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."
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.