Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

 April 23, 2014

With two-legged, three-legged and four-legged guests, the BC SPCA recognized Animal Abuse Prevention Day today at its provincial head office in Vancouver. Observed since 2011 after a private citizen, Wade Shaw, requested a provincial proclamation as a memorial to the 56 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C., who lost their lives on April 23, 2010, the event showcased how all British Columbians can take action to prevent animal abuse.

“In 2013 our BC SPCA special provincial constables conducted 7,839 cruelty investigations. That’s a staggering statistic,” BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell said at the event. “The good news is that we can all take action to prevent animal abuse before it begins.”

Whether reporting an animal in distress or signing a pledge to take action against cruelty to animals and sending it to your local MLA, there are several ways every British Columbian can help, Daniell said.

He and some local MLAs helped Shaw unveil this year’s provincial proclamation that declares April 23 to be Animal Abuse Prevention Day. BC SPCA chief prevention and enforcement officer Marcie Moriarty and BC SPCA cruelty investigations manager Shawn Eccles also spoke, introducing former sled dog Harley – who posed for photos with guests – and Kayo, a dog who had one leg amputated due to abuse. Craig Naherniak, BC SPCA general manager, humane education, highlighted some startling statistics related to the Violence Link – the connection between animal abuse and other forms of violence, such as domestic abuse and bullying.

Animal Abuse Prevention Day was formally recognized in the B.C. Legislature on May 5, 2014, as well:

Find out more about how you can take action to help prevent animal abuse today. #TakeAction4Animals

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

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