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battery cage hens
Millions of hens are counting on YOU
95% of Canada's hens live on conventional egg farms in cramped, barren cages. But a better life is possible – a life where birds can stretch their wings, perch, nest, and dust bathe.

For the first time, Canadians are being asked for their input on our national standards for egg farming. Don’t miss your chance to speak up for hens!
Holsteins in field
Should dairy cows have access to pasture?
While Canada’s Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle has no requirements for cows to graze on pasture, the issue is gaining traction among farmers and consumers alike. Find out what happens when UBC researchers ask the question, ‘‘should dairy cows be provided access to pasture?’’
Poultry farm
Higher Standards for Chickens and Turkeys Raised for Meat
Thanks to your voice, a new Canadian Code of Practice for meat chickens and turkeys has been published that raises the bar for the hundreds of millions of these birds across the country.

The Code now requires periods of darkness for the birds to get the rest they need and sets clear space requirements.
Ezmerelda and piglet
We welcome 4K Farms, now SPCA Certified!
After a Berkshire pig named Ezmerelda stole their hearts, Kassie and Kent made the leap to start 4K Farms. This fantastic, free range pig farm is sure to tug at your heartstrings too!
Rondriso Farms
No need to look to American-made programming
The BC SPCA is reaching out to Canadian restaurants and grocers with a home-grown solution to farm animal welfare certification: the SPCA Certified farm certification and food labelling program! 
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Leave a legacy for farm animals
Help us help them: Please consider including a gift in your will to help the BC SPCA continue working towards improving the lives of millions of Canadian farm animals every year.
Gourlay family at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
Enjoy breakfast on the farm and learn about dairy cows!
Join the Gourlay family at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks on July 16th at 9-noon for breakfast on the farm. Learn about cheese making, milking, and visit with the cows!
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The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia. BC SPCA Charitable Registration No. BN 11881 9036 RR0001

On behalf of all the animals we care for and protect, thank you for your support.

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