Animals transported have enough food, water, space and ventilation to complete the journey without suffering. All people who commit acts of animal abuse are charged, prosecuted and convicted of their crimes. This vision of a humane Canada is possible if Canadians push for change.
The BC SPCA has been working to strengthen animal welfare in B.C. for 120 years and every election is an opportunity to tell people running for public office what a more humane Canada could look like - changes like improving our farm animal transportation regulations. Reducing the number of hours an animal can be transported without rest or food and water, increasing space to allow animals to lie down and instituting a minimum and maximum temperature in the truck’s load preventing extreme conditions, could all go a very long way for improving farm animal welfare.
As the election heats up, ask the candidates in your area about animal welfare - get out to an all-candidates debate, send them an email or write them a letter. Ask them what they are going to do to improve animal welfare in your community - what is their party going to do to improve criminal legislation regarding animal cruelty? How do they feel about updating our outdated farm animal transportation regulations?
By engaging candidates in the discussion, you are helping get animal welfare on the election agenda! We need your help to make animal welfare an election issue. We’re excited to have supporters talking about the animals issues they are passionate about, and we need your voices to make this possible.
Visit Elections Canada for a list of candidates in your area. The final list of confirmed candidates will be available Sept. 30, so if you don’t see anyone in your riding yet, check back! Want more ideas of what to ask your elected officials? Check out the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies federal election campaign platforms (PDF).
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.