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SPCA has grave concerns about Government’s action plan to reduce dog bites

Friday, 23 September, 2016

SPCA New Zealand is expressing its grave concerns about the Government’s action plan announced yesterday in an attempt to reduce dog bites.

The SPCA recognises that dog attacks are a major societal problem that requires a serious and effective long term solution.

However, we are absolutely appalled that part of the action includes tighter restrictions around certain breeds, including preventing them from being rehomed by animal shelters. This has been categorically proven to not reduce dog bites.

“The most worrying part of this new action plan is the restriction on animal shelters, like the SPCA, preventing us from re-homing these dogs. What is going to happen to all the dogs that are guilty of nothing else than their visual appearance?” says SPCA New Zealand CEO Andrea Midgen.

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The launch of the draft cat management strategy

Thursday, 22 September, 2016

At today’s Companion Animal Conference the National Cat Management Strategy Group (NCMSG) has launched their draft cat management strategy implementation document for feedback.

SPCA New Zealand is a member of this Strategy Group, along with the NZ Veterinary Association, Companion Animal Veterinarians, NZ Companion Animal Council, Morgan Foundation and Local Government. The Ministry for Primary Industries are observers and Department of Conservation are technical advisors to the Group.

“At the SPCA we recognise that cats are part of the family for many New Zealanders. But we also recognise that cats can have an impact on our native wildlife in sensitive areas,” says SPCA New Zealand Acting CEO Andrea Midgen.

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Survey shows many Kiwis support rodeo ban

Monday, 29 August, 2016

DSC 9614 cropThe ongoing campaign to ban rodeos in New Zealand is very much in tune with public opinion, according to a new survey commissioned by SPCA New Zealand and SAFE.

More than half (59%) of the respondents in the Horizon Research survey would support a ban on using animals in rodeos in New Zealand. Just 25% of respondents opposed a ban.

“It’s great to see more evidence that most New Zealanders agree with our stance on rodeos and would like to see them completely banned,” says Ric Odom, SPCA New Zealand CEO.

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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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