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Stockpiling of fireworks causes animal welfare concern

Friday, 2 November, 2012

The reduction of days of sale has failed to save the animals that are affected each year.

Last year the SPCA was made aware of distressed and lost animals with fireworks starting well before the date of first sale, indicating that people had stockpiled from the previous year. With 1135 tonnes of fireworks imported last year, extended use is expected again this year.

The SPCA advises animal owners to take special precautions to protect their pets over the Guy Fawkes season, however responsible owners cannot be expected to keep animals confined indefinitely.

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SPCA horrified 1080 drops still killing deer

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

A family in Taihape reported to the SPCA that they had found four deer dead in bush adjoining their property after a notified Animal Health Board 1080 drop.

The deer had died in distress, the son of the family saying that the deer he saw had “bashed themselves around and died twisted around, obviously in agony”.

In the past the SPCA has stated that as there is no approval to use 1080 as a deer poison in New Zealand and due to its excruciating effects on deer, all measures should be taken to avoid deer eating the baits. This would involve adding deer repellent to the 1080, adding a further cost to possum control that the Department of Conservation (DOC) sees as unacceptable.

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SPCA secures 20 year ban for puppy and kitten farm cruelty

Tuesday, 3 July, 2012

Former international dog show judge, David Neil Balfour and his wife Daryl Kirsty Reid Balfour were sentenced by Judge Grant Fraser in the Palmerston North District Court on Friday 29 June 2012, for animal cruelty offences which occurred at their puppy and kitten farming operation in Dannevirke in March 2007.

Mr and Mrs Balfour were fined $12,500 each on the three charges on which they were convicted. The Judge ordered that the total $25,000 fines be paid to the SPCA.

The couple were also disqualified for owning or exercising authority over cats and dogs for a period of 20 years.

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SPCA re-affirms opposition to cat curfews

Monday, 21 May, 2012

SPCA New Zealand has re-affirmed its opposition to proposals for cat curfews and for by-laws limiting the numbers of cats to two per household in urban areas.

The SPCA’s announcement follows the advocacy of these and other measures by SPCA Waikato and comments from the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, suggesting that New Zealand’s cat population might be allowed to die out.

“We wish to make it absolutely clear that our Waikato colleagues, however well-intentioned their initiative, do not speak for the SPCA as a whole,” says National President, Bob Kerridge.

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Pets used as pawns in domestic violence

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

One in three women surveyed in a recent groundbreaking New Zealand study reported delaying leaving violent relationships because they feared their pets and other animals would be killed or tortured. Of these, one quarter said their children had witnessed violence against animals.

'Pets as Pawns' was commissioned by SPCA New Zealand in partnership with Women's Refuge. It underlines the strong link between animal cruelty and domestic and family violence in New Zealand. The research also showed that 50% of women interviewed had witnessed animal cruelty as part of their experience of domestic violence.

"This research shows the urgent need for SPCA New Zealand and Women's Refuge to work together to find solutions to make families safer by enabling them to leave violent situations with their animals," says SPCA New Zealand National Chief Executive Robyn Kippenberger.

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