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‘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...

Kōrero with Kari Schmidt, co-author of the NZALA’s latest report: Farmed Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand.

May 5th, 2021
Today on the show I’m chatting with Kari Schmidt, who is a solicitor and co-author of New Zealand Animal Law Association's latest report; Farmed Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand.

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...

April was for animals

April 27th, 2021
April has been a massive month for animals, both the good and the bad. It’s been a while since our last podcast, thanks in part to some of the announcements that have come out of the beehive this month. This includes a ban on the export of live animals by

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...

Live export protests planned for both islands this weekend

April 9th, 2021
Locals in Timaru and Ahuriri preparing for protests this Saturday and Sunday respectively due to the influx of live export ships Aotearoa has seen this week. Two live export ships arrived at Ahuriri this week, with another two arriving this weekend. Thousands of cows were loaded on another live export...
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