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.
Thursday, 23 August, 2007
New Zealand is now woefully lagging behind other developed countries on this animal welfare standard, says SPCA New Zealand, following Parliament's decision to drop the bill banning dog-tail docking.
The proposed legislation, originally introduced by Labour MP, Dianne Yates, would have banned tail-docking, except in cases where it was deemed essential for the dog's welfare, if the tail had been damaged by disease or injury.
Last week, Parliament's Government Administration Committee recommended that the bill be dropped, due to lack of support from both Labour and National parties.
Thursday, 24 May, 2007
If you think you have a reason for letting your pet breed, the SPCA says it's time to reconsider.
Dogs and cats are breeding at a greater rate than ever – faster than good homes can be found. They become unwanted, are given away, stray, or are callously dumped. They suffer out of sight of their owners.
The lucky ones end up in animal shelters where they are placed in new homes.
Keeping a pet is a lifetime commitment and the one-time expense of desexing will bring many advantages to both animal and owner.
Thursday, 24 May, 2007
Rescuing 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.
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.