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Making a difference for
Canada’s farmed animals
We asked our dedicated supporters for help, and you all answered! Your feedback on four surveys has helped to improve the lives millions of farmed animals in Canada. You have already done so much, but here are some more ways you can help. Thank you for helping to build a more compassionate future.
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Cows are a-moo-zing!
Cows are among the most iconic farmed animals. People who have spent time with them will likely agree that cows are valuable individuals with unique personalities. However, many of us have had only limited exposure to cows, if any at all. If you haven’t given much thought to the incredible individuals cows are, now is a great time to start!
Get to know cows
Leading the shift to cage-free
housing in Canada
In May, the BC SPCA’s manager of farm animal welfare, Melissa Speirs, attended a 10-day cage-free laying hen training program in Europe. How does Canada stack up against Europe in terms of laying hen housing? This was a question that Melissa was eager to answer. Read on to find out what she learned.
Read on!
Spring 2019 Science & Policy newsletter
The BC SPCA’s bi-annual Science & Policy newsletter provides updates on BC SPCA science and academic initiatives, animal policy, legislation and current events.
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Caring for backyard chickens
Thinking about raising chickens in your backyard? Make sure you’re ready! Backyard hens can be a lot of work and are not the right fit for everyone.
Learn why
Farm animals need forever homes too
BC SPCA shelters don’t just take in puppies and kittens. Visit our adoption page to see if you have space for a loving farm animal in your life!
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Shop with your heart
Farmers’ markets are in full swing across BC. Find out how you can make compassionate food choices that improve the lives of farmed animals.
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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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