The SPCA is a charity that helps protect animals who are sick, injured, lost, abused or simply abandoned. Every year, our 40 SPCA Centres across the country receive over 45,000 animals through their doors and 14,000 animal welfare complaints.
As a charity, we rely almost entirely on the generosity of New Zealanders to carry out our life-saving work, as we receive only a small amount of government funding. The majority of our income comes from public donations, bequests and our own fundraising initiatives.
We are the only charity with the power to prosecute people under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
To advance the welfare of all animals in New Zealand by:
- Preventing cruelty to animals
- Alleviating suffering of animals
- Promoting our policies through education and advocacy
How is the workload shared?
The Society operates at two levels - national and district.
At a National level, the SPCA :
- Coordinates the activities of the 40 SPCA centres across the country
- Handles inspector training throughout the country
- Coordinates our national education programmes
- Arranges national fundraising promotions, such as SPCA Cupcake Day
- Coordinates the national SPCA Blue Tick Accreditation Scheme
- Represents the SPCA on government committees
- Handles major prosecutions which have national implications
- Promotes and handles all approaches to government for new and amended legislation relating to animal welfare
- Liaises with overseas and international welfare groups
At the district level, local SPCA centres:
- Investigate and deal with complaints of cruelty and neglect
- Uphold the laws relating to the treatment of animals and take prosecutions where necessary
- Give sanctuary to animals in distress
- Rehome suitable animals where possible
- Ensure that animals which cannot be kept alive for whatever reason are humanely euthaniased
- Assist with public education
- Promote responsible pet ownership
Each of the 40 local SPCA centres incorporates in its title the name of the district in which it operates. For example - SPCA Waikato; SPCA Canterbury; and so on. For a list of local SPCA centres, please click here.
The larger SPCA centres have some paid staff, but most rely on unpaid volunteers. Each SPCA centre has one or more warranted inspectors, who may be either paid or voluntary, to investigate complaints of cruelty and to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
Facilities at SPCAs vary throughout New Zealand, from large complexes to a few cages in someone's backyard. Even where large complexes exist, SPCA centres rely heavily on help from volunteers in order to carry out the day-to-day operations of the centre.
Our Charities Number
The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Incorporated is a registered charity (Charities Commission number CC22705).
The SPCA is calling for the government to ban rodeos in New Zealand because they are a terrifying and cruel experience for animals. No animal should have to suffer, especially for human entertainment.
Calves and bulls are trapped in tiny chutes, they are given electric shocks, their tails twisted, and they’re often kicked and slapped. And that’s just the physical torment. They’re also subjected to extreme fear, distress and anxiety caused by the noise, the surroundings, the small spaces and from being chased.
The Animal Welfare Act 1999 should protect every animal in New Zealand from cruelty, yet rodeo animals are subjected to pain, fear and distress in the name of entertainment. Allowing rodeos is like legalised animal cruelty.
Rodeos are banned in the UK, the Netherlands and parts of Australia, the United States and Canada.
It’s time for New Zealand to make a change.
Three-month-old calves are trapped in chutes, where they are given electric shocks, their tails are twisted and they are often kicked and slapped.
Once released, they are chased at high speed, roped around the neck and thrown to the ground by a cowboy who ties its legs together. This can cause spinal damage, broken bones and internal haemorrhaging. These injuries can be fatal.
The physical abuse and psychological stress these young animals are subjected to makes calf roping one of the cruellest events in a rodeo.
Horses and bulls aren’t ‘born to buck’, and they don’t buck because they enjoy it.
Rodeo animals buck because they are forced to wear a flank strap, which is tied tightly around their hindquarters. This causes pain and discomfort, and the animal bucks to try and get rid of it.
Being forced to buck in an arena full of spectators is stressful and terrifying for rodeo animals. Given the option, no animal would choose to participate in these events.
In this event a steer (castrated male cattle) is chased in a rodeo arena, grabbed by the horns and twisted to the ground by a cowboy.
An animal would never naturally twist their neck in the way it is forced on them in steer wrestling.
As a result, they can suffer injuries including a broken neck, broken horns and spinal injuries.
How you can help
- Talk to your friends, family and colleagues about rodeos and explain why they need to be made illegal in New Zealand.
- Don’t attend rodeos – rodeos will only continue in New Zealand as long as people attend them.