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Greyhound killed and five injured in a single day of racing in Auckland – SAFE

May 24th, 2021
Yesterday at Manukau Stadium in Auckland, the greyhound Paris End was euthanised after falling during a race and suffering several fractures. He was just over 3 years old. Five other dogs sustained significant injuries at the same meeting, including fractures, dislocated joints and strained hocks. Read more

Budget 2021 – animal welfare is not getting the funding it deserves

May 21st, 2021
Animals are losing out in this year’s budget, which doesn’t include any additional funding for animal welfare initiatives. SAFE CEO Debra Ashton said this was a concern considering the stressed Ministry for Primary Industries took over a year to investigate the mass death of 180,000 chickens at an Auckland farm....

Kōrero with Aysha Akhtar, President and CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences

May 17th, 2021
Today on the show we sit down with Aysha Akhtar, who is the President and CEO of the US based Center for Contemporary Sciences. Aysha has had an illustrious career in public health and is now putting her expertise towards ending animal testing and advocat
Exciting news for dogs!

Exciting news for dogs!

May 14th, 2021
On 16 April, the Government announced a review of greyhound racing in Aotearoa. The announcement came after SAFE, the Greyhound Protection League NZ and Grey2K USA Worldwide brought to light the plight of greyhounds trapped in the racing industry in New Zealand. The review is a great step forward, but will...

Greyhound doping and suspicious betting should warrant a police investigation – SAFE

May 13th, 2021
Last week the Otago Daily Times revealed an unidentified punter placed a $10,000 bet on greyhound Zipping Sarah, who won her race at the Addington Raceway in November 2020 before testing positive for methamphetamine. Of the 481 bets placed totalling $23,083, this was by far the most significant bet placed...

The racing industry’s kangaroo court

May 10th, 2021
The racing industry has been rocked by doping scandals in recent weeks. Unfortunately, these people are escaping criminal charges. This week we dive into how the racing industry police’s itself.

Live export protests planned tomorrow for a National Day of Action – SAFE NZ

May 7th, 2021
SAFE will join people around the country tomorrow, who are rallying together from midday to demonstrate their opposition to the two-year phase-out of live export by sea. As part of a ‘National Day of Action,’ independently organised protests will be held in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch, Whangarei, Whanganui, Nelson and...

Dunedin local finds over a dozen dead ducks dumped by hunters – SAFE NZ

May 7th, 2021
Yesterday, near Long Beach in Otago, a member of the public found 15-20 dead ducks illegally dumped by bird shooters. The dead birds had been dumped in a rest area where many families stop to feed birds. SAFE Campaigns Manager Jessica Chambers said the dumped ducks show how little regard...
Live export by sea – the journey to a ban

Live export by sea – the journey to a ban

May 6th, 2021
On 14 April 2021, the New Zealand Government announced a ban on live cattle export by sea, with a two-year ‘wind down’ period. It took more than a decade of perseverance to get us here. We couldn’t have got to this point without the tremendous support of caring people like...

‘Animal abusers are escaping criminal charges in the racing industry’ – SAFE NZ

May 6th, 2021
Details of a case where harness racing trainer Jesse Alford was caught administering dangerous substances to two horses were revealed at a Judicial Control Authority for Racing hearing this week. Alford injected two horses with formalin, which contains formaldehyde, which can have a serious impact on a horses’ health. Read...

Kōrero with Kari Schmidt, co-author of the NZALA’s latest report: Farmed Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand.

May 5th, 2021
Today on the show I’m chatting with Kari Schmidt, who is a solicitor and co-author of New Zealand Animal Law Association's latest report; Farmed Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand.

MPI fails to pursue criminal charges for greyhound meth case

May 3rd, 2021
Last month the greyhound trainer Angela Turnwald was fined $3,500 and disqualified for four months after their dog Zipping Sarah tested positive for methamphetamine. Despite the known risks of administering meth to a dog, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will not pursue criminal charges under the Animal Welfare Act...

Bird shooting season is bad news for all birds

April 30th, 2021
The bird shooting season, which begins on Saturday 1 May this year, means countless birds, including natives like pūkeko, kakīānau (black swan), pūtangitangi (paradise shelduck), pārera (grey duck) and kuruwhengi (Australasian shoveler duck), will be killed. Read more

Greyhound racing must be suspended until the Government review is complete

April 29th, 2021
SAFE has written to the Minister for Racing, Grant Robertson, and the Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare), Meka Whaitiri, demanding that dog racing be suspended until the Government’s review is completed. SAFE spokesperson Will Appelbe said recent events have proven that greyhounds continue to be at risk. Read more
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