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Animal welfare groups call for total ban on calves being used in rodeo events – ‘You wouldn’t do this to your cat or dog’

January 8th, 2020
While thousands of holidaymakers are heading to rodeos around the country, animal welfare advocates are calling for a total ban on calves being used in the events. Your playlist will load after this ad The Government’s code of welfare for rodeos recommends calves not be involved. Read more

Caged-egg farm under investigation by MPI after video shows rotting chickens

December 19th, 2019
The Ministry for Primary Industries is investigating potential animal welfare breaches at a Northland caged-egg farm after video showed dead chickens rotting inside. The footage, filmed covertly and provided exclusively to Newshub, shows alongside dead and decaying chickens, blood close to where eggs were laid, a severely egg-bound hen and...

Nearly 200,000 chickens dead: Will anything change as a result?

December 4th, 2019
“A simple power cut led to the ventilation supply to these chickens being cut, and both the back-up generator failed and the alarm to alert workers that the chickens were slowly dying.” (FILE PHOTO) OPINION: Nearly 200,000 deaths by suffocation, because of a power cut. Read more

Nearly 200,000 chickens dead after electricity incident

December 4th, 2019
Animal welfare officers are investigating how nearly 200,000 chickens died early on Saturday morning at a chicken farm in Helensville. The Ministry for Primary Industries says the deaths, which RNZ has been told occured at a Tegel farm, were due to a back-up generator failing to kick in when the...

West Auckland farm accused of hiding 180,000 chicken deaths from MPI

December 4th, 2019
A west Auckland poultry farm is being accused of hiding the death of around 180,000 chickens from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The birds were found suffocated to death on Saturday morning after a power cut caused equipment which pumped air into the sheds to fail. Read more

Nearly 200k chickens die after ‘suffocating’ during power cut

December 3rd, 2019
About 180,000 chickens on a farm that reportedly supplies Tegel chicken died of suffocation on the weekend after a power cut. The Ministry for Primary Industries director of compliance Gary Orr said a “large number” of chickens had died at the farm in Helensville, west Auckland. Read more

More than 150,000 chickens die after power failure

December 3rd, 2019
A large number of chickens have died after a power failure at what’s believed to be a Tegel farm in the North Island. (File image). Photo: 123RF The Ministry for Primary Industries said about 190,000 chickens died in the early hours of Saturday at a chicken farm in Helensville. Read...

Rodeo is cancelled after activists protest against ‘animal cruelty’ in heated confrontation with aggressive cowboys

November 29th, 2019
A popular rodeo has been cancelled after animal rights activists protesting the event clashed with ‘confrontational’ cowboys. The New Zealand Mid Northern Rodeo Club said the annual event had been closed due to financial pressures and would be back in 2021 with a different family focus. Read more

End of the line for Mid Northern rodeo?

November 28th, 2019
This article was originally published in the Northland Age. Animal rights organisation Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE) announced yesterday that it had been “reliably informed” that the Mid Northern Rodeo had cancelled its event in January, staged every year since the 1960s, due to financial pressures. “This really is a...

Northland rodeo cancels 2020 event due to animal cruelty protesters

November 28th, 2019
Animal rights activists are claiming victory after an annual rodeo was cancelled due to financial pressures. But the Mid Northern Rodeo Club says it will be back and bigger than ever in 2021, with a festival aimed at a broader audience. Animal rights organisation Safe said the majority of New...

Whangarei rodeo cancellation a blip, not trend – association

November 27th, 2019
The rodeo association says the cancellation of one of its summer events is a blip, not a trend, and is confident rodeo’s popularity is not waning in the face of opposition. Photo: 123rf Animal welfare group SAFE said the cancellation of next year’s Mid Northern Rodeo is partially the result...

Calls to ban use of private fireworks debated at Select Committee

November 25th, 2019
Local government representatives were among those calling for legislation to ban private fireworks sales, during a presentation to Parliament’s Governance and Administration Select Committee today. Auckland councillors Cathy Casey and Fa’anana Efeso Collins discussed the Auckland Council’s submission to the Government to introduce the legislation. Read more

Horror capsize of livestock carrier renews calls for NZ to ban all live exports

November 25th, 2019
The capsizing of a livestock carrier off the coast of Romania has renewed calls by an animal welfare group for New Zealand to ban the practice of live exports completely. The Palau-flagged Queen Hind with approximately 14,600 sheep on board capsized on Sunday night after leaving the port of Midia....

Livestock ship’s ‘covert’ entry to port ‘no secret’

November 11th, 2019
Claims a livestock vessel built to carry 4000 head of cattle has covertly docked in Timaru have been rubbished by port authorities. Livestock carrier Brahman Express berthed at Timaru’s port on Thursday night and was not listed on PrimePort Timaru’s shipping schedule. Read more
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