Bob Ker­ridge’s great­est hits

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1987:

Led a cam­paign against im­port­ing pit­bulls be­cause they are bred to fight.

Started Auck­land SPCA Trust, now worth $28 mil­lion.

1988:

Calls for — and got — the res­ig­na­tion of Gover­nor-Gen­eral Sir Paul Reeves as pa­tron of the SPCA af­ter he was present at the rit­ual slay­ing of two pigs in Van­u­atu.

1991:

In­tro­duced through SPCA Auck­land the first an­i­mal mi­crochips into New Zealand.

1997:

Leads op­po­si­tion of the Kaimanawa wild horse cull. Clashes with politi­cians, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and farm­ers on “over­hasty” de­ci­sions to de­clare some an­i­mals pests and erad­i­cate them.

2004:

SPCA tele­vi­sion se­ries An­i­mal House be­gins on TV1.

2008:

Estab­lishes the SPCA Cat Coali­tion to sup­port vol­un­teer ef­forts to as­sist stray cats in Auck­land — aid­ing 4000 cats an­nu­ally.

2009:

Estab­lishes the NZ Com­pan­ion An­i­mal Trust to pro­vide grants for an­i­mal wel­fare.

2015:

Slammed af­ter sug­gest­ing the eth­nic­ity of own­ers play a part in dog at­tacks.

2016:

Pub­lishes com­pre­hen­sive SPCA An­i­mal Wel­fare Poli­cies man­ual con­tain­ing hun­dreds of poli­cies.

2018:

Starts the Bob Ker­ridge An­i­mal Wel­fare Fel­low­ship, which awards fund­ing for a va­ri­ety of an­i­mal causes.

Aged 80, joins a group of ac­tivists op­pos­ing Auck­land coun­cil’s pro­posal to eu­thanise stray cats rounded up with­out a mi­crochip. His stroke causes him to take a step back.

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