More than 95% of the animals kept by Canadians are farm animals. In B.C. alone, more than 100 million animals are raised on farms each year. Many different kinds of animals can be considered to be farm animals. Farm animals are generally raised for one of the following purposes:
1. Food (e.g. meat, eggs, and dairy products)
2. Fiber (e.g. wool, fleece)
3. Work (e.g. draft animals for traditional farming or forestry)
Facts About Specific Farm Animals
Select an animal type below to learn more about how they are raised in Canada, and to find helpful factsheets and information on their standards of care.
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Certification Program Comparisons
For a closer look at Canadian farming standards and those of SPCA Certified and other farm certification programs, please visit our SPCA Certified Standards page.