Monday, 17 October, 2011
"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men."
—Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician, Engineer and Scientist
The SPCA annual List of Shame highlights the plight of animals throughout New Zealand and the abuse that occurs all-too often to creatures unable to speak for or defend themselves. This year’s list features some of the worst cases of abhorrent neglect and mistreatment of animals. The established link between the abuse of animals and violence to humans makes the following incidents even more poignant and relevant.
“This year’s List once again highlights the inhumanity meted out on the innocent and defenceless. Despite the Animal Welfare Act being extremely clear about the duty of care of owning animals, this year, we have cases of extreme neglect and failure to provide veterinary treatment," says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of SPCA New Zealand. "And once again there are cases of violence to animals being used to exert power and control over the families that love them. Most disturbingly there are also incidents of young men wantonly killing and injuring animals without apparent reason."
Monday, 3 October, 2011
The nation's leading animal advocacy groups are joining forces today to call on the Minister of Agriculture to prevent the use of colony cages.
SPCA New Zealand and SAFE intend to use all measures available to strongly urge the Minister to ban cage farming for layer hens once and for all.
At a press conference tomorrow morning they will announce their united opposition to these cages, which coincides with an open letter being published in The Dominion Post asking the Minister to take a strong stance and declare that cages must not be an option for New Zealand.