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Help prevent cruelty April 23

April 15, 2014 - 2:19 PM

Animal abuse is cruel and needless, yet it happens every day throughout British Columbia.

The good news is, you can help. Everyone can take action to help end the cycle of violence. That’s why Thursday, April 23 is Animal Abuse Prevention Day in B.C. Each year, the BC SPCA investigates nearly 8,000 complaints of animal abuse and neglect, a distressing and even overwhelming number.

“One person can make a difference, whether they report an animal they believe is in distress or write a letter to their MLA to let them know how important it is to have dedicated animal cruelty investigators in their community,” says Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer, BC SPCA. “That’s why we’re asking people to help spread the message and to help us create communities that are more humane across the province.”

Animal Abuse Prevention Day has been observed since 2012 after a private citizen requested a provincial proclamation as a memorial to 56 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C., who lost their lives on April 23, 2010. A high-profile animal cruelty investigation resulted in criminal charges against the sled dog company employee responsible for their deaths.

This year, for the first time, the BC SPCA is encouraging supporters and everyone they know to help spread the message by signing up for a Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap, a social media crowd-speaking platform, means the BC SPCA’s anti-animal abuse message and ways you can help prevent it in your community can reach thousands of people – but only if you help. Sign up today at and tell all of your friends and family to join the campaign.

Find out more about how you can help end animal cruelty at and, where you can sign a pledge to take action against animal abuse and share your commitment with your local MLA. Helping to prevent animal abuse today can hopefully, result in better tomorrows for British Columbia’s most vulnerable animals. Take action now!

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