• Change to animal related offences.
    This is very important to everyone because we need to play catch up with the rest of the world when it comes to how people are charged for animal related crimes. A family pet is like a family member to most people and when someone hurts or steals your pet, or even worse, its very hard on the pet owners and families. Our family dog got stolen and we got her back a week later thanks to a few tip offs. It was very stressful for all of us and the children were very upset about it, so were our friends and family. My heart goes out to all the pet owners that have had their animals stolen or are still missing theirs. Also the animal lovers/owners that have had their pets hurt by others. These criminals are not getting what they deserve in court and its time to make a change.
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  • Ban all Disposable Plastics in New Zealand
    More than 25,000kg of plastic waste is littered in New Zealand DAILY. 100,000 animals die every year after ingesting or becoming entangled in disposable plastic bags, in which have a devastating impact on marine animals such as whales, seals, sea birds, turtles and not to mention the coastline life such as mussels. Every year 8 -13 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans. It's equal to five grocery bags per every foot of coastline around the globe. The even worse news is that the tonnage is on target to increase tenfold in the next decade. In one incident in New Zealand a Turtle was found to have 224 bits of plastic in its stomach. At least 44 per cent of marine bird species are known to eat plastic, and too a sperm whale calf found dead in the Aegean Sea contained all kinds of rubbish, including 100 plastic bags. Every piece of plastic ever produced is still on the planet in one form or another, unless incinerated and every single person on the planet today will consume 136kgs of single use plastic in this year alone! Dianna Cohen, from the US-based Plastic Pollution Coalition, is supporting Waiheke Island's BYO Bag initiative, which aims to make the island plastic bag free. She says some of these chemicals, including bisphenol A (BPA) and hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates, have been linked to cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer's, autism, and a number of sexual problems like lower sexual functioning, sterility and infertility in humans. The National Green Tribunal of India passed legislation, effective beginning of 2017, to prohibit use of all disposable plastics. So I ask you, in a Country so rich with resources and options, why we are not in the forefront of change, especially with the abundance of sea and animal life that thrive in our coastlines and in our rich and dense landscapes? New Zealand is known across the world for such scenery, and phenomenal beaches, but if we remain in an ever expanding population and a contributor to the never ending cycle and production of waste product then we are doing a disservice to our environment, our animal life and our futures. *Economic data from 192 coastal countries bordering the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans in addition to the Black and Mediterranean Seas. They found that these countries created 275 million tons of garbage annually, of which 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic flowed into the oceans Ocean plastic has turned up literally everywhere. It has been found in the deep sea and buried in Arctic ice. It has been ingested with dire consequences by some 700 species of marine wildlife.* This isn't just a matter of National urgency, or an animals welfare, but a global effort. Success is the sum of small efforts, there are voices asking to be heard and there are already other petitions to ban plastic bags; https://www.toko.org.nz/petitions/ban-plastic-bags-in-nz I ask you to please sign, please share and to support this change to support the economic prosperity of New Zealand's tomorrow.
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  • Pass legislation that requires palm oil to have ONE name (PALM OIL).
    Everyone deserves to know if the product they are consuming or using contains palm oil. Palm oil is impacting our environment/climate/animals/human health and safety: causing deforestation; habitat degradation; climate change; animal cruelty; indigenous rights abuse and people have been found to be allergic to palm oil. WE deserve to ask for choice.
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  • Mandatory Desexing of Companion Animals.
    Desexing is very important & kind for companion animal's welfare & safety. New Zealand has a high rate of animal abuse & we need to be seen as a leader on companion animal care. To show other countries that we care. Some backyard & casual breeders have animals living in disgusting conditions & with terrible health conditions. And we see pups/kittens suffering with bad health effects continuosly. (Ref:NZherald) Animal "Hoarding" is a collection of animals where the person enables the situation & has not the mentality to realize OR the financial funds to continue with the ongoing care & welfare. Very important that this is addressed as part of the problem. http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/…/repeat-animal-abuser-disq…/ http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/what-we-do/the-5-freedoms/ People buy pups from pet shops that are cute, then a few months later they are deformed or have other medical conditions. Due to no consideration of the animals welfare & only to make a profit. Also many pet shops are selling animals with no desexing stipulations .They should be vacinated, micro -chipped, & desexed. spcahttp://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201831523/spcalls-for-ban-on-selling-non-desexed-cats NZ's cats & dogs are having litters after litters, year after year. We have starving neglected dogs, council shelters/pounds full of dogs picked up roaming, dogs chained in backyards everywhere hidden from public view with no stimulation & animal abusers that do horrific things to animals.This is important as an animal is to be free from distress. (Refer Animal Welfare Act.1999) Example of neglect. Was this man capable to have an animal in his care? http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/about-us/news-and-updates/auckland-man-found-guilty-in-animal-abuse-case-after-dog-found-in-skeletal-condition/ Was this woman capable? When SPCA Inspector Peggy found Olive, she was so severely emaciated it was hard to believe she was still alive. The 8-month-old puppy was tied up on a short chain, her tiny frame hunched over in pain. Inspector Peggy brought her to the SPCA Auckland Animal Hospital for the immediate veterinary treatment she desperately needed. Olive weighed just 10kg and our vets said she was suffering extreme malnutrition. Her claws were so overgrown they curled up under her feet and her skin was covered in mange and open pressure sores. Our Inspectorate team worked hard to seek justice for Olive through the courts. Her owner Cerise Harris was found guilty of wilful ill-treatment of an animal and was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and disqualified from owning animals for 10 years. Fortunately Olive made a full recovery and was adopted by her foster mum Sally. Thanks to our SPCA supporters, Olive now has the life she deserves. Animals suffer from being bred continuosly & the person responsible does not consider the consequences further down the line when puppies or kittens need to be rehomed, or they don't wont them. Some of these animals are left abandoned to fend for themselves, 'dumped'! Tiny babies in rubbish bins, under buildings, in bushes & in boxes left outside SPCA's.Dead Kittens left on public footpaths.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11792596 Tiny babies dumped to die.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11787609&ref=NZH_fb spcahttp://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201831523/spcalls-for-ban-on-selling-non-desexed-cats Some dogs are stolen (deliberately stolen) that are not desexed & are used to make a profit from breeding, with no care whats so-ever taken on the welfare of the pups. People buy & sell animals off the internet with no conditions/follow up on desexing. An issue that should also be debated. SPCA's & Rescue groups are inundated with 1000's of unwanted litters, especially in seasonal times. They do a wonderful job with desexing-M/C- fostering & rehoming. Some shelters/pounds (alot) have animals that will never come out. (ref:Euthanasia Rates) "In 2016, 8,372 dogs were impounded in Auckland's animal shelters. Most were reclaimed by their owners and 644 were adopted, but 3,059 dogs that were not suitable for rehoming because they were too sick or injured, failed a temperament test, were a menacing dog breed, or were simply too dangerous had to be euthanized. The stats speak a similar story further south. In Tauranga during the 2015/16 year, 960 dogs were impounded, 764 were returned to their owners, 62 were adopted by new families, and 134 were euthanized." (quote Cathy Casey) "We simply have too many dogs in New Zealand," says Auckland councillor Cathy Casey. "Buying puppies from pet shops encourages more breeding that we just don't need. It doesn't help the cause when dog owners don't desex their dogs either, often resulting in thousands of unwanted puppies." They did not ask for this & are born to die! Too SAD & very unfair! SPCA List of Shame shines spotlight on animal cruelty www.spcaauckland.org.nz/.../spca-list-of-shame-shines-spotlight-on-animal- cruelty An animal should have a right to have a happy life free from abandonment, neglicence & cruelty. People need to be seriously responsable when caring for animals & to prove they have a consciense. Many animals do not have the 5 freedoms, they suffer instead. http://www.spcaauckland.org.nz/what-we-do/the-5-freedoms/ Australia's desexing laws, that are in some states, are seeing a dramatic reduction in unwanted animals. (Ref:Australia Animal Welfare Act.) Animal lovers are outraged about the hearbreaking treatment & disrespect for animals. We want you to take this very seriously & consider the change we would see in the future of companion animals due to a mandatory desexing legalistlation. Thankyou. From the signatory's below.
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  • Ban Tethering of Dogs & Goats
    Physical & Emotional Stimulation is non exsistent in the continual tethering of dogs. Goats are social animals that can be abused when tethered on the side of road-ways. They suffer in isolation. We care for the wellbeing of these animals & the situations of the 1000's of dogs & goats in the environments they are kept in. Some dogs live in unsanitary surroundings & are starved of any form of enjoyment,which is their right. Also some are starved of proper nutrition or nearly to death! http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/87897728/dog-abuse-cases-investigated-by-spca-jump-to-more-than-8000-in-a-year The Animal Welfare Code (1999) states the following: 4. Containment, Tethering and Shelter 4.1 Containment Introduction Containment of unsupervised dogs prevents them injuring or otherwise harming themselves, other dogs and people. The length of time that dogs are contained or tethered, and the way that it is done, can have a significant impact on their welfare. Prolonged containment or tethering can have a significant negative impact on the physical and mental health of dogs and the need for exercise (see Section 7.8 Exercise), as well as access to food, water and shelter while in containment all have to be considered. Minimum Standard No. 4 – Containment and Tethering (a) Dogs must not be contained or tethered in a way that causes them injury or distress. (b) Collars must fit comfortably without damaging the skin or restricting breathing Incidents are happening all over New Zealand where this code is breached,we seriously need this enforced. As a nation people are disheartened by the continual cruelty to the dogs & goats that are 24/7 tethered. Article from a recent attack by dogs on a tethered goat.. (January 2017) http://m.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11793377 I realize there are necessary times dogs need to be chained up, as in for safety reasons. A law where dogs are not to be chained for more than 4 hours. (for example).The dog must be taken off the chain & excercised at least twice a day, more times than this will be better. The area the dog lives in must have water & shelter, (Animal Welfare Code needs to be implemented here) & clean of feces & rubbish. Goats are not to be tethered on a road with traffic & must be kept with other animals or have a goat friend ! Many people are concerned who have a love for animals, & are appalled with our animal welfare system & want to see change . The policing of these situations could be done by a separate welfare group. I know many people that are passionate on welfare issues & would be interested in working with this. A charitable trust is already being thought of to help support this cause & other animal welfare issues that need to be addressed. I sincerely hope that you will consider this cause. Thankyou. From the signatory's below.
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    Because thousands of greyhounds get killed every year because of their treatment behind the scenes of greyhound racing.
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  • NZ sea lions are the rarest in the world. Help save them.
    A DoC study reveals our nationally critical New Zealand sea lions are likely to become extinct within our lifetime (23 years) at the current levels of by-catch.
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  • Jail time for Bobby abuser!
    This is very important! This man needs to be made an example of! We do not accept this behaviour and we as farmers think it is disgusting! He has not received what he deserves and I think its shocking that the NZ govt has allowed him to get away with this with a slap on the hand. It is not on and we want to make an appeal, as a team, as farmers, as NZ citizens to show the world that we should not be put in the same basket as this disgracefull man.
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  • Ban microbeads in New Zealand
    Microbeads are small pieces of plastic that are found mainly in beauty products, facial scrubs and toothpaste. They have been proven to have a devastating impact on marine life and that they filter through the food chain and have an impact on human diets as well. They have even been found in sea salt. There is no practical way to clean them once they are in the ocean. Article 23 of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 states that regulations may be put in place to prohibit the manufacture or sale of products that contain specified materials. We therefore call on Hon. Dr. Nick Smith to apply this article to plastic microbeads, including 'biodegradable' plastic microbeads and other similar products that will not break down in our oceans. https://www.beatthemicrobead.org/ProductTable.php?colour=2&country=NZ&language=EN Credit to 5Gyres for the picture.
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  • Fun not Fear: Ban fireworks in Sumner, Christchurch
    The few Sumner residents that enjoy the bang of their fireworks at any time of the year cause great distress to the many households with pets in the community. Fireworks occur all year round in Sumner, giving pet owners no way to ensure their pets are safe or removed from the area. A quick few bangs and flashing light might provide thrills for some but cause greater long lasting problems for others in the community. Firework explosions can produce a blind panic in animals that can lead to serious injuries, deep-rooted and debilitating fears or even death. Using fireworks near animals is both cruel and inhumane as explosive fireworks cause animals immense confusion, anxiety, fear, and stress. The ears of most animals are considerably more sensitive than the human ear and fireworks can permanently affect their acute sense of hearing.
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    I understand that the norm for the roadside management of weeds is to spray with herbicides and understand that glyphosate is used. I note that it is possible for householders to opt out of sprays being used near their property by joining the 'no spray' register but feel that this is insufficient and that FNDC should move to a 'no spray' regime across the district for all roads, footpaths and parks. There are significant concerns about the toxicity of glyphosate. Recently glyphosate was classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Class 2A carcinogen, meaning, it probably causes cancer. (1) Glyphosate is the world's most commonly sprayed weedkiller and is the active ingredient in RoundUp (2) It is a product most Council contractors use in keeping both urban and rural public areas weed free. With cancer the leading cause of death in New Zealand, accounting for 29.4% of all deaths (3), it is important we protect the public, particularly children, from exposure to this chemical. The damning conclusion by the world's leading health experts means that the Council needs to take responsibility for protecting our health and making our beautiful district healthy and safe for all by completely stopping the use of glyphosate. The public spraying of this carcinogenic chemical is a violation of our human rights. To continue to expose residents to the adverse health effects of this cancer-causing chemical is directly counter to the stated key outcomes of FNDC. I understand that viable, safe and cost-effective alternatives are available and are successfully used in other areas of the country. Research has proven the cost effectiveness of hot water and foam treatment which is almost equal in cost to chemical spraying. In 2009 French Professor Séralini's two year study on glyphosate found it produced large cancerous tumours in rats (4). Because its effects are cumulative and not immediate (that is they only show up over a long period of time) people generally think it is safe. Dr. Don Huber, an award-winning, international scientist, microbiologist and professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University (US) who has 55+ years experience in research and expertise in the area of plant pathology, says that contrary to the common claim of safety, a large volume of peer-reviewed scientific information clearly demonstrates that Roundup herbicide is chronically toxic to human and animal tissues and leads to cancer, premature death, kidney and liver failure, blood disorders and a host of other diseases (5). Dr Huber considers glyphosate is worse than DDT (6), and that there's also a correlation between glyphosate use & bee die off (7). Our environment has long been subject to frequent spraying of this toxic chemical. In 2009 France's highest Court ruled that Roundup (active ingredient glyphosate) is not biodegradable nor does it "keep the soil clean" as Monsanto had previously advertised. (8) It has now also been found present in human blood, urine and breast milk. (7) I request that FNDC move to spray-free management of all roadsides, footpaths and parks in the district. Help us make all areas in Hokianga both glyphosate and chemical free now. [1] and [2] http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150422-glyphosate-roundup-herbicide-weeds/ [3] http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/cancer-new-registrations-and-deaths-2011 [4] http://www.gmoseralini.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/GES-final-study-19.9.121.pdf (5) http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/roundup-herbicide-most-toxic-chemical-environment [6] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/15/dr-don-huber-interview-part-2.aspx [7] http://www.gmoevidence.com/dr-huber-glyphosate-and-bee-colony-collapse-disorder-ccd/ [8] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8308903.stm
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  • Compulsory registration & neutering of all non-exempt cats & dogs in NZ.
    Carnivorous pets have a high "ecological footprint" The over-breeding of pets in NZ has a high cost to our environment, to voluntary organisations such as the SPCA and has an impact on wildlife as well as global fisheries. Pet numbers are already limited by a maximum by most city councils, so over-breeding of pets means we have a large number of animals that need to be fed or put down every year. Pet food often contains palm oil and GE ingredients. A rating system that takes into account the use of meat not suitable for human consumption and improved farming practices can promote the reduction of the carbon footprint of pet food. While most pet owners find the feeding of ex racing horse, kangaroo and vermin to pets disgusting, it is more environmentally friendly to do so than to farm beef or chicken. Calculations by Deakin University researchers show an estimated 2.48 million tonnes of forage fish are used each year by the global cat food industry. Fish are a biological resource that is becoming scarce. Unsustainable fishing practices including human slavery are part of the cat food industry.
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