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White Papers are public documents prepared to address a specific topic or issue. The enclosed manifest contains statements on the Society’s position for certain critical animal welfare issues. These issues have been determined to be topical, relevant and in some instances, newsworthy. These documents may be requested at times, when the organization is called upon to offer an opinion or act as an intervening authority. Topics are generated as a matter of public inquiry, media coverage, or as a result of an emerging interest raised to or by animal welfare stakeholders.

WHITE PAPERS AND STATEMENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

These White Papers express the views of the Nova Scotia SPCA on matters relating to a variety of critical animal welfare issues. Some topics address issues that may lack proper attention to an animal’s physical, social, behavioural, or psychological needs. These views are well-established and in compliance with other views expressed by animal welfare leaders across the country.

The Nova Scotia SPCA is an animal welfare organization committed to the protection of animals from cruelty. The Nova Scotia SPCA opposes any activity where an animal may be caused to suffer. Providing for an animal’s physical, social, behavioural and psychological needs is essential. The Nova Scotia SPCA disregards the approaches of more radically-mandated organizations, instead preferring to work within existing regulatory systems, effectively consulting, advising and promoting change and improvement to issues affecting animal health and treatment.

KEY MESSAGES

The Nova Scotia SPCA is opposed to:

  •  Activities in which an animal may suffer physically or psychologically.
  •  Animals being kept in environments that do not provide for their physical, social, behavioural and psychological needs.

THE NOVA SCOTIA SPCA SUPPORTS AND PROMOTES:

  •  Humane education
  •  Protection for all animals from distress and cruelty
  •  The No-Kill Equation, whereby euthanasia is only considered for mercy or aggression

The No-Kill Equation means that animals in the care of the Nova Scotia SPCA will not be killed for reasons other than mercy or aggression. It is the Society’s belief that euthanasia has adopted a broad definition within the animal welfare community and as a result has become a convenient alternative to taking a more aggressive approach with programs that seek to place and keep animals in loving home environments. The no-kill equation is a progressive and multi-layered animal care philosophy that has no tolerance for euthanizing animals due to lack of space, age, treatable medical conditions or ongoing special needs that may have otherwise characterized an animal as “un-adoptable”. Program considerations include: TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) for feral cats, low-cost, high-volume/high-quality spay neuter services, foster care programs, rescue group collaboration initiatives, pet retention programs, comprehensive adoption strategies and enhancing volunteer resources.