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Veganuary going global – helping animals one meal at a time

December 21st, 2016
New Zealanders are encouraged to try eating vegan this January as part of a worldwide movement called Veganuary, says SAFE.   The organisation is urging Kiwis to make their New Year’s resolution count by taking part in a vegan challenge that is better for animals and the environment, and contributes to good health....

Animal experimentation figures do not show reality of animal tests

December 12th, 2016
The Ministry for Primary Industries has today released figures  on the numbers of animals used for research, testing and teaching in  2015. It was reported that 225,310 animals were used, over 4,300 per  week; a drop from the 310,287 used in 2014. The animals experimented on  included cows, mice, rabbits,...

Infomercial star says new colony eggs not all they are cracked up to be

November 23rd, 2016
Suzanne Paul, well known entrepreneur, TV personality and presenter, has joined with animal advocacy organisation SAFE to produce a spoof video explaining New Zealand’s new colony cage system for layer hens. Using her natural humour and personality she shows what life is like for hens in the colony cages. Named...

Protestors rally in opposition to rodeo decision

November 10th, 2016
Today, November 10, members of the public outraged by the  government’s deliberate inaction on rodeo will be joined by SAFE,  Farmwatch and Green Party MP Mojo Mathers outside Parliament to rally  against the continued abuse of animals.  The Primary Production Select Committee this week responded to the  62,000 strong petition...

Animal welfare organisations disappointed with rodeo decision

November 7th, 2016
The Government’s announcement today that no action will be taken  to ban rodeo, following a 62,000-strong petition from New Zealanders,  has angered leading animal welfare organisations.  SAFE is calling the process a big disappointment, both for animals and  the public who, the organisation says, made it clear that they wanted...

“Intercontinental Hotels Group latest company to go cage-free in New Zealand, and globally”

November 5th, 2016
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s  leading hotel companies, has announced they will use only cage-free eggs  worldwide by 2025. IHG operates seven hotels in New Zealand under the  Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental brands.   This latest announcement is part of a worldwide movement to free...

Dead calves cover the length of New Zealand

November 1st, 2016
‘DROP DAIRY’ – these words are now plastered on an eye-catching billboard that has gone up in a high visibility location on Auckland’s Hobson Street today.  Approximately two million ‘bobby’ calves are killed at a few days old in New Zealand, and if their bodies were placed end to end,...

‘Hip clamp’ dairy footage shows continual failure of MPI

November 1st, 2016
Footage filmed at a Waikato farm last year by Farmwatch and released today has shown the mistreatment of a cow, which was found suspended from a tractor by ‘hip clamps’ for some time, whilst her dead calf lay metres away.  Advocacy organisations SAFE and Farmwatch say it demonstrates yet more...

New dairy footage exposes ongoing cruelty in industry

October 26th, 2016
Dairy farming is once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons say SAFE and Farmwatch.  New footage obtained by Farmwatch investigators shows that a year on from the explosive 2015 exposé of the New Zealand dairy industry, calves continue to be mistreated. In the 2016 calving season investigation...

Animal rights advocates issue stark warning on rodeo cruelty

October 21st, 2016
Rodeo season starts on the 22 of October with two events in the South Island over the weekend. Animal rights advocate SAFE is urging the government to follow public opinion and make this season the last.   SAFE is drawing attention to the fact that animal cruelty for the sake...

Schoolgirl takes battle for hens to Countdown’s door

October 6th, 2016
12-year-old schoolgirl Maja Skilling, who launched a petition aimed at stopping Countdown selling cage eggs, is upping the ante by spending her school holiday protesting with other passionate young people outside Ponsonby Countdown today.  Maja will be demanding that Countdown, ‘Have a Heart for Hens’ in Auckland, Thursday 6 October,...

John Key urged to reject cruel ‘White Elephant’ gift ahead of Sri Lankan PM visit

October 1st, 2016
Animal advocacy organisation SAFE is urging PM John Key to do the right  thing and reject the promised ‘gift’ of an elephant from the Sri Lankan  government. The call comes ahead of Sri Lanka Prime Minister, Ranil  Wickremesinghe’s first visit to New Zealand from 1-3 October, where he  will meet...

NZ hotlist dished up for World Vegetarian Month

September 30th, 2016
‘Vegetarian’ is the new buzz word from Hollywood A-listers to businesses and eateries popping up all across the country to cater for plant-based eaters. Although summer isn’t yet here, things are heating up with SAFE’s announcement of New Zealand’s Vegetarian Hotlist, celebrating the meteoric rise of plant-based eating, tying in...
New Zealand, veganism and a kinder life – 11 questions with James Cameron

New Zealand, veganism and a kinder life – 11 questions with James Cameron

September 28th, 2016
Just in time for October’s World Vegetarian Month, acclaimed  director and NZ resident James Cameron, speaks at length about the  plant-based lifestyle he and his family choose to follow and about his  Greytown café; Food Forest Organics. The Vegetarian activist, who  recently teamed up with Terminator friend Arnold Schwarzenegger to...
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