Focus on farm animals this October
Oct 2, 2013 / 10:55 am
The SPCA wants you to remember the farm animals this month.
Over 100 million farm animals are raised for food each year in British Columbia and the BC SPCA works year-round to improve the lives of these animals.
Programs like the SPCA Certified farm certification, food labeling program and advocacy programs all work to improve national farm animal standards through Canada’s farming Codes of Practice.
Every year in October the BC SPCA asks members of the public to join them in improving the quality of life of farm animals in B.C.
You can watch their SPCA video at youtube.com/BCSPCABC.
Here are some ways you can help:
- World Farm Animals Day is on October 2, which is Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Join fellow animal lovers worldwide and celebrate the day by taking action for farm animals – see below for a few ideas.
- Help us grow the SPCA Certified program. Choose eggs, meat and dairy products from SPCA Certified farmers who make animal welfare a priority. Ask for SPCA Certified products wherever you shop or eat, or print off our Customer Request Card and submit it to your local grocery store. A list of SPCA producers and retailers is available at spcacertified.ca.
- Speak for animals. The BC SPCA believes that farm animals deserve the Five Freedoms. If you agree, add your voice to one of the BC SPCA’s farm animal campaigns. Visit spca.bc.ca/farm for details.
- Register for our youth workshops. Kids love BC SPCA summer camps and youth workshops. October’s youth workshops place a special emphasis on farm animal welfare. Inspire compassionate behaviour and help kids build critical thinking skills and empathy for all living things – register today at spca.bc.ca/workshops.
- Learn about farm animal issues. The more you know, the more you can help create change. Watch videos on the BC SPCA’s YouTube Channel featuring farm animal welfare experts like Dr. Temple Grandin to see positive change in action!
- Canada’s farming Codes of Practice are being updated for all animal species. Learn more about how new minimum standards for farm animal welfare are improving the lives of pigs, chickens, cattle and sheep by visiting spca.bc.ca/farm.
- Subscribe to FarmSense, the BC SPCA’s e-newsletter on farm animal welfare, at spca.bc.ca/farmsense. With over 3,300 subscribers, FarmSense is a go-to resource where farmers and members of the public can learn about new developments in farm animal welfare science, news and events.
- Support the BC SPCA’s farm animal advocacy work. The BC SPCA is the only SPCA in Canada with dedicated programs for farm animal welfare. Your gift will help create better lives for the millions of animals raised on Canadian farms each year. Donate today at spca.bc.ca/support.
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