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.
Friday, 13 May, 2016
SPCA 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.”