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Maxibon, the cat that changed my life

June 21st, 2016
I have a theory about cats. They come into your life for a reason and more often than not they choose you. This is certainly true of the amazing Max. (AKA Maxibon. AKA The Bon) https://safenewzealand.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/maxibon4.jpg?w=742&h=374 742w, https://safenewzealand.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/maxibon4.jpg?w=150&h=76 150w, https://safenewzealand.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/maxibon4.jpg?w=300&h=151 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 371px) 100vw, 371px” width=”371″ height=”187″> I was flat...

New report shows factory farming the wrong direction for New Zealand

June 16th, 2016
The government released its report on the outlook for the primary industries today. SAFE says the report demonstrates factory farming is the wrong direction for New Zealand.   “Only 1.8% of the money involved in farming came from pigs and chickens in 2015. The government is writing all these exemptions...

Three NZ horses dead in single day of racing

June 8th, 2016
The deaths of three horses in jumps races at an Auckland meeting  on Queen’s Birthday, has animal advocates demanding that jumps racing  be banned.   Tu Meta Peta was euthanised after jumping the first fence awkwardly,  falling and fracturing his right shoulder at the Ellerslie racecourse.  Musashi was killed after...

Could tomorrow be the last day for rodeo in New Zealand?

June 1st, 2016
Leading animal advocacy organisations hope tomorrow could spell  the end for rodeo in New Zealand as the government convenes to consider  animal welfare concerns. The discussions on 2 June involve a formal  hearing with a Select Committee mulling over a ban on rodeo.   The Select Committee hearing will include...

Caged hen campaign takes flight – Countdown to be targeted with plane

June 1st, 2016
The opening of Countdown’s new flagship Ponsonby store on June 2 will see animal advocacy organisation SAFE in the air and on the ground, taking bold action on behalf of New Zealand hens: ramping up the consumer campaign for Countdown to phase out cage eggs.   SAFE says Countdown is...

Cute animals videos are good for you!

May 30th, 2016
Pretending to work or study, but secretly looking at cute animal videos, are we? Well, now you can ditch that guilt for good because I have the Best. News. EVER! It’s official: Looking at photos of cute animals makes you happy and can even improve your concentration and dexterity. Oh...

Duck shooting: Celebrating violence

May 10th, 2016
Every time I see or hear a pro-duck shooting advertisement in  mainstream media it never fails to shock me a little. Surely your  average, caring Kiwi is not OK with the idea of blasting wildlife out of  the sky for fun? Anyone would think that New Zealanders as a whole...

Duck shooting: Killing and poisoning for fun

May 5th, 2016
Government still allowing lead shot loophole for duck shooters Saturday 7 May will herald another season of death for hundreds of  thousands of ducks, swans and geese—including native wildfowl—as the  duck shooting season opens. Not only will around a million birds be  killed by shooters, but tens of thousands will...

This Earth Day, reap what you sow – and no, I’m not talking about tree planting

April 21st, 2016
Call me sentimental, but one of my favourite things to do on Earth  Day is to gather my favourite people and treat them to a home cooked,  candlelit dinner. My hope for each year’s meal is that we slow down and  enjoy some beautiful food, company and conversation about how...

Government blatantly disregards the law on pigs

April 20th, 2016
Farrowing crates are likely to be used for the foreseeable future after a report by a government committee claims no suitable alternatives exist. But the use of Farrowing crates breaks New Zealand’s animal welfare laws, as the crates do not allow sows to express their normal behaviour.   Farrowing crates...
My visit to a cage hen farm

My visit to a cage hen farm

April 19th, 2016
Guest blogger Megan Ebersberger is an independent and passionate  animal advocate. Megan visited the colony cage egg farm that was  recently subject to an investigation.   I am an animal rights activist in a country whose national identity  is strongly based in farming and animal agriculture. New Zealanders have  a unique...

New regulations, but same old suffering for the animals

April 15th, 2016
A complete farce. That’s what animal advocates are calling the new proposed animal welfare regulations, which the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has devised.   The suggested changes are over 100 pages long, but SAFE says that very little will change for the animals.   The rules cover almost every...
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