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Fifty pigs killed in piggery blaze

Friday, 1 April, 2016

shed 1200The SPCA says the deaths of around 50 pigs in a blaze this morning highlight the need for animal emergency planning.

Around 50 pigs have been killed in a fire that ripped through a farrowing (birthing) shed at a piggery north of Hamilton this morning.

"This tragedy is a timely reminder that farmers and others working with animals must have robust animal emergency management plans in place," says the chief executive of SPCA New Zealand, Ric Odom.

"At the very least, farmers should have effective smoke alarms, fire extinguisher systems, and evacuation plans."


Lack of money no excuse for neglecting dog with broken leg

Thursday, 17 March, 2016

IMG 3904 webAn Opotiki man failed to seek treatment for his dog’s broken leg because he couldn’t afford it, which led to the dog having to be euthanased.

Anaru Tawhai, 25, was convicted today in Opotiki District Court for failing to ensure an ill or injured animal received treatment to alleviate any unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress. He was disqualified from owning dogs for 12 months and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, $337.02 veterinary costs, and $150 towards legal costs.

The case began on 9 February 2015 when the SPCA received a complaint about an injured dog at the defendant’s property in Opotiki. The next day an SPCA Inspector visited and found a tan and white, young adult dog on the property. The dog, named ‘Boy’, was unable to bear weight normally on its left hind leg, which showed pronounced muscle wastage that indicated the injury was not fresh.

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62,000-strong Ban Rodeo Petition to be handed to Parliament

Thursday, 17 March, 2016

Martinborough 11Today, leading animal advocacy organisations SAFE, SPCA and Farmwatch will be outside Parliament to hand in their joint petition calling for an end to rodeo. The petition will be handed to Green MP Mojo Mathers, calling on the Government to make this the last ever rodeo season. The petition has attracted over 62,000 signatures, a figure the groups say demonstrates the strength of anti-rodeo feeling in New Zealand.

The call comes as the rodeo season draws to a close. The organisations argue that rodeo is both unethical and inherently cruel, saying that animals are routinely grabbed, chased, wrestled and roped in aggressive displays and that they can sustain painful injuries. Two animals have died during events in the New Zealand 2015-2016 rodeo season – a horse in Te Anau and a bull in Richmond.

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Rodeos: Time to ban them in New Zealand?

Wednesday, 16 March, 2016

Screen Shot 2016 01 21 at 18.45.11Some say rodeos are cruel, gruesome and just plain nasty.

A petition to ban the practice is being presented to Parliament tomorrow.

For some people it is a way of life and entertainment — while others believe it is animal cruelty.

Veterinarian Dr Elsa says it causes a lot of pain and distress to animals for the sake of entertaining people.

“There is no benefit for the animal at all,” says the SPCA.

Watch new footage shot at rodeos across the country over the 2015-2016 rodeo season at

Farmer ignored maggot-infested dog until it collapsed

Thursday, 10 March, 2016

Farmer ignored maggot-infested dog until it collapsedA Manawatu farmer has been convicted in the Palmerston North District Court for neglecting to treat a flystruck dog to the point that it had to be euthanised.

Todd Nichol, 51, was convicted of ill-treating an animal with the result that the pain or distress caused to the animal was so great it was necessary to destroy it in order to end its suffering. He was fined $1,875.00, and ordered to pay $300.00 legal fees, $130.00 court costs, and $162.50 vet costs.

The case began when an SPCA Inspector, acting on information received, visited the defendant’s farm at Pohangina, Manawatu, on 2 April 2015 to inspect a dog.

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