Friday, 19 February, 2010
SPCA New Zealand has expressed disappointment over the sentencing of a Gisborne man who admitted feeding five live kittens to his pitbull dog.
The SPCA also describes the sentence as reinforcing the case for the tougher legislation on animal cruelty currently before Parliament.
The Gisborne District Court this afternoon sentenced Te Ahu Mankelow to five terms of imprisonment of seven months each, to be served concurrently. The court also banned Mankelow from owning animals for ten years and ordered confiscation of collars and chains.
Tuesday, 2 February, 2010
SPCA New Zealand’s National Chief Executive, Robyn Kippenberger, has welcomed the Government’s adoption of M.P Simon Bridges’ Animal Welfare bill.
“Cruelty to animals is not OK in any form and some of the cases that our Inspectors have been confronted with have been horrendous. We have been concerned for quite some time that the current three year penalty has not been sufficient to deal with the level of cruelty we have been seeing,” she says.
“We were extremely pleased when Simon Bridges came to our assistance with a private members bill and we are grateful that the government has decided to adopt the bill going forward.
“How we behave towards our animals is a reflection of the values of our society and this piece of legislation will form an important part of the bigger picture,” Robyn Kippenberger adds.