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Could tomorrow be the last day for rodeo in New Zealand?

Wednesday, 1 June, 2016

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Leading animal advocacy organisations hope tomorrow could spell the end for rodeo in New Zealand as the government convenes to consider animal welfare concerns. The discussions on 2 June involve a formal hearing with a Select Committee mulling over a ban on rodeo.

The Select Committee hearing will include an address from SAFE, SPCA New Zealand, and Farmwatch. The groups formed a coalition that collected over 62,000 signatures, demonstrating widespread support for a rodeo ban and prompting the government to consider the issue. Now they say the level of opposition to rodeo is greater than ever before.

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Man sentenced for botched home castration on dog

Thursday, 26 May, 2016

Snoopy before 1200A 33-year-old Hamilton man was sentenced today for performing a home castration on a dog that went horribly wrong.

The defendant was convicted in the Hamilton District Court on a charge of performing a significant surgical procedure on an animal despite not being a veterinarian. He was sentenced to 150 hours community work, fined $350, and ordered to pay $500 towards legal costs and reparations of $442.40. He was also disqualified from owning animals for five years.

“The SPCA wants to highlight this case to deter other people from attempting to castrate their dogs at home,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand. “It’s a job for a qualified vet. Pet owners attempting to do the procedure themselves can lead to very serious health consequences for the animal involved. In other words: please don’t do this at home.”

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Man who caught pet cat in leg hold trap convicted

Friday, 20 May, 2016

13227188 10154284523658606 1646451356309765888 nA Palmerston North man has been sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court for capturing a pet cat in a serrated leg hold trap on his property.

Paul Parsons was convicted on a charge of using a prohibited trap for the purpose of capturing an animal. He was fined $500 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs and a $250 contribution to legal costs.

“The Animal Welfare (Leg Hold traps) Order 2007 has prohibited the use of size 1½ long-spring, leg hold traps since 1 January 2009,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

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SPCA NZ welcomes new President to its Board

Thursday, 17 May, 2016

SPCA New Zealand is welcoming Gordon Trainer as its new Board President after he was elected at the annual SPCA conference on 14 May.

“I would like to offer Gordon my congratulations on behalf of SPCA NZ and welcome him as President,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand. “I would also like to thank Clive Poles Smith for his dedication as President over the past two years.”

Mr Poles Smith will remain on the Board and has accepted the role of Vice-President.

Originally from Scotland, Mr Trainer was Treasurer of SPCA Auckland from 2003 to 2009 and then Chairman of the SPCA Auckland Board from 2009 to now. He is an experienced finance executive, Chartered Accountant, and former Ernst & Young partner who currently runs his own business consulting firm. His family includes three cats that were adopted as kittens from SPCA Auckland.

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SPCA to explore proposal to unite as one organisation

Monday, 16 May, 2016

At the annual SPCA Conference in Wellington on May 14, delegates agreed to explore a proposal which would see the organisation unite as one legal entity for the betterment of the country’s animals.

SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom explained that the SPCA is looking at how it can best operate now and into the future to improve the welfare of animals in New Zealand.

“We had a mandate from our Centres late last year to look at options which would make us a more effective and efficient organisation. The proposal which we feel is best for the organisation and the animals is for the SPCA to operate as one entity.

The change is being driven by a desire to act in a more unified way so we can better help our most vulnerable animals. By working together, we will have a stronger voice for the animals, be able to do more to prevent animal cruelty and ensure the best level of care for the animals in our shelters.

People trust us to do the best for animals and deliver a better world for animals. We need to continue to do so and ensure we are the lead organisation for animal advocacy, welfare and care.

The staff and volunteers at our Centres do an amazing job in their communities, and we will work closely with them over the coming months to further develop this proposal,” said Mr Odom.

SPCA delegates will vote on a detailed proposal at a meeting early next year. No changes will be made to the structure of the SPCA until this vote has passed.