Bob Kerridge

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? ? Read more »

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SPCA’s Bob Kerridge a racist

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Ah yes, Bob ?Even though he’s headed up the Auckland SPCA for quite a while now, he’s a bit of a Taliban type when it comes to animals v humans. ?He doesn’t care much for the latter.

SPCA boss Bob Kerridge has been labelled racist after he linked dog attacks to the ethnicity of their owners.

He’s come under fire for comments he made about the high number of dog attacks in south Auckland.

Some dogs can be menacing, savage and even deadly if they attack. There have been more than 1000 convictions related to dog attacks in the past five years, a third of them in Manukau, south Auckland.

Claims by Mr Kerridge that that means ethnicity is a factor, have sparked outrage.

Mr Kerridge reportedly said some races don’t know or care about their responsibilities as dog owners.

Well, he’s a crusty old coot, and he’s not one to mince words when one of his faithful are at the receiving end of some bad treatment.

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The only way to stop dog attacks is to kill and ban all dogs

Dogs bite.

Some dogs.

And when politicians get in the way, they decided that mandatory chipping of dogs would solve that problem. ?Just like mandatory number plates reduces accidents.

But until now, we register dogs. ?This has just been a taxing mechanism to place the cost of bad dog owners with the part of the rate payer that also own dogs but are well behaved.

Don’t ask me, it makes no sense, but that’s reality for you.

Of course, we still would like to reduce the number of dog biting incidents, so what would be a good step?

Weeding out bad dogs? ?Or bad dog owners?

Simon Day reports

In the wake of a number of serious dog attacks, a majority of New Zealanders want dog owners, not just their dogs, to be compulsorily registered. Read more »

Gareth Morgan on fire today, now he is smacking up the SPCA

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Gareth Morgan has said two sensible things today. First he smashed up the anti-progress green taliban and now he is smashing up the SPCA.

Bird breeder Gavin Wilkinson who humanely trapped a wandering cat that was killing his chickens, is to be applauded for destroying the cat, (See this 3 News Article?http://goo.gl/qKTmR?).

We have a terrible hole in our legislation around wandering pets that do damage to our wildlife, destroy other people?s pets when they invade, and spread disease. The SPCA?s stance on defending the rights of cats to wander, kill, and spread disease is inexcusable and those truly concerned about cruelty need to demand that the SPCA returns to its core business ? preventing cruelty, not championing Bob Kerridge and his unconditional love affair with cats.

On this matter of wandering cats causing mayhem, politicians are showing their normal cowardice and need to stand up and acknowledge that the law is an ass, people are having to take matters into their own hands and destroy cats that are out of control. 90% of cat owners are totally responsible and acknowledge their cats should be confined, but the 10% who are not, together with Bob Kerridge and this sad SPCA outfit need to be called to order. Their behaviour is not acceptable in a country that values private property rights and the rights of our wildlife not to be slaughtered. If these politicians don?t stand up and be counted then of course vigilante-type action will increase. It is a direct result of political negligence.? Read more »

You read it here first, now the SPCA are outraged

The other day I blogged about a guy who had found a good use for a cat. He was selling its skin on Trade Me.

Now, predictably, someone, the SPCA is outraged by it.

The SPCA says it’s disgusted by a man’s decision to kill a cat, skin it and list it on Trade Me.

The seller says he shot the cat humanely after he saw it killing chickens on his property, but the SPCA says the man could face prosecution.

Bird breeder Gavin Wilkinson says the cat was responsible for killing 10 of his birds, so he trapped it and shot it in the head.

“This one was taking my baby chickens, probably about two a day, day after day,” he says. “I watched it and made sure it was a feral cat, and I put the cage out there and caught him.”? Read more »

SPCA sides with the shark instead of dead man and cop

I wonder if the widow of the man attacked and killed by a shark this week has read the SST.

If so, she will have read these comments about the cop shooting the shark:

SPCA Auckland executive director Bob Kerridge said the outrage at the shooting was understandable. “I can understand the public concern about this and I share it.

“At least the shark was shot by a marksman a number of times, I presume it died fairly quickly. I hope it did.”

But most people understood the risks of swimming at sea, and killing a shark for its actions was unnecessary.? Read more »

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Make the same offer to everyone Gareth

Gareth Morgan is offering a $5 donation?to the SPCA for every cat killed:

Environmentalist Gareth Morgan has offered to donate $5 to the SPCA for every homeless cat they put down.

Morgan and SPCA executive president Bob Kerridge have been locked in a war of words after the businessman launched the “Cats to Go” campaign last week, labelling cats as “natural-born killers” and calling for local governments to require registration and micro-chipping of cats, and to eradicate unregistered cats.

In a?New Zealand Herald?opinion piece, Kerridge called for Morgan to “rethink your tactics and join us to bring about a positive solution by encouraging responsible cat ownership”.

“Why not put your money where your busy mouth is and support us by assisting with the funding of desexing and micro-chipping of every domestic cat in the country. That will make a positive difference, and will free up SPCA funding to add to our bird rescue activities,” Kerridge wrote.? Read more »

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