Tuesday, 1 June, 2010
The new government funding for the inspectorate of SPCA New Zealand will be put to good use preventing the suffering and saving the lives of many more animals, said CEO Robyn Kippenberger.
The four year funding commitment to SPCA New Zealand of $1.2 million announced in the Budget is part of MAF Animal Welfare Compliance and Enforcement planning and will enable the SPCA to better coordinate their inspectorate activities with MAF to provide more comprehensive animal welfare outcomes.
Friday, 19 February, 2010
SPCA New Zealand has expressed disappointment over the sentencing of a Gisborne man who admitted feeding five live kittens to his pitbull dog.
The SPCA also describes the sentence as reinforcing the case for the tougher legislation on animal cruelty currently before Parliament.
The Gisborne District Court this afternoon sentenced Te Ahu Mankelow to five terms of imprisonment of seven months each, to be served concurrently. The court also banned Mankelow from owning animals for ten years and ordered confiscation of collars and chains.
Tuesday, 2 February, 2010
SPCA New Zealand’s National Chief Executive, Robyn Kippenberger, has welcomed the Government’s adoption of M.P Simon Bridges’ Animal Welfare bill.
“Cruelty to animals is not OK in any form and some of the cases that our Inspectors have been confronted with have been horrendous. We have been concerned for quite some time that the current three year penalty has not been sufficient to deal with the level of cruelty we have been seeing,” she says.
“We were extremely pleased when Simon Bridges came to our assistance with a private members bill and we are grateful that the government has decided to adopt the bill going forward.
“How we behave towards our animals is a reflection of the values of our society and this piece of legislation will form an important part of the bigger picture,” Robyn Kippenberger adds.
Thursday, 21 May, 2009
SPCA New Zealand has renewed its call for a ban on sow stalls and farrowing crates, following last night's screening by TVNZ's 'Sunday' Programme of footage of pigs subjected to these extreme forms of confinement.
"We call on Agriculture Minister David Carter to ensure that the Animal Welfare Code for Pigs is altered, as soon as possible, to ban these cruel practices," says the SPCA's National Chief Executive, Robyn Kippenberger.
Monday, 15 September, 2008
An agreement, which will be signed this week between the SPCA and Child, Youth and Family, is thought to be a world-first joint reporting protocol between a national child protection agency and a national animal welfare society, acknowledging the link between animal and child abuse.
“The correlation between animal abuse and human abuse is widely documented. That animal abuse is part of a web of factors that make up family violence is now generally accepted,” says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of SPCA New Zealand.
“Our animal welfare officers, when inspecting or uplifting animals subject to cruelty, may be the first to see signs of abuse of children in the family.”