How the BC SPCA improves laws for animal welfare
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Working for better laws

Since 1895, the BC SPCA has been working for better laws to improve the treatment, care and quality of life for animals in British Columbia.

Back then, the biggest concern was conditions for working horses. Today, we work to enhance local, provincial and federal laws to ensure all animals are provided, at a minimum, the Five Freedoms.

Cruelty investigative Department staff in uniform petting horse outdoors

In recent years, our efforts have helped to:

We have also:

  • Created a Bylaw Search Tool to help municipalities, regional districts and First Nations adopt more progressive animal bylaws
  • Informed newly elected local government officials about their constituents’ priorities for animal welfare
  • Participated in the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Food’s review of the farmed animal welfare framework
  • Continued to advocate to increase the availability and affordability of pet-friendly housing for all British Columbians
  • Raised awareness of and called for an end to cruel rodeo events
  • Created voluntary companion animal service standards

Although not all our efforts have been successful yet, we have also mobilized our dedicated supporters and other British Columbians to speak out about:

For more details, please read our annual Advocacy Year in Review reports.

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