The salmonella outbreak and greyhound racetrack woes

October 5th, 2021
The Greyhound racing industry has had a double blow in the last few weeks. One of it’s race tracks is facing closure, and another potential new track has failed to even get off the ground. And Aotearoa has been silently battling an outbreak of salmone

Kōrero with Kelly Phelps, Free As A Bird Rescue

September 29th, 2021
Kelly started Free as a Bird in 2013, and since then the non profit organisation has rescued, rehabilitated and rehome tens of thousands of hens, many of them rescued from battery and colony cages.

Greyhound racing in Whanganui yesterday was at Manawatu Raceway, not Hatrick – SAFE

September 28th, 2021
In regards to the previous media release distributed by SAFE, we have been alerted to the fact that the greyhound races held yesterday in Whanganui were at Manawatu Raceway, not Hatrick Raceway. Please disregard today’s statement regarding Hatrick Raceway. Read more
Why I stopped eating fish

Why I stopped eating fish

December 13th, 2021
I’ve always had an affinity with animals. I must have been around eight years old when my primary school teacher showed the entire school a video of what happens to animals after they leave the farm. That brave teacher got into a lot of trouble for showing us that video,...

Community Board rejects greyhound racing track proposal in Christchurch

September 22nd, 2021
The Waitai Coastal-Burwood Community Board has chosen not to progress with an application from the greyhound racing industry to build a new dog racing track at QEII Park in Christchurch. Community Board member Bebe Frayle said in an email that the board made the decision in part due to local...

Greyhound racing still struggling with doping and injuries

September 22nd, 2021
Last week we bought you the interview with a former Northern Eggs employee, who spoke out about the appaling treatment of hens at the colony cage farm. Today we’ll bring you the latest on that story. And the greyhound racing industry is still grappling

Yet another greyhound tests positive for prohibited substances in Christchurch

September 21st, 2021
In a judgement released this week by the Racing Integrity Board, Craig Roberts was fined $2,000 after his dog Willene Bale tested positive for Ketoprofen at Addington Raceway in July 2021. This is the third time one of Roberts’ dogs had tested positive for banned substances. Read more

Council urged to reject Greyhound racing proposal on public land

September 21st, 2021
An animal rights organisation is calling on the Christchurch City Council to reject Greyhound racing on its land. Greyhound Racing New Zealand has made a proposal to lease land at QEII Park to build a new racetrack. The two other proposals for the 4-hectare section of land include a multi-sport...

Council land should not be used for greyhound racing – SAFE

September 20th, 2021
Greyhound Racing New Zealand (GRNZ) has made a proposal to lease land at QEII Park to build a new racetrack. The two other proposals for the 4-hectare section of land include a multi-sport training and entertainment complex and a range for the Christchurch Archery Club. Read more

Whanganui racetrack sees six greyhounds injured in one day – SAFE

September 20th, 2021
At a racing meet last Wednesday, six dogs were injured at the Whanganui greyhound racing track. Two of the dogs suffered broken legs, with a third suspected. Two of the dogs are undergoing x-rays to confirm. The last four races of the meeting were eventually abandoned due to poor weather....

Whistleblower exposes shocking cruelty to hens on New Zealand farm – SAFE

September 15th, 2021
A former farmworker who wishes to remain anonymous, has revealed to SAFE the horrific conditions that hens are living in at the colony cage farm ‘Northern Eggs’ in Whangarei. In May 2021, a former Northern Eggs worker approached SAFE with images showing hens left to rot in cages at the...

Northern Eggs colony cage cruelty

September 15th, 2021
On this week's episode of Animal Matters, Will Appelbe speaks with a whistleblower who used to work at Northern Eggs, a colony cage farm near Whangarei. This brave informant put themselves at great personal risk to expose the cruelty that's currently occu

The beginning of the end for greyhound racing?

September 8th, 2021
Last week, in his capacity as Minister for Racing, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson gave the greyhound racing industry an ultimatimum upon the release of the greyhound racing review. It was a scathing review, and today we’ll take a look at its findin

Pressure is mounting for a ban on greyhound racing – SAFE

September 2nd, 2021
Racing Ministry Grant Robertson has put the greyhound racing industry formally on notice following the release of a damning review of the industry. The review, which was commissioned in April 2021 and completed by Sir Bruce Robertson, shows the industry has made little improvement since the Hansen report in 2016....
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