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What do you picture when you hear about organic farm animals?

Piglet in straw
July 18, 2019

The Canadian Organic Standards outline minimum animal welfare expectations for Certified Organic farmers. The standards are being updated and everyone is able to submit their thoughts on the proposed changes before September 30, 2019. Read on to learn more, or click the button below to take action right away. Take action to improve organic standards …

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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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Caring for backyard chickens

May 14, 2019

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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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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