SPCA New Zealand
Animal Advocacy

Position Statements

Casualty Wildlife

SPCA believes 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 because of a natural disaster.

Wild animals found to be sick, injured, or orphaned must be promptly assessed by an experienced person, preferably a veterinarian, with knowledge and experience in the species. Where a wild animal is experiencing pain or distress which cannot be relieved or treated, it must be promptly euthanased.

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