Trade in Wild Animals
SPCA advocates for people to choose wildlife interactions that minimise the impact of human activity on the physical, health, and behavioural needs of wild animals. SPCA opposes the import or export of wild animals for reasons such as for use in research, testing, and teaching, keeping in captive environments such as zoological facilities and aquaria or for private breeding where there is no conservation benefit, or as companion animals unless the facilities meet an animal’s physical, health, and behavioural needs.
Animals in the Wild (General)
SPCA is concerned with the welfare of wild animals, both native and introduced. SPCA seeks to protect wild animals from human actions that cause their welfare to be compromised, and advocates that all human interactions with animals must cause minimal pain or distress.
SPCA’s position is that humans have a duty of care to assist wild animals found in pain or distress as a direct consequence of a human activity or interference, or as a result of a natural disaster.
SPCA supports the rehabilitation of wild animals when there is a reasonable expectation that they will be successfully returned back into the wild.
SPCA values New Zealand’s unique ecosystem and acknowledges that at times it may be necessary to control populations of native and introduced species. If population control is justified, our organisation advocates that the most humane method of animal population control is used. SPCA supports the establishment and maintenance of national parks and conservation zones in areas of ecological significance to preserve genetic diversity, promote biodiversity, and protect animals from human impacts.
Crustaceans (Aquatic Crustaceans Caught and Used for Food)
SPCA advocates that wild crustaceans caught for food must be treated humanely at all times.
Deliberate Spread of Viruses or Other Biological Control Methods
SPCA advocates for the use of methods of population control that minimise the negative welfare harms caused to targeted and non-targeted animals. SPCA opposes the use of viruses or other biological control methods to control the animal populations.
Destruction or Disruption of the Natural Environment
SPCA is concerned with the welfare of all wild animals, and opposes human-made changes to the environment that may cause negative impacts to wild animals through direct interference or the destruction of their habitats. SPCA advocates for an animal welfare impact assessment for any activity that may cause negative welfare impacts to wildlife, including damage to the environment itself, e.g. the pollution of land, air, or water.
Eels (Killing of Eels)
SPCA advocates that eels must be unconscious for the duration of desliming or killed before they are deslimed. Desliming can cause severe and often prolonged distress and is a significant welfare concern.
SPCA acknowledges that feral cats are considered a pest under New Zealand law and recognises the need to act on ecological and conservation concerns where predation is likely to be a serious problem. Our organisation opposes methods of killing feral cats which do not result in a humane death.