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Ministry of Agriculture


In February 2011 the Province formed a task force with representatives from  sled dog adventure operations, the BC SPCA, veterinarians, and the province dedicated to reviewing the sled dog industry. In April 2011, the task force released its report and Premier Christy Clark announced the Province’s support and action on all 10 of the Sled Dog Task Force’s recommendations.

In June 2011 the Province amended legislation to give B.C. the toughest animal cruelty penalties in Canada, including:

  • Fines up to $75,000 and jail terms of up to two years;
  • Extended limitation period for owners under the act from six months to three years; and,
  • Greater accountability for owners and others responsible for animals to protect their animals from distress.

In February 2012, the Province, sled dog industry, veterinarians, and the BC SCPA jointly created Canada’s first Sled Dog Code of Practice and Standards of Care, to enhance the health and welfare of all sled dogs in B.C.


Sled Dog Code of Practice (PDF – 1.19MB)

Sled Dog Standards of Care (PDF – 358KB)

Sled Dog Task Force Report (PDF – 586KB)

Sled Dog Task Force Terms of Reference  (PDF – 104KB)

Sled Dog Standards of Care Working Group Terms of Reference (PDF – 148KB)

News Releases

Feb. 20, 2012 – New Protection for sled dogs in B.C. 

Sept. 5, 2011 – Professional sled dog mushers hold inaugural meeting

Apr. 5, 2011 – Premier Announces Canada’s Toughest Animal Cruelty Laws

Feb. 8, 2011 – Sled Dog Industry Task Force Gets Underway

Feb. 2, 2011 – Premier Appoints Task Force to Review Dog Killings