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SPCA calls for total ban on layer hen cages

Friday, 6 May, 2011

SPCA New Zealand is calling for a total ban on layer hen cages.

In a submission to NAWAC’s review of the Layer Hen Code on Friday (29 April), the SPCA says any caged system of layer hen management can in no way be considered humane. This is regardless of the "enrichments" provided.

"NAWAC's draft review document suggests the introduction of enriched cages as a solution for intensive egg farming in the future," SPCA New Zealand CEO Robyn Kippenberger says.

"However, NAWAC has already conceded the keeping of layer hens in cage confinement breaches the Animal Welfare Act. The SPCA submits that any continued allowance of cage systems, enriched or not, would also constitute a breach of Section 28(a) of the Act."

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SPCA hails its Christchurch heroes

Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

SPCA New Zealand has hailed the work of its animal rescue and welfare team in the aftermath of last month’s Christchurch earthquake.

The SPCA also says that events in Christchurch have strongly vindicated its long-running campaign to have all companion animals microchipped for ease of identification and return to owners.

"Whilst the emergency services concentrated on saving human lives, the SPCA took the primary responsibility for caring for animal survivors and, wherever possible, reuniting lost pets with their owners," says SPCA National President, Bob Kerridge.

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Canterbury quake

Saturday, 26 February, 2011

New Zealand’s most beautiful city is now in ruins. Its historic buildings are reduced to rubble and will remain but a distant memory. Its very heart has been torn asunder with its beautiful cathedral standing shattered and ruptured. Homes and livelihoods have been destroyed, many forever.

However the human toll is even greater with the tragic loss of so many lives, their numbers growing daily. In addition the trauma of the living who have experienced the devastation will live with them for the rest of their lives. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to them – if we could give them a huge collective hug we would do so.

Amidst the turmoil are the animals. The SPCA has moved swiftly deploying our experienced rescue team to attend to those animals in need, the injured, abandoned, lost and distressed. The SPCA will not be undertaking a fundraising campaign at this time as our current focus is to utilise our expertise and resources to help the animals and their human families. We will, in time, hear from our team on the ground of any resources that may be needed, and if in excess of our ability to provide, we will ask for assistance.

We are with the people and the animals in Christchurch and know that the New Zealand spirit will prevail.

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Proposed hens code unacceptable

Tuesday, 8 February, 2011

SPCA New Zealand does not support the draft Code for Animal Welfare - Layer Hens released today by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF).

The code, developed by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), proposes a phase out of battery cages allowing instead the use of 'enriched' cages.

“A cage is a cage is a cage. These proposed enriched or colony cages offer no significantly better conditions for hens than those they are currently enduring. As such, they are not acceptable,” says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of SPCA New Zealand.

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Your dog may be dying from the heat

Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Summer means jandal weather, holiday weather, barbeque weather, beach weather and park weather. Unfortunately, summer also means hot dog weather for the SPCA.

Every year, too many dogs suffer needlessly in hot cars while their owners stop in at the shops. On a hot day the inside of a car heats up very quickly, a potentially life-threatening situation for any dog inside. Even with the windows slightly open, a car parked in the shade on a 30°C day will heat up to 39°C in 10 minutes. In 30 minutes, the temperature will hit 49°C, and on hotter days it will go even higher.

Locked in a hot car, a dog can only withstand temperatures of over 40°C for a very short amount of time before suffering irreparable brain damage – or even death. A dog cannot sweat like humans can, and is only able to cool itself down by panting. Dogs also need access to plenty of water and cool, fresh air in order to fully moderate their body temperature.

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