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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern receives giant Valentine’s Day card from hundreds of caring Kiwis

February 13th, 2019
Three of Jacinda Ardern’s constituents and SAFE delivered a giant Valentine’s card to the Prime Minister’s Mt Albert electorate office on February 14, 2019. Inside were hundreds of messages and signatures from caring Kiwis, all calling for Ms Ardern to have a heart for mother pigs this Valentine’s Day. In...
SAFE and NZALA file proceedings against the Government for failure to ban farrowing crates

SAFE and NZALA file proceedings against the Government for failure to ban farrowing crates

February 12th, 2019
SAFE and the New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA) have filed proceedings against the Government for their failure to act on the ongoing use of farrowing crates. This is the first case that SAFE and the NZALA have partnered on to seek legal justice for animals. The organisations will show...
SAFE applauds Government decision to cancel Saudi sheep deal

SAFE applauds Government decision to cancel Saudi sheep deal

February 11th, 2019
SAFE applauds the Government’s decision on February 12 2019 to cancel the controversial Saudi sheep deal, a plan by the previous Government which was to include a $10 million slaughterhouse in the Saudi desert. The deal was negotiated in response to the ban on live animal exports for slaughter, a 2003 decision...
SAFE applauds Starbucks New Zealand for 100% cage-free egg commitment

SAFE applauds Starbucks New Zealand for 100% cage-free egg commitment

January 29th, 2019
SAFE is applauding Starbucks New Zealand, who has committed to a policy to go 100% cage-free by 2020. In 2018, the Open Wing Alliance, a coalition of over 58 major international animal protection organisations (of which SAFE is a member) successfully secured Starbucks’ commitment to go cage-free by 2020 across...
SAFE and animal experts publish open letter to Government demanding ban on cruellest parts of rodeo

SAFE and animal experts publish open letter to Government demanding ban on cruellest parts of rodeo

January 28th, 2019
Twenty-four veterinarians, animal welfare authorities, and law experts signed an open letter supporting SAFE’s demands that the Labour-led Government upholds its pre-election promise to ban the cruellest aspects of rodeo. The open letter published in the New Zealand Herald on January 29, 2019, urges the Government to ban the use...

Open letter to the New Zealand Government calling for an urgent ban on rodeo events

January 28th, 2019
We, the undersigned, urge the Labour-led Government to uphold Labour’s pre-election promise to ban the use of flank straps, calves under 12 months of age, electric prods, and rope burning at rodeo events.  The signatories below represent a broad range of expertise in veterinary medicine, animal behaviour, animal welfare, and...
EU Committee calls for ban on live exports – SAFE demands NZ Government follows suit

EU Committee calls for ban on live exports – SAFE demands NZ Government follows suit

January 27th, 2019
SAFE has reiterated its demand for the New Zealand Government to ban all live exports, following calls in the European Union to clamp down on cruel live animal exports. On January 25 2019, the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee called for a ban on live animal exports that don’t meet the...
NZAVS appalled that thousands of animals are subjected to flawed research

NZAVS appalled that thousands of animals are subjected to flawed research

January 18th, 2019
The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society has revealed that cruel and scientifically flawed “Forced Swim Tests” are being conducted on animals in New Zealand, calling the practice “appalling”. NZAVS learned in January 2019 that researchers at Victoria University and the University of Otago conducted Forced Swim Tests, where mice or rats...
SAFE disgusted by the bullying tactics of rodeo spectators to silence protestors

SAFE disgusted by the bullying tactics of rodeo spectators to silence protestors

January 13th, 2019
SAFE is disgusted by the behaviour towards anti-rodeo activists at the Mid Northern Rodeo on January 12 2019. Activists at the 2019 Mid Northern Rodeo in Whangarei held a peaceful protest outside the event, while others bought tickets to enter the event to record footage of the animals being abused....
SAFE appalled to learn rodeo organisers kept second fatality at Gisborne Rodeo hidden

SAFE appalled to learn rodeo organisers kept second fatality at Gisborne Rodeo hidden

January 10th, 2019
New information given to SAFE in January 2019 revealed a second animal was killed at the Gisborne Rodeo in December 2018, showing a lack of transparency around the animal cruelty in the rodeo community. A source from the rodeo community, who wishes to remain anonymous, informed SAFE that a horse...
The death toll mounts as a bull is killed at Gisborne rodeo

The death toll mounts as a bull is killed at Gisborne rodeo

January 9th, 2019
The peak of the rodeo season this summer saw another innocent life taken at the Gisborne Rodeo. Despite continued calls to end rodeo in New Zealand, these barbaric displays of human dominance over animals continue. A bull was shot at the Gisborne Rodeo on December 27 after dislocating part of...

1080 poisoning an animal welfare catastrophe for New Zealand

January 9th, 2019
SAFE is calling on the Government to prioritise funding for research into humane alternatives to 1080.  The poison has been used in New Zealand since 1954 to control populations of certain animals. However, 1080 causes a slow and torturous death, and can take up to 18 hours to kill. SAFE...
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