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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

Calls for Manukau Sports Bowl to be converted for athletics

August 26th, 2022
[00:00:00] An animal rights groups calling on the community to support a controversial code switch at a South Auckland racetrack. [00:00:06] The Manukau Sports Bowl is currently home to greyhound racing, but the lease is up for renewal in December. [00:00:12] Clearing the way for what SAFE [Save Animals From...

MPI looking into death of sheep on Canterbury property

August 10th, 2022
The Ministry for Primary Industries received two animal welfare complaints about the Templeton property in July. (File photo) Officials are looking into the cause of death of several sheep found in gorse bushes on a Canterbury property. Animal rights group Safe said it notified the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)...

The legal challenge behind rodeos in NZ

July 12th, 2022
NZALA & SAFE are challenging the legality of rodeo in Aotearoa, arguing rodeo rules under the Animal Welfare Act are unlawful, causing unnecessary pain to animals. 7.10 –  JENNY MAY CLARKSON … it could see an end to rodeos in this country – animal rights advocate kits are in the...

Rodeo legal challenge heard in High Court

July 12th, 2022
Animal rights advocates have argued rodeos are unlawful in the High Court in Wellington. “We’ve petitioned, we’ve protested, we’ve really made our call heard very, very loudly,” SAFE chief executive Debra Ashton said. The New Zealand Animal Law Association and SAFE are seeking to show rodeo practices breach the Animal...

Three people including two greyhound trainers charged after two dogs test positive for methamphetamine

June 16th, 2022
Three people, including two greyhound trainers, have been charged after two dogs racing in separate events tested positive for methamphetamine. The greyhound industry believes they’re cases of “accidental contamination” and blames Aotearoa’s wider issue with meth. Read more

Live Export Rules w/ Debra Ashton

June 15th, 2022
[00:00:07] Next up, a tragic drowning occurred on Sunday as an overladen ship crammed with 15,800 sheep capsized off Sudan’s Red Sea coast. [00:00:16] Today, I spoke with Debra Ashton, CEO of SAFE [Save Animals From Exploitation], the nation’s leading animal rights organisation, about the matter and the state of...

He Waka Eke Noa’s Emissions Pricing Plan: June 9, 2022

June 9th, 2022
[00:00:07] He Waka Eke Noa proposed a new emission pricing plan for the agricultural sector yesterday, after lengthy negotiations between the agriculture industry and the government. Many farming and environmental interests have questioned the levies in regards to the farming industry and reducing Aotearoa’s greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

SAFE calls for ban on dogs hunting pigs after TikTokker shares ‘cruel’ video of six dogs mauling a pig

May 31st, 2022
Safe for Animals [SAFE] is calling for a ban on dogs being used to hunt pigs after a TikTok user shared a graphic video of six dogs mauling a “frightened pig”. The short video shows the group of dogs biting and latching onto the pig’s head, ears, and neck for...

Plant-based market w/ Emma Brodie: May 30, 2022

May 30th, 2022
[00:00:07] On 24 May, the [NZ] Government announced that Sustainable Foods Limited would receive a 125 million dollar loan from the Regional Strategic Partnership Fund to produce plant-based food. [00:00:18] I spoke with SAFE campaign officer, Emma Brodie, about the plant-based food sector and their Done with Dairy campaign. Read...

Greyhound race video edited after another dog dies following ‘catastrophic’ injury

May 12th, 2022
Eight greyhounds have died on racetracks to date this season, with five of the eight deaths occurring at Addington Raceway. (File photo) Greyhound Racing New Zealand has edited race footage to remove a fall that resulted in the euthanasia of a greyhound. Read more

Revealed: Up to 300 warnings issued to greyhound trainers over health, welfare failures in under a year

May 5th, 2022
Newshub can reveal up to 300 warnings have been issued to greyhound trainers for health and welfare failures in less than a year. The head of the Racing Integrity Board says “almost all” kennels visited since its inception last year have been issued with improvement notices. Read more

Racing regulator inquires into condition of dogs owned by John McInerney, NZ’s most prolific greyhound trainer

May 4th, 2022
Warning: This story contains images and descriptions that may upset some viewers. Newshub has obtained multiple photos and descriptions of injured greyhounds linked to the South Island’s most successful trainer, John McInerney. An independent vet says the images warrant investigation, while animal rights group SAFE described the condition of the...
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