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To have a pet . . . or not?

Thursday, 24 May, 2007

cat_kiss_rgbRescuing an animal in need and giving them a home for life is a rewarding experience. You'll receive a lifetime of unconditional love from your new companion.

But whether you've grown up with a variety of pets, or you're thinking about getting a pet for the first time, there are some things you will need to consider.

Animals make extra work, cost money and are an ongoing responsibility for 365 days a year.

If you’re thinking about getting a pet, pay a visit to your local SPCA and meet some of the animals needing loving homes.


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SPCA to award medal to canine hero

Tuesday, 8 May, 2007

The SPCA is to award a posthumous medal for bravery to George, the courageous dog who sustained massive injuries last week, when defending five children from attacking pitbulls.

George, a nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier from the Taranaki township of Manaia, was severely mauled by the pitbulls and subsequently needed to be humanely euthanised to prevent suffering.

SPCA New Zealand's Annual General Meeting in Wellington on Sunday (May 6th) voted to award George the SPCA's Medal for Bravery.

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SPCA wants supermarkets to set dates for ending battery egg sales

Tuesday, 3 April, 2007

The SPCA says that New Zealand supermarket chains should follow the example of a leading UK food retailer and set deadlines for ending sales of battery-produced eggs.

The SPCA has also called on New Zealand consumers to vote with their purses and persuade supermarket chains to make the change.

Last week, British supermarket giant, J.Sainsbury, pledged to phase-out all battery-produced eggs before 2012, in response to customer concerns. Sainsbury's currently sells approximately 600 million eggs per year.

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Higher egg prices better than battery cages

Monday, 20 May, 2002

Nearly eight out of ten New Zealanders would be willing to pay more for their eggs, if battery cages for hens were banned, says a survey commissioned by the SPCA.

Participants in a Colmar Brunton survey of 500 adults were told that the average retail price of a battery egg was 30 cents, while barn and free range eggs cost around 40 or 50 cents each.

The participants were then asked whether they would be prepared to pay this higher price for barn or free range eggs, if this meant that hens no longer had to live in battery cages. Seventy-nine per cent said they would be prepared to pay the higher prices. Fifteen per cent said they would not be prepared to pay extra and six per cent said they were unsure.

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