SPCA New Zealand
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Animals in Entertainment, Sport, and Work (ESW)

Animals in Entertainment, Sport and Work

SPCA advocates that animals used in ESW must have their physical, health, and behavioural needs met.

All animals used in entertainment, sport, and work must be provided with a good quality of life (which meets the physical, health, and behavioural needs of the animal) before, during, and after their use.

SPCA opposes the infliction of pain, or actions that result in suffering, fear or distress in an animal, or the killing of animals used for the purposes of entertainment, sport, work, training, or as part of a traditional or customary event. SPCA is against the involvement of animals in any activity when such use is contrary to the animal’s nature, or may involve suffering or otherwise adversely affect their welfare.

All animals used for any purpose must be treated responsibly and compassionately and be provided with a good quality of life (which meets the physical, health, behavioural, social and environmental needs of the animal) and/or a humane death. A death can be classified as humane where distress is minimised, and an immediate state of unconsciousness is achieved followed by rapid progression to death.

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