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SPCA's annual List of Shame mirrors New Zealand's violent society

Sunday, 4 November, 2012

los 2012 image webA family cat deliberately cut up in Timaru, a tethered pet goat stabbed to death in Greymouth, a climbing carabiner threaded through the neck of a dog in Rotorua, and in Wellington, several boys kick and hit a small terrier cross dog with a cricket bat. These are just four of more than thirty grievously inhumane acts of abuse and neglect of animals that make up the 2012 SPCA List of Shame.

“Violence towards animals both co-occurs and is a predictor of violence towards humans”, says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of SPCA New Zealand. “The sheer level of violence meted out on animals by some of the perpetrators in the cases in this year’s List of Shame is shocking, and underlying of wider issues in New Zealand.”

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Stockpiling of fireworks causes animal welfare concern

Friday, 2 November, 2012

The reduction of days of sale has failed to save the animals that are affected each year.

Last year the SPCA was made aware of distressed and lost animals with fireworks starting well before the date of first sale, indicating that people had stockpiled from the previous year. With 1135 tonnes of fireworks imported last year, extended use is expected again this year.

The SPCA advises animal owners to take special precautions to protect their pets over the Guy Fawkes season, however responsible owners cannot be expected to keep animals confined indefinitely.

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SPCA horrified 1080 drops still killing deer

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

A family in Taihape reported to the SPCA that they had found four deer dead in bush adjoining their property after a notified Animal Health Board 1080 drop.

The deer had died in distress, the son of the family saying that the deer he saw had “bashed themselves around and died twisted around, obviously in agony”.

In the past the SPCA has stated that as there is no approval to use 1080 as a deer poison in New Zealand and due to its excruciating effects on deer, all measures should be taken to avoid deer eating the baits. This would involve adding deer repellent to the 1080, adding a further cost to possum control that the Department of Conservation (DOC) sees as unacceptable.

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SPCA secures 20 year ban for puppy and kitten farm cruelty

Tuesday, 3 July, 2012

Former international dog show judge, David Neil Balfour and his wife Daryl Kirsty Reid Balfour were sentenced by Judge Grant Fraser in the Palmerston North District Court on Friday 29 June 2012, for animal cruelty offences which occurred at their puppy and kitten farming operation in Dannevirke in March 2007.

Mr and Mrs Balfour were fined $12,500 each on the three charges on which they were convicted. The Judge ordered that the total $25,000 fines be paid to the SPCA.

The couple were also disqualified for owning or exercising authority over cats and dogs for a period of 20 years.

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SPCA re-affirms opposition to cat curfews

Monday, 21 May, 2012

SPCA New Zealand has re-affirmed its opposition to proposals for cat curfews and for by-laws limiting the numbers of cats to two per household in urban areas.

The SPCA’s announcement follows the advocacy of these and other measures by SPCA Waikato and comments from the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, suggesting that New Zealand’s cat population might be allowed to die out.

“We wish to make it absolutely clear that our Waikato colleagues, however well-intentioned their initiative, do not speak for the SPCA as a whole,” says National President, Bob Kerridge.

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