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Speak up for sheep

White sheep with black heads inside barn
July 5, 2024

Do you have thoughts about how sheep should be raised in Canada? Now is your chance to take a short survey to share your concerns about sheep welfare and make a difference for sheep raised for meat, milk, and wool in Canada. The National Farm Animal Care Council has announced that the Code of Practice …

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How your input shapes the Codes of Practice and sets farmed animal welfare standards

June 10, 2024

Many Canadians care deeply about farmed animal welfare but sometimes feel powerless to make a difference. However, you can help farmed animals in many important ways, including speaking up for them! Canada’s Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals set important rules for ensuring farmed animal welfare nationally. Everyone, from farmers …

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BC SPCA calls on political parties to prioritize animal welfare in upcoming election

May 28, 2024

British Columbians are gearing up to cast their votes in the provincial election on October 19, 2024. Recognizing the importance of animal welfare initiatives to British Columbians, the BC SPCA has issued a call to the province’s four main political parties, urging them to integrate several animal welfare-related issues into their party platforms and commit …

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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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Health Canada has announced a complete ban on strychnine use—a positive outcome for animal welfare

March 7, 2024

UPDATE: Health Canada has announced a complete ban on strychnine use in Canada after consulting the public and stakeholders. All uses of strychnine will be illegal by September 7, 2024 and all registrations of strychnine will be cancelled. While this decision is a very positive outcome for animal welfare, this ban does not apply to …

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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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Important update: BC SPCA calls for ban on dog debarking

December 7, 2023

In April 2022, with the help of thousands of our supporters, the BC SPCA called on the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) to enact a bylaw ban on canine devocalization. On November 13, 2023, veterinarians across the province voted overwhelmingly in favour of a debarking ban. This means that effective immediately, dogs in …

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Update: Send the B.C. government your input on emergency management for animals

November 1, 2023

Update: The Emergency Management campaign has now closed. Almost 400 British Columbians voiced their support for including animals in emergency planning, response and recovery, called for the provincial government to collaborate with and support animal welfare organizations, and shared their personal experiences and recommendations to help the provincial government create regulations under the Emergency and …

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