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New NZVA rodeo policy gets SPCA thumbs up

Wednesday, 15 June, 2016

option 3SPCA New Zealand congratulates the New Zealand Veterinary Association on its new rodeos policy, which calls for a re-evaluation of the use of animals in rodeos.

The NZVA also expresses concern about some rodeo practices. Specifically, rodeo events that involve the use of young animals (calf roping) or forcible physical restraint of mature animals that may result in musculoskeletal injuries and pain (steer wrestling, team roping) – a view shared by the SPCA.

“We agree that rodeos can pose serious threats to the physical wellbeing of the animals involved, especially young animals, and we congratulate the NZVA for highlighting these important issues,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA NZ.

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Shannon farmer starves calves to death – again

Tuesday, 14 June, 2016

Image of the second calf who was subsequently euthanisedA Shannon farmer has been convicted for the second time for neglecting calves until they die.

Carl Smith, 56, was convicted today in the Palmerston North District Court on charges of reckless ill-treatment of two calves, one of which died of starvation and the other had to be euthanised to end its suffering.

He was sentenced to 200 hours of community work, ordered to pay reparations of $712.40 and $750.00 towards solicitor’s costs, and disqualified in relation to production animals for five years.

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Dramatic horse rescue in rising flood water

Friday, 10 June, 2016

PoppyToday saw the dramatic rescue of Poppy, a two year old horse who found herself stranded down a steep bank alongside rapidly rising flood water in Otaki Gorge.

This incredible multi-agency operation, including the SPCA’s National Rescue Unit, Massey University’s Veterinary Emergency Response Team, Palmerston North Rescue Emergency Support Team, Wellington Helicopters, local animal control and the Police, saw the horse successfully slung by helicopter to safety on dry land with only seconds to spare.

The stranded horse was spotted early on Friday morning and a call was put in to the SPCA’s National Rescue Unit at 8.30am. SPCA Wellington hosts the national specialist team and its Chief Executive Steve Glassey says the decision to deploy the team along with mutual aid partners was given urgency as the river was rapidly rising due to flash flooding.

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New bobby calves regulations good but could go further

Friday, 10 June, 2016

Gore farmer Bridget Lowry, who last year defended farmers' treatment of calves, with her white galloway calf Suzie

New animal welfare regulations announced today by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) contain some good initiatives but do not go far enough to protect ‘bobby calves’, according to SPCA New Zealand.

“SPCA NZ is pleased MPI has implemented some of the changes we have advocated, but we believe that MPI has missed an opportunity to go further to protect the interests of these vulnerable animals,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA NZ.

“We applaud MPI for banning transportation of bobby calves across Cook Strait, requiring bobby calves to be able to walk on and off transport trucks under their own power, and ensuring shelter to protect bobby calves ‘from adverse weather, including extremes of heat and cold’. These are excellent initiatives that will do much to improve the welfare of bobby calves.

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A multi-day cat rescue and your chance to win with Purina

13221149 10154198625794438 7400149665212797943 o 1Thursday, 9 June, 2016

This month, we have a wonderful rescue story from Canterbury to share with you, and a successful prosecution in Palmerston North.

We have grave concerns about the construction of a new research facility that would see animals subject to unnecessary pain and suffering.

We ask for your help to spread the word about a dog looking for a special home, and encourage you to learn about the dangers of second-hand smoke for our pets.

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 June newsletter here.