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SPCA gives animal lovers the sweetest reason to bake

Monday, 1 August, 2016

Chocolate LabThe SPCA is pulling on heart and apron strings for this year’s SPCA Cupcake Day, encouraging New Zealanders to arm themselves with a mixing bowl and wooden spoon in the fight against animal cruelty.

SPCA Cupcake Day is the charity’s fun, community-driven annual fundraiser where cupcakes and other treats are baked and sold to raise funds for the SPCA’s ongoing protection and care of animals.

Now in its eighth year, SPCA Cupcake Day 2016 is aiming to be the biggest yet. Last year over 1,600 participants took to their kitchens, raising more than $390,000 for the SPCA’s ongoing work fighting animal cruelty through prevention and education.

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Claire Turnbull joins as SPCA Blue Tick goodwill ambassador

Claire TurnbullSunday, 24 July, 2016

Wellness author, speaker, nutritionist and busy mum Claire Turnbull has taken on the role of SPCA Blue Tick goodwill ambassador. She joins celebrity chef Ray McVinnie as an advocate for high animal welfare in farming practices.

The SPCA Blue Tick is an accreditation scheme independent from the food and farming industries run by SPCA New Zealand and is focused on high animal welfare farming in New Zealand. SPCA Blue Tick certifies eggs, chicken, pork and turkey products that are farmed to the scheme’s stringent welfare standards.

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Levin woman sentenced for starving horse to death

Monday, 18 July, 2016

Levin woman sentenced for starving horse to deathA Levin woman allowed a horse in her care to slowly starve to death and is implicated in the death of another horse.

Te Ara Smiler, 31, pleaded guilty in the Levin District Court to a charge of ill treatment of an animal causing the animal to suffer unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress. She was sentenced to 120 hours of community work, ordered to pay veterinarian costs of $492.50, and disqualified for 5 years from owning or exercising authority over horses.

“The SPCA sees far too many unnecessary deaths of animals caused by neglect,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

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Help us find a home for super mum Ruby

Friday, 15 July, 2016

Read our July newsletterWe have some wonderful animal stories to share with you this month, including the dramatic rescue of Poppy the horse.

We invite you to explore our brand new Education hub for New Zealand kids, and to join thousands of other Kiwis as they help us fight cruelty with cupcakes.

We prosecute a woman who failed to seek veterinary treatment for her cat, causing unnecessary pain and suffering.

You also have a chance to win a GoPro HERO4 and a year's supply of pet food thanks to our national food sponsor, Purina.

Read our July newsletter here.

SPCA launches school education programme to reduce animal abuse

SPCA Education ProgrammeWednesday, 6 July, 2016

The SPCA has today launched a nationwide education programme into primary and intermediate schools aiming to shape how the next generation of New Zealanders treat animals.

New Zealand has very high levels of animal abuse and every year the SPCA continues to care for thousands of lost, abandoned, injured or abused animals. The organisation recognised it needed something different to break this trend and after significant research, developed the free programme launched today.

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