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Ban the shipping of horses overseas for slaughter   

June 2, 2021

UPDATE June 19, 2021: The federal petition to ban the shipping of horses overseas for slaughter has now closed. More than 77 thousand Canadians voiced their concern for this practice. Thank you to everyone who spoke up for horses! Original story: June 2, 2021 Most Canadians don’t know that Canada is one of the only …

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BC SPCA opens new farm animal recovery and adoption barn in Nanaimo

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March 31, 2021

The BC SPCA has opened a new facility adjacent to its Community Animal Centre in Nanaimo to care for abused and neglected farm animals. The Seasted Stables, which will serve all of Vancouver Island, is named in recognition of the Seasted Foundation, which provided generous funding for the barn and paddocks, along with a contribution …

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Life for animals on organic farms now even better

March 30, 2021

Have you bought organic food thinking that the animals raised on these farms lived a better life? If you answered yes, you are correct! Farmers who raise animals for organic food must meet high animal welfare standards. These standards, outlined in the Canadian Organic Standards (COS), are reviewed and updated every five years. This ensures …

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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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