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What is that blob on the beach?

What is that blob on the beach?

December 20th, 2021
One SAFE staffer recounts the beauty of summer days at the beach and the vast wonder it inspires in her and her tamariki.   There is nothing like summer days at the beach in Te Waipounamu (the South Island). Our special spot is a secluded southern bay. Sometimes we’re lucky...
Should aquariums be part of New Zealand’s future?

Should aquariums be part of New Zealand’s future?

October 8th, 2021
Lockdown has been hard on us all. Not being able to do the things we love can have a detrimental effect on our mental health and wellbeing. Now imagine that your lockdown is forever. For animals trapped in aquariums, this is the sad reality. While they are on display in a tank that is a fraction of the size of...
Why I stopped eating fish

Why I stopped eating fish

December 13th, 2021
I’ve always had an affinity with animals. I must have been around eight years old when my primary school teacher showed the entire school a video of what happens to animals after they leave the farm. That brave teacher got into a lot of trouble for showing us that video,...
Battery vs. Colony Cages: Spot the Difference

Battery vs. Colony Cages: Spot the Difference

August 12th, 2021
(This post contains some distressing images)   Scroll down to find out…                         Sadly, one of these cages will be banned, while the other remains completely legal.   On the left is a battery cage which can house three...
True stories from a live export ship

True stories from a live export ship

June 28th, 2021
Recently, a brave informant came forward to share haunting stories of their experiences on board a live export ship. Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared their account in ‘True stories from a live export ship’ in our social media. In this blog, you can read the informant’s story and...
No animal should suffer for a social media video

No animal should suffer for a social media video

June 23rd, 2021
Animal videos have become hugely popular online. While they may seem innocuous, they can pose a real risk of harm to animals. The latest, a TikTok video showing a person ‘tickling’ a stingray, has gained around 100 million views in just over a week. But the video is far from...
Ten reasons why the ban on live export by sea must be implemented immediately

Ten reasons why the ban on live export by sea must be implemented immediately

May 31st, 2021
Two years is too long. In the time it could take to phase out live export by sea, hundreds of thousands more New Zealand animals will potentially have to endure the horror of the live export trade. Following the Government’s announcement on 14 April that live export by sea will...
Exciting news for dogs!

Exciting news for dogs!

May 14th, 2021
On 16 April, the Government announced a review of greyhound racing in Aotearoa. The announcement came after SAFE, the Greyhound Protection League NZ and Grey2K USA Worldwide brought to light the plight of greyhounds trapped in the racing industry in New Zealand. The review is a great step forward, but will...
Live export by sea – the journey to a ban

Live export by sea – the journey to a ban

May 6th, 2021
On 14 April 2021, the New Zealand Government announced a ban on live cattle export by sea, with a two-year ‘wind down’ period. It took more than a decade of perseverance to get us here. We couldn’t have got to this point without the tremendous support of caring people like...
Confused about the difference between chickens and hens?

Confused about the difference between chickens and hens?

March 11th, 2021
Are you confused about the different welfare issues that affect chickens bred for their meat, and hens used for egg-laying? You’re not alone! Although these birds share many characteristics and behavioural needs, selective breeding by the poultry industry has created two very different birds…  Meet chickens!  Over 120 million chickens are farmed for their meat every...
It’s not too late to jump into some new healthy habits!

It’s not too late to jump into some new healthy habits!

February 9th, 2021
Veganuary may be done and dusted, but it is never too late to take the opportunity to make a difference for animals, to show the environment some aroha, and to do something kind for yourself! As you’re about to discover, fuelling your body with whole, plant-based foods isn’t just delicious,...
Try plant-based for Veganuary!

Try plant-based for Veganuary!

January 25th, 2021
We Kiwis are pretty laid back. We’re way too busy having fun at the beach to start our New Year’s resolutions on 1 Jan! That’s why we’re a little late to the Veganuary party. But that’s okay, because here in Aotearoa, we’re extending our Veganuary celebrations right through February. And...
We’ve achieved victory for mother pigs, now we need Government action

We’ve achieved victory for mother pigs, now we need Government action

December 17th, 2020
Today SAFE and the New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA) have published a full-page open letter in the New Zealand Herald, calling on the Prime Minister to appoint a Commissioner for Animals. In June 2020, SAFE and NZALA made legal history for mother pigs. For the first time in New...
Italy’s leading egg producer promises to stop killing day old male chicks

Italy’s leading egg producer promises to stop killing day old male chicks

December 8th, 2020
Worldwide, 6.5 billion day-old male chicks are killed each year because the egg industry considers them to be unwanted by-products of egg production. This is because male chickens cannot lay eggs and are not suitable to be raised for meat. Last week, the trade association representing the largest egg producers...
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