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MBIE report signals that the future could be plant-based, industry fears disruption

April 2nd, 2019
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in March 2019 released a report that signals the growing demand for more sustainable and ethical foods, but AgResearch could block further research. The report, prepared by Sapere Research Group, identified trends likely to affect the future of food and farming and...
The Cheesecake Shop latest to join cage-free trend

The Cheesecake Shop latest to join cage-free trend

March 31st, 2019
The Cheesecake Shop has adopted a cage-free egg policy in New Zealand  after pressure from SAFE.  The company has committed to stop using cage eggs by January 2022 across all New Zealand stores, while it works towards matching its Australian stores 100% free-range policy.  This policy follows closely behind Bidfood’s recent announcement to go cage-free...
Rodeo cowboys acting as Animal Welfare Officers

Rodeo cowboys acting as Animal Welfare Officers

March 12th, 2019
The 2019 National Finals Rodeo in North Canterbury bought the season death toll to four animals, after a horse, Nev, was killed following the bareback ‘bronc’ riding event. The death follows on from a horse who was killed at the November 2018 Methven Rodeo, and a horse and bull who were both killed at the December 2018 Gisborne Rodeo.   Despite new ‘suggested practices’ introduced...
SAFE demands this be the last rodeo season, as a horse is killed at Rodeo National Finals 

SAFE demands this be the last rodeo season, as a horse is killed at Rodeo National Finals 

March 8th, 2019
A horse has been killed at the Rodeo National Finals in North Canterbury on March 9, 2019, renewing demands from SAFE for the Government to urgently ban rodeo cruelty. The incident happened after the ‘bronc’ riding event when the horse was killed after running into a fence. The horse is...
Bidfood New Zealand goes cage-free!

Bidfood New Zealand goes cage-free!

March 4th, 2019
The country’s leading foodservice company is turning its back on cage eggs. SAFE is delighted to announce that after months of dialogue, the country’s leading food service company, Bidfood NZ, has produced a 2024 cage-free policy for all shell eggs.   While Bidfood may not be a household name, it’s almost guaranteed that on...
Party pill testing on animals could be back on the agenda, following a review by Ministry of Health

Party pill testing on animals could be back on the agenda, following a review by Ministry of Health

February 21st, 2019
A recent review of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 by the Ministry of Health has renewed the possibility of animals being used to test Party Pills and synthetic cannabis. This is despite the fact that no amount of testing on animals whose physiology is very different from humans, will make...

Bill aiming to ban rodeo cruelty welcomed by SAFE

February 16th, 2019
SAFE says a Member’s Bill, announced by Green Party MP Gareth Hughes on Saturday, February 17, 2019, means some of the cruellest aspects of rodeo could be banned.  The Bill aims to ban steer wrestling, calf rope and tie, and the use of flank straps which SAFE says are extremely...

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern receives giant Valentine’s Day card from hundreds of caring Kiwis

February 13th, 2019
Three of Jacinda Ardern’s constituents and SAFE delivered a giant Valentine’s card to the Prime Minister’s Mt Albert electorate office on February 14, 2019. Inside were hundreds of messages and signatures from caring Kiwis, all calling for Ms Ardern to have a heart for mother pigs this Valentine’s Day. In...
SAFE and NZALA file proceedings against the Government for failure to ban farrowing crates

SAFE and NZALA file proceedings against the Government for failure to ban farrowing crates

February 12th, 2019
SAFE and the New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA) have filed proceedings against the Government for their failure to act on the ongoing use of farrowing crates. This is the first case that SAFE and the NZALA have partnered on to seek legal justice for animals. The organisations will show...
SAFE applauds Government decision to cancel Saudi sheep deal

SAFE applauds Government decision to cancel Saudi sheep deal

February 11th, 2019
SAFE applauds the Government’s decision on February 12 2019 to cancel the controversial Saudi sheep deal, a plan by the previous Government which was to include a $10 million slaughterhouse in the Saudi desert. The deal was negotiated in response to the ban on live animal exports for slaughter, a 2003 decision...
SAFE applauds Starbucks New Zealand for 100% cage-free egg commitment

SAFE applauds Starbucks New Zealand for 100% cage-free egg commitment

January 29th, 2019
SAFE is applauding Starbucks New Zealand, who has committed to a policy to go 100% cage-free by 2020. In 2018, the Open Wing Alliance, a coalition of over 58 major international animal protection organisations (of which SAFE is a member) successfully secured Starbucks’ commitment to go cage-free by 2020 across...
SAFE and animal experts publish open letter to Government demanding ban on cruellest parts of rodeo

SAFE and animal experts publish open letter to Government demanding ban on cruellest parts of rodeo

January 28th, 2019
Twenty-four veterinarians, animal welfare authorities, and law experts signed an open letter supporting SAFE’s demands that the Labour-led Government upholds its pre-election promise to ban the cruellest aspects of rodeo. The open letter published in the New Zealand Herald on January 29, 2019, urges the Government to ban the use...

Open letter to the New Zealand Government calling for an urgent ban on rodeo events

January 28th, 2019
We, the undersigned, urge the Labour-led Government to uphold Labour’s pre-election promise to ban the use of flank straps, calves under 12 months of age, electric prods, and rope burning at rodeo events.  The signatories below represent a broad range of expertise in veterinary medicine, animal behaviour, animal welfare, and...
EU Committee calls for ban on live exports – SAFE demands NZ Government follows suit

EU Committee calls for ban on live exports – SAFE demands NZ Government follows suit

January 27th, 2019
SAFE has reiterated its demand for the New Zealand Government to ban all live exports, following calls in the European Union to clamp down on cruel live animal exports. On January 25 2019, the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee called for a ban on live animal exports that don’t meet the...
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