Animal slaughter practices and laws in British Columbia and Canada
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Animal slaughter

Why is slaughter such a big issue?

The BC SPCA advocates for only humane methods to be used for the killing of any animal.

Animals that are slaughtered, or killed for their meat, are at risk of suffering. Some of the risks include:

Laws around animal slaughter in Canada

The Canadian Meat Inspection Act requires that animals used for food be handled so that they do not experience “avoidable distress or avoidable pain”. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is in charge of enforcing this law. The term “avoidable” can be subjective and is up to the judgment of authorities at the slaughter facility.

Provincial legislation includes the Meat Inspection Regulation, and British Columbia has significant responsibilities for ensuring animal welfare and health.

Review our submission to government and the consultation outcomes

The provincial Select Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fish and Food requested submissions of suggestions to modify policies around local meat production in B.C., received by June 15, 2018. Review the BC SPCA submission (PDF). The Select Standing Committee produced a ‘what we heard’ report on October 1 with 21 recommendations for government action. Review these recommendations.

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