SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Electric Prodders and Goads

SPCA advocates that the need for an electric prodding device can be eliminated with appropriate handling and husbandry techniques and improved equipment and facilities.

SPCA opposes the use of electric prodders due to the pain and distress caused to animals.

SPCA supports the use of better designed facilities, including raceways and equipment, slaughterhouses and transport arrangements and less aversive animal handling practices to eliminate the need to use electric prodders. Our organisation supports the farming industry to adopt these humane alternatives. SPCA opposes the routine use of electric prodders for moving animals and advocates for their improved design.

SPCA opposes restrictions limiting the use of electric prodders based on the estimated weight of the animal as there is a proven difficulty in accurately guessing the weight of many animals, and such an assessment relies on the subjective nature and the differing abilities of those making the estimation.

(see Handling for more details)

SPCA opposes the use of goads on animals due to the pain and distress they are known to cause and supports a total ban on their use.

SPCA advocates that the need for goads can be eliminated with appropriate handling and husbandry techniques and improved, low-stress equipment and facilities. SPCA supports the use of better designed slaughterhouses and transport trucks to eliminate the need to use goads. Our organisation supports the farming industry to adopt these humane alternatives.

(See Handling for more details)

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