Proposed caged chicken farm ‘backward step’

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Media Release - 17 November 2014

PROPOSED CAGED CHICKEN FARM 'BACKWARD STEP'

The Royal New Zealand SPCA strongly opposes the proposed Craddock Farms colony cage chicken farm in Patumahoe, South Auckland and calls on Auckland Council to refuse resource consent.

The proposed farm would confine 310,000 layer hens in colony cages. Like SPCAs in the UK, US, and Australia, the RNZSPCA opposes the use of battery and colony cages for hens.

“Colony cages confine each bird into a area about the size of a piece of A4 paper, which means it can’t exhibit its normal behaviours and can’t do much except eat and lay eggs,” says Ric Odom, RNZSPCA CEO.

“We believe the establishment of this farm is a backward step that flies in the face of current trends towards improved animal welfare in the commercial farming of animals.

“The RNZSPCA supports an increasing number of free range layer and broiler chicken farms in New Zealand with our Blue Tick accreditation programme. Farms that win the right to display our Blue Tick are assessed by our third party auditors AsureQuality, including spot checks to ensure that they are meeting our high animal welfare standards.

“The proposed Craddock Farms colony cage facility in Patumahoe would not meet these standards because the 310,000 chickens at the farm would be confined in cages.”

For more information please contact: Ric Odom, Chief Executive Officer, Royal New Zealand SPCA, DDI: +64 9 825 1801, Mobile: +64 27 481 1300, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

RNZSPCA in the Media 2014

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tv3newsA veteran Whangarei SPCA inspector has gone on hunger strike after finding seven starving dogs in a single month – some of which have since died or had to be put down. See the article on TV3 News 17 November 2014

 


tvnzKeeping your pets safe this guy fawkes, RNZSPCA Chief Executive Rick Odom shares some tricks of the trade to calm animals during the firework season on Breakfast News 4 November 2014.

 

 


radioliveThe SPCA Annual Appeal begins on Monday 3 November, and this year the SPCA need to raise $500,000 to allow their inspectorate team to continue rescuing animals in need. Mark talks with Ric Odom, Chief Executive Officer of Royal New Zealand SPCA on RadioLive on 2 November 2014

 


nzheraldRead what Ric Odom, Chief Executive Officer of Royal New Zealand SPCA has to say about the 2014 List of Shame in The New Zealand Herald on 2 November 2014

 


SPCA Renews Calls For Fireworks Ban

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Media Release - 3 November 2014

SPCA RENEWS CALLS FOR FIREWORKS BAN

The Royal New Zealand SPCA welcomes the select committee meeting on Guy Fawkes morning to consider banning the public sale of fireworks.

"The SPCA does not support the private sale and use of fireworks and has long called for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public," says RNZSPCA CEORic Odom.

"Fireworks and animals simply don't mix. The loud bangs and bright flashes are very frightening to animals and many become highly stressed by them."

"We urge pet owners to keep their pets inside and safe on Guy Fawkes Night. But equally we ask people without pets to be aware of the stress their use of fireworks is likely to be causing in their neighbourhood."

Here are 5 tips to help keep your pets safe and calm on Guy Fawkes Night:

1. Stay home with your pet – they will be less stressed with someone they trust close by.

2. Keep them indoors – where they won't see the flashes and the bangs will be muffled. Close doors and windows and draw the curtains. Turn up the volume on your radio or TV to help drown out loud bangs.

3. Put a collar and registration tag on your dog – if your dog panics and bolts, it will help rescuers reunite you. Attach a disc with your contact phone number.

4. Take special care of elderly or nervous pets – consult your vet for the best advice on keeping them calm, including sedation if necessary.

5. Move horses and farm animals away from fireworks – and make sure all fences are secure. Stable horses where possible.


 

tvnzKeeping your pets safe this guy fawkes, RNZSPCA Chief Executive Rick Odom shares some tricks of the trade to calm animals during the firework season on Breakfast News 4 November 2014.

For more information please contact: Ric Odom, Chief Executive Officer, Royal New Zealand SPCA, DDI: +64 9 825 1801, Mobile: +64 27 481 1300, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

List of Shame 2014

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nzheraldRead what Ric Odom, Chief Executive Officer of Royal New Zealand SPCA has to say about the 2014 List of Shame in The New Zealand Herald on 2 November 2014

Time to find alternatives to 1080 “weapon of mass destruction”

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Media Release - 14 October 2014

TIME TO FIND ALTERNATIVES TO 1080 - "WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION"

The Royal New Zealand SPCA wants an immediate plan to find a more humane alternative to the use of 1080 poison to control possums, rats, and stoats.

"1080 poisoning is a horrible way to die and it is indiscriminate in what it kills," says Ric Odom, CEO of the Royal New Zealand SPCA.

"The Department of Conservation (DOC) is dropping more 1080 poison this year than ever before across huge swathes of our forests, despite the inevitable damage it will do to a wide range of 'non-target' animals and birds. We are saying there has to be a better way.

"These 1080 drops are not surgical strikes that only knock out so-called 'target' species. On the contrary, 1080 poison is a weapon of mass destruction that leads to the agonising deaths of many 'non-target' species, including deer, pigs, and, yes, native birds.

"DOC is dropping many tonnes of 1080 poison bait across New Zealand's forests and streams, potentially killing every living thing within the drop zones. This is unacceptable and there is much evidence to suggest that it is not the answer to the problem: the target species, particularly rats, always seem to bounce back, which necessitates more 1080 poison drops.

"It is simply not a sustainable way to manage wildlife in New Zealand. Are we going to keep dropping 1080 poison all over New Zealand forever? Is that the future we want?

"Moreover we appear to haveset up a double standard regarding the welfare of pest species, such as rats, stoats, and possums. The law permits the elimination of these and other inconvenient species and turns a blind eye to how inhumanely they are killed.

"Weas a country have decided there are two kinds of animals: those we care about and those we don't. If I fed 1080 poison to my dog, the SPCA would prosecute me with vigour. But if I fed the same poison to a possum there would be no repercussions at all.

"The Royal New Zealand SPCA exists to prevent cruelty to animals and promote animal welfare – and that means all animals, not just the ones we keep as pets or on our farms. Make no mistake, 1080 inflicts terrible, prolonged suffering on the animals that it poisons. We believe there must be alternative methods of pest control that do not inflict such awful suffering.

"We are not arguing against pest control. We recognise that rats, stoats, and possums pose a real threat to native bird species and must therefore be controlled in some way. What we are saying is there has to be a better way – and it's our duty as a nation to find it.

"The Royal New Zealand SPCA is standing by to work with DOC to help find more humane, more targeted, more sustainable, and more effective methods to control pest populations and protect our precious native wildlife. And we call on the Government to stump up the cash required to fund the search for these alternative methods."

For more information please contact: Ric Odom, Chief Executive Officer, Royal New Zealand SPCA, DDI: +64 9 825 1801, Mobile: +64 27 481 1300, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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