With the recent addition of an Ontario farm to the SPCA Certified program, the BC SPCA is pleased to highlight how the program is expanding across Canada.
An innovative farm certification and food-labelling program dedicated to improving farm animal welfare standards in Canada, SPCA Certified is an independent, third-party certification system based on the internationally recognized Five Freedoms of animal welfare. Currently, there are 20 SPCA Certified farms in Canada, located mainly in Alberta and British Columbia, with Keene, Ontario’s Harley Farms being the most recent participant in this growing program.
“We are so excited to welcome Harley Farms to the SPCA Certified family,” says SPCA Certified manager Brandy Street. “The Harley family has certified their heritage breed pigs, beef cattle and sheep in the program.”
All animals at Harley Farms are raised year-round on pasture, and common painful practices like hot branding, tail docking and teeth clipping are not carried out.
“All our animals are treated and farmed with dignity, and we carry forward this respect to our natural environment, working with nature and not against it,” says co-owner Roger Harley.
While Harley Farms is the first Ontario farm to join the certification program, SPCA Certified staff are focusing on recruiting a lot more farms across Canada into the program.
“More than 90 per cent of animals kept by Canadians are farm animals,” Street notes. “We’re looking forward to expanding the SPCA Certified program to even more farms throughout B.C. and Canada, especially in the eastern provinces,” Street says.
For more information about SPCA Certified or where to find certified food products, visit spcacertified.ca.
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.