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Winston Churchill Fellowship SPCA UK

In September 2017, with the combined help of Travel Prefab and the NZ Winston Churchill Fellowship, Senior SPCA Animal Welfare Inspector Ben Lakomy undertook a trip to the SPCAs of UK and Ireland.

The Fellowship was designed to take an in-depth look at SPCA Animal Welfare inspectorate best practices and experiences in the UK and Ireland, with the goal of bringing back ideas and plans to share with all NZ Animal Welfare Inspectorates. Across all industries, international relationships are helping organisations to be the best they can be, and the sharing of new skills and procedures helps both parties be more effective in their work. It is important that the SPCA also build these international relationships, to benefit and take part in the sharing of knowledge and skills.

Ben’s visit was hugely successful. He spent time with the UK RSPCA’s Special Operations Unit, looking into deliberate, brutal, large-scale organized and commercial animal cruelty. He also spent time with local Inspector’s as they went about their daily routine. In Ireland, Ben was able to observe how the Inspectorate operates, this was particularly interesting as their Inspectorate is similar in size and powers to the one in Wellington.

Ben returned home with confirmation that best practices in NZ match or exceed those overseas, but also with new ideas and concepts that could be adopted by NZ Inspectorates. In particular, learnings around complex surveillance and evidence gathering, will be utilized to the benefit of NZ animals.

Travel Prefab generously sponsored Ben’s flights, making the trip possible.