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Colony cages do not meet the welfare needs of hens

Thursday, 7 April, 2016

12932978 10154114469804438 4653975275078475659 nSPCA New Zealand opposes colony cages for hen farming because the cages do not meet the welfare needs of the animals.

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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Te Kuiti man gets community detention for beating dog

Wednesday, 6 April, 2016

1459921039587A Te Kuiti man was sentenced to four months community detention yesterday for beating his dog so badly that she had blood in her urine.

Tautu Thompson, 23, was convicted today in the Te Kuiti District Court on a charge of wilful ill-treatment of an animal with the result that the animal was seriously injured or impaired. He was sentenced to four months community detention with an 8pm to 5am curfew, disqualified from owning dogs for 10 years, fined $1,500, and ordered to pay veterinary costs of $344.84.

The Judge also ordered that the dog be forfeited to SPCA New Zealand, along with any other dogs currently owned by the defendant.

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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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