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Pet’s death result of normalising and promoting shooting cats – SAFE

July 4th, 2023
The New Zealand Herald has reported that a cat was shot in North Canterbury last week, and subsequently had to be euthanised due to his injuries. The killing follows the controversial North Canterbury Hunting Competition a week earlier, which included a cat-hunting category. Read more

Depraved attack on an animal receives a slap on the wrist from District Court Judge – SAFE For Animals

June 30th, 2023
Animal rights organisation SAFE has slammed a judge’s decision at the Porirua District Court to discharge without conviction two men who shot a much-loved bull multiple times with a bow. The attack took place in North Wellington in August 2021. Arrows were found embedded in his stomach and neck and...

The North Canterbury cat-killing competition is back on – SAFE For Animals

June 21st, 2023
After cancelling the category due to public backlash, the North Canterbury Hunting Competition have bought back the feral cat hunting category. The category has new rules. Hunters will receive one entry into a prize draw for each feral cat thats entered the category. Read more

“Protect the ban on live export” – New Zealand leading the world on Ban Live Exports International Awareness Day – SAFE For Animals

June 14th, 2023
Animal rights organisation SAFE is calling on National and ACT to walk back their policy to restart live animal exports by sea ahead of the election. SAFE is drawing a line in the sand today, which marks Ban Live Exports International Awareness Day, a global initiative denouncing the atrocities of...

Greyhound handler facing several charges for animal abuse – SAFE For Animals

June 13th, 2023
A licensed greyhound handler – already charged earlier this year after a greyhound tested positive for methamphetamine – now faces several charges relating to animal abuse, including throwing a greyhound into a swabbing kennel, causing them to hit their head on the back of the kennel, and picking up a...

Controversial Wongan Hills feedlot development cancelled – SAFE

June 6th, 2023
SAFE has been notified today that the resource consent application to build four composting barns/feedlots in Kaituna Valley has been withdrawn. The feedlots would have confined 2,200 cows permanently indoors. The controversial proposal faced substantial backlash from local environmentalists concerned about the impacts on the vulnerable Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere)...

“Animals deserve respect” – National Animal Rights Day this Sunday

June 1st, 2023
“Animals deserve respect” – National Animal Rights Day this Sunday Source: SAFE For Animals — This Sunday, 4 June, Wellington and Christchurch will join over 300 cities worldwide in observing the National Animal Rights Day. The events remember the billions of animals who lose their lives each year due to...

Racing Integrity Board reports makes the case for greyhound racing closure

May 23rd, 2023
The Racing Integrity Board’s (RIB) damning reports, released today by Racing Minister Kieran McAnulty, show the greyhound racing industry can’t continue. Two reports, delivered to the Minister in December 2022 and March 2023, highlight increasing injury rates, an unsustainable rehoming system, and slow responses to track safety concerns, and states,...

Duck shooting season is bad news for all birds – SAFE for Animals

May 5th, 2023
The duck shooting season, which begins on Saturday 6 May this year, means countless birds, including natives like pūkeko, kakīānau (black swan), pūtangitangi (paradise shelduck), pārera (grey duck) and kuruwhengi (Australasian shoveler duck), will be killed. Read more

‘NZ makes history by becoming the first country to ban live export by sea’

April 28th, 2023
Live export by sea will be finally banned this weekend, on 30 April 2023. The milestone will be marked with celebratory events across the country. The decision was backed by Kiwis with over 30,000 people signing SAFE’s petition and over 57,000 emails sent to the Prime Minster calling for a...

Canterbury farmer gets slap on the wrist after more than 600 calves starve to death – SAFE For Animals

April 27th, 2023
Animal rights organization SAFE is renewing its calls for a Commissioner for Animals, following the pitiful sentence for a Canterbury farmer whose animals suffered under their watch. Lisa-Jane Claire Miller was sentenced to seven months of home detention and ordered to pay costs of $3,975 after 610 of their 687...

“This feels like betrayal” – greyhound racing industry decision kicked down the road until after the election – SAFE

April 20th, 2023
Newsroom has reported this morning that a decision on whether greyhound racing will be banned won’t be made until after the election. In 2020, the Government gave the greyhound racing industry 18 months to make improvements or risk closure. Racing Minister Kieran McAnulty told New Zealand there would be only...

‘Cattle suffering on mud farm as they await Timaru Port’s final livestock export’

April 19th, 2023
Disturbing footage has emerged showing thousands of cattle living in mud, due to be loaded onto a live export ship this week. The cattle are in pre-export quarantine near Pleasant Point, which is little more than a mud farm. The cattle will be the last to leave Timaru port before...

Hunting competition must cancel the cat hunting category – SAFE

April 18th, 2023
Animal rights organisation SAFE is calling on competition organisers to cancel the “most feral cats hunted” category of their annual fundraiser for Rotherham School and Community Pool. Stuff reported this morning that a sponsor has pulled their support from the North Canterbury Hunting Competition in protest of the junior category....
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