Animal abuse is cruel and needless. But there are simple steps everyone can take to help British Columbia become animal cruelty free.
Thursday, April 23 is Animal Abuse Prevention Day in B.C. and the BC SPCA is encouraging British Columbians to celebrate by being ready to report animal abuse and neglect when they see it. Last year, the BC SPCA received nearly 9,000 complaints of animal abuse and neglect, a distressing and even overwhelming number - but it also means that the BC SPCA was able to document and investigate those potential cases.
“One person can make a difference, whether they report an animal they believe is in distress or write a letter to their MLA to let them know how important it is to have dedicated animal cruelty investigators in their community,” says Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer, BC SPCA. “That’s why we’re asking people to help spread the message and to help us create communities that are more humane across the province.”
This year, the BC SPCA is encouraging supporters and everyone they know to help spread the message by putting the BC SPCA's 1-855-622-7722 Animal Cruelty Reporting Hotline in their mobile phone’s address book and to sign up for a Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap, a social media crowd-speaking platform, means the BC SPCA’s abuse prevention message can reach thousands of people – but only if you help. Sign up today and tell all of your friends and family to join the campaign.
Want to do more? Join our Million Acts of Kindness Campaign to log your acts of animal kindness throughout the year and learn more ways to help end animal cruelty in your community. Helping prevent animal abuse today can hopefully, result in better tomorrows for British Columbia’s most vulnerable animals. Take action now!
Animal Abuse Prevention Day has been observed since 2012 after a private citizen requested a provincial proclamation as a memorial to 56 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C., who lost their lives on April 23, 2010. A high-profile animal cruelty investigation resulted in criminal charges against the sled dog company employee responsible for their deaths.
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.