Controlled Animals

Position

The Alberta SPCA accepts the keeping of controlled animals under the Wildlife Act only for the purposes of education and conservation.

Rationale

The Alberta SPCA recognizes that Alberta's Wildlife Act permits the keeping of controlled animals as companion animals or for commercial trade.

The Alberta SPCA believes controlled animals should only be owned by people who have the necessary permits and licenses. These people must demonstrate that they possess the knowledge and training required to ensure the proper welfare and well-being of the animals.

The Alberta SPCA, as one of its core beliefs, believes all animals should have their basic needs met, as outlined in the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare developed in 1979 by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council. The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare can be found in the Alberta SPCA Core Beliefs document.