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Gisborne men used dogs to torment and kill goats

Monday, 11 January, 2016

Two Gisborne men who encouraged their dogs to viciously and repeatedly attack live goats, one of which had a broken leg, were sentenced today in the Gisborne District Court.

Richard McKee, 34, and James Manukau, 27, were convicted on charges of wilful ill-treatment of an animal resulting in the death of the animal.

McKee was sentenced to 100 hours community work, three months community detention, and ordered to pay reparations of $1000. Manukau was sentenced to 100 hours community work and ordered to pay reparations of $500.

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Keep your pet safe this summer

SouthernCrossWednesday, 16 December, 2015

Our friends at Southern Cross Pet Insurance have created a printable poster full of great tips for keeping your pet safe this summer. Download it here.

Despite your best efforts, your pet may still be at risk. Help protect them with Southern Cross Pet Insurance. Get a quote at or call 0800 800 836.

Thanks to Southern Cross, we'll be offering six weeks free puppy and kitten insurance for all new adoptions from SPCA centres across the country. Find out more here.

This Christmas, give our animals a second chance at life

Friday, 4 December, 2015

Newsletter December15With 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.

Bobby calves must be treated humanely

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.”

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SPCA says Craddock Farms colony cage farm should not be built

277 1 thumbWednesday, 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.

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