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SPCA welcomes glueboard traps ban

Thursday, 18 December, 2014

SPCA New Zealand applauds the ban on the sale and use of glueboard traps in New Zealand.

Glueboard traps are boards with a sticky glue layer that are used to capture and hold live rodents. The SPCA considers the level of pain or distress caused to animals trapped on glueboards to be unreasonable and says that adequate alternatives are available.

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SPCA chief goes on hunger strike over starving dogs

Monday, 17 November, 2014

A veteran Whangarei SPCA inspector has gone on hunger strike after finding seven starving dogs in a single month – some of which have since died or had to be put down.

Chief Inspector Francine Shields says in 23 years, she has never had to deal with so many neglected pooches.

"In Whangarei, generally we would see maybe one or two a month at this extreme state of starvation, and I'm sure that's the same throughout the country," she said on Firstline this morning. "Why we are seeing an increased number all of a sudden is of a great concern to us."

Read more about Ms Shields' hunger strike at

SPCA renews calls for fireworks ban

Monday, 3 November, 2014

SPCA New Zealand welcomes the select committee meeting on Guy Fawkes morning to consider banning the public sale of fireworks.

"The SPCA does not support the private sale and use of fireworks and has long called for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public," says SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom.

"Fireworks and animals simply don't mix. The loud bangs and bright flashes are very frightening to animals and many become highly stressed by them."

"We urge pet owners to keep their pets inside and safe on Guy Fawkes Night. But equally we ask people without pets to be aware of the stress their use of fireworks is likely to be causing in their neighbourhood."

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Animal abuse: SPCA releases list of shame

animalabuse 620x310Sunday, 2 November, 2014

SPCA New Zealand has chronicled the worst cases of animal abuse in the past year in its annual List of Shame.

Chief Executive Officer Ric Odom said he hoped the list would open eyes to the way some animals were treated.

"It's not about making people feel sick with what they read, it's about saying 'this is what goes on, this is what happens to animals," he said.

Read more about the SPCA List of Shame at

Click here for the 2014 SPCA List of Shame.