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What does ‘certified organic’ mean for animal welfare?

February 1, 2016

Do you know what ‘certified organic’ actually means? And how it relates to animal welfare? In November 2015, the most recently revised Canadian Organic Standard was published. This concluded a two-year revision process in which the BC SPCA played an active role. Similar to the Codes of Practice within the conventional farming industry, the Canadian …

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This February, let’s show our animals some love!

February 1, 2016

With a new federal government in place, it’s time for Canadians to check in with our parliamentarians and ask our MPs to show Canadian animals some love! Get in touch with your local MP and let them know what animal welfare issues tug at your heartstrings. Would you like to see changes to our outdated …

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BC SPCA officially opens new Recovery & Adoption Centre for abused farm animals

October 14, 2015

Government and community representatives joined BC SPCA staff and volunteers on Oct. 14 to officially open the BC SPCA’s new Recovery & Adoption Barn in Kelowna, which will temporarily house horses and farm animals rescued from abusive or neglectful situations in the Okanagan region. The new 2,500-square-foot facility, located adjacent to the existing BC SPCA …

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Government announces great moos for dairy cattle in British Columbia

July 8, 2015

Things just got better for dairy cattle in the province. The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture announced today it will adopt a new regulation to improve protection of dairy cattle within the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA Act). The PCA Act prohibits causing or permitting an animal to be in distress in British Columbia, …

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Costco to carry SPCA Certified products throughout Canada

June 1, 2015

Costco has officially approved the SPCA Certified program for use as an animal welfare certification on food products sold throughout their stores, which, as the market for ethically raised food products keeps growing, is a giant step forward for consumers who want to purchase SPCA Certified products. The Costco announcement, which coincides with Walmart also …

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New Kelowna facility will provide a safe haven for abused farm animals

March 27, 2015

The BC SPCA officially broke ground today for a new large animal seizure facility to temporarily house farm animals rescued from abusive or neglectful situations. The new 2,500-square-foot facility is being constructed adjacent to the existing SPCA shelter at 3785 Casorso Road in Kelowna and will include six indoor-outdoor stalls, a tack room and hay …

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Setting the bar higher: New SPCA Certified Standard for pigs published

June 12, 2014

Of all the major meat commodities, the pork industry has the most intensively raised production systems despite the high intelligence and social nature of pigs. The BC SPCA operates the SPCA Certified program, which is an assurance to consumers that certified food products come from farms where higher standards of animal welfare are provided. Just …

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BC SPCA recommends charges of animal cruelty against eight employees of a Chilliwack dairy farm

June 9, 2014

The BC SPCA is recommending charges of animal cruelty against eight employees of Canada’s largest dairy farm, following a BC SPCA investigation in Chilliwack. “On June 2, the BC SPCA received an undercover video from the non-profit group Mercy for Animals Canada that showed the employees using chains, canes, rakes, their booted feet and their …

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Next steps critical as Canada builds roadmap for farm animal welfare

November 13, 2013

Major building blocks are in place to advance Canada in managing the rising interest and expectations around farm animal welfare, according to a press release from the National Farm Animal Care Council following its national conference in Ottawa. BC SPCA representatives attended to provide perspectives on behalf of Canada’s animal welfare movement and they, along …

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