SPCA throw Bob Kerridge under the bus for telling the truth

The SPCA has distanced itself from claims by one of its officials who linked dog attacks to the owner’s ethnicity.

Auckland SPCA head Bob Kerridge said  people of some ethnicities had no idea of their responsibilities and “don’t care”.

But his boss, Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals chief executive Ric Odom, said responsible dog ownership was not a matter of race.

“Bob’s comments are his personal views and do not reflect the views of the SPCA,” Odom said.

“We proudly work with anyone who shares our common vision and would be horrified if Mr Kerridge’s comments led anyone to think that his personal views on ethnicity were shared by the SPCA.

“They are not.”

The SPCA believed responsible dog ownership was something every dog owner should practice regardless of their ethnicity or socio-economic status.

Weasel words.  Of course it is what people should do.  But Bob was observing what is happening now.  And is it really such a surprise that the same area where they back over kids in the driveway with monotonous regularity, the pets come of third best?  

“If owners are not acting responsibly towards their animals we believe they should be held accountable, which is why we prosecute people accused of animal welfare offences,” Odom said.

In the five years between June 2009 and July last year, there were 1123 convictions for offences involving dogs attacking people or animals causing serious injury, or rushing at people.

Of those, 361 (32 per cent) were entered in Manukau and Papakura District Courts, in South Auckland, according to figures released under the Official Information Act.

Kerridge said he was not surprised.

“Ethnicity has a bearing,” he said.

“It really is a cultural thing as to the importance they place on animals and ownership, and we do not have a lot of responsible owners in Manukau.”

Between Mangere Labour MP S’ua William Sio who said that it wasn’t a race matter but an immigrant matter (sigh), and the SPCA that says it’s not a matter of race but people should simply treat animals better in South Auckland, everyone but Bob is a bloody politically correct coward.

 

– Stuff


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