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National welfare work for animals

BC SPCA and CFHS work together

CFHS logoThe BC SPCA is a member of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS), the largest animal welfare organization in Canada. CFHS is the national voice of more than 50 humane societies and SPCAs on animal welfare issues.

BC SPCA staff actively participate in the governance and leadership of CFHS by advancing welfare issues, including:

Speaking for farm animals

On behalf of CFHS, the BC SPCA recruits and manages the animal welfare and cruelty experts who participate in negotiations to improve federal Codes of Practice for the welfare of farm animals. The Codes are considered ‘generally accepted practices‘ for farm animal care. Explained differently, they represent the minimum animal care requirements for animals raised on farms. There are Codes for beef and dairy cattle, veal calves, laying hens, meat chickens, turkeys, meat rabbits, pigs, mink, foxes, sheep, horses, goats, farmed deer and bison.

The BC SPCA also serves on the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Committee on Organic Agriculture. As a member of the CGSB committee, the BC SPCA presses for improved animal welfare requirements in the Canadian Organic Standards, which lay out generally accepted practices for farm animal care on certified organic farms.

Help for animals in research

To ensure there is a strong animal welfare voice for research animals (from mice to primates), the BC SPCA serves on the board of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).

The CCAC is a national organization that sets welfare standards for animals used in laboratories for product testing and scientific research.

Lab rat

Cruelty case law database

To aid prosecutors, the BC SPCA and CFHS initiated the creation of the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty (NCPAC).

The Centre’s database of animal cruelty case law helps increase convictions of animal abusers from B.C. to Newfoundland.

More cruelty convictions

Better training results in more cruelty convictions.

The BC SPCA plays a lead role in training crown prosecutors, police, judges and other cruelty officers through the National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty training conferences coordinated by CFHS.

Cruelty investigative Department staff in uniform group shot with a dog in front of BC SPCA truck

National breeder and kennel animal care standards

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association creates welfare standards for dog kennels, catteries and small animal breeders (in development).

BC SPCA animal welfare experts, through CFHS, participate in the creation and updates of these national codes.