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A sport on its last legs – can greyhound racing in New Zealand survive?

February 23rd, 2022
Greyhound owners get together to show how lovely the breed can be off the track. (Video first published June 2019) When Racing Minister Grant Robertson revealed his review on greyhound racing in September last year, it looked like the possible end for a sport that has been long debated over...

Dude, where are our cows? NZ’s live export trade must end now

February 23rd, 2022
Tricia Phillips was part of a group protesting against live cattle exports in Timaru at the weekend. Virginia Fallon is a Stuff senior writer and columnist based in Wellington. OPINION: A distinct smell of manure is emanating from one of New Zealand’s ports right now. Read more

Equestrian NZ expresses disappointment at social media video of Sir Mark Todd’s horse abuse

February 23rd, 2022
Equestrian NZ has distanced itself from the behaviour of Olympic legend Sir Mark Todd, who has been videoed beating a horse with a stick. Sir Mark’s abuse was posted on social media platform TikTok, as he tried to coax his horse across a water obstacle, and the eight-time Olympian and...

Sir Mark Todd’s actions highlight ‘systemic’ problems in equine sport

February 23rd, 2022
1988: Relive the glorious time when Todd and 16-year-old Charisma took gold again. A leading animal rights organisation has said the footage of equestrian champion Sir Mark Todd whipping a horse with a stick highlights “systemic” problems facing equine sports. Read more

Kōrero with Christine Dorchak, GREY2K USA Worldwide

February 22nd, 2022
Christine Dorchak is the President and General Counsel at GREY2K USA Worldwide, a non-profit committed to protecting greyhounds and working to end the cruelty of dog racing.

Government backflip on live export a growing concern

February 15th, 2022
Government backflip on live export a growing concern Source: SAFE For Animals — SAFE is concerned the Government may do a U-turn on its decision to ban the live export of animals by sea. The ban is due to take effect on 30 April 2023. Newsroom reported last week that...

Kōrero with Daisy Lab’s Irina Miller

February 9th, 2022
Today on the show I’m chatting with Irina Miller, Daisy Lab’s co-found and CEO. We’ve talked about Daisy Lab before in episode 53. They’re a food technology start up based right here in Aotearoa, that seeks to use precision fermentation to make dairy prod

Millions of hens will continue to suffer when battery cages are banned

February 9th, 2022
Millions of hens will continue to suffer when battery cages are banned Source: SAFE For Animals — From 1 January 2023, battery cages will be illegal in Aotearoa. However, colony cages, which also breach the Animal Welfare Act 1999, will remain legal. Colony cages severely restrict the ability for hens...

Mass live export shipment planned for this weekend in Timaru – SAFE

February 3rd, 2022
The Al Kuwait, one of the world’s largest live export ships, is expected in Timaru this weekend, only five weeks since it last exported over 10 thousand cows from the South Canterbury port. Timaru locals are planning to protest the ship’s arrival this Sunday at midday. Read more

SAFE is asking the Gov’t to back UN resolution on animal welfare

January 27th, 2022
SAFE is asking the Minister for the Environment David Parker to support the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolution on “Animal welfare – Environment – Sustainable Development Nexus”. In a letter to the Minister, SAFE outlined the need for the Government to get behind a proposed resolution submitted by the...
What is that blob on the beach?

What is that blob on the beach?

December 20th, 2021
One SAFE staffer recounts the beauty of summer days at the beach and the vast wonder it inspires in her and her tamariki.   There is nothing like summer days at the beach in Te Waipounamu (the South Island). Our special spot is a secluded southern bay. Sometimes we’re lucky...

2022 a bleak start for horses in the racing industry

January 25th, 2022
Horse racing has managed to avoid much of the scrutiny that greyhound racing faced in 2021, but a string of recent incidents show that the horse racing industry isn’t without its faults either. And a last minute shipment from Timaru rounded out a bump

Greyhound racing industry report shows 232 greyhounds killed – SAFE

December 14th, 2021
Greyhound Racing New Zealand’s (GRNZ) latest annual report shows that 232 dogs were killed during the 2020/21 season. This includes 18 puppies, bred specifically for racing, who never raced and reportedly died or were euthanised. The report also states 900 dogs in total were injured on racetracks. Read more

Almost 200,000 chickens killed – we now have answers, but no accountability

December 13th, 2021
Two years on from a power outage that lead to the deaths of almost 200,000 chickens, and we finally have some answers. But despite answers, we still have no accountability. And the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill that will prohibit live exports by sea i
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