SPCA New Zealand
Animal Advocacy

Position Statements

Animals in the Wild

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  • 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.
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  • Animals in the Wild (General)
    SPCA is concerned with the welfare of wild animals, both native and introduced.
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  • 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.
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  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
    SPCA supports the rehabilitation of wild animals when there is a reasonable expectation that they will be successfully returned back into the wild.
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  • Conservation
    SPCA values New Zealand’s unique ecosystems and the welfare of all animals that call these places home. We advocate that animal welfare is critical to ensuring conservation goals and that all conservation activities include an animal welfare assessment.
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  • Aquatic Crustaceans Caught and Used for Food
    SPCA advocates that wild, aquatic crustaceans, including crayfish, crabs, and lobsters, caught for food must be treated humanely at all times.
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  • 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 that cause welfare harm to control animal populations.
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  • Destruction or Disruption of the Natural Environment
    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.
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  • Eels
    SPCA advocates for the humane slaughter of eels. SPCA advocates that all eels must be unconscious for the duration of desliming or killed before they are deslimed.
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  • Feral Cats
    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.
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