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Opposition to rodeos mounts as season begins

Friday, 23 October, 2015

Opposition to Rodeos

On the eve of the New Zealand rodeo season, which begins Saturday 24 October, SPCA New Zealand, SAFE, and Farmwatch are calling for an outright ban on rodeos in New Zealand.

The three animal welfare organisations joined forces recently to launch an offline and online petition at that has so far gathered more than 30,000 signatures (7,525 on paper and 22,696 online).

“If someone abused their pets in the ways animals are abused in rodeos, chances are we would look at prosecuting them,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

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Sione the Shar Pei, successful prosecutions and a rodeo update

Newsletter October15Friday, 16 October, 2015

This month, we discuss two successful prosecutions, the impending rodeo season, and the importance of working with farmers towards sustainable ethical farming.

We say thank you to those who made Cupcake Day such a sweet success and ask you to join us at this year's Annual Appeal.

Plus, we introduce you to Sione the goofy Shar Pei and horses Rosie and Peanut!

Read our October newsletter here.

Levin man moved out of his flat and left a puppy to starve

Segment 011 of Council photo Hale 1 1 v2Tuesday, 6 October, 2015

When Brendan Hale moved out of his flat and locked the door he left a puppy alone inside to die.

Hale, 32, unemployed, pleaded guilty in the Levin District Court to a charge of reckless ill-treatment of 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. The offense carries a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment and/or a $75,000 fine.

He was sentenced to 175 hours of community work, 3 months community detention, disqualified from owning animals for 5 years (excluding current dog), and ordered to pay a $350 contribution to legal costs.

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Whakatane man who starved 20 calves to death sentenced

Tuesday, 6 October, 2015

When 20 of his 28 calves died, Gareth Wordsworth just assumed they were dying of scours (diarrhoea) – but they were actually dying of starvation.

Wordsworth, 42, was convicted on October 7 in the Whakatane District Court on charges of failing to provide the calves with proper and sufficient food and water, and of failing to protect the calves from and rapidly diagnose any significant injury or disease. Both charges carry a maximum sentence of 12 months imprisonment and/or a $50,000 fine.

He was sentenced to 100 hours of community work, disqualified from owning livestock animals for 2 years, and ordered to pay $1371.09 in reparations and $150 in court costs.

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