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Petition to ban live animal exports delivered to Parliament

October 25th, 2019
A petition calling for an end to live exports has been delivered to Parliament by animal rights group SAFE. The 30,000 signature petition seeks to ban the export of live animals to countries with lower animal welfare, transport and slaughter standards than New Zealand. Read more

Animals will be at risk of injury or death during rodeo opening weekend – SAFE

October 25th, 2019
Animals will continue to be at risk of injury or death as this year’s rodeo season opens this weekend. The annual rodeo season last year saw four animals killed at events across the country. This season begins with the Winchester Rodeo on Saturday, and the Methven Rodeo on Sunday. Read...

Petition to end live export to be presented to Parliament today – SAFE NZ

October 24th, 2019
Animal rights organisation SAFE will today hand over their petition to Green MP Gareth Hughes, calling for an end to live export cruelty. The petition seeks to ban the export of live animals to countries with lower animal welfare, transport and slaughter standards than New Zealand. Read more

Napier Port cattle export ship leaves for China, bringing yearly total to nearly 15,000

October 23rd, 2019
Another live export ship has come and gone from Napier Port, despite a call to halt the live export trade while the Government reviews laws. The Ministry for Primary Industries approved the export of about 3300 cattle to China from Napier on the ship Ganado Express. Read more

Live cattle exports climb despite continued calls for a halt to trade

October 23rd, 2019
New Zealand’s live cattle exports have surged by more than 10,000 this year. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) gave final approval for the export of about 3300 breeding cows from Napier to China on Thursday. It is the seventh shipment of cattle so far this year and brings the...

Dairy farmers urged to transition and produce plant-based foods

October 9th, 2019
The agriculture sector and dairy farmers are being urged by charitable organisation Save Animals from Exploitation (SAFE) to transition to horticulture and produce plant-based foods instead of dairy products. More than 20 percent of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the dairy industry, says SAFE campaigns manager Marianne Macdonald....

Minister backs conditional livestock export prohibition

October 9th, 2019
A conditional prohibition on livestock exports is ”potentially” the best option to protect exported animals and New Zealand’s reputation, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says. In a Cabinet paper just released on the proposed review of the live export trade, Mr O’Connor presented five options prepared by MPI, one being a...

University unmoved on forced swim test

October 7th, 2019
The presentation to Parliament of a petition to end the “forced swim test” has not changed the University of Otago’s view the practice has value. Animal rights groups Safe and the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society presented 25,000 signatures to Parliament on Friday. Read more

Live animal export review ignores 99% of exported farmed animals: October 2, 2019

October 2nd, 2019
A Cabinet paper from the Agriculture Minister’s office on the then proposed review of the live export trade was released last week. The paper proposes five options, which include the Minister’s preferred option of a conditional ban, and a complete prohibition of the trade of live animal exports. Read more

Controversial live export from Napier accepted ‘in principle’

September 17th, 2019
A controversial export of 4700 live cattle has left Napier and is en route to China, after the Ministry for Primary Industries allowed it to go ahead. Director Animal Health and Welfare, Chris Rodwell, said the decision had been made following “a thorough inspection by MPI vets”. Read more

Survey shows majority of Kiwis support banning animal test

October 17th, 2019
A campaign to ban the Forced Swim Test in New Zealand is in line with public opinion, according to a new survey commissioned by the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) and SAFE. The Forced Swim Test forces small animals such as rats or mice to swim in an inescapable beaker...

Live export ship due to berth at Napier Port today

October 16th, 2019
A live export ship is due to berth at Napier Port today, despite widespread calls to halt the live export trade while it is under review. According to Napier Port’s website, live export carrier Ganado Express is scheduled to berth at Napier Port today. Read more

New footage shows dairy industry continues to cause suffering for cows and calves – SAFE

October 8th, 2019
New footage shows cows chasing after a trailer and repeatedly calling for their calves, as the baby animals are removed. This follows footage released by winter cropping campaigners, showing a calf being roughly thrown into a trailer and another one kicked. Read more

Photos showing petition to ban cruel animal testing at Parliament

October 4th, 2019
A 25,000 strong petition was presented to Parliament today, on World Animal Day, urging a total ban on the Forced Swim Test. The Forced Swim Test involves forcing small animals such as rats or mice to swim in an inescapable beaker of water until they ‘give up’ and float. Read...
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