SPCA New Zealand
Animal Advocacy

Position Statements

Animals in Entertainment, Sport, and Work (ESW)

SPCA advocates that animals in entertainment, sport, and work must have a Good Life where they experience positive welfare and their physical, health, and behavioural needs are met.

Responsibilities for meeting the animals’ welfare needs extend for the lifecycle of the animal and includes animals bred but not participating in entertainment, sport or work.

SPCA opposes activities which cause pain, suffering, fear or distress in an animal, or may otherwise negatively affect their welfare.

SPCA advocates for the retirement and rehoming of animals who have been participants in entertainment, sport, or work.

SPCA supports institutional practices which aim to improve the success of retirement or rehoming of animals in entertainment, sport or work.

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