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New Zealand’s dirty dairy – response to a farmer

New Zealand’s dirty dairy – response to a farmer

February 15th, 2017
In his opinion piece (“Who is the greater polluter, cows or people; NZ Herald, 27 January 2017”)  Malcolm Lumsden tried to argue that people cause more damage than cows.  Not only did the article use too much poetic licence, facts about the  negative impact of animal farming on the environment...
Live export: Close-up with a bad trade

Live export: Close-up with a bad trade

February 9th, 2017
My work week started pretty normally on Monday 30 January. I expected  it to be a busy week. We knew a livestock vessel, the Awassi Express,  was due in Napier to take 5300 cows to China for the dairy industry. (We now know only 4500 were loaded, but not why...

Animals in factory farms textbook launch!

February 2nd, 2017
Think outside the square with Animals & Us  textbooks – open minds, express positive values, explore alternative  learning pathways. Jasmijn de Boo, SAFE CEO, is delighted to invite you to the launch of Animals in Factory Farms, the fifth issue of SAFE’s Animals & Us school textbook series. Animals in...

Latest live export shipment shocks New Zealanders

February 1st, 2017
Over 5000 New Zealand cows are being shipped to  China this week to be used in the dairy industry. Staff from SAFE’s  Wellington office drove to the port to witness the ship arriving and the  loading of the animals, where they took photos. Departing from Napier, the animals have been...

New cruelty-free companies

January 27th, 2017
SAFE is pleased to announce the latest update  to our cruelty-free list, SAFEshopper, which lists companies that do not  test on animals. Finding companies that truly don’t test on animals can  be tricky due to misleading wording, but we’ve done the hard work for  you. A very warm welcome to...

Rodeo sponsors withdraw support following release of brutal footage

January 27th, 2017
Following the release of new video evidence filmed at the Mid Northern rodeo in Whangarei demonstrating the brutality of rodeo events, plus further footage from the Upper Mohaka rodeo, eight companies have severed ties with rodeo, says SAFE. Real estate agents LJ Hooker, Ray White and Harcourts; Firth Industries, Rock...

New footage shows cruelty to animals at another rodeo

January 25th, 2017
A new investigation filmed at the Upper Mohaka rodeo on 22 January by Farmwatch shows  animals clearly in distress. The footage provides further evidence of  the routine, widespread suffering of the animals used in rodeo events. The footage shows: Calves being hurled off the ground by ropes around their necks;...

Shocking new rodeo footage shows animals continue to suffer

January 23rd, 2017
New video evidence filmed at the Mid Northern rodeo in Whangarei this month demonstrates the brutality of rodeo events, says SAFE.  Animals were filmed clearly fearful and stressed, as well as being deliberately shocked with an electric prod. The investigation shows that animal welfare is severely compromised at rodeo events....

On breastfeeding and dairy products

January 20th, 2017
Guest blogger FLIP GRATER is a singer-songwriter from Christchurch with many albums to her credit. She is also a published author of  vegetarian travel cookbooks and an avid foodie. Her harrowing song  ‘Where’s the Door’ featured in two of SAFE’s television ads to help  caged pigs and hens. The SAFE...

Countdown customers for cage-free

January 13th, 2017
We know Countdown’s customers care about hens  and want the supermarket giant to stop selling all cage eggs. Now people  of all ages have put their message in writing, telling Countdown their  personal reason why they want cage-free, and snapped a photo for a new website. Countdown’s parent company, Woolworths,...

Old-fashioned messages for old-fashioned thinking

January 6th, 2017
New Zealanders don’t like hens being kept in  cages. We know that and you know that, but it seemed Countdown still  didn’t want to listen. It was time they REALLY understood, so caring  Kiwis decided to take their message to them in a slightly different way  and ask them to...

Help Quinn and help end rodeo

January 5th, 2017
Guest blogger Carolyn Press-McKenzie is the founder and CEO of HUHA (Helping You Help Animals),  New Zealand’s leading ‘no kill’ shelter. HUHA actively works every day  to find homes and foster care for a multitude of homeless, abandoned,  seized and abused animals. Quinn is just one of thousands of animals...

Pig farmers deliberately breaking law

January 4th, 2017
New Zealand prides itself on its animal welfare  reputation, yet evidence shows the minimum legal standards for care are  not even being met in some circumstances, with the New Zealand pork  industry refusing to give sows nesting material before they give birth. They are ignoring government advice that they need to do so. Sows...
Calf tests do nothing to promote good welfare

Calf tests do nothing to promote good welfare

December 21st, 2016
In the article ‘Kiwi research explores emotions in farm animals’ (New Zealand Herald, Monday 19 December 2016), scientist Gosia Zobel  discusses her work conducting trials into the emotional state of dairy  calves, commenting on one test that: “The level of anticipation at the  sight of the flashing light, and the...
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