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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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Public opinion sought on use of animals in research

June 27, 2011

The use of animals in research has long been a source of public controversy. Now, animal welfare researchers at UBC are conducting a study to find out how people feel about the use of animals in laboratory research and they want to hear from you. To date, Canadian universities have provided little opportunity for public …

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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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Breed-specific bylaws don’t keep communities safe

July 26, 2010

The most effective way to protect the public from dangerous dogs is with multifaceted strategies that address aggressive behaviour in dogs of any and all breeds. That’s according to BC SPCA animal welfare manager Geoff Urton, who is urging  government, animal welfare organizations and other stakeholders to work together on multi-faceted strategies such as those …

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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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British Columbians agree: It’s poor taste to serve foie gras

February 18, 2010

Since our alert about foie gras last month, we’ve heard from people across B.C. who were disappointed to see foie gras on the menu of their favourite restaurant. Please help the hundreds of thousands of ducks raised in tiny cages and force-fed daily in Canada by looking out for foie gras on restaurant menus. Tell …

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Animals Matter to Canada

November 12, 2009

Thanks to the support of 75,000 Canadians, the House of Commons has unanimously passed a motion to support the development of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW). The UDAW aims to seek global recognition that animals are capable of feeling pain and suffering, and that they deserve protection. In 2007, the BC SPCA joined the international “Animals Matter” coalition …

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