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Putting the chicken before the egg, and a conversation with Jake Conroy

August 4th, 2020
Colony cages are on the agenda. An egg supplier was recently sentenced to two years in prison for fraudulently selling cage eggs as free range. Egg labelling relies on the trust of suppliers, but given how cruel colony cages are, should they be allowed to

Green Party’s animal welfare policy ‘a massive leap forward’ – SAFE

July 25th, 2020
The Green Party has put animals on the political agenda for this election with the announcement of their animal welfare policy at their election campaign launch today. The policy includes a promise to establish a Minister and Parliamentary Commissioner for Animal Welfare. Read more

Political Panel for Animals 2020 now available online – SAFE NZ

July 24th, 2020
SAFE’s Political Panel for Animals 2020 is now available to watch on YouTube. The Panel hosted last night in Wellington and included Hon Damien O’Connor, MP (Labour), Hon David Bennett, MP (National), Gareth Hughes, MP (Greens) and Mark Patterson, MP (NZ First). Read more

Political Panel for Animals 2020 – It’s Time!

July 24th, 2020
Last night in Wellington, SAFE hosted the Political Panel for Animals 2020. The Panelists included Green MP Gareth Hughes, New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson, National MP David Bennett and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, from the Labour Party. The
When unlikely allies come together to fight intensive farming

When unlikely allies come together to fight intensive farming

July 31st, 2020
Back in 2014, I was contacted by some fellow animal activists who told me a woman had reached out to them for help to stop a colony cage egg farm from being built in her small rural township of Patumahoe by a company called Craddock Farms. Knowing that I’d always...
Political Panel for Animals exceeded expectations

Political Panel for Animals exceeded expectations

July 24th, 2020
Last night’s Political Panel for Animals far exceeded my expectations. After seeing it, I am more optimistic than ever that we will get a win on colony cages ‒ if we keep pushing. It wasn’t the politicians that had me so excited. It was the little things. When it comes...

Greens MP Gareth Hughes commits his party to banning factory farming – SAFE NZ

July 24th, 2020
Last night at SAFE’s ‘Political Panel for Animals’, Green MP Gareth Hughes gave a sneak peek of his party’s upcoming animal welfare policy. It will include a ban on factory farming. SAFE CEO Debra Ashton says this is a massive step forward for animals. Read more

‘Trace My Egg’ programme ripe for abuse – SAFE NZ

July 23rd, 2020
The Egg Producers Federation’s voluntary ‘Trace My Egg’ programme, which claims to reduce the fraudulent labelling of eggs, will not prevent egg producers and suppliers from misleading customers. SAFE Corporate Campaigns Coordinator Jessica Chambers said ‘Trace My Egg’ is a strictly voluntary, high trust system that should be taken with...
NZ egg distributor sentenced for selling 3 million cage eggs as ‘free-range’

NZ egg distributor sentenced for selling 3 million cage eggs as ‘free-range’

July 22nd, 2020
A New Zealand egg distributor who sold 3 million cage eggs as free-range eggs was sentenced to 12 months’ home detention yesterday. While it’s encouraging to see Mr Chen being held accountable for his actions, this isn’t the first time someone has sold cage eggs as free-range eggs, and it...

Protest at the Canadian High Commission, Wellington – SAFE

July 22nd, 2020
On Friday, animal rights activists from all around the country, representing various New Zealand Animal Save Movement chapters, as well as guests from SAFE New Zealand and Direct Action Everywhere New Zealand, will be protesting the Canadian High Commission in Wellington, demanding accountability for the death of Animal Save activist...

The dairy industry’s failings, and rescuing animals with Shawn Bishop

July 21st, 2020
A bad couple of weeks for the dairy industry. We cover some of the latest current affairs, including the light sentencing of animal abuser Mike Luke, as well as a Dairy Industry Award winner who was stripped of his title due to profane and disrespectful t

Political panel for animals 2020 convened – SAFE NZ

July 16th, 2020
With only two months left until the general election, SAFE has convened a political panel to discuss the most pertinent issues facing animals in Aotearoa New Zealand today. The panellists will include Hon Damien O’Connor, MP (Labour), Hon David Bennett, MP (National), Gareth Hughes, MP (Greens) and Mark Patterson, MP...

Live export company lobbying for baby calf exports

July 14th, 2020
In an article published last week in Farmers Weekly, Australian live animal export company Austrex NZ advocated for the export of four-day old calves as an alternative to being ‘tapped on the head,’ referring to the use of a blunt force trauma. SAFE Campaigns Manager Marianne Macdonald said the export...

Top farmer’s tweets drag dairy industry through the dirt

July 13th, 2020
Nick Bertram was named Share Farmer of the Year on Saturday. OPINION: When Tararua sharemilker Nick Bertram was crowned 2020 Share Farmer of the Year, nobody could have predicted how quickly his victory would turn sour – except the judges who awarded him the title. Read more
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