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SPCA welcomes government support of Bridges Animal Welfare bill

Tuesday, 2 February, 2010

SPCA New Zealand’s National Chief Executive, Robyn Kippenberger, has welcomed the Government’s adoption of M.P Simon Bridges’ Animal Welfare bill.

“Cruelty to animals is not OK in any form and some of the cases that our Inspectors have been confronted with have been horrendous. We have been concerned for quite some time that the current three year penalty has not been sufficient to deal with the level of cruelty we have been seeing,” she says.

“We were extremely pleased when Simon Bridges came to our assistance with a private members bill and we are grateful that the government has decided to adopt the bill going forward.

“How we behave towards our animals is a reflection of the values of our society and this piece of legislation will form an important part of the bigger picture,” Robyn Kippenberger adds.

SPCA calls for speedy ban on sow stalls and farrowing crates

Thursday, 21 May, 2009

BT logoSPCA New Zealand has renewed its call for a ban on sow stalls and farrowing crates, following last night's screening by TVNZ's 'Sunday' Programme of footage of pigs subjected to these extreme forms of confinement.

"We call on Agriculture Minister David Carter to ensure that the Animal Welfare Code for Pigs is altered, as soon as possible, to ban these cruel practices," says the SPCA's National Chief Executive, Robyn Kippenberger.

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Agreement to protect children and animals thought to be world-first

Monday, 15 September, 2008

An agreement, which will be signed this week between the SPCA and Child, Youth and Family, is thought to be a world-first joint reporting protocol between a national child protection agency and a national animal welfare society, acknowledging the link between animal and child abuse.

“The correlation between animal abuse and human abuse is widely documented. That animal abuse is part of a web of factors that make up family violence is now generally accepted,” says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of SPCA New Zealand.

“Our animal welfare officers, when inspecting or uplifting animals subject to cruelty, may be the first to see signs of abuse of children in the family.”

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SPCA welcomes firework regulation change

Thursday, 1 November, 2007

SPCA New Zealand has welcomed the reduced time available for purchasing fireworks, saying this could help reduce the terror experienced by animals on and around Guy Fawkes' Night.

But the SPCA says that new regulations will be judged a failure if substantial quantities of fireworks are stockpiled for later usage.

Fireworks go on sale tomorrow for a period of just four days and will only be available to people aged 18 or over. This compares with last year's ten day purchasing period and age limit of 14 or over. New regulations also govern sales of sparklers, which are now only available in packages with other fireworks.

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New Zealand's shameful cruelty record

Monday, 29 October, 2007

SPCA New Zealand has issued its fifth annual 'List of Shame', detailing 50 cases of the abuse of animals by humans.

Amongst the victims listed are a litter of puppies and a kitten found pickled in jars in a Dunedin flat, a fatally-stabbed Central North Island goat and eight Southland puppies beaten to death with a tyre brace.

As in previous years, the list includes incidents involving young people, such as the four small children from Lower Hutt who repeatedly threw two kittens into a swimming pool and otherwise abused them and the Blenheim youths who poured petrol over the rear half of a pig before setting it alight.

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