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SAFE blows the whistle on failings of Protected Disclosures Act

December 7th, 2018
SAFE has demanded urgent strengthening of the Protected Disclosures Act in its submission to the State Services Commission, to protect whistleblowers who report animal neglect, cruelty and law-breaking. This follows the animal cruelty charges laid earlier this week against the Northland dairy farmer who was exposed by a whistleblower. A...
Victory for hens! Marriott Hotels to go cage-free.

Victory for hens! Marriott Hotels to go cage-free.

December 6th, 2018
We are a huge step closer to seeing a world where hens don’t suffer in cages. After years of dodging the subject, Marriott International has finally released a public statement announcing a new policy to phase out cage eggs in all their hotels globally. Within 48 hours of the campaign...

Feathers fly outside Auckland hotel, as SAFE demands Marriott honour their cage-free egg commitment

December 5th, 2018
SAFE this morning protested outside Four Points by Sheraton Auckland hotel, demanding Marriott hotels honour their commitment to source cage-free eggs. The action, featuring colourful chicken costumes, was part of a global campaign launched today by 58 major animal organisations who make up the Open Wing Alliance. Four Points by...
Charges laid after dairy farmer cruelty exposed by SAFE and Farmwatch

Charges laid after dairy farmer cruelty exposed by SAFE and Farmwatch

December 4th, 2018
SAFE is pleased to see charges laid against a Northland contract milker who was caught beating cows with a pipe, but urge that without proper regulatory enforcement, animal cruelty will continue to be a blight on New Zealand’s reputation. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced on Tuesday December 4...
Calf suffers suspected broken neck after roping in Australian rodeo

Calf suffers suspected broken neck after roping in Australian rodeo

November 26th, 2018
SAFE is renewing calls for an urgent ban on the use of baby animals in rodeo after a young calf suffered a suspected broken neck in Australia. Footage was captured at the National Rodeo Association Final in Caboolture, Queensland on Saturday November 24, where a calf was injured during the...

Celebrate kindness this Christmas

November 21st, 2018
Christmas in New Zealand is unique. Think soaking up the sun in the backyard or heading to the beach with family and friends. A Kiwi Christmas is about spending time with people you love while sharing laughs and making memories. All while enjoying delicious food! Although Christmas is traditionally a...
MPI fails to take action to protect animal welfare, as calf is trampled in trailer

MPI fails to take action to protect animal welfare, as calf is trampled in trailer

November 18th, 2018
At the weekend of 17 November 2018, a member of the public and her family witnessed and filmed a trailer of calves with one being trampled by the other animals. She called SAFE who advised her to call the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). SAFE followed up with the MPI inspector directly, who did...
Private prosecution underway following rodeo abuse

Private prosecution underway following rodeo abuse

November 8th, 2018
SAFE has congratulated the New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA) for taking the first step towards private prosecution of a man who used an electric prodder on a calf during the 2017 rodeo season, in a clear breach of the Rodeo Code of Welfare. The prosecution was announced on November...
EU approves restrictions on animal antibiotics, a win for animal welfare and public health

EU approves restrictions on animal antibiotics, a win for animal welfare and public health

November 5th, 2018
SAFE has applauded the European Parliament for taking a bold and necessary step towards improved animal welfare, by banning the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in meat production by 2022. Along with a complete ban on the use of human reserve antibiotics in veterinarian medicine, the European Parliament has banned the...
2018 SAFE Annual General Meeting

2018 SAFE Annual General Meeting

November 2nd, 2018
As per our previous notice, I invite you to attend the 2018 SAFE Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Saturday 24 November at 3PM, PSA House, Level 6 (there is a lift available), 11 Aurora Terrace, Wellington. There will be light refreshments from local bakery, Sweet Release and...

SAFE celebrates World Vegan Day with annual Eat Kind Awards

November 2nd, 2018
The “butcher of the future,” a cafe with a vegan cheese cave, and a plant-based, sweet-treat hot spot have taken out SAFE’s 2018 Eat Kind Awards. This is the second year running of the awards that recognise excellence in vegan eateries. They were announced today in celebration of World Vegan...
Otago farmer receives formal warning for illegal sow stall use

Otago farmer receives formal warning for illegal sow stall use

November 2nd, 2018
SAFE are deeply frustrated with MPI for only issuing a warning to a Timaru pig farm after an investigation was prompted by shocking footage of illegal animal cruelty captured by Farmwatch. MPI animal welfare inspectors visited the Timaru pig farm in July this year after footage released by Farmwatch showed pigs kept...
2018 Eat Kind Awards presented!

2018 Eat Kind Awards presented!

November 1st, 2018
SAFE mark World Vegan Day by acknowledging four eateries across the country for their outstanding vegan cuisine. The 2018 EAT KIND Awards were presented to: The Butcher’s Son  – North Island Kaiaroha – Newcomer Sweet Release – Themed Cuisine Portershed – South Island Now in its second year, SAFE’s EAT...

PigCare label for highest award in misleading advertising

October 27th, 2018
  The “PigCare” system purports to be “New Zealand’s only independently verified animal welfare programme” and products carrying the label claim to have high welfare standards. But SAFE’s Head of Campaigns, Marianne Macdonald, is calling bull on the claims. “Farms only need to adhere to the minimum animal welfare standards...
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