Articles by: Will

“The writing’s on the wall” for cage eggs

July 13th, 2021
This week SAFE launches its Free Hens from Cages campaign with a petition calling on the Agriculture Minister to finally ban colony cages. In this week's episode of Animal Matters, Will Appelbe sits down with SAFE Campaigns Manager Jessica Chambers to dis

The Melbourne Cup of greyhound racing

June 21st, 2021
Today we recap the last two weeks, including the 50th anniversary of the Silver Collar greyhound race which saw a dog break his leg, and delays to the Government's announcement of the phase out date for livestock exports by sea.

Kōrero with Shanti Ahluwalia from NZAVS

June 15th, 2021
This week on Animal Matters, Will Appelbe sits down with Shanti Ahluwalia from the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) to talk about Aotearoa's relationship with animal testing.

A wild goose chase

June 8th, 2021
The Waikato District Council are taking drastic measures to manage a large population of geese. Without investigating better options, they announced they would use poison, but have since had to make a U turn after realising it wouldn’t work. And Ange

Kōrero with Philip McKibbin, on the Politics of Love

June 1st, 2021
Today our kōrero is with Philip McKibbin, a New Zealand based writer and author of the book “Love Notes: for a Politics of Love” which is published in New York by Lantern books.

Budget 2021 – A missed opportunity for animals

May 25th, 2021
Last week, the Government released it’s annual budget, setting out what initiatives would be allocated new spending. Despite the deficits in animal welfare in New Zealand, not a single dollar was allocated for animal welfare spending.

Kōrero with Aysha Akhtar, President and CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences

May 17th, 2021
Today on the show we sit down with Aysha Akhtar, who is the President and CEO of the US based Center for Contemporary Sciences. Aysha has had an illustrious career in public health and is now putting her expertise towards ending animal testing and advocat

The racing industry’s kangaroo court

May 10th, 2021
The racing industry has been rocked by doping scandals in recent weeks. Unfortunately, these people are escaping criminal charges. This week we dive into how the racing industry police’s itself.

Kōrero with Kari Schmidt, co-author of the NZALA’s latest report: Farmed Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand.

May 5th, 2021
Today on the show I’m chatting with Kari Schmidt, who is a solicitor and co-author of New Zealand Animal Law Association's latest report; Farmed Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand.

April was for animals

April 27th, 2021
April has been a massive month for animals, both the good and the bad. It’s been a while since our last podcast, thanks in part to some of the announcements that have come out of the beehive this month. This includes a ban on the export of live animals by

Antibiotic resistance – Kōrero with Dr. Heather Hendrickson

April 6th, 2021
Dr. Heather Hendrickson is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Bioscience at Massey University, and the Vice Preseident of the New Zealand Micro Biological Society. In short, Dr. Hendrickson is an expert in micro biology, like bacteria, and how we treat that b

Winter grazing deferment a win for agriculture lobbyists

March 30th, 2021
Fish were front and centre last week with the release of Compassion in World Farming’s explosive report on salmon farming in Scottland. The undercover investigation revealed fish suffering on an industry-wide scale. And the Government has deferred imposin

Kōrero with Geoff Regier, former undercover investigator for Mercy for Animals

March 23rd, 2021
Geoff spent three years working as an undercover investigator for Mercy for Animals in Canada, working in farms and slaughterhouses. His work uncovered some of the worst examples of animal abuse in Canada’s dairy industry, and lead to prison sentences for

A Cabinet full of decisions

March 15th, 2021
The live export review is completed and the Ministry for Primary Industries' advice is now with Cabinet to make a final decision. Will Appelbe discusses what this means for the future of the live export trade.
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