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SPCA centres commended for Saving Lives

Tuesday, 17 May, 2011

SPCA Centres in the heart of the North Island were well represented amongst the winners of the inaugural Saving Lives Awards, presented at SPCA New Zealand’s 2011 National Conference in Wellington on 7th May.

The Awards, to be given annually from now on, celebrate Centres that have excelled in implementing aspects of SPCA New Zealand’s ten point Saving Lives programme, adopted at its 2010 Conference in Rotorua.

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Achievements celebrated and inspiration shared at SPCA Annual Conference

Friday, 13 May, 2011

National Chief Executive Robyn Kippenberger, Saving Lives Ambassador Sara Elliott-Warren and President Bob Kerridge at the SPCA’s 78th Annual ConferenceSPCA New Zealand's 78th Annual Conference was an inspiring event which saw SPCA centres celebrated for their achievements with the SPCA Saving Lives philosophy, and powerful messages shared by speakers Annah Stretton and Tom Agee.

The achievements of twelve of the forty eight SPCA centres were celebrated by the attendees. Awards were presented and each centre was given the opportunity to share their success stories, highlighting that Saving Lives is very much possible, and giving all attendees practical ways to make Saving Lives work in their SPCA centres.

Annah Stretton shared the inspirational story of her success. Her determination and motivation to achieve brought home the message that the only thing holding one back from success is oneself – a message fully appreciated by SPCA New Zealand, with its goal of becoming the first nation in the world to achieve a 0% euthanasia rate for centre animals.

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New structure proposed for the SPCA

Monday, 9 May, 2011

One of New Zealand’s best-loved and longest-established charities is to investigate restructuring, so as to better meet the needs of the twenty-first century.

At its Annual General Meeting in Wellington, SPCA New Zealand yesterday called for a review of its structure, with a view to deciding on constitutional reforms, including the establishment of a proposed new regional layer of governance.

"The type of restructuring we're looking at, could turn out to be one of the most significant we've gone through as a national organisation, since local SPCAs from throughout New Zealand first came together in a legally incorporated Federation in 1933," says the Society's newly re-elected National President, Bob Kerridge.

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SPCA calls for total ban on layer hen cages

Friday, 6 May, 2011

SPCA New Zealand is calling for a total ban on layer hen cages.

In a submission to NAWAC’s review of the Layer Hen Code on Friday (29 April), the SPCA says any caged system of layer hen management can in no way be considered humane. This is regardless of the "enrichments" provided.

"NAWAC's draft review document suggests the introduction of enriched cages as a solution for intensive egg farming in the future," SPCA New Zealand CEO Robyn Kippenberger says.

"However, NAWAC has already conceded the keeping of layer hens in cage confinement breaches the Animal Welfare Act. The SPCA submits that any continued allowance of cage systems, enriched or not, would also constitute a breach of Section 28(a) of the Act."

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SPCA: Saving Lives, one animal at a time

Tuesday, 3 May, 2011

SPCA New Zealand will be holding its 78th Annual Conference at Te Papa, Wellington this weekend, Saturday 7 May.

The theme for this year's conference is 'The Power of One', an inspirational take on the difference that even one person can make to the lives of many, and reinforcing that every life is precious. The message will resonate with SPCA attendees who face the challenge of caring for and re-homing more than 60,000 animals every year.

The conference will be a celebration of the successes of the SPCA's Saving Lives programme, launched at the 2010 conference. Saving Lives embraces the philosophy that 'every life is precious', and looks at every way in which the SPCA can honour this philosophy and preserve each life. Saving Lives is structured around ten simple steps that SPCA’s can incorporate into their operations, which together provide a formula for decreasing euthanasia rates and increasing the numbers of lives saved.

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