New petition to ban the shipping of horses overseas for slaughter   

January 23, 2023

UPDATE:  It has been over a year since the federal Minister of Agriculture was given the mandate to end the live export of horses for slaughter. Approximately 2,000 horses have been transported since this announcement, while Canadians wait for action from the federal government. Despite the overwhelming numbers of Canadians who signed the 2021 e-petition …

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Plant-based eating: your choices make a difference

Array of plant-based food options.
January 3, 2023

Approximately 82% of Canadians report that they are omnivores, eating both plant- and animal-based foods. In recent years though, an increasing number of Canadians are shifting their eating habits to include more plant-based foods in their diet. Concerns about animal welfare, human health, environmental impacts, and the rising cost of food are major factors contributing …

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10 fun facts about horses

December 9, 2022

Anyone who has interacted with a horse knows they are magnificent animals. Horses have been a part of our lives for thousands of years as companions, working animals and athletes in equestrian sport, to name a few. Although horses are such well-known animals, the following facts may surprise you! 1. Horses can’t breathe through their …

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11 Fun facts about fish

November 22, 2022

Fish play diverse and significant roles in our society. Here in Canada, they’re the third most popular pet after cats and dogs, and the second most common research model after mice. Millions are caught recreationally across the country every year, while at least a billion more are farmed and caught commercially. Fish are also essential …

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On first anniversary of provincial mink farming phase-out, polling confirms British Columbians agree with government decision

American mink takes a look around as it hunts along the rocky shore at Clover Point, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
November 4, 2022

In November 2021, the B.C. government made the historic announcement to phase out mink farms in the province. At the time of this announcement, a temporary ban on mink breeding was already in place as of July 2021. Under the phase-out plan, the breeding of mink was permanently banned. By April 2023, there must not …

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Tips for an inclusive holiday meal

Cranberry Oatmeal Crumble
October 4, 2022

With numerous holiday and cultural celebrations this season, many of us are turning our attention towards planning a festive meal for our family and friends. Many families and friend groups now include someone who chooses a plant-based diet. We’ve put together the following tips to help you celebrate the holidays and ensure there is something …

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The truth about enriched cages

Laying hens in an enriched cage.
October 4, 2022

You may have seen the label ‘enriched cages’ on egg cartons at the grocery store. It may seem like laying hens were given many environmental enrichments to improve their welfare. But is this the case? Do enriched cages improve hen welfare? The conventional way of raising laying hens In 2021, 56.52% of laying hens in …

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