The municipal, provincial, and federal governments develop laws for farmed animals. Provincial legislation applies to animals on farms and during slaughter, whereas federal legislation applies during transport and at federal slaughterhouses. Municipalities can also make laws regarding the care and control of farmed animals.
Update: The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Food is conducting a review of the province’s farmed animal framework from fall 2022 through 2023. The BC SPCA is pleased to see this review take place, as we have been working with the government to bring awareness to shortcomings in the current framework over many years.
A proactive, independent third-party inspection system on commercial farms would improve the lives of tens of thousands of farmed animals in B.C. each year, provide transparency and accountability to consumers, and increase confidence in and support for the B.C. food system. This system does not currently exist.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food has reached out to the BC SPCA to participate in the farmed animal welfare review. The BC SPCA has agreed to participate in this important initiative to assess the existing framework, provide an understanding of the current system, and present information to enhance the framework.
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