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Demands for Labour to uphold pre-election promise, as pig farm caught flouting the law

Demands for Labour to uphold pre-election promise, as pig farm caught flouting the law

July 12th, 2018
Shocking new footage has been released by SAFE showing pregnant pigs confined in sow stalls. The use of these metal cages has been banned since 2015. “Contrary to claims made today by NZ Pork, we have evidence that these cages were used as ‘sow stalls’, rather than so-called ‘mating stalls,” says...
Animals still suffer in experiments

Animals still suffer in experiments

July 10th, 2018
Figures released by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today show an increase in the numbers of animals suffering in experiments, with over a quarter of a million animals used in 2016. Over 8500 of the animals, mostly rodents and rabbits, were used in extremely painful experiments. SAFE chief executive...
Minister dodges questions as farm exposé reaches Parliament

Minister dodges questions as farm exposé reaches Parliament

July 10th, 2018
This week in the house, Green Party MP Gareth Hughes asked the Associate Minister of Agriculture Hon Meka Whaitiri what the Ministry is doing to help protect animals. This comes after an exposé on a Northland farm revealed the failure of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) when it comes to animal...
The impossible burgergate debate

The impossible burgergate debate

July 6th, 2018
Impossible Burgergate is currently happening in little ole  Aotearoa and it’s dividing the country. One might ask how Air New  Zealand’s announcement that they will be serving the Impossible Burger  on some of their LAX flights has caused such a commotion? Not me. It’s  easy to see what is happening...

Fonterra and DairyNZ called to protect whistleblowers

July 4th, 2018
Fonterra and DairyNZ have today been contacted by SAFE asking them to urgently put in place a protection scheme for farm cruelty whistleblowers. A whistleblower protection programme would encourage people to come forward with legitimate complaints of cruelty and law-breaking, and make it easy for them to do so. We...
New framework shows Minister hopeful, but out of touch with NZ’s Animal Welfare Act

New framework shows Minister hopeful, but out of touch with NZ’s Animal Welfare Act

July 3rd, 2018
Associate Minister of Agriculture Meka Whaitiri has great hopes for the future of animal welfare. On Friday she released her Framework for Action on Animal Welfare. It was published after SAFE and Farmwatch’s dairy exposé last week. The Framework focuses on four areas: Independent Voice, Transparency, Strengthening Codes and Capacity Building. While...
Shocking body pit found on Northland farm at centre of bashing

Shocking body pit found on Northland farm at centre of bashing

July 2nd, 2018
New footage shows a pit of bodies on the Northland dairy farm at the centre of last week’s bashing exposé. It is sadly commonplace for farms to have so-called ‘offal pits’ containing the bodies of animals that have been killed or have died. We believe the pit was not examined by...
More whistleblowers emerge as animal cruelty footage released

More whistleblowers emerge as animal cruelty footage released

June 29th, 2018
After disturbing footage of animal abuse on a Northland dairy farm was released yesterday, we are demanding that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) be stripped of its animal welfare responsibilities and an independent Animal Welfare Ministry be set up. “The Ministry needs to explain why they failed to act...

Shocking treatment of dairy cows in new exposé

June 28th, 2018
Undercover cameras have captured a dairy farmer violently, and repeatedly, hitting cows with various weapons including a steel pipe. SAFE says this case highlights the serious failings of New Zealand’s animal welfare enforcement since the perpetrator was previously investigated by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in 2017. Farmwatch investigators...

Appalling treatment of dairy cows in new exposé

June 28th, 2018
Undercover cameras have captured a dairy farmer violently, and repeatedly, hitting cows with various weapons including a steel pipe. SAFE says this case highlights the serious failings of New Zealand’s animal welfare enforcement since the perpetrator was previously investigated by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in 2017. Farmwatch investigators gathered...

“Appalling” pig farm allowed to continue after charges of animal cruelty

June 27th, 2018
SAFE and Farmwatch are appalled that the same Waikato piggery found to have been housing starving and injured pigs in 2014 was allowed to continue operating after charges were laid by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The piggery was later the subject of a Farmwatch investigation in 2015 where...
No one held accountable for cruelty to 800 pigs

No one held accountable for cruelty to 800 pigs

June 27th, 2018
SAFE and Farmwatch are appalled that the same Waikato piggery found to have been housing starving and injured pigs in 2014 was allowed to continue operating. In 2014, at Waikato piggery Kaimai Pork Limited, piglets were found living in their own excrement, without enough food and without adequate care for...
The altar of sacrifice: The tragedy of bobby calves in New Zealand

The altar of sacrifice: The tragedy of bobby calves in New Zealand

June 20th, 2018
Bobby calves in New Zealand are a sacrificial animal who are slain at  the altar of the economy. We kill them so that their mothers’ milk may  flow, and we can have a thriving dairy market. A bobby calf is the  progeny a dairy cow who is deliberately bred from...
Outrage against live export trade goes global

Outrage against live export trade goes global

June 14th, 2018
International Day of Awareness shows Governments not doing enough. In April this year, shocking new footage was released of horrific conditions on board live export shipments from Australia causing further upset worldwide regarding what was already a controversial trade. Today, 14 June, has been chosen to mark this year’s global Stop...
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