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Leading animal organisations commit to facilitate rehoming racing greyhounds

May 20th, 2024
Today marks a pivotal moment in the campaign to end greyhound racing in New Zealand as Dogwatch, HUHA, SAFE and SPCA announce a commitment to assisting the industry to rehome greyhounds. Published today in The Post, the joint statement outlines our commitment to facilitate greyhound rehoming should a ban on...

Government must move to ban greyhound racing following yet another two deaths in Christchurch

May 17th, 2024
Two greyhounds were tragically killed following a single race at Christchurch’s Addington Raceway on 16 May 2024. Both Jovita and Palawa Queen were euthanised after suffering catastrophic fractures. SAFE Head of Investigations, Will Appelbe, says it is beyond comprehension that greyhounds continue to suffer and die on New Zealand racing...

Harrowing duck shooting footage prompts calls for immediate shooting ban – SAFE

May 9th, 2024
Distressing new video footage from the opening day of this season’s duck shooting has been obtained by SAFE, highlighting the brutal reality faced by Aotearoa’s ducks. The video, taken on the morning of Saturday 4 May, captures a grievously wounded bird, shot by a hunter and unable to fly, struggling...

On the anniversary of the live export ban, SAFE urges the Government to stand firm

April 30th, 2024
Today marks the one-year anniversary of New Zealand’s groundbreaking ban on live export by sea, a move hailed globally as a pioneering leap forward for animal welfare. Since its implementation on 30 April 2023, tens of thousands of animals have been spared the harrowing ordeal of sea journeys to countries...

‘SAFE appalled by government’s proposed RMA reforms’

April 24th, 2024
SAFE is expressing deep concern over the Government’s proposed amendments to the Resource Management Act (RMA), particularly the repeal of all regulations on intensive winter grazing (also known as mud farming). The proposed reforms, announced by the Government yesterday, seek to remove existing regulations on mud farming, a move that...

‘SAFE stands in solidarity at School Strike for Climate to oppose Government policies’

April 3rd, 2024
Animal rights organisation SAFE is proud to announce its active participation in the forthcoming School Strike for Climate rally scheduled for Friday 5 April, in centres across the country. As staunch advocates for both animal rights and environmental sustainability, SAFE is eager to stand in solidarity with the youth-led movement...

‘Urgent calls for Government intervention as fatalities on Greyhound racetracks soar’

March 22nd, 2024
In the wake of three recent fatalities within a single week and the temporary closure of a racing track following a surge in injuries, SAFE is issuing an urgent plea to the Government: immediately implement a ban on Greyhound racing in Aotearoa. Just yesterday, Greyhound Racing New Zealand announced it...

Fast-Track Approvals Bill a threat to animal welfare, environment, and democratic integrity

March 19th, 2024
SAFE is urgently calling on the Environment Committee to reject the Government’s Fast-Track Approvals Bill, and is urging New Zealanders to rally behind the call. The proposed Bill, currently under consideration with the Environment select committee, has sparked widespread concern among environmentalists, indigenous advocates, and animal welfare organisations. Read more

Urgent call to protect the ban on live animal export – SAFE For Animals

March 4th, 2024
SAFE is today launching a nationwide campaign aimed at the new government, issuing an urgent call to preserve the ban on live animal export. The campaign is calling on New Zealanders to add their names to a parliamentary petition, headed by Former Chair of the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee...

Emergency stop in Cape Town exposes deception in ‘gold-standard’ promises – SAFE

February 22nd, 2024
The distressing emergency stop of the Al Kuwait in Cape Town has revealed a grim spectacle of suffering and neglect. With 19,000 cows aboard, this voyage has laid bare the cruel reality of live export by sea. Disturbing images have surfaced revealing dead, dying, diseased and distressed cattle, some of...

‘Govt must move to ban greyhound racing following two deaths in Christchurch’

February 13th, 2024
The consequences of the previous Government’s delay on banning greyhound racing has resulted in countless injuries and deaths – with two dogs killed in Christchurch already this year. Miss Madrid, aged four, was euthanised at Addington Raceway on 26 January 2024 after she suffered two broken legs while racing. Read...

Newstalk ZB Wellington 9am – Item 6

December 14th, 2023
An animal welfare group is warning reversing the ban on live exports will turn us into an international laughing stock. Labour [Party] banned live exports in April, but the government is promising to overturn the ban with new safety rules in place. SAFE [Save Animals From Exploitation] Chief Executive Debra...

Another greyhound fatality prompts calls to end industry – SAFE For Animals

December 14th, 2023
SAFE is renewing calls for the Prime Minister to stand behind his words and ban greyhound racing after horrific injuries claim the life of yet another greyhound. The greyhound, Thrilling Herbie, has been euthanised after fracturing both hocks at Whanganui’s Hatrick Raceway on 1 December. Read more

Past time to address the cow in the room: Government must take drastic steps to reducing methane emissions from animal agriculture

December 12th, 2023
Past time to address the cow in the room: Government must take drastic steps to reducing methane emissions from animal agriculture Source: SAFE For Animals — Animal rights organisation SAFE is urging the new Government to take seriously warnings about the urgent need to reduce methane from farmed animals, to...
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