Wednesday, 28 March, 2012
One in three women surveyed in a recent groundbreaking New Zealand study reported delaying leaving violent relationships because they feared their pets and other animals would be killed or tortured. Of these, one quarter said their children had witnessed violence against animals.
'Pets as Pawns' was commissioned by SPCA New Zealand in partnership with Women's Refuge. It underlines the strong link between animal cruelty and domestic and family violence in New Zealand. The research also showed that 50% of women interviewed had witnessed animal cruelty as part of their experience of domestic violence.
"This research shows the urgent need for SPCA New Zealand and Women's Refuge to work together to find solutions to make families safer by enabling them to leave violent situations with their animals," says SPCA New Zealand National Chief Executive Robyn Kippenberger.
Thursday, 16 February, 2012
In a significant step to improve prosecution services in animal welfare throughout New Zealand, Crown Solicitors, Ben Vanderkolk & Associates (BVA) and SPCA New Zealand have signed a MoU to provide best advice and representation.
The relationship will bring credibility and consistency in animal welfare cases taken to Court. BVA has been the Crown firm and the only commercial and private litigation law firm in the Manawatu since 1997.
Through SPCA New Zealand, BVA will provide SPCAs with a combination of pro bono and paid assistance, a service including early response and support, front end assistance, guidance and advice, perusal of search warrant applications, assessment of evidential sufficiency and the drafting of informations for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
Monday, 9 January, 2012
In an ironic twist of fate, Snoopy, SPCA New Zealand staff member Helen Wium’s beloved dog, has been one of the latest victims of fireworks.
On the night of January 2nd, whilst staying with friends, honorary SPCA 'staff member' Snoopy was spooked by fireworks let off in suburban Pakuranga and ran off into the night.
Snoopy was microchipped and wore a collar with Council tags and contact details attached. She was listed on Pets on the Net, Facebook and Trade Me as missing and flyers were distributed around the neighbourhood. After 7 days missing, she was finally found today hiding under a house, skinny, frightened, with abraded paws and minus her collar.
Friday, 11 November, 2011
In light of death, injury and distress of animals again this Guy Fawkes, SPCA New Zealand is calling for Government to institute a complete ban on fireworks for personal use in line with Australian public policy.
The reduction of days of sale has failed to save the animals that are affected each year and SPCAs throughout New Zealand have seen an increase in pets straying. Flight due to fear of fireworks invariably results in harm to animals and distress to owners.
"We are asking for the celebration to be restricted to public fireworks displays," says Robyn Kippenberger, SPCA National Chief Executive.
"We also ask for mandatory consultation to occur for the sensible placement of public displays to ensure that horses and stock are not affected and for advance notice to residents adjacent to them."
Thursday, 3 November, 2011
With Guy Fawkes just around the corner, SPCA New Zealand is calling for revellers to be mindful of animals when taking part in the celebrations.
Many animals find the noise and bright lights produced by fireworks frightening and distressing. When alarmed by fireworks, the instinctive reaction for many is to flee. Unfortunately, horses have been known to become so terrified that they injure themselves badly on paddock fencing trying to escape, and dogs and cats have been known to run away from home. This can cause much distress to owners, particularly if their pets had not been wearing appropriate identification.
"I can’t stress enough the need to have companion animals identified,” says Bob Kerridge, SPCA National President.