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Did you know B.C.’s wildlife is at risk? Share your ideas for helping at-risk species

May 28, 2018

The BC government is asking the public to voice their thoughts on a new law that would aim to keep wild animals from going extinct. British Columbia is Canada’s most biologically diverse province, with more species at risk than any other province in Canada. BC currently has no stand-alone endangered species legislation, meaning hundreds of …

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Senate considering Bill S-203 that honours the sentience of cetaceans

May 23, 2018

The BC SPCA is pleased to demonstrate full support for a bill that is due for third reading in the next two weeks. Bill S-203, also known as the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, would make it illegal to capture, breed or move cetaceans with the intent of putting them in captivity …

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BC SPCA applauds improvements in new Kennel Code

April 23, 2018

The BC SPCA is applauding progressive changes for the care and welfare of dogs outlined in the latest edition of A Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations (PDF), released by The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). The revised Kennel Code incorporates new scientific evidence to inform best practices in animal environment, food and water, …

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BC SPCA applauds Surrey’s decision to restrict sale of pets from stores

March 13, 2018

The BC SPCA is applauding a move by the City of Surrey to limit the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits to adoptions from approved shelters and rescues. BC SPCA manager of public policy and outreach Amy Morris says the new bylaw, approved by Surrey council on March 12, is a step forward in preventing …

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The cage-free egg conflict: Why farmers and grocers may soon be butting heads

March 6, 2018

In Canada, more than 24 million hens are raised for egg production each year. Collectively, they lay approximately 616 million eggs annually. More than 90 per cent of these laying hens (21.6 million) spend their entire adult lives in cages. In British Columbia, about 76 per cent of laying hens are raised cage-free (according to …

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BC SPCA urges British Columbians to speak out against grizzly bear hunt

October 16, 2017

The BC SPCA is urging British Columbians to speak out against grizzly bear hunting across the province. The public has until Nov. 2 to provide input to the B.C. government on two policy documents outlining proposed changes to the grizzly bear hunt. “This summer the B.C. government announced it will end all hunting of grizzly …

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Thinking outside the cage: Achieving Higher Welfare for Egg-Laying Hens in Canada

October 3, 2017

In Canada, about 24 million hens lay 616 million eggs each year. More than 90% of those hens (21.6 million) spend their lives in small, cramped, wire enclosures called battery cages. They are housed in groups of four to eight birds. Photo (right): Rows of hens housed in battery cages. Each row is stacked six …

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