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Petition to MPI NZ, SPCA, NZ Government

Change pet keeping & breeding laws in New Zealand

Please read the full petition description before you decide not to support. I am not advocating a ban on ALL breeders. I'm pushing for change in WHO is allowed to breed and keep pets. I think if you are a responsible pet owner or breeder than you should have no problem registering and singing up to random spca checks through the each year. This is not just rabbits. This is also aimed at criminals who breed dogs for fighting or people not desexing their cats and selling the kittens to make quick cash. All breeders should have policies in place to ensure they know where their breeds go and that they are well looked after. Registration of your pets should include a desex voucher for ALL pets (unless a registered breeding animal) This would only have positive effects for all pets. Feel free to discuss this with me here as I am open to adding or changing the approach if you can educate me why this may not be the right way to go about it. I would rather know your thoughts then be ignored like many of these animals are. Pet breeding as a hobby should not exist. Pets such as cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and many more species we keep as domestic pets are in no way endangered in fact New Zealand has one of the highest rates of stray/rescued animals in the developed world. So why should everyday people be allowed to breed animals that we then turn around and cull because there are too many strays? Where did these strays come from in the first place? Half of them are surely lost or abandoned entire and able to breed more unwanted strays? Then we encounter the problem of animal welfare; how many people are breeding pets as a hobby, some of these stories even getting media attention like it's cute? The case on the above link is clearly well below national animal welfare standards yet our media thinks it's cute? Why does the MPI or SPCA not jump on cases like these?  Are these pictures not proof enough of how many animals are suffering at the hands of hoarders and hobbyists? The amount of cats and dogs alone at the SPCA's is a never ending ever increasing viscous cycle to nowhere as long as any person including criminals have the right to keep, mistreat and breed animals with no supervision whatsoever. Responsible pet owners are often at a loss when facing roaming dogs and cats who attack their pets or family. They often fear prosecution or worse the return of the killer starving strays who are only trying to survive themselves.  Criminals breed bad lines into bad homes and worse they breed for dog fighting rings! How can we allow this to continue when we have all the power to stop these atrocities! I suggest a compete overhaul of the pet keeping policies we currently have. I propose a blanket policy on all pet owners needing SPCA approval and registration to keep a pet and that breeders of particular interests of cats, dogs and rabbits are to be fully certified and registered as a breeder for a specific cause. Be it to retain a breed quality or bloodline it should be for a reason deemed necessary to the breed and not necessary to the human eye. Humans should not be allowed to profit from the sale of sentient beings without adequate measures to ensure all animals are entitled to basic living rights, love and respect. I hope our newly formed government heeds the call from our most vulnerable souls.

BunnyTown Rabbit Rescue Centre
18 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Councillor Iain Malcolm

Stop using animals for entertainment and stop spending council money on cruelty.

In December 2016, South Tyneside Council went ahead with using camels in the Winter Wonderland parade. The camels are 'owned' by a company called Joseph's Amazing Camels - among other things this company does is hire camels out for camel racing and organises pig racing. The camels travel over 4 hours and 230 miles  from their base in Idlicote, Warwickshire in the back of a truck for the sake of a 15 minute walk along a tarmacked road in the north east of England.  Then immediately after they travel back.  These animals have endured a minimum of 8 hours in the back of a truck to take part in this shameful spectacle.  The camels are ridden along the route and are 'dressed up' in LED lights. Directly next to the camels is a band called Spark! - they are a drumming and special effects band with flashing lights and extremely loud drumming.  The noise next to these poor animals is horrendous. The camels are directed by harness and lead along the route so have no option but to go where they are directed.  On one occasion at the end of the route a camel is startled by flashing lights of a service vehicle and pulled round the corner to continue to where it was loaded with the others. Their natural habitat is remote desert areas, and their large padded feet are designed to walk on soft sandy soil and their locomotion adapted to an arid environment of flat open terrain. A group of local animal welfare campaigners of which I am a group campaigned throughout 2016. This took the shape of a petition which raised 1200 names which was presented to the council, attending a meeting which was supposed to be a review of the use of animals in the parade, but was actually a rubber stamping for the rebooking of them, we also had a meeting with council officers, interviews in the press and a large silent protest on the night (where the owner of the camels decided to abuse the protesters who did not rise to him). I also raised a freedom of information request, the council breached the regulations and only released the information requested at the exact time the protest was taking place. One of the key pieces of information was the cost of this parade which was £28,000 at a time when local services are cut to the bone or being withdrawn. They also appear to have grossly over estimated on the actual evening - we estimated attendees to be in the high hundreds but they used figures of 8000+. Our local MP, Emma Lewell Buck,  was very supportive of our campaign The three councillors for the ward in which this takes place have been contacted requesting a meeting, however, a reply received from one of them says that he does not see the point as council policy on the use of animals is clear and they will rebook the camels. A similar request for a meeting of council officers was initially declined "unless we have new information". We have now managed to secure a meeting with the councillors and council officers plus representatives of concerned constituents. On the 6 March I raised a further FOI request which again the council have breached by not responding within the required time so yet again I have had to contact the ICO. I have also contacted one of the likely acts in the event to ask them not to support the use of camels and once I have any other acts or sponsors confirmed I will also contact them. We have also contacted our local paper which is the Shields Gazette who ran an article wittily (!) entitled 'protesters get the hump'. We are hoping they may be interested in doing a further article this year from the angle of the amount of money it costs to put on at a time of severe local austerity. If they decide to include animals again we will be doing a silent protest on the night but also a series of noisy protests in the lead up to it. Animal Defenders International have already pledged their support as has Peter Egan (actor from Downton Abbey and renowned animal welfare activist) and a number of other animal welfare groups. Please share this new petition far and wide, if you are local would you please show the town in which you are based so we can prove that local people as well as the national and international community care. Thank you so much for signing this petition against animal abuse - let's get this stopped once and for all!    

Anna Malia
1,715 supporters