Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus and Rabbit Vaccination in New Zealand
Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease, also known as Rabbit Calicivirus Disease, is caused by Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) is a highly contagious, usually fatal disease that can affect all domestic and wild rabbits.
SPCA FAQs: Pest species and pest control
The issue of pest control, poisons and how to humanely ensure our native species are protected is a very important one. SPCA often receives enquiries and feedback about our organisation’s position on this topic. We’ve created this article to help answer some of our most frequently asked questions.
Best practice recommendations for recreational anglers
Fish have the capacity to feel pain, fear and distress. They possess pain receptors, which are the hardware to detect if something is painful.
Tackling the issue of fishing litter
This summer as we explore and interact with our beautiful coastlines, rivers and lakes, we must remember that we have a duty of care to our wildlife and must take actions to protect them and their environment. This includes making sure fishing practices are responsible and sustainable.
Know the difference: feral cats, unsocial strays, and more
The topic of cat management in New Zealand can be controversial and emotive. When discussing cat management, it is important to distinguish between feline categories, which hugely impact these discussions, and guide SPCA’s approach.
Humane treatment of crayfish and crustaceans
Crayfish, crabs, rock lobster and kōura are sentient animals, meaning they can feel pain and distress, and they are covered by New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act 1999. If these animals are captured, handled, transported and killed for human consumption, it is critical that this is done so humanely.
Feeding birds in the wild
Feeding wild birds is a controversial topic. Many people love feeding wild birds and feel that they are helping them, but there are also many people who believe that people should not be feeding wild birds at all. Let us consider the potential harms and benefits.
The wonders behind New Zealand’s native birds
Since Aotearoa drifted away from the super continent millions of years ago, our islands have become home to some of the most wonderful and unique fauna worldwide.
Looking out for ducks and ducklings in spring
Spring is the time of year that we get numerous calls from concerned residents about ducks and ducklings that may be injured, sick, stuck in drains, orphaned, or crossing roads.
What to do if you find a healthy stray animal?
SPCA has limited resources and space within our Centres, so we must prioritise the intake of sick, injured and vulnerable animals. If the animal you have found is not sick or injured there are some things you can do to help. We have provided some tips and advice below.