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Greyhound doping and suspicious betting should warrant a police investigation – SAFE

May 13th, 2021
Last week the Otago Daily Times revealed an unidentified punter placed a $10,000 bet on greyhound Zipping Sarah, who won her race at the Addington Raceway in November 2020 before testing positive for methamphetamine. Of the 481 bets placed totalling $23,083, this was by far the most significant bet placed...

Live export protests planned tomorrow for a National Day of Action – SAFE NZ

May 7th, 2021
SAFE will join people around the country tomorrow, who are rallying together from midday to demonstrate their opposition to the two-year phase-out of live export by sea. As part of a ‘National Day of Action,’ independently organised protests will be held in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch, Whangarei, Whanganui, Nelson and...

Dunedin local finds over a dozen dead ducks dumped by hunters – SAFE NZ

May 7th, 2021
Yesterday, near Long Beach in Otago, a member of the public found 15-20 dead ducks illegally dumped by bird shooters. The dead birds had been dumped in a rest area where many families stop to feed birds. SAFE Campaigns Manager Jessica Chambers said the dumped ducks show how little regard...

‘Animal abusers are escaping criminal charges in the racing industry’ – SAFE NZ

May 6th, 2021
Details of a case where harness racing trainer Jesse Alford was caught administering dangerous substances to two horses were revealed at a Judicial Control Authority for Racing hearing this week. Alford injected two horses with formalin, which contains formaldehyde, which can have a serious impact on a horses’ health. Read...

MPI fails to pursue criminal charges for greyhound meth case

May 3rd, 2021
Last month the greyhound trainer Angela Turnwald was fined $3,500 and disqualified for four months after their dog Zipping Sarah tested positive for methamphetamine. Despite the known risks of administering meth to a dog, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will not pursue criminal charges under the Animal Welfare Act...

Bird shooting season is bad news for all birds

April 30th, 2021
The bird shooting season, which begins on Saturday 1 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

Greyhound racing must be suspended until the Government review is complete

April 29th, 2021
SAFE has written to the Minister for Racing, Grant Robertson, and the Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare), Meka Whaitiri, demanding that dog racing be suspended until the Government’s review is completed. SAFE spokesperson Will Appelbe said recent events have proven that greyhounds continue to be at risk. Read more

Thousands of cows leaving Port Taranaki today – SAFE

April 28th, 2021
A two year phase out of live export by sea means that hundreds of thousands of animals will continue to suffer, including the cows due to leave Port Taranaki today on the Ocean Ute. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced earlier this month that the export of live animals by sea...

Meth use in greyhound racing exposed

April 22nd, 2021
In a judgement released yesterday, the Judicial Control Authority for Racing fined greyhound trainer Angela Turnwald $3,500 and disqualified them for four months in a doping case. The case was bought by the Racing Integrity Unity after the greyhound Zipping Sarah tested positive for methamphetamine. Read more

‘Gruelling’ Silver Collar greyhound race must be cancelled in 2021 – SAFE NZ

April 20th, 2021
This year will be the 50th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup of greyhound racing. The Silver Collar is described by the Auckland Greyhound Racing Club as a ‘gruelling’ and ‘stamina-sapping affair,’ raced over an ‘extreme’ 779 meters, which is twice as long as a typical race. Read more

Live export ban should be immediate

April 19th, 2021
The two-year phaseout of the export of livestock by sea, announced by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor last week, could mean over 200,000 animals will be shipped overseas before the cruel trade is ended. TVNZ’s ‘Sunday’ programme last night revealed ship wide suffering on the Yangtze Harmony last year, where 49...

Greyhound racing taken to task as the Government announces a review – SAFE NZ

April 16th, 2021
The Government has just announced a review of the greyhound racing industry, following reports from SAFE, Greyhound Protection League and Grey2K USA Worldwide of ongoing cruelty within the greyhound racing industry. In the announcement, Minister for Racing Grant Robertson said he is not satisfied the industry is improving animal welfare,...

Live export ban means thousands of animals will no longer suffer overseas – SAFE

April 14th, 2021
The Government today has announced a ban on the export of livestock by sea. The trade will be phased out over two years. SAFE CEO Debra Ashton said she’s pleased to see the Government is taking animal welfare seriously. “SAFE has been campaigning on this issue for many years because...

Gambling profits are crippling, potentially killing dogs – SAFE NZ

April 13th, 2021
Six dogs have suffered broken legs at New Zealand greyhound races in the past two weeks. On Sunday, in a video broadcast by the TAB, in Race 3 at Auckland, greyhound All Day Long suffered a harrowing fall and broken leg. On the same day, at the same track, Spring...
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