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An update on our 2015 Annual Appeal dog Molly

Wednesday, 11 May, 2016

ben sarah flick holly 5 resizeYou may remember during the 2015 SPCA Annual Appeal we shared with you the story of Molly, a 4-month-old Labrador who was rescued by an SPCA Inspector.

SPCA Inspector Andre found Molly tied up under a house alone while her family went on holiday. The rope she was tethered to caused a deep, chafing collar wound around her neck and Molly was lethargic and hardly moving. Inspector Andre knew he had to act fast to save her life, so he took her for immediate medical treatment.

After four surgeries and several months of recovery, Molly's physical wounds healed and she went out to foster care with two SPCA Canine Attendants, Ben and Sarah. The couple eventually ended up making her a permanent part of their family and renaming her Holly.

Sarah sent us the following update on Holly's new life. I think you'll agree that we couldn't have found a more perfect forever home for this special dog.

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Have your say on proposed new animal welfare regulations

Tuesday, 10 May, 2016

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The Ministry for Primary Industries is proposing new regulations to improve animal welfare in New Zealand.

More than 80 major issues have been addressed, including:

  • the care of bobby calves
  • the use of prong collars
  • live exports
  • tail docking
  • farrowing crates
  • dogs left in vehicles

SPCA New Zealand encourages every animal lover to have their say before submissions close on May 19. Please take the time to read the consultation documents and make your own submission on the issues that are important to you.

Burger King to go cage-free in September

Thursday, 5 May, 2016

268934 274420 Chicky Hennifer 2SPCA New Zealand congratulates Burger King New Zealand, which announced it will be serving only cage-free eggs starting September 1.

This is a step in the right direction for the welfare of New Zealand’s layer hens. By increasing demand for the production of cage-free eggs, we hope more farmers can make the transition to free-range.

“The move by Burger King comes in response to public concern from Kiwis about battery and colony caged hen eggs. It’s great to see large companies taking animal welfare concerns seriously and making a positive change for the animals,” says SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to encourage all food chains who have made this commitment to ensure all its suppliers of eggs also carry the SPCA Blue Tick. This will ensure they are genuinely free range or barn and meet the high animal welfare standards.”

Help us find homes for Amber and Holly

Wednesday, 13 April, 2016

DSC06456 enewsWe are excited to share some amazing animal stories with you this month, including a dramatic six-day animal rescue and the transformation of a dying kitten.

We ask for your help to spread the word about a long-stay dog and an ex-harness racing horse who are looking for loving homes.

You can read about how we achieved justice for a dog who was badly beaten by her owner, which would not be possible without the help of our dedicated supporters.

Rodeo season has ended and, thanks to more than 62,000 New Zealanders who signed our petition, we hope that it will be the last one ever.

Read our April newsletter here.

Colony cages do not meet the welfare needs of hens

Thursday, 7 April, 2016

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Like SPCAs around the world, SPCA New Zealand opposes the use of battery and colony cages for hens and has made these views clear to the industry and the Government. Some European countries have banned cages and some major supermarket chains overseas refuse to take eggs from farms where hens are caged.

“Colony cages are bigger than battery cages but they contain more birds. So the amount of space per animal is still very small – about the size of an A4 piece of paper,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

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