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Intensive Winter Grazing harms much more than our clean, green Aotearoa
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Intensive Winter Grazing harms much more than our clean, green Aotearoa

October 20th, 2020
In winter 2019, shocking images of cows up to their knees in mud, unable to lie down and rest, were in the media. Aerial footage revealed extensive environmental degradation in parts of Otago and Southland.  A Southland kindergarten was even forced to close when runoff from a nearby farm washed...
Have you bought these common myths about dairy?

Have you bought these common myths about dairy?

October 14th, 2020
For most of our lives, advertisements have told us that cow’s milk is good for us, that we need it for strong bones, or if we are to have any chance of making New Zealand’s Olympic team. But is this backed up by science? Or is it just clever advertising?...
Hens deserve a life worth living
Photo credit: Jinki Cambronero

Hens deserve a life worth living

October 8th, 2020
Like many people caring for animals, my mornings start with a feeding and cleaning routine. With over 30 hens, the vast majority of whom arrived featherless and skinny after serving an 18-month sentence in an intensive farm, the daily routine is well-planned and efficiently executed.   The hens rush out...
1.8 Million Reasons You Should Give Up Dairy

1.8 Million Reasons You Should Give Up Dairy

October 6th, 2020
Bobby calves are one of the more unpalatable truths of the dairy industry. Autumn/winter calving is the busiest time of the year for ‘bobby calf disposal,’ as it is called in the industry. A bobby calf is a four to 10 day old newborn calf, who is not needed by...
Five reasons you should take the Dairy-Free Challenge

Five reasons you should take the Dairy-Free Challenge

September 30th, 2020
If you’ve been thinking about ditching dairy and would like a little help to get started, we have just the thing for you. It’s fun, easy and FREE! The Dairy-Free Challenge is an exciting email series that covers everything from getting started to delicious recipes, dairy-free products and tips galore!...
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...
What’s really in that bucket of KFC?

What’s really in that bucket of KFC?

April 30th, 2020
Absence is said to make the heart grow fonder, but in the case of the high demand for KFC at the end of the Level 4 COVID-19 restrictions, I wonder if the people who queued in their masses to get their first post-lockdown takeaway really knew what they were eating....
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...
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...
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