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EU approves restrictions on animal antibiotics, a win for animal welfare and public health

EU approves restrictions on animal antibiotics, a win for animal welfare and public health

November 5th, 2018
SAFE has applauded the European Parliament for taking a bold and necessary step towards improved animal welfare, by banning the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in meat production by 2022. Along with a complete ban on the use of human reserve antibiotics in veterinarian medicine, the European Parliament has banned the...
2018 SAFE Annual General Meeting

2018 SAFE Annual General Meeting

November 2nd, 2018
As per our previous notice, I invite you to attend the 2018 SAFE Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Saturday 24 November at 3PM, PSA House, Level 6 (there is a lift available), 11 Aurora Terrace, Wellington. There will be light refreshments from local bakery, Sweet Release and...

SAFE celebrates World Vegan Day with annual Eat Kind Awards

November 2nd, 2018
The “butcher of the future,” a cafe with a vegan cheese cave, and a plant-based, sweet-treat hot spot have taken out SAFE’s 2018 Eat Kind Awards. This is the second year running of the awards that recognise excellence in vegan eateries. They were announced today in celebration of World Vegan...
Otago farmer receives formal warning for illegal sow stall use

Otago farmer receives formal warning for illegal sow stall use

November 2nd, 2018
SAFE are deeply frustrated with MPI for only issuing a warning to a Timaru pig farm after an investigation was prompted by shocking footage of illegal animal cruelty captured by Farmwatch. MPI animal welfare inspectors visited the Timaru pig farm in July this year after footage released by Farmwatch showed pigs kept...
2018 Eat Kind Awards presented!

2018 Eat Kind Awards presented!

November 1st, 2018
SAFE mark World Vegan Day by acknowledging four eateries across the country for their outstanding vegan cuisine. The 2018 EAT KIND Awards were presented to: The Butcher’s Son  – North Island Kaiaroha – Newcomer Sweet Release – Themed Cuisine Portershed – South Island Now in its second year, SAFE’s EAT...

PigCare label for highest award in misleading advertising

October 27th, 2018
  The “PigCare” system purports to be “New Zealand’s only independently verified animal welfare programme” and products carrying the label claim to have high welfare standards. But SAFE’s Head of Campaigns, Marianne Macdonald, is calling bull on the claims. “Farms only need to adhere to the minimum animal welfare standards...
PigCare label nominated for highest award in misleading advertising

PigCare label nominated for highest award in misleading advertising

October 27th, 2018
SAFE is nominating New Zealand Pork’s ‘PigCare’ label for the 2018 Bad Taste Food Awards, in recognition of its deception of consumers in the name of profit. The awards are run by Consumer NZ and recognise the country’s most misleading advertisements. The ‘PigCare’ system purports to be “New Zealand’s only independently...
NZ Pork at risk of repeating mistakes of big egg business

NZ Pork at risk of repeating mistakes of big egg business

October 26th, 2018
The social licence for factory farming is on a sharp decline. All major supermarket chains in New Zealand now have a policy to move away from selling cage eggs, while sales of free-range meat and eggs are booming. The Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, recently warned farmers that the “lowest common...
Absurdity of NZ Action at Parliament

Absurdity of NZ Action at Parliament

October 26th, 2018
A woman will be trapped in a cage on top of a hospital bed outside Parliament tomorrow, to draw attention to the ‘absurd’ comparison of farrowing crates to maternity wards. The demonstration is being organised by SAFE on Thursday 25 October, and follows the organisation’s oral submission on a 112,844 signature...
Absurdity of NZ Pork comparison acted out before Parliament

Absurdity of NZ Pork comparison acted out before Parliament

October 25th, 2018
A woman was trapped in a cage on top of a hospital bed today outside Parliament, to draw attention to the ‘absurd’ comparison of farrowing crates to maternity wards. This demonstration was held after the Parliamentary Primary Production Select Committee had listened to submissions from SAFE and New Zealand Pork,...
SAFE calling on councils to reject mega-farm application

SAFE calling on councils to reject mega-farm application

October 24th, 2018
SAFE is calling on two councils to think about the wellbeing of millions of birds, as well as the negative impacts on local people through increased traffic and pollution, when they hear a consent application for a huge chicken farm in Waikato. Matamata Poultry Limited wants to build a six-shed...
What future for feedlots?

What future for feedlots?

October 23rd, 2018
Drone footage released by SAFE this week revealed the jaw-dropping scale of the Wakanui feedlot in Canterbury.  The film was met by widespread disgust from Kiwis, who were shocked to see American-style intensive zero-grazing operations, right here in New Zealand. Their outrage grew when they found out how widely this so-called ‘premium...
Call on councils to reject cruel mega-farm

Call on councils to reject cruel mega-farm

October 23rd, 2018
SAFE is calling on two councils to think about the wellbeing of millions of birds, as well as the negative impacts on local people through increased traffic and pollution, when they hear a consent application for a huge chicken farm in Waikato. Matamata Poultry Limited wants to build a six-shed...

Another death leads to renewed calls for an end to rodeo

October 22nd, 2018
SAFE is appalled that a horse has been killed at the Methven rodeo today and that animals continue to be put at risk at rodeo events to provide fun for a minority.  SAFE’s Head of Campaigns Marianne Macdonald says that while details are still scarce over what happened to this...
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