Animals Used for Recreation

Position

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

Rationale

The Alberta SPCA believes the responsible use of animals for recreation can provide beneficial experiences for both animals and humans.

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.