MPI merely ‘stalling’ with new review into livestock exports – animal rights group

November 19th, 2020
Animal rights group SAFE says the Government’s independent review into livestock exports is mere “stalling” and akin to doing nothing. On Friday, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced a review would be undertaken to look at the assurances it receives when it considers an application for an Animal Welfare...

A case against exporting live animals

November 19th, 2020
environment The sinking of a live export cattle ship has thrust the debate about live exports into the limelight and transformed one farmer from exporter to critic A first-time exporter of live animals said he’s never selling his animals offshore again after the sinking of the Livestock Gulf 1. Read...

‘Not a good look’: Animal rights group says top dairy farmer’s apology falls short

November 19th, 2020
Animal rights group SAFE says the apology of the country’s top dairy farmer was a missed opportunity to show the importance of animal welfare on farms. Nick Bertram, along with his wife Rose, was last week named Share Farmer of the Year in the New Zealand Dairy Awards. Read more

Home detention for selling caged eggs as free range

November 19th, 2020
An Auckland man has been sentenced to 12 months home detention for selling millions of eggs from caged hens as free range. Xue (Frank) Chen sold eggs through his company Black Water Trading Limited, trading as Gold Chick, a producer and supplier of free range eggs from a farm in...

Egg industry’s measures to control fraudulent labelling ‘ripe for abuse’ – animal rights group

November 19th, 2020
Animal rights group SAFE says the egg industry’s efforts to prevent producers misleading consumers over where eggs come from don’t go far enough. But the industry insists it’s “very difficult” for dishonest operators to get away with fraudulent activity. Read more

Greens commit to a ban on factory farming in new animal welfare policy

November 19th, 2020
Green Party animal welfare policy would see an end to factory farming in New Zealand. A ban on factory farming will be included in the Green Party’s animal welfare policy to be announced on Saturday, MP Gareth Hughes says. Hughes, who is about to retire from politics, said he was...

Animal rights group calls for ban on live exports as ship arrives in Napier

November 19th, 2020
The ship Dareen is scheduled to arrive in Napier on Friday, just days after another livestock carrier, Yangtze Harmony, collected a consignment of cows from Port Taranaki. But SAFE says the Government needs to reexamine the laws around live exports, particularly in the wake of an investigation launched by authorities...

Victory for mother pigs

November 17th, 2020
Last Friday was Judgement day. No, nothing to do with John Connor and artificial intelligence. The Wellington High Court finally released its judgement on farrowing crates. We’ll discuss what the ruling is, and what comes next. And 4 live export ships

“It’s long overdue” – SAFE urges the Government to release the live export review

November 17th, 2020
Animal rights organisation SAFE is calling on the Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor to release the live export review which he started in June last year. Four live export ships have arrived in New Zealand in the past fortnight. These shipments cleared the ‘backlog’ of approximately 24,000 cows that have been...

‘Wellington High Court finds farrowing crate minimum standards unlawful’

November 13th, 2020
In a Judgement released today, the High Court has ruled the Minister of Agriculture and the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) have acted illegally when they failed to phase out the farming practice farrowing crates for mother pigs. The ruling relied on NAWAC’s own internal view that farrowing crates...

Animals will be at risk of injury or death at Waipukurau bull ride this weekend – SAFE

November 10th, 2020
The annual rodeo season continues his weekend with the Waipukurau bull ride on Saturday. Like last year, animals will be at risk of injury or death. Two animals died last rodeo season, both at the ‘Mad Bull’ rodeo in Otago. SAFE spokesperson Will Appelbe said the treatment of animals at...

Greyhound racing industry kills three dogs in three weeks

November 10th, 2020
On 22 October, Opawa Lola was killed at Cambridge Raceway in the Waikato. This was followed by Star of Pakistan and Sozin’s Assasin on 2 November, both of whom were killed at Addington Raceway in Christchurch. All three dogs suffered from a fractured radius and ulna and were euthanised as...

Damning new article about NZ rodeo cruelty hits UK media – SAFE NZ

November 9th, 2020
New footage from this year’s Winchester and Methven rodeos was published by the Independent yesterday. The footage shows bulls strapped with irritating flank straps bucking wildly, and calves lassoed by so-called ‘cowboys’ on horseback, then thrown to the ground, before being tied by their legs. Read more

Live export protest at Napier Port tomorrow 1pm – SAFE

November 6th, 2020
Animal rights organisation SAFE will be protesting the arrival of live export ship Yangtze Fortune on Saturday 7 November at 1pm, which is scheduled to ship a consignment of cows to China. The Yangtze Fortune has a sketchy history. In 2018, 33 cattle died following a shipment from Australia to...
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