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SPCA Cupcake Day a sweet success

Cupcake Day for the SPCA has once again been a resounding success for the organisation – and all thanks to cupcakes, lovingly baked, decorated, sold and devoured by people up and down the country.

Thousands of Cupcake Cooks baked up a storm, raising money for animals in need at their local SPCAs. Tens of thousands of cupcakes were baked for the day, and over $250,000 has been raised – and still counting!

“Animals will benefit throughout New Zealand from the amazing contributions of Cupcake Cooks. This year we raised even more than last year’s $230,000,” says SPCA National Chief Executive Robyn Kippenberger.

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SPCA horrified 1080 drops still killing deer

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

A family in Taihape reported to the SPCA that they had found four deer dead in bush adjoining their property after a notified Animal Health Board 1080 drop.

The deer had died in distress, the son of the family saying that the deer he saw had “bashed themselves around and died twisted around, obviously in agony”.

In the past the SPCA has stated that as there is no approval to use 1080 as a deer poison in New Zealand and due to its excruciating effects on deer, all measures should be taken to avoid deer eating the baits. This would involve adding deer repellent to the 1080, adding a further cost to possum control that the Department of Conservation (DOC) sees as unacceptable.

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SPCA secures 20 year ban for puppy and kitten farm cruelty

Tuesday, 3 July, 2012

Former international dog show judge, David Neil Balfour and his wife Daryl Kirsty Reid Balfour were sentenced by Judge Grant Fraser in the Palmerston North District Court on Friday 29 June 2012, for animal cruelty offences which occurred at their puppy and kitten farming operation in Dannevirke in March 2007.

Mr and Mrs Balfour were fined $12,500 each on the three charges on which they were convicted. The Judge ordered that the total $25,000 fines be paid to the SPCA.

The couple were also disqualified for owning or exercising authority over cats and dogs for a period of 20 years.

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SPCA agrees with Green Party's animal welfare call to McDonalds

The SPCA agrees with the Green Party’s public request to McDonalds in New Zealand to set welfare standards for their pork products.

McDonalds have the ability to make a big impact on animal welfare due to the large quantities of product they purchase. Changing their corporate policy to purchase only high welfare or cage-free products such as pork, eggs and chicken can improve the lives of millions of animals.

“Companies like McDonalds can change the face of our farming in New Zealand,” says Juliette Banks, National Accreditation and Marketing Manager – SPCA Blue Tick.

“85% of our hens are still being farmed in battery cages and 99% of the pig industry is still using inhumane methods such as sow stalls, farrowing crates and concrete fattening pens.”

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SPCA re-affirms opposition to cat curfews

Monday, 21 May, 2012

SPCA New Zealand has re-affirmed its opposition to proposals for cat curfews and for by-laws limiting the numbers of cats to two per household in urban areas.

The SPCA’s announcement follows the advocacy of these and other measures by SPCA Waikato and comments from the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, suggesting that New Zealand’s cat population might be allowed to die out.

“We wish to make it absolutely clear that our Waikato colleagues, however well-intentioned their initiative, do not speak for the SPCA as a whole,” says National President, Bob Kerridge.

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