Friday, 4 December, 2015
With just three weeks to go until Christmas, we're excited to announce the launch of our new range of merchandise. Find the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life and the money you spend will go towards helping animals in need.
This month, we’re looking for Morgan's forever home, protecting pets from the unexpected, giving eight neglected puppies a second chance at life, and preventing heat-related injury this summer.
We're also calling for improved treatment of bobby calves in the dairy industry and an end to rodeo cruelty, working to ensure high animal welfare standards with SPCA Blue Tick, and celebrating an important milestone for pig welfare.
Read our December newsletter here.
Monday, 30 November, 2015
SPCA New Zealand is horrified at the inhumane treatment of bobby calves shown in videos taken by Farmwatch and screened on TVNZ's Sunday programme.
“The footage we have seen relating to the handling of bobby calves on farms and in slaughterhouses in the Waikato is not acceptable and we hope this is not reflective of common practice across the industry,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.
“Clearly better processes, procedures, and oversight are urgently needed. We have offered our assistance to MPI, if required.
“The practices shown in this video footage are completely unacceptable. No animal should be treated in this way and especially not vulnerable baby animals.
“There are codes of welfare which provide minimum standards on how bobby calves should be treated and transported. This footage showed clear breaches of current codes of practice and a complete lack of compassion and care for these animals and their mothers.
“Overall we believe the separation of bobby calves from their mothers at such an early age is inherently harsh and we would welcome the exploration by the dairy industry of alternatives. In the meantime, every effort must and should be made by the industry to ensure their humane treatment.”
Wednesday, 25 November, 2015
SPCA New Zealand says the proposed Craddock Farms colony cage chicken farm in Patumahoe, South Auckland, should not be built because keeping chickens in cages is unethical and inhumane.
Like SPCAs around the world, SPCA New Zealand opposes the use of battery and colony cages for chickens. Some European countries have banned cages and some major supermarket chains refuse to take eggs from farms where chickens are caged.
The proposed farm would confine 310,000 layer hens in colony cages.
Thursday, 19 November, 2015
Southern Cross Pet Insurance has today announced a key partnership with SPCA New Zealand.
The partnership will see Southern Cross Pet Insurance’s free puppy and kitten cover offered during the SPCA adoption process, and the companies collaborating on a number of projects.
Head of Southern Cross Pet Insurance Anthony McPhail says the partnership with the SPCA will see both organisations work together on projects that highlight responsible pet ownership.
“As one of the country’s leading pet insurers we know that Kiwis are very attached to their animals – many feel similar levels of attachment to their pets as they do their children.
“However, currently many pet owners don’t have pet insurance, meaning they are exposed to what can be very high bills should their pet be affected by an unexpected illness or injury. Often this means they have to make a tough decision about keeping their pet – which no owner wants to do.”
Monday, 16 November, 2015
The SPCA has formed a new Animal Welfare Science and Education Department to be led by Dr Arnja Dale as Chief Scientific Officer.
This new department and position will provide scientific underpinning to the work the SPCA does nationwide and has been jointly established by the Royal New Zealand SPCA and SPCA Auckland, the country’s largest SPCA.
As Chief Scientific Officer, Arnja will help develop and lead this new department nationally. She will manage the animal welfare and education teams ensuring that the SPCA’s work is based on scientific evidence. Ultimately the role aims to improve the protection and welfare of New Zealand’s animals.