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Budget 2020: How will investment be spent in the primary sector – SAFE NZ

May 15th, 2020
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced this morning that as part of this year’s budget the Government is to invest $5.4 million over four years to improve animal welfare. “It’s great to see the Government investing in animal welfare,” says SAFE CEO Debra Ashton. Read more

Coronavirus: Concerns for welfare of surplus pigs as butchers forced to close

May 13th, 2020
New Zealand is facing an animal welfare crisis with up to 5000 fast-growing pigs unable to be sent to slaughter every week during the coronavirus lockdown. Independent butchers were left off the Government’s list of essential businesses allowed to open during the lockdown and were forced to close last week....

Coronavirus: Pets stuck in lockdown can’t go home to owners

May 13th, 2020
Cargo revenue is now more important than ever for Air New Zealand after passenger demand fell off a cliff due to coronavirus. Puppies, kittens and other pets waiting to go home are stuck in limbo as pet travel remains banned under level 4 coronavirus restrictions. Read more

Pigs and the Pandemic w/ PETA, SAFE NZ & NZ Pork: May 4th, 2020

May 13th, 2020
Many industries have been placed under pressure, with the Pork industry being a focus. Over the past few weeks, questions have been raised by animal rights groups about the welfare of pigs as the industry deals with a surplus and an inability to process and sell fast enough. Read more

Winston the Auckland Island pig pulls off one of the great escapes of lockdown

May 13th, 2020
Your playlist will load after this ad The Auckland Island pig was unaware his life was in the balance if he wasn’t relocated from an Auckland research facility. Source: Seven Sharp re rescued pig, lockdown, coronavirus, Covid-19, interviewed: Tara Sutherland, pig rescuer; Will Appelbe, S.A.F.E. Read more
Greening Kiwi dinner tables

Greening Kiwi dinner tables

May 13th, 2020
As a young chef slinging steaks on the grill at one of Sydney’s hippest restaurants, Tom Riley never thought about trading the thrill of cooking on the line (and the late nights of partying) for something else. It was at one of those late-night parties in 2008 that he set...

Greyhound racing, animal cruelty in isolation, and animal law with Danielle Duffield

May 12th, 2020
In this episode, we speak to Danielle Duffield, co-founder of the New Zealand Animal Law association about New Zealand’s animal welfare laws. Greyhound racing has restarted under alert level 3, and fast food faces unprecedented demand at drive-throughs. B
Five unexpected side effects of doing Meat-Free May

Five unexpected side effects of doing Meat-Free May

May 8th, 2020
It’s Meat-Free May! People all over the world are taking part by cutting out meat for the month and embracing the delicious and healthy alternatives available. Some are going the extra mile by cutting out animal products altogether, including dairy and eggs. We all know this is a great move...
SAFE’s historic court case – Understanding the Animal Welfare Act 1999

SAFE’s historic court case – Understanding the Animal Welfare Act 1999

May 6th, 2020
Paris Waterworth is SAFE’s Campaigns Assistant and resident legal expert. She was admitted to the bar in 2019. In this series, Paris will be demystifying legal processes and shedding light on how court proceedings can translate into real-world justice for animals like mother pigs. The Animal Welfare Act 1999 is...

Hundreds of greyhounds set to die this season – SAFE NZ

May 5th, 2020
The Greyhound Racing New Zealand 2019 annual report illustrates that 293 dogs were euthanised in 2019 due to the industry’s failure to rehome them. A further 54 were euthanised at the track due to critical injuries sustained during racing. Greyhound racing is set to restart today, with races scheduled in...

Facebook Mouse-Hunting Group Rampant with Animal Cruelty – SAFE NZ

May 4th, 2020
Last week a member of ‘The Great NZ Lock Up Mouse Hunt Comp’ Facebook group posted an image of a dead cat that they had caught in a trap. Another member commented on the photo, gloating about the number of cats he had killed since January, which included 25 kittens....
It’s time to extend our compassion to crayfish

It’s time to extend our compassion to crayfish

May 4th, 2020
High-end Auckland restaurant Pasture has been selling live crayfish as part of their produce boxes, but what does that mean for the crayfish? Just like mammals, crayfish have a nervous system that is capable of feeling pain. They have sensory and opioid receptors and demonstrate reduced responses to painful procedures...
What’s really in that bucket of KFC?

What’s really in that bucket of KFC?

April 30th, 2020
Absence is said to make the heart grow fonder, but in the case of the high demand for KFC at the end of the Level 4 COVID-19 restrictions, I wonder if the people who queued in their masses to get their first post-lockdown takeaway really knew what they were eating....

Animals in captivity, live export, and human animal relationships with Dr. Nik Taylor

April 28th, 2020
Wild animals are doing it tough in cages, both in New Zealand and abroad, and on Netflix it seems. We speak to Dr. Nik Taylor about animal human relationships, oppression, violence, and how these intertwine and play a role in our society. And Taranaki loc
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