The BC SPCA, with assistance from the BC Cattlemen’s Association, removed 80 cows and 18 calves from a property near Quesnel on March 24. Representatives from the two organizations had previously carried out several site visits to discuss welfare concerns for the cattle and had provided a course of remedial action for the producer to follow to relieve the animals’ distress.
“Unfortunately the appropriate steps were not taken and, after an assessment carried out on March 24 by a livestock veterinarian, a decision was made to take the cattle into BC SPCA custody for their protection and welfare,” said BC SPCA manager of cruelty investigations Shawn Eccles. The BC SPCA obtained a warrant and the animals were removed with the assistance of the BC Cattlemen’s Association and a team that included a representative from the Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Association, a branch inspector, a livestock veterinarian and RCMP Livestock Officer Corporal Ralph Overby.
“We are grateful to the BC Cattlemen’s Association and all those who worked in collaboration with us to ensure the welfare and safety of these animals,” said Eccles. “It is encouraging to see agencies come together when animals in distress need our help.”
“BCCA is committed to ensuring that animal care is a primary focus of our producers, and the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle is the industry standard for animal care”, says Kevin Boon, General Manager of BCCA. “This is a very uncommon occurrence in the cattle industry. We appreciate cooperation and assistance of the other agencies involved and their work with the producer to help resolve this situation.”
The cattle industry is embracing positive animal welfare in the renewed Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle.
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.