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Huge live export shipment raises SPCA concerns

Thursday, 11 June, 2015

The live export of 50,000 sheep and 3,000 cattle to Mexico has raised concerns at the Royal New Zealand SPCA despite assurances that the animals will be used only for breeding purposes.

“We have concerns about the transportation of so many live animals over such a long distance,” says Ric Odom, CEO of the Royal New Zealand SPCA.

“Although we acknowledge assurances from the Ministry for Primary Industries that the animals are intended as breeding stock and not for slaughter, we believe there is still an animal welfare issue at stake.”

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Wellington cat lover leaves $400K to the SPCA

Monday, 4 May, 2015

spca cat newsWellington can expect a flood of abandoned kittens named Molly after a cat lover of the same name left $400,000 to SPCA Wellington SPCA.

SPCA Wellington chief executive Iain Torrance said Wellington benefactor Molly Wyatt's fortune was the largest he had accepted in his four years on the job, and would allow the SPCA to rescue and care for countless animals, he said.

"Molly's big-hearted bequest is very gratefully received and will help us continue our good work in the community."

Read more about Molly's bequest at www.stuff.co.nz.

Trade Me considering Code of Conduct on animal sales

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015

Trade Me is looking at implementing a code of conduct on the sale of animals in response to a campaign against so called puppy mills.

Ric Odom, Chief Executive Officer of SPCA New Zealand, talked to Carolyn Press-McKenzie, the founder of HUHA, and John Duffy, the head of Trust and Safety at Trade Me.

Listen to the interview at radionz.co.nz.

SPCA New Zealand supports cosmetics animal testing ban

Wednesday, 1 April, 2015

SPCA New Zealand is delighted by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy’s announcement that the Government will amend the Animal Welfare Act to ban the use of animals for testing cosmetics.

“We’re very happy that the Government has listened to lobbying from the Green Party, the RNZSPCA, and other organisations to prevent the use of animals for cosmetic testing in New Zealand,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

“Although we recognise that animal testing for cosmetics in New Zealand does not currently occur, we believe the amendment sends a clear message that animal testing for non-medical uses is unacceptable. Having said that, our position remains one of steadfast opposition to animal testing in any form unless it is for essential medical research and there is no alternative.

“However, we acknowledge that the total phasing out of animal testing will take time so in the meantime we continue to call for more rigorous justifications for the use of animal testing, the promotion of non-animal models by the Animal Ethics Committees, better reporting of animal deaths, and more humane treatment of animals involved in testing.

“The bottom line is that we strongly oppose any practice that causes animals unnecessary pain and suffering, including animal testing.”

SPCA to launch nationwide animal-tracking software

1427436173446Friday, 27 March, 2015

The SPCA is set to launch a Plunket book for animals.

Shelter Buddy is a software system to track animals brought into SPCA shelters and keep a record of their welfare through their lives.

The animal welfare group likens it to the health software used by medical professionals - except Shelter Buddy is for dogs, cats and every other creature their inspectors or volunteers deal with.

Read more about the Shelter Buddy system at stuff.co.nz.