Animals Used for Entertainment & Exhibition

Position

The Alberta SPCA accepts the use of animals for entertainment and exhibition only where there is a standard of care and housing appropriate to the species that ensures the welfare and well-being of the animals, and protects them from activities, including training, that cause distress or otherwise pose a significant risk to their safety.

Rationale

The Alberta SPCA recognizes that animals will be used for entertainment, kept and displayed, and that they may be exhibited competitively.

The Alberta SPCA believes that animals should not be subjected to procedures or medications that force them to perform, behave or compete in a way that is not natural to their species.

The Alberta SPCA believes the welfare and well-being of animals must take precedence over financial consideration or personal gain in humans’ stewardship of those animals.

The Alberta SPCA believes all rules and regulations for the humane treatment of animals should be strictly and consistently enforced by organizations sponsoring the competitive exhibition of animals.

The Alberta SPCA believes legislation should be strictly enforced to require that animals kept in captive situations be provided with a standard of care and housing that ensures their welfare and well-being, and is appropriate to the species.

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.