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Setting care standards for goats

Did you know that Canada is home to over 230,000 goats? Goats in Canada can be raised as pets on hobby farms, but the majority are raised commercially for dairy, meat, and fibre (mohair/wool). It is important that everyone who cares for goats understands how to meet the unique needs of these charismatic animals.

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Goats is being updated for the first time in 16 years. This code serves as law in some provinces, and sets the standard for minimum acceptable care of goats across Canada.

Many supporters submitted comments on the code, and the BC SPCA submitted science-based recommendations. Key issues include: painful practices, lameness, and infectious disease.

The BC SPCA will continue to be involved in developing this code. A BC SPCA staff member will represent Humane Canada, Canada’s federation of SPCAs and humane societies, speaking for goat welfare during code development.

The code will be released for a public comment period before it is finalized. Sign up for action alerts so you are the first to hear about your next opportunity to improve the lives of cows on Canadian farms.

Read more about the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Goats and the Code of Practice process.

Young goats running and playing in farm yard