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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: Bill C-355 to ban live export of Canadian horses overseas for slaughter has reached an important milestone! The bill has passed its second reading in the House of Commons and has now been sent to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food for review. The Committee will be meeting on February 13 to discuss …

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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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How you spoke up for animals in 2022

Photos of a dog, a horse and an owl
January 31, 2023

Every year, thousands of British Columbians join the BC SPCA to speak up for animals. “Today, we are celebrating the difference residents of B.C. have made for tens of thousands of animals across British Columbia and Canada in the past year,” says Dr. Sara Dubois, chief scientific officer at the BC SPCA. Grounded in evidence-based …

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New petition to ban the shipping of horses overseas for slaughter   

January 23, 2023

February 7, 2023 UPDATE: The federal petition to ban the shipping of horses overseas for slaughter has now closed. More than 36 thousand Canadians voiced their concerns. We still have not heard back from the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food regarding a progress report on the ban. We encourage you to reach out to the …

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