Livestock

Position

The Alberta SPCA accepts the keeping of livestock for consumption and other uses where there is a standard of care that ensures the welfare and well-being of the animals through all stages of their life, including death.

Rationale

The Alberta SPCA recognizes humans’ traditional dependence on livestock as a source of food and other products and that the livestock industry provides income and employment for many people.

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

The Alberta SPCA believes the standards set out in the most current Codes of Practice available from the National Farm Animal Care Council are the minimum levels of acceptable care and handling of all livestock.

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.