201708.27
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New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Legislation and Rodeos

A review of relevant legislation and literature reveals that the Animal Welfare Act 1999 (“the Act”) and its Code of Welfare: Rodeo (“the Code”), form the basis for the prevention of ill-treatment of animals in rodeos. The Act is broad in its description of animal welfare, providing for strict liability offences for the ill-treatment of…

201708.27
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Methamphetamine: Not Only Harming Our Communities

It’s no secret that methamphetamine, or “P” as it is commonly called, is one of the major issues facing New Zealand communities today – on an almost daily basis the New Zealand media covers a P-related story. This highly addictive drug is destroying many peoples’ lives and those of their families. We are well aware…

201610.07
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When Your Animal is Harmed

In Pironga, two parties recently had a dispute over a cat which continually entered a neighbour’s property and urinated in their home. The neighbour’s solution to this issue was to shoot the cat. The full story can be viewed on Seven Sharp here: http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/if-she-let-us-know-we-would-ve-re-homed-him-neighbour-distraught-shooting-her-cat-video-6492384. Seven Sharp subsequently approached NZALA for legal advice regarding what recourse a…

201510.11
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New Zealand Animal Law Association to assist the Auckland SPCA with animal welfare prosecutions – October 2015

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NZALA has launched a new pro bono project, providing the Auckland SPCA with legal advice in relation to its animal welfare prosecutions. The work involves completing initial file reviews of relevant facts and evidence, and writing legal opinions advising on whether an animal welfare prosecution should be pursued, depending on evidential sufficiency and public interest….

201510.08
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Record sentence for animal abuser – October 2015

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A dairy worker, Michael James Whitelock, has been handed down New Zealand’s longest-ever prison sentence for animal cruelty (four and a half years’ imprisonment and a 10-year disqualification from owning animals). This sentence was given after cows were beaten, and had their tails broken and were shot in the kneecaps, on a farm that Whitelock…

201504.21
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Guest lecture by American legal scholar Steven Wise

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New Zealand Animal Law Association hosts guest lecture by American legal scholar Steven Wise Time: 6pm, Thursday 7 May 2015 Location: Northey lecture theatre, University of Auckland Law School, 9 Eden Crescent About the speaker: Steven Wise is the president of the Nonhuman Rights Project and has practiced animal protection law for 38 years. He…