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“Animals deserve respect” – National Animal Rights Day this Sunday

June 1st, 2023
“Animals deserve respect” – National Animal Rights Day this Sunday Source: SAFE For Animals — This Sunday, 4 June, Wellington and Christchurch will join over 300 cities worldwide in observing the National Animal Rights Day. The events remember the billions of animals who lose their lives each year due to...

Racing Integrity Board reports makes the case for greyhound racing closure

May 23rd, 2023
The Racing Integrity Board’s (RIB) damning reports, released today by Racing Minister Kieran McAnulty, show the greyhound racing industry can’t continue. Two reports, delivered to the Minister in December 2022 and March 2023, highlight increasing injury rates, an unsustainable rehoming system, and slow responses to track safety concerns, and states,...

Duck shooting season is bad news for all birds – SAFE for Animals

May 5th, 2023
The duck shooting season, which begins on Saturday 6 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

‘NZ makes history by becoming the first country to ban live export by sea’

April 28th, 2023
Live export by sea will be finally banned this weekend, on 30 April 2023. The milestone will be marked with celebratory events across the country. The decision was backed by Kiwis with over 30,000 people signing SAFE’s petition and over 57,000 emails sent to the Prime Minster calling for a...

Canterbury farmer gets slap on the wrist after more than 600 calves starve to death – SAFE For Animals

April 27th, 2023
Animal rights organization SAFE is renewing its calls for a Commissioner for Animals, following the pitiful sentence for a Canterbury farmer whose animals suffered under their watch. Lisa-Jane Claire Miller was sentenced to seven months of home detention and ordered to pay costs of $3,975 after 610 of their 687...

“This feels like betrayal” – greyhound racing industry decision kicked down the road until after the election – SAFE

April 20th, 2023
Newsroom has reported this morning that a decision on whether greyhound racing will be banned won’t be made until after the election. In 2020, the Government gave the greyhound racing industry 18 months to make improvements or risk closure. Racing Minister Kieran McAnulty told New Zealand there would be only...

‘Cattle suffering on mud farm as they await Timaru Port’s final livestock export’

April 19th, 2023
Disturbing footage has emerged showing thousands of cattle living in mud, due to be loaded onto a live export ship this week. The cattle are in pre-export quarantine near Pleasant Point, which is little more than a mud farm. The cattle will be the last to leave Timaru port before...

Hunting competition must cancel the cat hunting category – SAFE

April 18th, 2023
Animal rights organisation SAFE is calling on competition organisers to cancel the “most feral cats hunted” category of their annual fundraiser for Rotherham School and Community Pool. Stuff reported this morning that a sponsor has pulled their support from the North Canterbury Hunting Competition in protest of the junior category....

Online retailers are selling illegal glue traps into Aotearoa – SAFE For Animals

April 6th, 2023
SAFE is alarmed that glue traps to catch rodents are making their way into Aotearoa despite being illegal. This week,, which operates online marketplaces including Dick Smith and Matt Blatt, pulled illegal glue traps from its websites after being contacted by animal rights organisation SAFE. Read more

Another death shows greyhound racing industry still ‘inherently dangerous’ – SAFE

April 4th, 2023
Animal rights organisation SAFE is again calling for the greyhound racing industry to be closed after a dog was killed last Thursday. Thrilling Nora suffered severe injuries during a re-qualifying trial in Waikato. She was found to have suffered a leg fracture and was euthanised. Read more

Petition to free hens from cages heading to Parliament on Wednesday 29 March – SAFE

March 26th, 2023
Animal rights organisation SAFE will deliver their 34,000 signature-strong petition to Parliament on Wednesday 29 March to Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare), Meka Whaitiri, calling for an end to the caging of all hens across New Zealand. Read more

Man prosecuted for failing to provide vet care to a greyhound – SAFE For Animals

March 24th, 2023
A man whom SAFE understands is a greyhound racing trainer has been prosecuted for failing to ensure a greyhound received treatment alleviating any pain or distress. The greyhound had a catastrophic injury that went untreated for years. The greyhound’s leg had been without function for so long that the bone...

Petition to free hens from cages heading to Parliament on Wednesday 29 March

March 21st, 2023
Advisory: Petition to free hens from cages heading to Parliament on Wednesday 29 March Source: SAFE For Animals — Animal rights organisation SAFE will deliver their 33,000 signature-strong petition to Parliament at 1pm on Wednesday 29 March 2023 to Associate Minister of Agriculture Hon Meka Whaitiri, calling for an end...

Greyhound faces full tail amputation following Chch race meeting – SAFE

March 21st, 2023
SAFE is again urging the Government to ban greyhound racing sooner rather than later, following a raft of severe injures in Christchurch yesterday. Sugar rose suffered a severe tail injury yesterday at Addington raceway. Her tail was partially amputated after the race and will be fully amputated this week. Read...
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