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SPCA NZ concerned about new Otago Uni animal laboratory

Friday, 13 May, 2016

d08943b927d17665612953339128dd63904cbdab 620x310SPCA 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.”

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Caring for your pets this winter

May enews

Thursday, 12 May, 2016

This month, we talked to What Now about the work we do to protect animals in need.

We ask for your help to spread the word about a dog who is struggling to find a home and the need for community support to carry out our life-saving work.

And with winter just around the corner, we share tips on how you can make your pet more comfortable during the colder months.

Read our May newsletter here.

An update on our 2015 Annual Appeal dog Molly

Wednesday, 11 May, 2016

ben sarah flick holly 5 resizeYou may remember during the 2015 SPCA Annual Appeal we shared with you the story of Molly, a 4-month-old Labrador who was rescued by an SPCA Inspector.

SPCA Inspector Andre found Molly tied up under a house alone while her family went on holiday. The rope she was tethered to caused a deep, chafing collar wound around her neck and Molly was lethargic and hardly moving. Inspector Andre knew he had to act fast to save her life, so he took her for immediate medical treatment.

After four surgeries and several months of recovery, Molly's physical wounds healed and she went out to foster care with two SPCA Canine Attendants, Ben and Sarah. The couple eventually ended up making her a permanent part of their family and renaming her Holly.

Sarah sent us the following update on Holly's new life. I think you'll agree that we couldn't have found a more perfect forever home for this special dog.

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Have your say on proposed new animal welfare regulations

Tuesday, 10 May, 2016

mpi submissions

The Ministry for Primary Industries is proposing new regulations to improve animal welfare in New Zealand.

More than 80 major issues have been addressed, including:

  • the care of bobby calves
  • the use of prong collars
  • live exports
  • tail docking
  • farrowing crates
  • dogs left in vehicles

SPCA New Zealand encourages every animal lover to have their say before submissions close on May 19. Please take the time to read the consultation documents and make your own submission on the issues that are important to you.

Burger King to go cage-free in September

Thursday, 5 May, 2016

268934 274420 Chicky Hennifer 2SPCA New Zealand congratulates Burger King New Zealand, which announced it will be serving only cage-free eggs starting September 1.

This is a step in the right direction for the welfare of New Zealand’s layer hens. By increasing demand for the production of cage-free eggs, we hope more farmers can make the transition to free-range.

“The move by Burger King comes in response to public concern from Kiwis about battery and colony caged hen eggs. It’s great to see large companies taking animal welfare concerns seriously and making a positive change for the animals,” says SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to encourage all food chains who have made this commitment to ensure all its suppliers of eggs also carry the SPCA Blue Tick. This will ensure they are genuinely free range or barn and meet the high animal welfare standards.”