SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Vehicular or Motorised Traction (Must not be used)

SPCA advocates for husbandry practices that minimise the welfare harms to both mother and offspring during the birth of offspring.

SPCA advocates that if one or two people cannot make progress in the delivery without the use of a traction device (excluding properly used obstetric chains or ropes) then a veterinarian must be called immediately to deal appropriately with the situation. SPCA opposes any use of a moving vehicle, or motorised or mechanical winches used for traction in birthing offspring, and these must not be used. It is an offence under the ‘Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018’ to use traction for the purpose of calving cattle using a moving vehicle or any instrument that does not allow for the immediate release of tension.

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