SPCA New Zealand
Animal Advocacy

Position Statements

Farmed Wild and Non-Domesticated Species

SPCA opposes the farming of wild and non-domesticated species (such as ostriches, emu, animals for fur, and most species of fish) because it is unlikely that farming systems can ensure the animals live a Good Life where they experience positive welfare and their physical, health, and behavioural needs are met.

SPCA advocates that no animals should be farmed unless their physical, health, and behavioural needs can be met in a practical farming situation. This requires a thorough understanding of the species and the creation of an appropriate and safe environment that meets all the animals’ welfare requirements.

SPCA advocates that non-domesticated species must not be transported or handled within standard slaughterhouse systems.

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