Killing Of Family’s Cat ‘Sadistic’ – Just One Of The SPCA’s List of Shame for 2012.

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The sadistic killing of a beloved family cat in Timaru earlier this year is on the SPCA‘s List of Shame for 2012. 

Released as part of the SPCA’s annual Paws Appeal fundraising week, which started yesterday, the list highlights the worst animal welfare cases the charity has dealt with over the past 12 months.

The killing of Smudge, a long-haired, black cat, who was found outside her family’s Waimataitai home in January is the only case of animal cruelty in South Canterburyto feature on the list.

UNSETTLED: Photos of Smudge are all Nils Macfarlane has left of his cat after she was brutally killed.

Smudge, 17, a small, frail house cat was deliberately cut up outside her home and was found alongside a beheaded hedgehog.

Police considered the case to be “premeditated” and “sadistic”. No one has been charged.

The maximum penalty for charges of cruelty or ill-treatment of animals is three years in prison or a $50,000 fine.

A further 33 cases of animal cruelty featured on the SPCA’s list including abandoned cats, starved and beaten dogs and an attack on a leopard seal. Stories of how they were tortured is also revealed on the list of shame.

National chief executive of the Royal New Zealand SPCA Robyn Kippenberger said people who are violent towards animals are also likely to be violent towards humans.

“The sheer level of violence meted out on animals by some of the perpetrators in the cases in this year’s list of shame is shocking, and underlying of wider issues in New Zealand.”

The SPCA, in partnership with Women’s Refuge, have also released their findings into the link between animal cruelty and domestic and family violence in New Zealand.

The study, called Pets as Pawns, shows that 50 per cent of women interviewed had witnessed animal cruelty as part of their experience of domestic violence, and 25 per cent said their children had witnessed violence against animals.

Findings also showed that one in three women had delayed leaving violent relationships because they feared their pets would be killed or tortured.

SPCA LIST OF SHAME 2012

  • A Palmerston North couple kept 161 cats and 87 dogs in extreme conditions.
  • Two men in Wellsford shot 33 dogs and puppies, one by one.
  • A Kaikoura man, 20, bludgeoned 25 seals to death, including newborn pups.
  • A Waikino farmer, 40, was convicted for ill treatment of dairy cows. He broke the tails of 115 cows and also broke some of their legs.
  • In south Auckland an emaciated puppy was dumped in a box at the end of a driveway. It was unable to stand or walk.
  • Two dogs were found chained to dilapidated kennels and left to die on Great Barrier Island. Both dogs had not been fed for weeks.
  • A Waitara man used his backyard as a “feline cemetery”. He used wood and wire to trap the cats as a “hobby”.
  • Two men were fined for throwing rocks the size of a fist at a leopard seal’s head at Te Waewae Bay.
  • A Christchurch man threw a jack russell puppy outside, injuring it, then striking it over the head with an axe.
  • A woman in Kati Kati did not get veterinary care for her cat after it was attacked by a neighbour’s dog. It suffered for months with a broken femur and hip.
  • A cat was dumped by its owners next to a rubbish skip in Wellington, instead of them walking an extra 20 metres to the SPCA.

News Link:http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/7910011/Killing-of-familys-cat-sadistic 

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Elephant may be put down if $1.5m not found

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Updated at 8:27 pm on 5 June 2012

A former circus elephant that killed her trainer may be put down unless almost $1.5 million is raised by the end of this week.

Helen Schofield died after being crushed by Mila at Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary near the town of Tuakau, 56km south of Auckland, on 25 April this year.

Dr Schofield’s sister and zoo employee, Jenny Chung, says the zoo needs $1,450,000 to pay for new carers and equipment to send the elephant to a sanctuary overseas.

She says no other facility in New Zealand has the resources to care for the elephant, and without the money there may be no choice but to put it down.

Ms Chung says it was her sister’s dream to see Mila spend her life with other African elephants, have more space to roam and the opportunity to behave naturally.

She says about $20,000 has been raised so far and the zoo will accept donations up to 10 June.

News Link:-http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/107497/elephant-may-be-put-down-if-$1-point-5m-not-found

Days to save the smallest dolphin

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Posted: 18 April  2012


Only 55 Maui’s dolphins remain, and New Zealand will sign their death sentence unless it stops netting in their habitat. Together, we can persuade the Prime Minister to save the dolphins.

A new report shows that dolphin numbers have halved in six years.Thousands of Kiwis are calling for a ban on the deadly set nets which are responsible for many dolphin deaths, but the fishing industry is busting a gut to stop this. Half of the tourists that go to New Zealand every year are Australian, so if we now tell Prime Minister John Key that his country’s green image hangs on this decision, we can get him to act.

If any more of these unique dolphins die it will be too late to save them.So let’s join our voices across the trench and drown out the powerful fishing lobby with our call to save the Maui’s dolphins. Avaaz will deliver the petition with dolphin costumes to Key this week before he instructs his Primary Industries Minister. We don’t have much time left! Sign the petition and share widely.

24,223 have signed. Help us get to 30,000

Click here to sign:-http://www.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_the_worlds_smallest_dolphin/?sbc

Chilling Findings In Recent Study Of Teen Animal Abuse

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A new study conducted at Massey University in New Zealand shows that animal cruelty is rampant among teenagers. Masters student Rochelle Connell did a survey of  133 teenagers for her thesis on finding the links between animal abuse, empathy and aggression.

Travers and Tremayne Johnson: 17-year-old brothers who set a dog on fire.

Connell found that more than half the teenagers in her study had committed acts of animal cruelty. When just a sampling of boys was taken, that figure rose to 75%. Connell’s study was an examination of the conclusions from recent research in the United States that found cruelty to animals by children and adolescents is a form of rehearsal for human-directed aggression. Connell’s research findings supported the results from overseas.

About 10 per cent of males in Connell’s study admitted to feeding animals drugs or alcohol, burning them, poisoning them or dropping them off of something. One third of the boys reported throwing stones at animals, and a third admitted beating or kicking them. 8 percent said they had drowned or strangled animals.

Although most of the respondents attributed their actions to hunting, fishing or punishment, 14 per cent said it was “enjoyment”.

Connell’s survey included a “free response” section where teens could write in their experiences. The responses were chilling.

One 16-year-old boy said he shot a sheep with a BB gun because it “rammed his leg” and a 17-year-old said he had put his pet cat in the freezer for several hours and reported “I felt really good.”

Connell said there were few responses that indicated severe abuse, but that was contradicted by the other part of the survey, where significant percentages admitted to types of cruelty.

Most attributed it to hunting or fishing or punishment, but 14 per cent said it was “enjoyment.”

Hans Kriek, director of New Zealand animal advocacy group Save Animals From Exploitation, said the figures were “pretty disturbing”.

Numerous studies have shown a correlation between animal abuse and other violent crimes.

A study of 9 school shootings in the United States between 1996 and 1999 (Verlinden) reported that 45 percent of the perpetrators had histories of alleged animal abuse, including the shooters at Columbine.

The ASPCA says that one of the most powerful tools we have for preventing cruelty to animals is education, and that adults should model appropriate behaviors for youngsters. It is important to teach children kindness early, and to reinforce it as the child grows. By instilling a strong sense of what is wrong and right, adults can help children and teens overcome peer pressure and stand up against animal cruelty.

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Animal abuse linked to domestic violence

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A groundbreaking study has shed new light on why many women suffering domestic violence are scared to leave their partners.

The research shows one in three women delay leaving violent relationships because they’re scared their animals will be killed or tortured.

Women's Refuge is glad the issue has been highlighted

Half witnessed animal cruelty, and children are often exposed to the acts.

Women’s Refuge CEO Heather Henare, is glad the issue has been highlighted.

“I hope that it does shock people,” she says.

“I hope that it does make people more aware of why women delay leaving abusive relationships and reinforces the concern that we have over the power and control that men assert in order to keep women in violent relationships.”

The study also suggests a funding programme should be developed to support animals in temporary accommodation and vet expenses.

The study interviewed 203 women from 21 women’s refuges, and is thought to be the first study linking animal abuse and domestic violence in New Zealand.

A 70-year-old women spoke of how her husband chopped her budgie’s head off, telling her, “This is what I can do to you.”

And a 20-year-old said her partner abused their cat, essentially saying, “This is what I will do to you if you don’t toe the line.”
Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Animal-abuse-linked-to-domestic-violence/tabid/423/articleID/248314/Default.aspx#ixzz1qcr747mW

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