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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

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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.

Woman left dog with 24-cm throat wound to get better on its own

Wednesday, 11 February, 2015

A Kaitaia woman who tied up a dog with wire causing a 24-cm gash in its throat and tied another dog to a clothesline with no shelter was sentenced today.

img 0123Chante Roycroft, 32, pleaded guilty in the Kaitaia District Court to the following charges relating to two separate dogs:

  • Failing to protect an animal from and rapidly diagnose any significant injury or disease.
  • Failing to ensure an ill or injured animal received treatment that alleviated any unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress being suffered by the animal.
  • Ill-treatment of an animal causing the animal to suffer unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress.
  • Refusing or failing to comply with requirement of Inspector to prevent or mitigate suffering of an animal.

She was sentenced to four months community detention, disqualified from owning companion animals for five years, and ordered to pay reparations of $84.83.

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Supermarket cards aid SPCA

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They're small, come in sets of four and are a proven success with the kids.

Countdown is launching its new collection of Super Animals collectable sound cards today. The initiative is to raise funds for SPCA New Zealand. The card collection depicts animals from around the globe, providing information about different species and, with the purchase of an additional speaker, project sounds from each animal.

Four cards are given out for every $20 spent at Countdown. An album is also available for purchase for $9 with $1 from every album going towards the Shelter Buddy system - an initiative headed by the SPCA.

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

Raising your dog the right way

Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

If there's a silver lining to be found in the furore over controversial comments made by the head of the Auckland branch of the SPCA, it's that Bob Kerridge has at least got people talking about the responsibilities of dog ownership.

"You might recall that really what prompted this was official stats that came out around the number of dog attacks, and particularly south Auckland seems to have some quite high incidence of that," Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand, said on Firstline this morning.

Read more about dog attacks in the Auckland region and responsible dog ownership at 3news.co.nz.