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News Category: Wildlife

Reptiles as pets: Five common myths debunked

July 23, 2018

A swaying elephant. A feather-plucked parrot. A pacing tiger. For many exotic animals, the signs of poor welfare in captivity are easy to spot. But what about reptiles? How can we tell when a snake is suffering? Can a snake suffer? The traditional view Reptiles have long been regarded as simple animals with little capacity …

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The best of B.C.’s wildlife: Get behind the lens with our annual photo contest

July 16, 2018

Now celebrating its tenth year, the BC SPCA’s Wildlife-in-Focus Photography Contest is officially open for entries. Whether the subjects are in your own backyard, foraging for food in rivers, or exploring B.C.’s beautiful forests, amateur photographers at least 14 years of age, are invited to send in their work. The contest runs until Sept. 15 …

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Keeping the coast clear

June 4, 2018

“To a sea turtle, a plastic bag suspended in the water looks an awful lot like a jellyfish floating along,” says Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA. “One wrong gulp could cost the turtle his life.” In fact, plastic bags are second only to lost or abandoned fishing gear for harming wildlife. …

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Wildlife-friendly Garden Tour co-hosted by BC SPCA’s Wild ARC and the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society

Bee on yellow flower
May 29, 2018

Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow a wildlife-friendly garden? Or wondered what plants will encourage birds to visit and which are deer-resistant? On June 17, join the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation (ARC) and the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society (UWSS)  Father’s Day Garden Party Tour to learn how to co-exist with nature …

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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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Gardening with deer – Tips and tricks for enjoying your garden and the deer

May 22, 2018

Gardening in deer territory certainly has its challenges but with a little patience and strategic planning, you can have a deer friendly, beautiful garden. Below are three strategies to keep in mind when gardening with deer. Keep in mind that besides fencing out deer completely, no garden will ever be completely deer proof but using …

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