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March 27th, 2020
In the wake of the global pandemic known as COVID-19, our work on behalf of animals is more important than ever – and it will continue. As we work together as a country to mitigate the risk posed by this pandemic, undoubtedly many of our supporters have been impacted in...

Animal advocate says Port Taranaki’s reputation at risk over involvement in live cattle exports

March 16th, 2020
The live export of 3300 cattle to China is planned this weekend from Port Taranaki – the second similar shipment since the end of January this year. (File photo) A port company which helps businesses export live cattle as a way to diversify its trade is out of step with...

Animal welfare breach but no offence committed at Urenui Rodeo MPI investigation finds

March 16th, 2020
Animal rights advocates are appalled by the “clear disregard for animal welfare” they say was shown at the Urenui Rodeo last month. Anneka Carlson was one of nearly 30 protesters outside the event on the day, and says she was horrified to be shown a video showing a clear breach...

No plans to shut rodeo down after bull deaths

March 16th, 2020
A rodeo in Dunedin will go ahead in April, despite calls from an animal rights group for the event to be cancelled. Radio New Zealand reported last month two bulls were euthanised in club events over summer after being hurt. One of the bulls had its back strained while bucking...

Labour’s kindness agenda should extend to rodeo animals

March 16th, 2020
A protester at the Urenui Rodeo in north Taranaki earlier this month filmed a rider wrestling a steer for too long. The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed a breach of the welfare code, but said no offence was committed. OPINION: Last month it was revealed that the New Zealand rodeo...

NZ animal protection ranking downgraded

March 16th, 2020
World Animal Protection (WAP) has downgraded New Zealand’s animal protection ranking. The international non-profit animal welfare organisation reduced New Zealand’s ranking from an ‘A’, awarded in 2014, to a ‘C’ in its latest report. WAP says the downgrade is primarily due to the Government’s lack of legislation outlawing cruel practices....

National rodeo body admits change needed following Taranaki breach of welfare code

March 4th, 2020
A protestor at the Urenui Rodeo in north Taranaki captured a rider wrestling a steer for too long. New Zealand’s national rodeo body has acknowledged processes need to change after a rider was filmed wrestling a steer at a Taranaki event for longer than allowed. Read more

Two bulls euthanised at rodeos during summer

February 25th, 2020
[email protected] Two bulls have been killed in sporting events this summer, after suffering injuries bad enough that they had to be euthanised. 80 bulls have taken part in two Mad Bull Rodeo Club competitions during the summer, two had to be put down because of injuries. Read more

Protesters set to gather near Port Taranaki against live animal export

February 3rd, 2020
The Yangtze Fortune live export stock ship arrived at Port Taranaki on Thursday. Protestors are set to gather near Port Taranaki on Friday to demonstrate against the livestock ship Yangtze Fortune exporting about 4000 live cows to farms in China. The ship arrived at 12.45pm on Thursday and animal welfare...

Live export ship targeted by animal rights protesters

February 3rd, 2020
Warning: This video contains graphic images that may disturb some people. Protestors are planning to descend on Port Taranaki on Friday to protest the live export of animals. The live export ship Yangtze Fortune arrived on Thursday to collect 3800 cows for export to China. Read more

Protesters gather near Port Taranaki to oppose live cattle export

February 3rd, 2020
About 40 people gathered near Port Taranaki to protest live export and plans to ship about 4000 cows to China. About 40 protesters gathered near Port Taranaki to show their opposition to live export on Friday. Organised by animal welfare advocacy group SAFE, the protesters opposed the Yangzte Fortune, which...

Protesters against live animal exporting take to the sea in New Plymouth

February 3rd, 2020
The Port Taranaki pilot boat was monitoring the situation along with police. A group of animal activists have taken their protest to the sea off New Plymouth. On Saturday morning four protesters against live exporting could be seen in a small boat inside the Breakwater, opposing the Yangzte Fortune, which...

Live export trade sends millions of day-old chicks overseas each year

January 29th, 2020
Millions of chicks are sent offshore each year. OPINION: Late last year, a power cut and system failure killed nearly 200,000 chickens at a farm in Helensville. The fate of these chickens shocked and horrified many, and prompted the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to investigate following media coverage. Read...

Arrival of live export ship in Auckland sparks protests, renewed calls for total ban

January 29th, 2020
An animal rights group is protesting the arrival of a livestock carrier which is here to collect live animals for export, calling for a total ban on the practice. Protesters from SAFE are unhappy at the arrival in Auckland of the carrier Yangtze Fortune, while the live export trade is...
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