NZ King Salmon mortality rates ethically and legally contentious – SAFE For Animals

September 29th, 2022
New Zealand King Salmon (NZKS) has reported a $24.5 million loss for its half-year earnings, of which it says a major contributor was a January mortality event. A 25% mortality rate for NZKS farms is considered standard for the company, and NZKS is forecasting a 38.8% mortality rate. Read more

Passing of live export Bill a historic moment

September 29th, 2022
The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill passed its third reading last night, which will give effect to a ban on live export. All exports of cattle, deer, goats, and sheep by sea will stop on 30 April 2023. SAFE Chief Executive Debra Ashton said it’s a relief that animals will soon...

Opposition MP’s out of touch on live export

September 28th, 2022
Opposition MP’s out of touch on live export Source: SAFE For Animals — Fiery debate was heard in parliament during the third reading of the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, which will give effect to a ban on live export. National MP Barbera Kuriger said the select committee process saw presentations...

‘SAFE publishes open letter calling for an end to the killing of pregnant cows’

September 27th, 2022
Last month, SAFE launched a campaign shining a light on agriculture’s dirty secret; the production of foetal bovine serum (FBS), which involves killing cows during pregnancy and draining blood from unborn calves. Today, SAFE has published its open letter in the Dominion Post, calling for a ban on the commercial...

Greyhound racing cleaning up its act? Yeah right.

September 23rd, 2022
The passing of Queen Elizabeth II has dominated the news cycle of late, so it's time to catch up with the latest (and not so great) animal yarns. Will fills Courtney in with the latest revelations from the greyhound racing industry and live export trade.

New data reveals failure of the international live export trade to protect New Zealand’s animals

September 22nd, 2022
Information obtained through Official Information Act requests has revealed that as many as ten times more animals could be dying shortly after live export voyages compared with during the journey. SAFE CEO Debra Ashton said the information was shocking, given the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) only publishes data based...

Two year ban for Tokoroa greyhound owner who used human drugs to treat dog

September 19th, 2022
A Tokoroa greyhound owner who tried to treat a dog with leftover human antibiotics, leading to it being put down, has been banned from the sport for two years. The only treatment the female breeding greyhound Jetsun Singer (Carrie) received for full thickness pressure ulcers on both hip areas was...

Greyhound with untreated pressure ulcers euthanised

September 16th, 2022
A greyhound trainer has been disqualified for two years for failing to seek treatment for a greyhound. It’s another example that shows the racing industry is still failing to protect dogs. During an audit on 27 June 2022, Racing Integrity Board inspectors found Jetsun Singer suffering from pressure ulcers, which...
Foetal Bovine Serum: Your Questions Answered
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Foetal Bovine Serum: Your Questions Answered

September 15th, 2022
Behind slaughterhouse doors, mother cows are being killed during pregnancy with the blood from their unborn calves drained to produce foetal bovine serum (FBS). The meat and dairy industries want to grow the market for foetal calf blood to capitalise on its value, and the serum industry claims that FBS...

Do you know who to call? Whistleblowers, witnesses and wading through mud

September 8th, 2022
After a brief hiatus, Will Appelbe and Courtney White are back behind the mic's! This week they unveil 0800 EXPOSE, SAFE's newest programme aiming to assist those who have witnessed animal cruelty to report it, safely. They also discuss the call for McDon

Animal Welfare amidst a delay to Winter Grazing Regulations w/ Emma Brodie: September 5, 2022

September 5th, 2022
[00:00:07] Federated Farmers, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ want intensive winter grazing regulations delayed again yet again. [00:00:14] Intensive winter grazing regulations were meant to come into effect in May 2021 but were initially delayed until May 2022, only to be further delayed to November 2022. Again, this has...

The greyhound racing industry is on its last legs – let’s speed up its demise

September 1st, 2022
Virginia Fallon is a Stuff senior writer and columnist based in Wellington. OPINION: When it comes to disingenuous slogans, the one used by Greyhound Racing NZ is a banger. “We love our dogs. They love to race,” is the motto adopted by the industry, which is about as perplexing as...

Govt urged to ignore plea to delay winter grazing reforms again

August 31st, 2022
Animal welfare group SAFE has released footage of cows in muddy conditions just weeks after industry groups asked the government to delay new winter grazing rules. A screenshot from footage shot at various farms during winter. Photo: SAFE screenshot Regulations to better control the effects of intensive winter grazing were...

Two trainers banned from greyhound racing after leaving dogs in ‘abhorrent’ conditions

August 26th, 2022
Two trainers have been banned from greyhound racing for two years for seriously mistreating dogs at their Taranaki property. Inspectors found the greyhounds living in what they called “abhorrent” conditions and the case has reignited calls for greyhound racing to be banned. Read more
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