Monday, 29 November, 2010
The SPCA condemns all animal cruelty and does not support the agreement to allow a small section of the community to slaughter animals without pre-stunning.
The negotiated truce between the MAF and the Jewish community means at least 5,000 chickens – perhaps more – suffer during slaughter every year in the name of religious practice. Instead of being rendered instantaneously unconscious animals bleed to death, feel pain and struggle for some minutes.
The minister has acknowledged their deaths will be cruel and the SPCA is distressed by his turn on this issue.
Because the practice is now legal, no action can be taken against the people who practice this ancient ritual slaughter. The SPCA, however, will continue to lobby hard to reinstate the most humane conditions.
People concerned about this decision should contact David Carter, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, at firstname.lastname@example.org to voice their opposition. There is no justifiable reason that animals should suffer to provide us with food.
Tuesday, 26 October, 2010
The case of a Gisborne man who fed five live kittens to his dog is amongst those cited in SPCA New Zealand’s eighth annual List of Shame, released today.
The 45 listed cases of cruelty also include those of a Pukekohe man who tore the head off a kitten in front of his family, a Southland dog found burnt, bloodied and peeling after being doused in solvent, a Red Bill Gull tortured in a Dunedin supermarket trolley, a Whangarei cat scorched with boiling water, a rabbit swung by its ears in central Auckland and twelve pregnant ewes killed and others badly wounded when vandals drove a vehicle round a South Canterbury farm paddock.
Also on the list are a disturbingly large number of cases involving young offenders, including a Dunedin primary school student caught torturing his neighbour’s hens, an Alexandra eighteen-year-old found shooting a ‘BB’ gun at his dog, a Christchurch youth who committed bestiality with a donkey, two Kaikoura youths who bludgeoned seals to death and four South Auckland boys who repeatedly kicked and punched a puppy and threw it through a basketball hoop.