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Oil spill preparedness needs to take wildlife into consideration

October 25, 2013

Our province is renowned worldwide for its wildlife. Nowhere is this more apparent than along British Columbia’s coastline, which is home to diverse species such as murrelets, petrels, auklets, puffins, sea otters, and seals among many others. All of these animals would be impacted by an oil spill. A new report released by the provincial …

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Online Buy, Sell & Trade site takes stand against unscrupulous pet breeders

August 7, 2013

The fight against puppy mills and other unscrupulous animal breeders has taken a giant leap forward with a decision by the owners of Buy, Sell & Trade to remove the posting of private pet ads. “One of the most direct ways that puppy mill operators stay in business is through newspaper and online ads, and …

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B.C. Government maintains monitoring of animal slaughter

March 4, 2013

The BC SPCA is encouraged by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture’s recent announcement that they will be maintaining on-site inspection programs for provincially-licensed commercial slaughter plants once the Canadian Food Inspection Agency withdraws its services next year Earlier this year, the Society published a new position statement on humane killing of animals, which lays out …

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Sow confinement: When will it become a thing of the past?

February 29, 2012

Over the past half-century, restrictive gestation stall housing for pregnant sows has been the norm, but today there is growing concern for the welfare of sows in such systems. Many countries have responded by implementing bans on the use of gestation stalls in pig production. The response from consumers has been an increased demand for …

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Richmond gives final approval to pet-store puppy ban

November 9, 2010

It’s official – the City of Richmond has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to ban the sale of puppies in pet stores. The ban goes into effect in April 2011, and the city’s three local pet stores will have until that time to sell or remove puppies from their stores. Richmond councillors approved the …

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Calgary Stampede deaths highlight rodeo concerns

July 15, 2010

The recent deaths of horses at the 2010 Calgary Stampede once again raises the need for animal welfare organizations and the public to call for more humane treatment of animals in events which showcase rodeo skills. In its official position on rodeo events the BC SPCA expresses serious concern about the events that are the …

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New report on horse slaughter practices released

May 7, 2010

The BC SPCA and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies have presented federal authorities with a report of concerns regarding horse slaughter in Canada. The Report on Horse Slaughter Practices in Canada is based on a review of recent video footage depicting inhumane practices at two of Canada’s largest horse slaughter plants, one in Alberta and …

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