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Remember the animals on Guy Fawkes

Friday, 1 November, 2013

The SPCA is urging everyone to remember the animals during Guy Fawkes activities this year.

According to SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom, “the loud noises and bright flashes are unfamiliar to animals and many will become highly stressed by them.”

“We would like to think that most pet owners are responsible and will keep their pets inside and safe at this time, but those without pets of their own – or who live close to where animals are being kept - also need to be aware of the stress their use of fireworks is likely to be causing in their neighbourhood.”

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New Chief Executive Officer appointed

Tuesday, 3 September, 2013

The Board is very pleased to announce Ric Odom has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of SPCA New Zealand.

Ric joins us from the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland where he is part of the museum’s leadership team. Ric was an officer in the New Zealand Army for 20 years where he held a number of command, training and staff appointments including a period as an instructor at the Papua New Guinea Defence Academy and period leading a multi-national team of military observers in Former Yugoslavia. He left the Army to join the management team at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, initially as Collection Services Manager and then as General Manager, Museum Resources.

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SPCA National President Bob Kerridge steps down

Friday, 28 June, 2013

Bob Kerridge has decided it is time to step down from his role as National President of SPCA New Zealand to concentrate solely on his other position as Executive Director of SPCA Auckland.

Mr Kerridge says he accepted the leadership of SPCA New Zealand with a clear mandate to build a stronger regional structure to support the Centres within the organisation, to set national standards of "Best Practice" around animal care, and to establish effective governance through a revitalised National Support Office to deliver the expertise required by the charity.

"My job is done, my mandate completed, and accordingly I am stepping down from the role of National President," says Mr Kerridge. "I'm confident that the organisation now has a long-term strategic plan in place that will maintain and enhance the legacy I have created."

The move enables Mr Kerridge to refocus his attention on SPCA Auckland where for 26 years he was the CEO and now holds the title of Executive Director.

"My heart truly resides with the animals so I am looking forward to giving my undivided attention to caring for Auckland's many thousands of abused, neglected, and abandoned animals because at the end of the day that is what the SPCA is all about."

The SPCA's stance on the Psychoactive Substances Bill

Wednesday, 26 June, 2013

A message from Bob Kerridge:

"There has been much talk on the matter of animal testing for legal highs currently being considered by the Government in a Bill being rushed through Parliament, and much of this conversation has resulted in inaccurate conclusions.

I would like to make it very clear from the outset that neither I nor the SPCA has at any time departed from our staunch opposition to animal testing in any form, and certainly not for these vile and unnecessary substances. To assist you I am detailing the facts in this matter.

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SPCA New Zealand does not condone animal testing

Monday, 17 June, 2013

SPCA New Zealand National President Bob Kerridge remains opposed to animal testing despite the recommendation of the Psychoactive Substances Interim Expert Advisory Committee to allow severely restricted animal tests.

“Let me be very clear about this: I oppose animal testing in any form and my presence on this Committee does not alter that position,” says Mr Kerridge. “Nor does it mean I condone the use of animal testing.

“I have made the Committee very aware of the many proven alternatives to animal testing that exist, and they are also aware of the Society’s submissions seeking a complete ban on animal testing for this purpose. However, I am but one voice. 

“In the end, the Committee has advised the Minister that some animal testing may be necessary but that it should be limited, and all possible alternatives should be fully explored.

“It should be remembered that animal welfare issues were initially ruled beyond the scope of submissions on the Bill because of fears they would hold up this urgently needed legislation. So we have achieved a partial success by influencing the Committee to severely restrict the animal testing allowed by promoting the use of alternative, non-animal, tests.

“Rest assured that the Royal New Zealand SPCA remains opposed to animal testing and will continue to actively campaign against its use in New Zealand.”

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