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World Animal Protection joins SAFE’s call for a Commissioner for Animals in Aotearoa

May 18th, 2022
SAFE’s petition calling for a Commissioner for Animals in Aotearoa has attained thousands of signatures since its launch on 3 May 2022. The petition highlights the need for an independent voice for animals at the highest level and is supported by animal groups across the country. Read more

Agriculture gets a free pass in ERP – SAFE For Animals

May 16th, 2022
The Government has announced no meaningful plan to reduce emissions in agriculture, instead opting to invest in more research projects. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has previously stated that climate change is “one of the greatest challenges of our time” and that we must “act with urgency”. Read more

Greyhound is killed after suffering a ‘catastrophic’ racing injury in Christchurch

May 12th, 2022
On Tuesday, following a race at Addington Raceway, greyhound ‘Epic Addi’ was found to have a displaced compound fracture of the right fore ulna and radius, with soft tissue damage up to the elbow joint. Eight greyhounds have died on racetracks to date this season, with five of the eight...

Bird shooting season ‘bad news’ for all birds

May 6th, 2022
The bird shooting season, which begins on Saturday 7 May this year, means countless birds, including natives like pūkeko, kakīānau (black swan), pūtangitangi (paradise shelduck), pārera (grey duck) and kuruwhengi (Australasian shoveler duck), will be killed. Read more

SAFE launches petition calling for a Commissioner for Animals

May 3rd, 2022
SAFE launches a petition calling for a Commissioner for Animals The petition is supported by leading animal organisations New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA), Helping You Help Animals (HUHA) and the New Zealand Anti-vivisection Society (NZAVS). Read more

Live export protests planned across the country this Saturday for a National Day of Action

April 28th, 2022
SAFE will join protestors around the country on Saturday 30 April 2022, who are rallying together from midday to demonstrate their opposition to live export by sea. As part of a ‘National Day of Action,’ independently organised protests will be held across multiple locations in Aotearoa including Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin,...

Greyhound trampled and euthanised in Christchurch yesterday – SAFE

April 22nd, 2022
Yesterday at Addington raceway, the greyhound Gary collided with other dogs and tumbled shortly after reaching the lure, having just crossed the finish line. He was trampled by four other dogs, which caused a catastrophic injury to his right front leg. Read more

NZ sacrificed action on climate in favour of agriculture in IPCC report

April 9th, 2022
NZ sacrificed action on climate in favour of agriculture in IPCC report Source: SAFE For Animals — Aotearoa Government officials successfully scrubbed ‘plant-based’ diets from the highly influential ‘summary for policymakers’ version of the latest IPCC report, and lobbied for switching the language to ‘healthy sustainable diets’. Read more

An urgent transition away from animal agriculture is needed, in light of IPCC report

April 5th, 2022
An urgent transition away from animal agriculture is needed, in light of IPCC report Source: SAFE For Animals — The latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released overnight shows that global emissions are now on track to exceed the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degrees celsius warning...

Greyhound death scrubbed from race video footage – SAFE For Animals

March 21st, 2022
On Friday at Manawatu Raceway, ‘Have A Yak’ was euthanised after falling and suffering a compound fracture. Greyhound Racing New Zealand (GRNZ) edited out the fall from the race video, which was published online and linked to GRNZ’s race reports. Have A Yak was falling behind in third place before...

‘Done with Dairy’ – SAFE launches female focused campaign on International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2022
SAFE is asking New Zealanders to consider the dairy industry from a new perspective – her perspective. It’s common practice for the dairy industry to raise female cows for five to six years before sending them to slaughter. During this time, mother cows endure a cycle of pregnancy, birth, separation,...

Live export ‘death ship’ arriving in Napier this week

March 7th, 2022
The live export ship Anna Marra is expected to arrive at Napier Port this week. Under its previous name Awassi Express, this ship was implicated in a live export disaster en route to the Middle East in August 2017. Nearly 64,000 sheep suffered from heat stress on the ship, killing...

Equestrian event rider must be investigated – SAFE

February 28th, 2022
A video has emerged online showing an equestrian event rider repeatedly kicking and hitting their horse, according to reports from the Otago Daily Times this morning. The incident occurred at the North Otago A&P Show on Friday in Oamaru. SAFE spokesperson Will Appelbe said the rider’s actions were disgraceful. Read...

Government backflip on live export a growing concern

February 15th, 2022
Government backflip on live export a growing concern Source: SAFE For Animals — SAFE is concerned the Government may do a U-turn on its decision to ban the live export of animals by sea. The ban is due to take effect on 30 April 2023. Newsroom reported last week that...
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