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Horrific conditions on missing live export ship revealed

Horrific conditions on missing live export ship revealed

September 4th, 2020
The Gulf Livestock 1 issued a distress signal at 4.45am on the 2nd September (NZT) from the East China Sea, an area effected by Typhoon Maysak. The ship had left Napier on 14th August, and was carrying 5,700 cows and 43 crew members, including two New Zealanders. At 4pm a...
Meat the next family – Reality TV continues to disappoint
Meat the Family, TVNZ

Meat the next family – Reality TV continues to disappoint

September 2nd, 2020
Last week on TVNZ’s Meat the Family, we watched in horror as a UK family of four cared for chickens as pets for three weeks before they were forced to make a tough decision – commit to vegetarianism to save the chickens’ lives or send them to the slaughterhouse and...
Getting animals on the agenda this election

Getting animals on the agenda this election

August 27th, 2020
Animal issues have fallen off the political radar in 2020, and there is no sign that any of the political parties are focused on making positive and significant improvements to animals’ lives. Colony cages will therefore only be banned after the election if animal activists step up to carry out...
Slaughterhouse or sanctuary? – Reality TV at its worst

Slaughterhouse or sanctuary? – Reality TV at its worst

August 26th, 2020
The new TV show ‘Meat the Family’ aired its first episode in New Zealand on Tuesday 25 August. ‘Meat the Family’ has replaced the delightful series ‘The Dog House’ on TVNZ 1. Last night, along with many other animal lovers who were expecting to watch a heart-warming show about dog...
Are soy flat whites bad for the planet? Read on as we debunk the myth

Are soy flat whites bad for the planet? Read on as we debunk the myth

August 18th, 2020
If you enjoy a soy flat white or a tofu stir fry, you may have already heard flimsy arguments about why soy is ‘bad’. So it wasn’t surprising to see this article from The Sustainable Food Trust (who, it’s important to point out is largely made up of farmers) popping...
Five reasons why winter is the perfect time to try plant-based

Five reasons why winter is the perfect time to try plant-based

August 14th, 2020
If you’ve been thinking about going plant-based for some time, we have some good news for you – winter is the best and easiest time to embrace a plant-based diet! Okay, so there’s never a wrong time to switch to a plant-based diet, but making the switch now, while the days...
It’s time for the Government to tell the egg industry what it needed to hear in 2012: “No more cages.”
It's time to put the chicken before the egg.

It’s time for the Government to tell the egg industry what it needed to hear in 2012: “No more cages.”

August 12th, 2020
In 2012, the Government announced that battery cages would be banned in New Zealand. Kiwis welcomed the groundbreaking decision, and the egg industry was given a decade to transition to alternative egg-farming systems.   Sadly, cause for celebration was cut short when the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) then...
When unlikely allies come together to fight intensive farming

When unlikely allies come together to fight intensive farming

July 31st, 2020
Back in 2014, I was contacted by some fellow animal activists who told me a woman had reached out to them for help to stop a colony cage egg farm from being built in her small rural township of Patumahoe by a company called Craddock Farms. Knowing that I’d always...
Political Panel for Animals exceeded expectations

Political Panel for Animals exceeded expectations

July 24th, 2020
Last night’s Political Panel for Animals far exceeded my expectations. After seeing it, I am more optimistic than ever that we will get a win on colony cages ‒ if we keep pushing. It wasn’t the politicians that had me so excited. It was the little things. When it comes...
NZ egg distributor sentenced for selling 3 million cage eggs as ‘free-range’

NZ egg distributor sentenced for selling 3 million cage eggs as ‘free-range’

July 22nd, 2020
A New Zealand egg distributor who sold 3 million cage eggs as free-range eggs was sentenced to 12 months’ home detention yesterday. While it’s encouraging to see Mr Chen being held accountable for his actions, this isn’t the first time someone has sold cage eggs as free-range eggs, and it...
Colorado bans caging of hens

Colorado bans caging of hens

July 3rd, 2020
Yesterday, Colorado became the seventh US state to ban the caging of hens. The new law will spare roughly six million hens a lifetime of confinement in cages so small and barren that they are unable to perform their most basic natural behaviours, like fully stretching out their wings and...
Canadian Government invests 100 million into plant-based food industry – will New Zealand be next?

Canadian Government invests 100 million into plant-based food industry – will New Zealand be next?

June 29th, 2020
Last week, the Canadian Government announced it will invest almost 100 million dollars into plant-based food production. The global plant-based retail market has grown a whopping 31% since 2017 to a value of $4.5 billion, so it’s understandable that Canada wants to fund the growth of its plant-based food industry....
Today is World Albatross Day, but for how much longer?

Today is World Albatross Day, but for how much longer?

June 19th, 2020
Today we have an opportunity to think about our awe-inspiring albatross. Kiwis have a great love and appreciation for these magnificent aviators of the seas. Unfortunately, many species of seabird are declining, and some are critically endangered. This is certainly true of the albatross. We have a particular responsibility towards...
SAFE’s historic court case – How can we uphold our animal welfare laws in the future?

SAFE’s historic court case – How can we uphold our animal welfare laws in the future?

May 21st, 2020
Paris Waterworth is SAFE’s Campaigns Assistant and resident legal expert. She was admitted to the bar in 2019. In this series, Paris will be demystifying legal processes and shedding light on how court proceedings can translate into real-world justice for animals like mother pigs. On 8 June SAFE and the...
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