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Agreement to protect children and animals thought to be world-first

Monday, 15 September, 2008

An agreement, which will be signed this week between the SPCA and Child, Youth and Family, is thought to be a world-first joint reporting protocol between a national child protection agency and a national animal welfare society, acknowledging the link between animal and child abuse.

“The correlation between animal abuse and human abuse is widely documented. That animal abuse is part of a web of factors that make up family violence is now generally accepted,” says Robyn Kippenberger, National Chief Executive of SPCA New Zealand.

“Our animal welfare officers, when inspecting or uplifting animals subject to cruelty, may be the first to see signs of abuse of children in the family.”

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SPCA welcomes firework regulation change

Thursday, 1 November, 2007

SPCA New Zealand has welcomed the reduced time available for purchasing fireworks, saying this could help reduce the terror experienced by animals on and around Guy Fawkes' Night.

But the SPCA says that new regulations will be judged a failure if substantial quantities of fireworks are stockpiled for later usage.

Fireworks go on sale tomorrow for a period of just four days and will only be available to people aged 18 or over. This compares with last year's ten day purchasing period and age limit of 14 or over. New regulations also govern sales of sparklers, which are now only available in packages with other fireworks.

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New Zealand's shameful cruelty record

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.

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SPCA criticises dropping of dog-tail bill

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.

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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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