Positions related to Companion Animals
The following BC SPCA position statements represent the views or opinions of the BC SPCA on various practices that involve the use of animals. BC SPCA Position Statements aim to provide clarity regarding the stance of the Society on such issues. Our full list of Position Statements can be found here.
The BC SPCA can only legally enforce provisions outlined in animal cruelty legislation, such as the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Animal Cruelty sections of the Criminal Code of Canada. Accordingly, we do not have the legal authority to enforce these Position Statements, but instead use them to educate and influence animal guardians and policy makers to improve the welfare of all animals.
These Positions are grounded in the animal welfare philosophy outlined in the Mission and Charter of the Society and are evidence-based, using the best available scientific and professional knowledge about the welfare of the animals. The Society uses these positions to raise awareness about animal welfare issues and to advocate for changes to policies and practices that will result in real improvements to the welfare of animals in British Columbia and throughout Canada.