New Zealand SPCA commitment to save ALL healthy shelter- animal lives…
This is what Bob Kerridge, President of Royal New Zealand SPCA had to say in Rotorua at their Annual Conference where Nathan Winograd was invited as guest speaker :
“Our first step,” he said, “must be a commitment and an acceptance of the philosophy that saving lives is totally achievable. With that in place, the second step is to implement an infrastructure with each and every individual SPCA to achieve just that… The infrastructure involves ten initiatives, and the ultimate success of the program depends on the implementation of each and every of missions contained therein… by resolve and the rigorous implementation of the full program.”
He called it “Saving Lives,” a campaign to achieve a No Kill nation. He didn’t use the term “No Kill,” that wasn’t their language, but what did it matter. The underlying philosophy was the same: “Every life is precious” he said and for the animals, it was the job of the humane movement “to promote and protect their right to life and happiness.”
Listen up RSPCA Australia – time to get on the train. Stop saying that “you don’t believe in No Kill”
Actions you can take:
Write a letter to the RSPCA CEO and President in your State asking them to consider the New Zealand’ Saving Lives’ initiative and ask them if there is any real reason why the RSPCA in Australia should not follow right now. Send a copy of the Saving Lives Document.
Lynne Bradshaw, President RSPCA email@example.com
Sue Gage, President, RSPCA AC firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Peter Wright President RSPCA NSWmail@rspcansw.org.au
Amanda Stoker President RSPCA Darwin email@example.com
Eileen Thumpkin, President RSPCA QLD firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheree Sellick President RSPCA SA email@example.com
Dr Paul Swiatkowski President RSPCA Tasmania firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Hugh Wirth President RSPCA VIC email@example.com
Lynne Bradshaw President RSPCA WA firstname.lastname@example.org
RSPCA ACT CEO Michael Linke: Michael.Linke@rspca-act.org.au
RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman: email@example.com
RSPCA QND CEO MArk Townend: firstname.lastname@example.org
RSPCA SA CEO Steve Lawrie : email@example.com
RSPCA VIC CEO Maria Mercurio : firstname.lastname@example.org
RSPCA WA CEO Steve Vanstan : email@example.com
RSPCA National CEO Heather Neil : firstname.lastname@example.org
We sent the following letter to the above CEO’s:
An open letter to the RSPCA and AWL Australia
I am very excited: A few nights ago I was reviewing Nathan Winograd’s excellent blog site when I discovered that he has recently visited New Zealand – he was guest speaker at their annual conference; perhaps you might have sent delegates.
I learnt that the Royal NZ SPCA have taken very seriously the need to adopt a No Kill philosophy across their operations.
I attach their excellent manual for No Kill which they are calling “Saving Lives”. You may already have a copy perhaps.
Apart from the very excellent G2Z method pioneered and proved to be working and extending across the country by the AWL Queensland, we have not seen anything like this coming from any of our own major animal welfare charities.
Why not? The Summit on the Gold Coast last year surely set the bar for Australia, and gave the major charities the opportunity to draw a line in the sand and take action?
I have said this before in various correspondences to various CEO’s, that the grass roots rescue, animal welfare volunteers and workers, and the public, expect and want leadership from our major charities – you have the money, you have the resources, and you have the ear of government.
If you don’t do it, then how can we expect Councils to do it?
In the area of taking the pound killing rates across the country down to zero, we are just not seeing that leadership coming through fast enough.
I am throwing this challenge to you – how long will it be before we see a unified and cohesive No Kill ( call it what you like) strategy coming from each of the National RSPCA and National AWL?
Surely AWL’s across the country can just adopt and drive the AWL Queensland G2Z model? It works doesn’t it? Yet we are hearing on the grapevine all sorts of objections coming from the other AWL’s.
Surely the RSPCA National office can influence a nationally co-ordinated No-Kill strategy?
I fully realise that there is big difference between making a bold statement like ‘Saving Lives’, and actually delivering on it, but RNZSPCA are to be heartedly congratulated in the important “line in the sand” they have taken.
It’s the right start.
Winograd states categorically that the number one defining attribute that makes the No Kill journey work is leadership from the top.
I hope we will see that leadership from the top of your organisations very soon.
It’s time to put the reasons “why it won’t work here” behind and it’s time to see a unified and cohesive strategy from the RSPCA and AWL, don’t you think?
Yours Sincerely, Deathrowpets