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.
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.
What to do if you find an injured bird or fledgling?
During this time, we receive hundreds of calls from the public who are concerned about a baby bird they have found out of its nest and we have a large influx of baby birds being brought into our centres.
Be an animal-friendly traveler – the hidden cruelty of animal tourism
More and more Kiwis are choosing exotic destinations for their winter holidays. However, before you book to escape the winter gloom, it is important to take a careful look at the travel itinerary you are considering to make sure the attractions and entertainment on offer do not involve abuse of animals.