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“Ban live export” – SAFE and SPCA Chief Executives co-author an open letter to the Prime Minister

September 17th, 2020
SAFE CEO Debra Ashton and SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen have co-authored a letter to Jacinda Ardern asking her to show the world just how kind New Zealand is by banning the export of live animals. The letter was published in this morning’s edition of the New Zealand Herald and a...

Over 6,000 people expected to attend SAFE’s virtual protest to ban live export

September 16th, 2020
Animal rights organisation SAFE will host an international virtual protest this evening against the live export trade. Over 6,000 people have registered to attend the protest, who are all calling on the New Zealand Government to permanently ban the export of live animals. Read more

MPI is stalling by announcing another live export review

September 11th, 2020
The Ministry for Primary Industries has today launched an independent review into the assurances for safe transport of livestock by sea. Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected to take about a month. SAFE Campaigns Manager Marianne Macdonald says this review won’t make a...

Animal welfare heavy weight calls for a ban on live export – Safe NZ

September 10th, 2020
In an interview with RNZ Checkpoint yesterday, Dr John Hellstrom ONZM described his first-hand experience seeing New Zealand cattle suffer overseas which, in his view, meant a ban on live export is necessary. Dr Hellstrom was formerly Chair of the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), and once served as...

Sunken ship and export company have a sketchy past – SAFE

September 4th, 2020
The Gulf Livestock 1 has a history of engine problems. During a voyage in July 2019, the livestock vessel drifted for 25 hours whilst undergoing repairs following an engine failure. Australasian Global Exports (AGE), the company exporting the 5,867 cows on the Gulf Livestock 1 before it capsized, was reprimanded...

Live export ship carrying 5800 NZ cows goes missing in East China Sea – SAFE NZ

September 3rd, 2020
Livestock carrier Gulf Livestock 1 sent a distress signal at 4:45am NZT yesterday in the East China Sea. The area is affected by Typhoon Maysak. At 4pm a patrol plane spotted a lifeboat – with no people in it – and a man in lifejacket nearby. The ship departed Napier...

Shocking new winter grazing footage – Cows forced to give birth in muddy paddocks

August 27th, 2020
New footage released by SAFE today shows a cow in labour in a mud-filled paddock and another who has recently given birth. Other cows and their young calves were filmed, as well as one cow with what appears to be her dead calf. The footage and photos were taken from...

Family slaughter their pets and eat them on prime time TV – SAFE NZ

August 26th, 2020
In the first episode of TV series ‘Meat the Family,’ which aired on TVNZ 1 last night, a family was given three chickens to raise as ‘pets’ over a three-week period. At the end of this time they were then faced with the decision whether to kill and eat the...

Second live export ship arriving this week in Napier

August 20th, 2020
The livestock carrier Dareen is due to collect approximately 7,300 cows from Napier tomorrow, following the Yangtze Harmony which collected a consignment of cows from Port Taranaki yesterday. The ships arrive in the wake of an investigation launched by Australian Federal agencies into the inhumane slaughter of Australian cattle in...

Select Committee ignores three petitions to ban fireworks – SAFE NZ

August 19th, 2020
The Governance and Administration Select Committee has failed to protect animals by recommending no limitations on the sale of fireworks to the public in a recent report. The report was issued in response to three separate petitions, all of which asked for public sales of fireworks to be banned. Read...

Discarded dairy calf corpses left to rot on public land in Taranaki

August 12th, 2020
This week, Taranaki locals stumbled across a pit full of dead dairy calves, dumped on public land nearby a waterway. Graphic images of the scene were shared with SAFE. SAFE CEO Debra Ashton says the horrific images are the reality of the dairy industry. Read more

Green Party’s animal welfare policy ‘a massive leap forward’ – SAFE

July 25th, 2020
The Green Party has put animals on the political agenda for this election with the announcement of their animal welfare policy at their election campaign launch today. The policy includes a promise to establish a Minister and Parliamentary Commissioner for Animal Welfare. Read more

Political Panel for Animals 2020 now available online – SAFE NZ

July 24th, 2020
SAFE’s Political Panel for Animals 2020 is now available to watch on YouTube. The Panel hosted last night in Wellington and included Hon Damien O’Connor, MP (Labour), Hon David Bennett, MP (National), Gareth Hughes, MP (Greens) and Mark Patterson, MP (NZ First). Read more

Greens MP Gareth Hughes commits his party to banning factory farming – SAFE NZ

July 24th, 2020
Last night at SAFE’s ‘Political Panel for Animals’, Green MP Gareth Hughes gave a sneak peek of his party’s upcoming animal welfare policy. It will include a ban on factory farming. SAFE CEO Debra Ashton says this is a massive step forward for animals. Read more
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