WHAT IS NZAP?
NZAP (New Zealand Animal Police) is part of our charitable Trust "The Gravity Foundation Trust" (Registration number: CC53811) which reaches out to help the most vulnerable in need, for both people and animals!
(Please watch our video here!)
PLEASE NOTE: We are only able to function currently in the Rotorua and South Waikato areas, until we can get enough funding on board to launch this system across New Zealand - So we desperately need donations to get this up and running, as we want to be able to reach animals in need EVERYWHERE! If you would like to donate please click here!
No matter what species the animal is - whether a domestic companion animal, farmed, or factory farmed - ALL animals are vulnerable, and YOU may be that animals only voice to seek help!
WHY IS NZAP NEEDED?
We believe there is not only a moral obligation to do this- but an urgent need, which is growing exponentially as we watch local SPCA’s closing down around the country, the only port of call in an emergency – other than Police or MPI, who you may agree are already overwhelmed, and under resourced to deal with sadly the MANY calls coming in regarding animal abuse around our country, including farmed and factory farmed animals, as well as companion animals.
It is clear, that there needs to be a system made available 24/7 with immediate intervention when concerned people are calling regarding urgent cases of animal abuse.
Sadly even in New Zealand the line becomes very blurred across many industries that exploit animals - Including factory farms, dairy farms, dog pounds, rodeos, poultry industries and horse racing are breaching the animal welfare code, every day on many different levels, which is what NZAP is trying desperately to put a stop to, but we are calling on good people like YOU and the public's help to do this!
HOW DOES NZAP WORK?
We are a passionate and dedicated team of skilled individuals (from animal welfare inspectors, and veterinarians) to animal lovers in general! We are currently talking with willing police officers in each area of New Zealand) who are prepared to meet our NZAP officers at the properties of abused animals, in order for us to legally remove an animal (and place safely at animal rescues we work with) if it is being abused, or if the owner is breaking any one of The Five Freedoms as set out in The Animal Welfare Act 1999:
THE FIVE FREEDOMS:
FREEDOM FROM HUNGER & THIRST
FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT
FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY OR DISEASE
FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOR.
FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS
Read More here: The Five Freedoms
1. NZAP receives an emergency txt or message re the location of the location and situation the animal is in.
2. NZAP calls one of our Animal Welfare Inspectors or NZ Police officers to meet us at property or location.
3. NZAP Officer (and Police OR AW Inspector) assesses whether any of the The Five Freedoms are being breached.
4. A: Either removes the animal from the abuse and gets the animal/s to the safety of an animal rescue who can take it in (OR) B: Works with the owner to understand what he/she needs to do to meet the requirements of responsible ownership and monitors the on-going process
5. 'Project Re-Home', our filming initiative under our charitable trust then films the story and shares widely on social media platforms until we can find wonderful FOREVER homes for the animals - videos like this one below - who is now living a WONDERFUL life in Taupo, NZ!