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62,000-strong Ban Rodeo Petition to be handed to Parliament

Thursday, 17 March, 2016

Martinborough 11Today, leading animal advocacy organisations SAFE, SPCA and Farmwatch will be outside Parliament to hand in their joint petition calling for an end to rodeo. The petition will be handed to Green MP Mojo Mathers, calling on the Government to make this the last ever rodeo season. The petition has attracted over 62,000 signatures, a figure the groups say demonstrates the strength of anti-rodeo feeling in New Zealand.

The call comes as the rodeo season draws to a close. The organisations argue that rodeo is both unethical and inherently cruel, saying that animals are routinely grabbed, chased, wrestled and roped in aggressive displays and that they can sustain painful injuries. Two animals have died during events in the New Zealand 2015-2016 rodeo season – a horse in Te Anau and a bull in Richmond.

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Rodeos: Time to ban them in New Zealand?

Wednesday, 16 March, 2016

Screen Shot 2016 01 21 at 18.45.11Some say rodeos are cruel, gruesome and just plain nasty.

A petition to ban the practice is being presented to Parliament tomorrow.

For some people it is a way of life and entertainment — while others believe it is animal cruelty.

Veterinarian Dr Elsa says it causes a lot of pain and distress to animals for the sake of entertaining people.

“There is no benefit for the animal at all,” says the SPCA.

Watch new footage shot at rodeos across the country over the 2015-2016 rodeo season at

Farmer ignored maggot-infested dog until it collapsed

Thursday, 10 March, 2016

Farmer ignored maggot-infested dog until it collapsedA Manawatu farmer has been convicted in the Palmerston North District Court for neglecting to treat a flystruck dog to the point that it had to be euthanised.

Todd Nichol, 51, was convicted of ill-treating an animal with the result that the pain or distress caused to the animal was so great it was necessary to destroy it in order to end its suffering. He was fined $1,875.00, and ordered to pay $300.00 legal fees, $130.00 court costs, and $162.50 vet costs.

The case began when an SPCA Inspector, acting on information received, visited the defendant’s farm at Pohangina, Manawatu, on 2 April 2015 to inspect a dog.

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Making a difference for bobby calves

Tuesday, 8 March, 2016

12307477 10153777813224438 5841647501456350069 oWe've been working hard to deliver the best world for animals.

Last month, we took part in workshops to inform new regulations around the treatment of bobby calves.

We also achieved justice for seven abandoned kittens, rehabilitated a cat who had a battle with rush hour traffic, and announced a partnership that will help us feed more SPCA animals around the country.

Read our March newsletter here.

Animal welfare activist Margaret Doucas dies suddenly

Monday, 29 February, 2016

margaretLeading patent lawyer, philanthropist and animal welfare activist Margaret Doucas died suddenly on Thursday, leaving friends and family grieving and shocked.

Doucas had volunteered for SPCA Wellington since the age of 5 and was a long-serving SPCA board member who was instrumental in moving SPCA Wellington from rundown premises in Newtown to the old Fever Hospital at Mt Victoria.

SPCA Wellington chief executive Steve Glassey said Doucas, who had stood up for caged animals well before there were public campaigns, was ahead of her time in the fight against animal cruelty.