Wednesday, 28 November, 2012
Innovation is essential with fundraising. In challenging times, finding more imaginative ways to meet our financial commitments is paramount. One solution is to, literally, trade on our good name. This year, we are approaching things from the other end, and putting our name to a line of dog poop bags.
Many dog owners will already be familiar with the little pouch now branded with the SPCA logo made by ezeco. What many dog owners may not know is that a portion from the sale of each pouch or pack of bags is donated to SPCA New Zealand.
Sunday, 4 November, 2012
A family cat deliberately cut up in Timaru, a tethered pet goat stabbed to death in Greymouth, a climbing carabiner threaded through the neck of a dog in Rotorua, and in Wellington, several boys kick and hit a small terrier cross dog with a cricket bat. These are just four of more than thirty grievously inhumane acts of abuse and neglect of animals that make up the 2012 SPCA List of Shame.
“Violence towards animals both co-occurs and is a predictor of violence towards humans”, says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of SPCA New Zealand. “The sheer level of violence meted out on animals by some of the perpetrators in the cases in this year’s List of Shame is shocking, and underlying of wider issues in New Zealand.”
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.
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.
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.