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SPCA congratulates government for taking animal welfare seriously

Friday, 2 July, 2010

National CEO of SPCA New Zealand, Robyn Kippenberger, says that SPCAs throughout the country applaud the Government for passing the Animal Welfare Amendment Act, which will see increased penalties for the neglect and ill-treatment of animals.

“How we care for our animals is a reflection on our society as a whole and it is important that we take action when they are ill-treated in any way. Recently, we have had to deal with some shocking examples of animal cruelty and neglect and the penalties have not fitted the serious nature of the offences committed.

“The significant rise in penalties, provided by the Act, will give our courts a clear mandate when sentencing and send out the message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated.

“Significantly the PAW JUSTICE group, which last year initiated a petition calling for harsher penalties for animal cruelty, collected more than 70,000 signatures in less than 6 months, proving that the nation agrees with the direction of this new legislation,” she adds.

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New government funding will save more animals

Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

The new government funding for the inspectorate of SPCA New Zealand will be put to good use preventing the suffering and saving the lives of many more animals, said CEO Robyn Kippenberger.

The four year funding commitment to SPCA New Zealand of $1.2 million announced in the Budget is part of MAF Animal Welfare Compliance and Enforcement planning and will enable the SPCA to better coordinate their inspectorate activities with MAF to provide more comprehensive animal welfare outcomes.

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SPCA disappointed by Mankelow result

Friday, 19 February, 2010

SPCA New Zealand has expressed disappointment over the sentencing of a Gisborne man who admitted feeding five live kittens to his pitbull dog.

The SPCA also describes the sentence as reinforcing the case for the tougher legislation on animal cruelty currently before Parliament.

The Gisborne District Court this afternoon sentenced Te Ahu Mankelow to five terms of imprisonment of seven months each, to be served concurrently. The court also banned Mankelow from owning animals for ten years and ordered confiscation of collars and chains.

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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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