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Kiwi coffee brand embraces cage-free

Kiwi coffee brand embraces cage-free

August 24th, 2018
One of New Zealand’s oldest names in coffee, Robert Harris, has joined the cage-free egg revolution. After talks with SAFE, the café brand is committing to a future of free-range only eggs. By the end of 2020, the café chain’s breakfast menu will serve only free-range eggs.  By 2025, all...
Kiwi-owned grocery stores race to be cage-free

Kiwi-owned grocery stores race to be cage-free

August 20th, 2018
SAFE is applauding Kiwi grocery chain Bin Inn  for embracing cage-free policy with a swift turnaround time. The  commitment will see all 36 Bin Inn stores, from Whangarei to Alexandria,  cage-free in whole eggs by 2020. This is one of the fastest supermarket  chain-wide switches yet. After working with SAFE...
SAFE calls bull on feedlot spin

SAFE calls bull on feedlot spin

August 20th, 2018
Feedlots are a form of intense agriculture in which cattle are confined in pens, without grass and usually without any shelter, to feed them up before slaughter. In New Zealand, cattle can be held in these pens for months at a time. New drone-footage reveals the reality of feedlots already...
Calls for farming industry to protect whistle-blowers following death-threats

Calls for farming industry to protect whistle-blowers following death-threats

August 15th, 2018
Animal advocacy group SAFE is calling for farming groups to develop whistle-blower programmes, after revelations workers are receiving death threats for reporting abuse. The comment was made by SAFE CEO, Debra Ashton, in a speech to industry figures and the Associate Minister of Agriculture, Hon Meka Whaitiri, at an MPI...
SAFE wants humane treatment of animals in curriculum

SAFE wants humane treatment of animals in curriculum

August 9th, 2018
SAFE calling for humane treatment of animals to be taught in schools following teenagers’ involvement in seal shooting. SAFE says four teenagers’ involvement in the shooting of a protected  leopard seal near Dargaville shows a desperate need for compulsory  animal education in schools. The animal was fatally shot in the...
BP has foot on the gas towards cage-free future

BP has foot on the gas towards cage-free future

August 3rd, 2018
SAFE is applauding BP for being the first petrol and retail outlet in New Zealand to jump on board with the international cage-free egg movement. Being quick off the mark, whole cage eggs are already off the shelves across all 98 stores nationwide. BP in Poland adopted similar cage-free egg...
NZ pork offered award for farrowing crate cruelty

NZ pork offered award for farrowing crate cruelty

August 3rd, 2018
SAFE supporters attempted to present the NZ Pork Board with an award recognising the inherent cruelty in their continued use of farrowing crates, at their annual award dinner in Auckland yesterday evening. They were offered a unique piece of New Zealand artwork depicting a pig in a farrowing crate, along...
Extreme confinement: The questionable role of the farrowing crate in New Zealand’s future

Extreme confinement: The questionable role of the farrowing crate in New Zealand’s future

July 31st, 2018
In New Zealand, approximately 16,000 mother pigs (sows)  are each confined to cages that allow them only the space to take one  step forward or backward, for up to five weeks at a time, two to three  times a year. Many of these crates were installed when pigs  were physically...

‘Let’s Do This.’ Calls on Labour to uphold election promise

July 26th, 2018
A live pig will be attending a rally on Parliament steps at midday on 26 July, representing the 16,000 mother pigs being confined in so-called ‘farrowing crates’. She will be joined by veterinarian Rosalind Holland, Green MP Gareth Hughes and other caring New Zealanders, all pushing Labour to uphold its...

‘Pigs are great. Ban the crate.’ Calls on Labour to uphold election promise

July 26th, 2018
Today a live pig, Princess Buttercup, joined the rally on Parliament steps, representing the 16,000 mother pigs being confined in so called ‘farrowing crates’. Buttercup was joined by veterinarian Rosalind Holland, Green MP Gareth Hughes and other caring New Zealanders, all pushing Labour to uphold its election promise and ban...
MPI whitewash leaves a dirty stain on NZ’s reputation

MPI whitewash leaves a dirty stain on NZ’s reputation

July 18th, 2018
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has, yet again, let animals down by giving a green-light to the Timaru pig farm exposed last week for breaking the law. Footage obtained by Farmwatch volunteer investigators, which caused outrage nationwide, shows that the farm was keeping pigs in illegal sow stalls – banned...

MPI Whitewash leaves a dirty stain on New Zealand’s reputation

July 16th, 2018
SAFE is outraged to learn that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has, yet again, let animals down by giving a green-light to the Timaru pig farm exposed last week for breaking the law. Footage obtained by Farmwatch volunteer investigators shows that the farm was keeping pigs in illegal sow...
Over 75% of Kiwis think farrowing crates cause suffering

Over 75% of Kiwis think farrowing crates cause suffering

July 12th, 2018
A new nationwide poll conducted by Horizon Research has shown that just over three in four New Zealanders felt that the statement, “The use of farrowing crates can cause suffering to sows and it is not worth causing this suffering when there are alternative systems,” was closest to their own views...
Demands for Labour to uphold pre-election promise, as pig farm caught flouting the law

Demands for Labour to uphold pre-election promise, as pig farm caught flouting the law

July 12th, 2018
Shocking new footage has been released by SAFE showing pregnant pigs confined in sow stalls. The use of these metal cages has been banned since 2015. “Contrary to claims made today by NZ Pork, we have evidence that these cages were used as ‘sow stalls’, rather than so-called ‘mating stalls,” says...
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