THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

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December 2014 – FarmSense WinterEdition

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  • SPCA Certified welcomes its first Ontario farm, plus more pigs and chickens in B.C.!

  • The BC SPCA takes action for dairy cattle and for farm animals in transit

  • Join the BC SPCA in fighting cruelty with a Million Acts of Kindness

  • Festive SPCA Certified holiday recipes and events

  • In the News: Avian Flu outbreak in B.C.

  • In the News: The history behind the holiday wishbone breaking tradition

  • In the News: Coca-Cola launches a high-end lactose-free milk

October 2014 – FarmSense Fall Edition

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  • Riding the winds of change in Chetwynd

  • Speak up in support of stronger protection for dairy cattle

  • A SPCA Certified farmer’s beliefs on how farm animals are meant to live

  • Last chance to get SPCA Certified foods at your summer farmers’ market!

  • In the News

June 2014 – FarmSense Summer Edition

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  • New Code gives pigs freedom from pain and more room to move

  • SPCA Certified goes hog wild!

  • Antibiotic uses in farming: Is there cause for concern?

  • Quit stallin’: New regulations will improve the lives of pigs

  • Kick off summer with SPCA Certified gear

  • SPCA Certified foods available at your local farmers’ market

  • In the News

March 2014 – FarmSense Spring Edition

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  • New Code gives pigs freedom from pain and more room to move

  • Piglets get an education from Mom

  • Equine Hoof Health Management in Winter and Spring Seasons

  • Code for keeping sheep complete

  • SPCA Certified chicken served at Surrey Gala

  • Deadly virus spreads from US to Canadian pig industry

  • Lilydale facing charges for animal cruelty

  • SPCA Certified merchandise for sale in our online shop!


December 2013 – FarmSense Winter Edition

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  • New video and fact sheets on horse health and welfare

  • The future of cage-free egg production in Canada

  • Are SPCA Certified farm animal welfare standards up to Code?

  • Canada's Road Map for farm animal welfare

  • Festive SPCA Certified holiday recipe ideas

  • New SPCA Certified farm and program announcements!


October 2013 – FarmSense Fall Edition

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  • Farm animal care standards for egg-laying chickens

  • New national Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines and Beef Cattle

  • Free talk about the new requirements for horse care in Canada for horse owners

  • Efficient and Novel Method for Sorting Cow-Calf Pairs

  • Build your new barn to SPCA Certified standards

  • The difference between “animal rights” and “animal welfare”

 

June 2013 – FarmSense Summer Edition

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  • New Canadian Pig Code of Practice released for public input

  • Changes to pig welfare standards in Canada including sow stall practices

  • Early detection and prevention of lameness in sows

  • New technology for humane euthanasia of piglets

  • We welcome Hazelsprings Organics Farm to the SPCA Certified program


March 2013 – FarmSense Easter Edition

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  • Making sense of humane labels

  • Canada’s Code of Practice for Beef Cattle

  • Easter recipe and meal ideas using SPCA Certified foods


December 2012 – FarmSense Holiday Edition

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  • Holiday gift giving and stocking stuffer ideas

  • Morningstar Farm annual public Christmas event

  • Holiday recipe and meal ideas using SPCA Certified foods

  • New SPCA Certified farms and products

  • SPCA Certified year-end report
  • Holiday safety tips – hazards to pets
  • Update on Canada’s Equine Code of Practice


October 2012 – Farm Animal Month

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  • 8 ways you can help farm animals

  • A year in review:

    • Confinement housing of farm animals

    • Progress on revision of the Canadian Codes of Practice

    • Food labels to be wary of

    • Meet the BC SPCA farm department staff

  • New SPCA Certified foods and where to buy

  • New training programs available to farmers

  • Upcoming events


August 2012 – Building a better "neigh"bourhood

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  • Using the 5 Freedoms to assess the welfare implications of equine housing systems

  • New horse welfare policies in Canada nosing ahead

  • New SPCA Certified egg producers

  • Horse talk

  • Upcoming events


June 2012 – Moo-ving to greener pastures

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  • Calf in a box: Individual confinement housing used in veal production

  • Promoting discussion of “hot topics” in dairy cattle welfare

  • Putting research into practice to improve the welfare of beef cattle

  • New SPCA Certified farms

  • Fast facts about cattle

  • Upcoming events


April 2012 – A focus on the life of egg-laying hens

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  • The future of battery cages for egg-laying hens

  • Results of Canada-wide discussions about battery cage housing

  • Raising backyard hens in urban areas

  • Cluck! The BC SPCA farm video about a hen’s life

  • Fast facts about hens and eggs

  • Results from University of Victoria SPCA Certified food day

  • New SPCA Certified foods

  • Upcoming events


February 2012 – "Back to the future of farming"

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  • Sow confinement: When will it become a thing of the past?

  • Can Omega-3 fatty acids improve piglet health?

  • Meet the BC SPCA Farm Animal Welfare Department staff

  • University of Victoria to host SPCA Certified food day

  • New SPCA Certified foods now available

  • Fun facts and trivia – test your knowledge of farm animals

  • Upcoming events

 

November 2011 - "A focus on advancing farm animal care"

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  • Canadian Swine Health Board launches national biosecurity training program

  • Needle-free injection technology points to potential improvements to animal welfare

  • How to distinguish lame birds from sick birds

  • Order your SPCA Certified Holiday turkey

  • First ever reader poll - tell us what you think

  • Updates on recent conferences and events


September 2011 - "Celebrate Farm Animal Month"

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  • Development of a dairy cattle advisory tool

  • Surgical castration: A thing of the past?

  • Picking the good egg: Removing the confusion from food labels

  • New SPCA Certified products

  • New BC SPCA youth farm video - Cluck!

  • Update on Codes of Practice revisions

 

July 2011 - "Letting go of the family jewels... painlessly."
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  • Feature Story – Canadian Codes of Practice for Castration of Farm Animals

  • Research in Focus – Effects of castration on mature bull behaviour and weight gain

  • Applied Knowledge – Castration reports from Celista Springs and Vale Farms Grassroots

  • SPCA Certified Updates – BC SPCA castration standards, Celista Springs raising SPCA Certified sheep, What farmers think about standards, Farmers' Markets

 

May 2011 (View newsletter)

  • The debate on tougher penalties for improper animal transport: Government, industry and public perspectives

  • How is chicken and cattle welfare impacted by transport?

  • Caring for the animals after transport vehicle collisions

  • Do not transport these animals!

  • Official launch of SPCA Certified videos

 

March 2011 (View newsletter)

  • Farm Animal Welfare team welcomes new staff member

  • Lameness in Broiler Chickens: How To Assess Walking Ability Using Gait Scores by Karen Brickett

  • Upcoming farm animal welfare, care and handling events

  • Lewisville Pork Farm builds a group housing system for its gestating sows by Jim Gowans

  • Launch of the SPCA Certified promotional videos just around the corner! 

 

November 2010 (View newsletter)

  • Made in Canada solutions to farm animal welfare

  • 5th International workshop on the assessment of animal welfare at the farm and group level

  • BC SPCA launches SPCA Certified sheep standards

  • Ladybug Manor (Aldergrover, B.C.) becomes SPCA Certified for turkey

 

August 2010 (View newsletter)

  • Milk producers’ Innovation Day focuses on animal welfare

  • Picky Eaters: ensuring dairy cows eat what is provided for them by Dr. Trevor DeVries

  • The use of local anaesthetics in routine castrations of older beef animals by Doug Fenton

  • Bradner Farms becomes SPCA Certified!

 

June 2010 (View newsletter)

  • Rest: the forgotten requirement by Prof. Ian Duncan

  • New factsheet for broiler and turkey growers

  • Poultry health plans: a practical tool

  • Meet the newest SPCA Certified farm

 

April 2010 (View newsletter)

  • Part 2: What happens when experts talk science in a pub?

  • The weaning two-step, by Joseph M. Stookey and Derek B. Haley

  • Certified Livestock Transport program travels west, by Donna Gilmore

  • SPCA Certified chicken now available at Armando's Finest Quality Meats

  • Meet the BC SPCA's farm team, by Craig Naherniak

 

February 2010 (View newsletter)

  • Part 1: What happens when experts talk science in a pub?

  • BC SPCA and UBC Partner on Lameness Factsheet

  • 'Farm Olympics' by Jerry Kitt of First Nature Farms

  • Pork and beef available year-round from Celista Springs Ranch

 

 

November 2009 (Download full .pdf)

  • SPCA Certified Program Launches its First-Ever Turkey Standards!

  • Highlights of the SPCA Certified Turkey Standards

  • Polderside Farms becomes SPCA Certified!

  • A Guide to Gait Scoring Turkeys

 

September 2009  (Download full .pdf)

  • Watching What Cows Eat: Feeding Behaviour and Illness, by Christy Goldhawk, MSc

  • Quick Facts for Farmers on Feeding Behaviour and Illness

  • Register today for the annual Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause... Walk for the Animals

 

July 2009 (Download full .pdf)

  • Want to know what makes dairy cows really happy?

  • Highlights of the National Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle

  • Get SPCA Certified beef delivered right to your door from Vale Farms!

 

May 2009 (Download full .pdf)

  • Reducing the Risk of Feather Pecking, by Anne Macey

  • Where's the (SPCA Certified) Beef?

  • 650 Million Animals Need Our Help

 

March 2009 (Download full .pdf)

  • SPCA Certified Program Launches Updated Broiler Chicken Standard

  • Upcoming Event: Agriculture in the City

  • Little Qualicum Cheeseworks Launches Online Store!

 

November 2008 (Download full .pdf)

  • Low-Stress Animal Handling

  • Do Chickens Have Feelings? by Prof. Ian Duncan

  • TK Ranch becomes SPCA Certified!

 

September 2008 (Download full .pdf)

  • Granby Organic Dairy and Beef Joins SPCA Certified Program!

  • Vale Farms Grassroots Beef Now Available Across B.C.!

  • Celebrate World Farm Animals Day

  • Upcoming Events

 

 July 2008 (Download full .pdf)

  • The Five Freedoms on Organic Farms

  • Providing an Assurance of Animal Welfare

  • Donate Now!

 

April 2008 (Download full .pdf)

  • Lameness in Broiler Chickens

  • Update on the BC SPCA's Farm Animal Transport Campaign

  • A Guide to Gait Scoring in Broiler Chickens

 

March 2008 (Download full .pdf)

  • Welfare Friendly Alternatives to Gestation Stalls by Bruce Cochrane

  • Animal Protection Laws in Canada

  • Upcoming Conference

 

December 2007 (Download full .pdf)

  • The Animal Welfare Movement in Canada: Who's Taking the Lead? by Shelagh MacDonald

  • International Welfare Expert Joins BC SPCA

  • Make 2008 an Ethical Year with Green Zebra Guide

  • Go Gourmet the Humane Way!

 

October 2007 (Download full .pdf)

  • The Animal Welfare Movement in Canada: Role and Future Direction by Shelagh MacDonald

  • Bark! Magazine Educates Kids about the Welfare of Dairy Cows

  • Canada's Government Lags Behind on Farm Animal Welfare

 

August 2007 (Download full .pdf)

  • CFIA Applauds New Certified Livestock Transporter Program by Bruce Cochrane

  • Vancouver City Council Votes Against Battery Cages

  • Upcoming Events and Conferences 

 

June 2007 (Download full .pdf)

  • Outside the Cage by Nicholas Read

  • Preventing Pain in Cattle

  • Help Protect Farm Animals

  • Volunteers Needed!

 

March 2007 (Download full .pdf)

  • Ranching Celista-Style

  • Happy Sows Break from Gestation Stalls

  • Farmers Markets Need More Farmers!  

 

 

 

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