Wednesday, 1 December, 2010
In today’s signing of the reviewed Welfare Code on behalf of the Government, MAF Minister David Carter has assured better on-going welfare conditions for pigs and set a definite and timely end date for the anathema that is dry sow stalls.
Now it’s over to industry to grasp this opportunity to use better animal welfare as a marketing advantage.
SPCA New Zealand applauds the Government’s move to completely phase out sow stalls by 2015. We are also delighted there is to be a 25 per cent reduction in the time sows can be held in farrowing crates.
Monday, 29 November, 2010
The SPCA condemns all animal cruelty and does not support the agreement to allow a small section of the community to slaughter animals without pre-stunning.
The negotiated truce between the MAF and the Jewish community means at least 5,000 chickens – perhaps more – suffer during slaughter every year in the name of religious practice. Instead of being rendered instantaneously unconscious animals bleed to death, feel pain and struggle for some minutes.
The minister has acknowledged their deaths will be cruel and the SPCA is distressed by his turn on this issue.
Because the practice is now legal, no action can be taken against the people who practice this ancient ritual slaughter. The SPCA, however, will continue to lobby hard to reinstate the most humane conditions.
People concerned about this decision should contact David Carter, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, at firstname.lastname@example.org to voice their opposition. There is no justifiable reason that animals should suffer to provide us with food.
Tuesday, 26 October, 2010
The case of a Gisborne man who fed five live kittens to his dog is amongst those cited in SPCA New Zealand’s eighth annual List of Shame, released today.
The 45 listed cases of cruelty also include those of a Pukekohe man who tore the head off a kitten in front of his family, a Southland dog found burnt, bloodied and peeling after being doused in solvent, a Red Bill Gull tortured in a Dunedin supermarket trolley, a Whangarei cat scorched with boiling water, a rabbit swung by its ears in central Auckland and twelve pregnant ewes killed and others badly wounded when vandals drove a vehicle round a South Canterbury farm paddock.
Also on the list are a disturbingly large number of cases involving young offenders, including a Dunedin primary school student caught torturing his neighbour’s hens, an Alexandra eighteen-year-old found shooting a ‘BB’ gun at his dog, a Christchurch youth who committed bestiality with a donkey, two Kaikoura youths who bludgeoned seals to death and four South Auckland boys who repeatedly kicked and punched a puppy and threw it through a basketball hoop.
Sunday, 3 October, 2010
More offenders against animals can expect to be brought to justice, thanks to an SPCA programme aimed at making its animal inspectorate the first such nationwide organisation anywhere to be fully trained in CSI techniques.
Twenty-five inspectors from across New Zealand took part in a CSI training session and crime scene grave excavation, held this weekend in and around Taupo, under the guidance of leading United States Forensic Entomologist and CSI expert, Dr Jason H Byrd.
Dr Byrd is Educational Programme Inspector at the University of Florida’s William R Maples Centre for Forensic Medicine. He also teaches at the university, which is widely recognised as America’s most prominent institution for developing and teaching animal forensics.
Friday, 2 July, 2010
National CEO of SPCA New Zealand, Robyn Kippenberger, says that SPCAs throughout the country applaud the Government for passing the Animal Welfare Amendment Act, which will see increased penalties for the neglect and ill-treatment of animals.
“How we care for our animals is a reflection on our society as a whole and it is important that we take action when they are ill-treated in any way. Recently, we have had to deal with some shocking examples of animal cruelty and neglect and the penalties have not fitted the serious nature of the offences committed.
“The significant rise in penalties, provided by the Act, will give our courts a clear mandate when sentencing and send out the message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated.
“Significantly the PAW JUSTICE group, which last year initiated a petition calling for harsher penalties for animal cruelty, collected more than 70,000 signatures in less than 6 months, proving that the nation agrees with the direction of this new legislation,” she adds.