SAFE concerned by award winner’s historic tweets

July 10th, 2020
[00:00:01] The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards Trust [NZDIA] is investigating historical tweets posted by a recent winner.  [00:00:09] Trust chair, Natasha Tere, says it has been made aware of the comments from 2020 Share Farmer of the Year, Nick Bertram and is now investigating the situation.  Read more

SFOTY in hot water over social media posts

July 9th, 2020
Organisers of the NZ Dairy Industry Awards are investigating unsavoury social media comments allegedly made by the newly crowned 2020 Share Farmer of the Year, Nick Bertram. In a statement the NZDIA Trust chair Natasha Tere says they have been made aware of “historical comments” made by Bertram. Read more

NZ Share Farmer of the Year winner a profane industry poster boy – SAFE NZ

July 9th, 2020
In 2017, Nick Bertram posted on Twitter a series of profanity-laden Tweets describing the cruel and illegal methods he uses to handle his cows, which he called ‘bitches.’ Bertram won the ‘Share Farmer of the Year’ award at the 2020 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards (NZDIA) on Saturday. Read more

In memory of Regan Russell, featuring her friends, Toronto Pig Save, and Camille Labchuk

July 6th, 2020
On today’s show, we remember Regan Russell. Regan was an animal rights activist with Toronto Pig Save, who was tragically killed recently when she was hit by a truck transport pigs. We’re joined by some of those who were closest to her, to share her story

Sharemilker who bashed cows with a pipe given a slap on the wrist

July 6th, 2020
Northland sharemilker Mike Luke who was filmed repeatedly and violently bashing his cows was sentenced in the Whangārei District Court today and fined $3,130. The footage was taken by Farmwatch after complaints from farm workers were ignored by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Read more
Colorado bans caging of hens

Colorado bans caging of hens

July 3rd, 2020
Yesterday, Colorado became the seventh US state to ban the caging of hens. The new law will spare roughly six million hens a lifetime of confinement in cages so small and barren that they are unable to perform their most basic natural behaviours, like fully stretching out their wings and...

Colorado has just banned caged eggs, NZ should be next – SAFE NZ

July 3rd, 2020
Colorado’s cage ban will free six million hens from a lifetime of confinement in cages. The State’s Governor signed the bill into law yesterday. Colorado joins Washington, Oregon, Michigan and California as the fifth state in the United States to ban cages. Read more

Intensive animal farming needs to be questioned as H1H1 strain identified – SAFE

July 1st, 2020
Earlier this week, researchers in China revealed they had found a new strain of H1N1 swine flu which they say has “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus.” New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said this morning that discovering new viruses isn’t “uncommon,” and that we...
Canadian Government invests 100 million into plant-based food industry – will New Zealand be next?

Canadian Government invests 100 million into plant-based food industry – will New Zealand be next?

June 29th, 2020
Last week, the Canadian Government announced it will invest almost 100 million dollars into plant-based food production. The global plant-based retail market has grown a whopping 31% since 2017 to a value of $4.5 billion, so it’s understandable that Canada wants to fund the growth of its plant-based food industry....

Fishing industry will continue to kill dolphins under new rules – SAFE NZ

June 25th, 2020
New measures announced yesterday by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash will not bring the critically endangered Māui dolphin back from the brink, according to animal rights organisation SAFE. SAFE Campaigns Director Ilan Goldberg said the measures do not go far enough. Read more

SAFE is outraged after cows are forced to endure muddy conditions

June 25th, 2020
Photos shot by a Fiordland resident in early June show cows in mud-filled paddocks with no shelter. A complaint was made to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), which failed to take any action after visiting the farm. Two weeks later, new photos taken at the same location again showed...

Our attitudes towards animals considered pests, and going plant-based with SAFE’s Eat Kind team

June 22nd, 2020
In this episode, we chat with SAFE’s Eat Kind team about plant-based diets, and how easy it is to choose kindness when you cook your next meal. The son of a National MP is sentenced for willful ill-treatment under the Animal Welfare Act, but no justice is
Today is World Albatross Day, but for how much longer?

Today is World Albatross Day, but for how much longer?

June 19th, 2020
Today we have an opportunity to think about our awe-inspiring albatross. Kiwis have a great love and appreciation for these magnificent aviators of the seas. Unfortunately, many species of seabird are declining, and some are critically endangered. This is certainly true of the albatross. We have a particular responsibility towards...

Live exports of cows set to double this year, despite review

June 12th, 2020
Almost double the number of cows were exported in the first five months of 2020 than in the same period in 2019. This increase has occurred while the Government is undertaking a review of the live-export trade, which Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor launched in June 2019. Read more
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