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10 fun facts about sheep

May 24, 2024

Sheep were among the first animals to be domesticated. In Canada, sheep are raised on farms for meat, milk, and wool production and cared for as companion animals on hobby farms. While sheep may be thought of as unintelligent animals who mindlessly follow the flock, they are incredibly smart. Here are ten fun facts you …

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Canada’s Code of Practice for Equines to be updated

A group of horses outdoors.
May 6, 2024

Are you passionate about the welfare of equines in Canada? Now is your chance to share your concerns about equine welfare and make a difference for horses, ponies, miniature horses, donkeys, mules, and hinnies across the country. The National Farm Animal Care Council has announced that the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling …

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Share your thoughts on beef cattle welfare in just three minutes

A group of cattle looks up towards the camera from inside a crowded indoor feedlot. The animals are confined here until sent to slaughter. Saint-Isidore, Quebec, Canada, 2022. Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media
April 22, 2024

New rules are being developed for cattle raised for beef in Canada – what key issues for beef cattle should be the focus? Every year, over 10 million cattle are raised for beef production in Canada. For the first time since 2013, the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle (the …

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Recommendations to improve the welfare and protections of farmed animals in B.C. presented to Ministry of Agriculture and Food

March 27, 2024

In 2023, the BC SPCA participated in a committee formed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food to review and recommend improvements to the farmed animal welfare framework in British Columbia. The committee developed recommendations that touch on training, transportation and processing sectors, along with integrating and prioritizing farmed animals in emergency response. They also …

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10 fun facts about chickens

Chicken and chick in grass foraging
March 15, 2024

Did you know? It is estimated that there are more than 33 billion chickens worldwide! Outnumbering the human population, chickens are one of the most common farm animals. Get the s-coop on these eggs-traordinary animals here! 1. Chickens are living descendants of dinosaurs Chickens are the closest living relatives of dinosaurs! Scientific evidence has proven …

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Understanding egg labels

March 8, 2024

When buying eggs, you may find yourself overwhelmed with choices. The various labels on egg cartons may look appealing, but do they truly reflect the welfare of the laying hens? Here’s how you can make informed choices to choose cage-free eggs and ensure higher welfare for laying hens. Types of egg production In Canada, there …

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Pigs as pets – what to know before adopting a mini pig

March 5, 2024

Mini pigs have grown in popularity and are often advertised as easy-to-care-for house pets. The reality is that caring for a pet pig comes with many challenges, and some so-called mini pigs may only stay mini for a short time! Consider these important points before adopting a mini pig. What is a mini pig? A …

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Support the bill to end the live export of Canadian horses for slaughter

February 12, 2024

Update: The bill to ban live horse export for slaughter from Canada has passed the House of Commons Agriculture Committee! Bill C-355 will now go for a final vote in the House of Commons before moving to the Senate. The bill is another step closer to hopefully becoming law. Thank you for speaking up for horses …

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From timid to trusting: Promise’s rehabilitation journey

December 13, 2023

For Monika, a dedicated BC SPCA foster guardian, the benefits of positive reinforcement training for horses are clear. She has volunteered her time to rehabilitate horses rescued through our Animal Protection Services so they can have successful adoptions. “Positive reinforcement training motivates the desired behaviour,” says Monika. “It involves adding something rewarding to the horse, …

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