SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Tethering

Animals in Entertainment, Sport, and Work

SPCA opposes the practice of securing any animal, such as goats, horses, ponies or donkeys, on a length of rope or chain for grazing known as tethering.

It is not possible to meet the needs of animals while they are tethered for long periods, and SPCA advocates for an end to the regular or continuous tethering of all animals. Animals should be provided with a properly fenced area that allows them adequate space to move around and express normal behaviours, the ability to interact with other animals where appropriate, suitable shelter from all conditions, and sufficient continuous access to adequate food and water.

SPCA supports the humane restraint of animals for veterinary examinations or other situations where it is necessary for the animal’s movement to be restricted for a short period of time.

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