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SPCA NZ welcomes new President to its Board

Thursday, 17 May, 2016

SPCA New Zealand is welcoming Gordon Trainer as its new Board President after he was elected at the annual SPCA conference on 14 May.

“I would like to offer Gordon my congratulations on behalf of SPCA NZ and welcome him as President,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand. “I would also like to thank Clive Poles Smith for his dedication as President over the past two years.”

Mr Poles Smith will remain on the Board and has accepted the role of Vice-President.

Originally from Scotland, Mr Trainer was Treasurer of SPCA Auckland from 2003 to 2009 and then Chairman of the SPCA Auckland Board from 2009 to now. He is an experienced finance executive, Chartered Accountant, and former Ernst & Young partner who currently runs his own business consulting firm. His family includes three cats that were adopted as kittens from SPCA Auckland.

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SPCA to explore proposal to unite as one organisation

Monday, 16 May, 2016

At the annual SPCA Conference in Wellington on May 14, delegates agreed to explore a proposal which would see the organisation unite as one legal entity for the betterment of the country’s animals.

SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom explained that the SPCA is looking at how it can best operate now and into the future to improve the welfare of animals in New Zealand.

“We had a mandate from our Centres late last year to look at options which would make us a more effective and efficient organisation. The proposal which we feel is best for the organisation and the animals is for the SPCA to operate as one entity.

The change is being driven by a desire to act in a more unified way so we can better help our most vulnerable animals. By working together, we will have a stronger voice for the animals, be able to do more to prevent animal cruelty and ensure the best level of care for the animals in our shelters.

People trust us to do the best for animals and deliver a better world for animals. We need to continue to do so and ensure we are the lead organisation for animal advocacy, welfare and care.

The staff and volunteers at our Centres do an amazing job in their communities, and we will work closely with them over the coming months to further develop this proposal,” said Mr Odom.

SPCA delegates will vote on a detailed proposal at a meeting early next year. No changes will be made to the structure of the SPCA until this vote has passed.

SPCA NZ concerned about new Otago Uni animal laboratory

Friday, 13 May, 2016

d08943b927d17665612953339128dd63904cbdab 620x310SPCA New Zealand has grave concerns about the construction of a new $50 million, five-storey animal research facility at the University of Otago.

“The SPCA strongly opposes any practice that causes animals unnecessary pain and suffering, including animal research,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

“Animals are sentient beings that can feel pain, fear, and distress, so we are wholeheartedly committed to the principles of the ‘3Rs’ – replacing the use of animals in research, reducing the number of animals used, and refining experimental procedure to reduce suffering.”

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Burger King to go cage-free in September

Thursday, 5 May, 2016

268934 274420 Chicky Hennifer 2SPCA New Zealand congratulates Burger King New Zealand, which announced it will be serving only cage-free eggs starting September 1.

This is a step in the right direction for the welfare of New Zealand’s layer hens. By increasing demand for the production of cage-free eggs, we hope more farmers can make the transition to free-range.

“The move by Burger King comes in response to public concern from Kiwis about battery and colony caged hen eggs. It’s great to see large companies taking animal welfare concerns seriously and making a positive change for the animals,” says SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to encourage all food chains who have made this commitment to ensure all its suppliers of eggs also carry the SPCA Blue Tick. This will ensure they are genuinely free range or barn and meet the high animal welfare standards.”

Colony cages do not meet the welfare needs of hens

Thursday, 7 April, 2016

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Like SPCAs around the world, SPCA New Zealand opposes the use of battery and colony cages for hens and has made these views clear to the industry and the Government. Some European countries have banned cages and some major supermarket chains overseas refuse to take eggs from farms where hens are caged.

“Colony cages are bigger than battery cages but they contain more birds. So the amount of space per animal is still very small – about the size of an A4 piece of paper,” says Ric Odom, CEO of SPCA New Zealand.

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