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Man who caught pet cat in leg hold trap convicted

Friday, 20 May, 2016

13227188 10154284523658606 1646451356309765888 nA Palmerston North man has been sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court for capturing a pet cat in a serrated leg hold trap on his property.

Paul Parsons was convicted on a charge of using a prohibited trap for the purpose of capturing an animal. He was fined $500 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs and a $250 contribution to legal costs.

“The Animal Welfare (Leg Hold traps) Order 2007 has prohibited the use of size 1½ long-spring, leg hold traps since 1 January 2009,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

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SPCA NZ welcomes new President to its Board

Thursday, 17 May, 2016

SPCA New Zealand is welcoming Gordon Trainer as its new Board President after he was elected at the annual SPCA conference on 14 May.

“I would like to offer Gordon my congratulations on behalf of SPCA NZ and welcome him as President,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand. “I would also like to thank Clive Poles Smith for his dedication as President over the past two years.”

Mr Poles Smith will remain on the Board and has accepted the role of Vice-President.

Originally from Scotland, Mr Trainer was Treasurer of SPCA Auckland from 2003 to 2009 and then Chairman of the SPCA Auckland Board from 2009 to now. He is an experienced finance executive, Chartered Accountant, and former Ernst & Young partner who currently runs his own business consulting firm. His family includes three cats that were adopted as kittens from SPCA Auckland.

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SPCA to explore proposal to unite as one organisation

Monday, 16 May, 2016

At the annual SPCA Conference in Wellington on May 14, delegates agreed to explore a proposal which would see the organisation unite as one legal entity for the betterment of the country’s animals.

SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom explained that the SPCA is looking at how it can best operate now and into the future to improve the welfare of animals in New Zealand.

“We had a mandate from our Centres late last year to look at options which would make us a more effective and efficient organisation. The proposal which we feel is best for the organisation and the animals is for the SPCA to operate as one entity.

The change is being driven by a desire to act in a more unified way so we can better help our most vulnerable animals. By working together, we will have a stronger voice for the animals, be able to do more to prevent animal cruelty and ensure the best level of care for the animals in our shelters.

People trust us to do the best for animals and deliver a better world for animals. We need to continue to do so and ensure we are the lead organisation for animal advocacy, welfare and care.

The staff and volunteers at our Centres do an amazing job in their communities, and we will work closely with them over the coming months to further develop this proposal,” said Mr Odom.

SPCA delegates will vote on a detailed proposal at a meeting early next year. No changes will be made to the structure of the SPCA until this vote has passed.

SPCA NZ concerned about new Otago Uni animal laboratory

Friday, 13 May, 2016

d08943b927d17665612953339128dd63904cbdab 620x310SPCA New Zealand has grave concerns about the construction of a new $50 million, five-storey animal research facility at the University of Otago.

“The SPCA strongly opposes any practice that causes animals unnecessary pain and suffering, including animal research,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

“Animals are sentient beings that can feel pain, fear, and distress, so we are wholeheartedly committed to the principles of the ‘3Rs’ – replacing the use of animals in research, reducing the number of animals used, and refining experimental procedure to reduce suffering.”

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Caring for your pets this winter

May enews

Thursday, 12 May, 2016

This month, we talked to What Now about the work we do to protect animals in need.

We ask for your help to spread the word about a dog who is struggling to find a home and the need for community support to carry out our life-saving work.

And with winter just around the corner, we share tips on how you can make your pet more comfortable during the colder months.

Read our May newsletter here.