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Animals are counting on us.

At home.

On the farm.

In the wild.

Humane Canada is the national federation of SPCAs and humane societies.

Our vision is simple: building a humane country.
Together, we can end animal cruelty, protect animals, and promote their humane treatment.
Are you with us?

where there is life there is hope


I want to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals.

There is no power in silence


I want to use my voice to amplify this important message and create real change for animals.

What does a Humane Canada look like,
for you, for us, for them?

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How do we know if Canada is making progress toward becoming a humane country for all animals? We are measuring progress using a list of indicators organized under the following seven keystones. Each keystone is needed to support a humane country.

Legal Accountability for Harm

Representation in Decisions

Consideration as Individuals

Social Bonds Recognized

Responsibility to Change Behaviour

Evidence Informs Policy

Compassion is a Core Value

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Impacting animals together: Our Focus

Our work, programs & resources Our work, programs & resources

Our work, programs & resources support the welfare and intersectionality of all animals in Canada.

  • Companion animals

    Living alongside us in our homes, and forming intimate daily connections with humans, our domestically bred animal companions hold significant importance in our society.

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  • Farmed animals

    Farmed animal welfare refers to the conditions in which animals are raised, managed, and treated within agricultural systems. The welfare of farmed animals has become an increasingly important ethical and societal concern.

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  • Wild animals

    Canada is home to a diverse range of wild animals, thanks to its varied ecosystems. Conservation efforts are crucial to ensure the well-being of wild species and the preservation of their habitats.

    Learn more here.

  • Animals used in science

    The welfare of animals used in science is a crucial ethical consideration with significant advancement in ending testing and promoting alternative methods taking center stage in our work.

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  • Shifting perspectives

    We work to change the way Canadians think about animal lives and be inspired to make the necessary changes to create a Humane Canada.

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  • Advocacy & engaged government

    To create a Humane Canada requires the cohesion of a welfare conscious public and an active engaged government to ensure that animal welfare issues are an important part of policy and protection.

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  • Legal framework

    In Canada, there are legal provisions in place to protect the welfare of animals. Those laws are primarily governed by provincial and territorial legislation, with some federal involvement in specific areas. The Criminal Code of Canada, as well as provincial and territorial statutes, address various aspects of animal welfare, cruelty, and protection.

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  • One Health One Welfare

    Humane Canada promotes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental well-being, recognizing the mutual impact of these factors on overall health and welfare.

    Learn more here.

  • Member & sector support

    Humane Canada strives to ensure a strong membership, engaged in advancing the animal welfare movement, collaborating to influence federal policy and support members work in local communities.

    Learn more here.

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