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Animal groups say leave animals out of legal high testing

Monday, 18 March, 2013

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National animal advocacy organisations SAFE, the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) and SPCA New Zealand have joined forces to launch a campaign to prevent the testing of psychoactive drugs ('party pills' or 'legal highs') on animals, saying it is both unethical and unnecessary. Concerned Kiwis are urged to show their opposition to the proposal by signing the petition to leave animals out of legal highs testing.

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SPCA will not tolerate cruelty

Friday, 25 January, 2013

A Waikato farmer has today been discharged without conviction after pleading guilty to Animal Welfare Act 1999 charges in the Hamilton District Court.

In a landmark case, 24 year old Logan Dawson pleaded guilty to two charges of ill-treating a boar, and two charges of ‘baiting’ a boar - charges that have never before been laid in New Zealand. Dawson was ordered to pay $8,357.90 in reparation and a $500 donation to the SPCA.

Dawson encouraged his dogs to attack a number of boars at his property in the Waikato, ostensibly to train them for pig hunting.

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SPCA meeting the challenge of fundraising from a 'different' end

ezecoWednesday, 28 November, 2012

Innovation is essential with fundraising. In challenging times, finding more imaginative ways to meet our financial commitments is paramount. One solution is to, literally, trade on our good name. This year, we are approaching things from the other end, and putting our name to a line of dog poop bags.

Many dog owners will already be familiar with the little pouch now branded with the SPCA logo made by ezeco. What many dog owners may not know is that a portion from the sale of each pouch or pack of bags is donated to SPCA New Zealand.

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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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