Monday, 17 June, 2013
SPCA New Zealand National President Bob Kerridge remains opposed to animal testing despite the recommendation of the Psychoactive Substances Interim Expert Advisory Committee to allow severely restricted animal tests.
“Let me be very clear about this: I oppose animal testing in any form and my presence on this Committee does not alter that position,” says Mr Kerridge. “Nor does it mean I condone the use of animal testing.
“I have made the Committee very aware of the many proven alternatives to animal testing that exist, and they are also aware of the Society’s submissions seeking a complete ban on animal testing for this purpose. However, I am but one voice.
“In the end, the Committee has advised the Minister that some animal testing may be necessary but that it should be limited, and all possible alternatives should be fully explored.
“It should be remembered that animal welfare issues were initially ruled beyond the scope of submissions on the Bill because of fears they would hold up this urgently needed legislation. So we have achieved a partial success by influencing the Committee to severely restrict the animal testing allowed by promoting the use of alternative, non-animal, tests.
“Rest assured that the Royal New Zealand SPCA remains opposed to animal testing and will continue to actively campaign against its use in New Zealand.”
Wednesday, 20 March, 2013
Toyota New Zealand is celebrating 25 years as New Zealand’s best-selling car company by paying it forward and donating brand new vehicles to a number of New Zealand charities for one year.
SPCA New Zealand is grateful to have been chosen as one of Toyota’s lucky charities. All 25 of the donated vehicles now have loving new homes, with one going to Sara Elliott-Warren, SPCA Saving Lives Ambassador, and the rest being allocated to 24 of the SPCA’s most under-resourced Centres nationwide.
"The SPCA’s Saving Lives programme aims to increase the save rate of the thousands of animals that come in to SPCA Centres every year," says Sara Elliott-Warren, SPCA Saving Lives Ambassador. "It is a crucial part of my role to visit each of our Centres across the country and meet face-to-face with the team on the ground, to discuss their achievements and see where we can do better."
Monday, 18 March, 2013
National animal advocacy organisations SAFE, the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) and SPCA New Zealand have joined forces to launch a campaign to prevent the testing of psychoactive drugs ('party pills' or 'legal highs') on animals, saying it is both unethical and unnecessary. Concerned Kiwis are urged to show their opposition to the proposal by signing the petition to leave animals out of legal highs testing.
Friday, 25 January, 2013
A Waikato farmer has today been discharged without conviction after pleading guilty to Animal Welfare Act 1999 charges in the Hamilton District Court.
In a landmark case, 24 year old Logan Dawson pleaded guilty to two charges of ill-treating a boar, and two charges of ‘baiting’ a boar - charges that have never before been laid in New Zealand. Dawson was ordered to pay $8,357.90 in reparation and a $500 donation to the SPCA.
Dawson encouraged his dogs to attack a number of boars at his property in the Waikato, ostensibly to train them for pig hunting.
Friday, 7 December, 2012
Summer is here, and so is the sunshine! That means trips to the beach, long warm evenings and whole dinners cooked on the BBQ – but it also means we need to remind ourselves that dogs DO NOT belong in hot cars.
On a hot day, the temperature inside your car can reach 39°C in 10 minutes. Even in the shade with the windows down, the temperature can rise to a deadly 49°C in 30 minutes. Your dog’s natural cooling process is ineffective in these conditions.
Dogs overheat much more quickly than humans as they cannot sweat like we can, but instead they pant to dissipate heat and cool their body temperature. This is near impossible to do when the air in their immediate environment is thick and hot, as it is in a hot car. Your dog’s normal body temperature is about 38.5°C. Their body can withstand a higher temperature for only a short amount of time before irreversible damage is done.