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Animals in the Film _ Television Industry - BRITISH COLUMBIA

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									                        BRITISH COLUMBIA
        SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
                                    POSITION STATEMENT

                     ANIMALS IN THE FILM AND TELEVISION INDUSTRY


The BC SPCA is opposed to the keeping of wild animals for use in the film and television industry.

The use of domesticated animals is acceptable only if:
        the Five Freedoms are ensured, both on and off the set, for performing animals, breeding
        animals, and animals that have been retired from performance;
        humane training methods are used;
        risk of injury is low;
        their portrayal is not demeaning toward the individual animal or the species.


DEFINITIONS

Wild animals: Species that have not been domesticated. Wild animals have genetically evolved in
complex ecological systems resulting in mutual interdependencies with other animals and the
surrounding environment. Wild animals may be exotic or indigenous, and wild-born or captive-
bred.

Exotic animals: Species that are non-domesticated, non-indigenous wild animals, whether
captured from the wild or captive-bred.

Domesticated animals: Species that have been selectively bred by humans over hundreds and
often thousands of generations, in order to alter their genetics to create animals that are
dependant, docile, predictable, and controllable, and that no longer occupy an ecological niche in
the wild.

Five Freedoms:
The BC SPCA's Five Freedoms describe conditions that must be fulfilled in order to prevent the
suffering of domesticated animals in human care. We acknowledge that absolute provision of
these freedoms may not be possible, but we expect all animal guardians to strive to provide them.
The BC SPCA's Five Freedoms are:

   1.   Freedom from hunger and thirst
   2.   Freedom from pain, injury, and disease
   3.   Freedom from distress
   4.   Freedom from discomfort
   5.   Freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being.

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Approved by BCSPCA Board of Directors – April 26 , 2008

								
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