Greyhound racing industry killed 199 dogs last season – SAFE

November 24th, 2020
New figures from Greyhound Racing New Zealand’s 2020 annual report show the industry still has a problem with greyhound fatalities. The report states that 34 dogs were killed on racetracks, and 165 euthanised for undisclosed reasons during the 2019/20 season. Read more

‘Give us a call!’: Vegan community offers enthusiastic support for Duncan Garner

November 19th, 2020
The New Zealand vegan community has thrown its enthusiastic support behind The AM Show host Duncan Garner following his announcing he’s going plant-based for a year. In July, Garner promised he would turn vegan for a year if Labour polled high enough to govern alone. Read more

Livestock export ship due in Napier after Government ban lifted

November 19th, 2020
The extra requirements from an independent review follows the sinking of the Gulf Livestock 1 in September. Photo / Tony des Landes Just under two months since a livestock export ship left Napier Port and sank near Japan, another live export vessel is due to leave the port next week...

Livestock vessels ‘at least twice as likely’ to be lost at sea compared to standard cargo ships – Guardian analysis

November 19th, 2020
Livestock carriers are “at least twice as likely” to be lost at sea compared to standard cargo ships, according to an analysis by the UK’s Guardian newspaper. The paper looked at more than 10 years of data comparing the percentage of livestock carriers that had sunk with that of standard...

No major changes for agriculture with new Cabinet line-up

November 19th, 2020
It’s business as usual for the primary sector with ministerial portfolios remaining relatively unchanged but from a few tweaks. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas Damien O’Connor has kept his job as Minister of Agriculture, one he held last term, and picks up Trade and Export Growth from David Parker and...

Government’s racing minister role contradicts new animal welfare portfolio – SAFE

November 19th, 2020
A New Zealand animal welfare group says the Government’s racing minister role in Cabinet contradicts the new animal welfare position. Yesterday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her new Cabinet – appointing Grant Robertson, who is also Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, to racing. Read more

Live cattle export ban petition gains nearly 12,000 signatures

November 19th, 2020
Live cattle exports were carried out from Port Taranaki on board the Gelbray Express earlier in 2020. Nearly 12,000 people have signed a petition calling for an end to live cattle exports from Port Taranaki. Animal rights organisation SAFE, and Taranaki Animal Rights Group (TARG) presented an online petition with...

‘Appalled’ locals protest arrival of livestock carrier in Timaru

November 19th, 2020
Protesters are gathering in Timaru on Wednesday as the world’s largest livestock vessel prepares to take thousands of cattle to China. The shipment follows the capsizing of the Gulf Livestock 1 in September, which sank off the coast of Japan with 43 crew onboard – including two New Zealanders –...

Livestock carrier in Napier sparks another protest

November 19th, 2020
Another protest against live cattle exports is taking place on Saturday, with the arrival of the livestock carrier Yangtze Fortune in Napier. Animal rights group SAFE said the demonstration was intended to send a message that “Kiwis across the country are fed up with a lack of action from the...

Live export ship Yangtze Fortune docks in Napier before taking 5000 cattle to China

November 19th, 2020
The Yangtze Fortune (right), which is expected to carry 5000 cattle overseas has docked at the Napier Port. A livestock ship which is expected to carry 5000 cattle to China docked at Napier Port on Monday. The Yangtze Fortune arrived after 9am, and is due to depart Napier at 10.30pm...

Thousands of cattle loaded on to live export ship in the dark

November 19th, 2020
Government officials say there was nothing unusual about the loading of a live export ship in Timaru at the weekend, despite claims thousands of animals were sent aboard in the dark to avoid scrutiny. The claims come after two animals reportedly jumped from a truck en route to the livestock...

‘Violent’ rodeo video prompts calls for UK shoppers to boycott NZ farming products

November 19th, 2020
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Agriculture minister introduced ‘unlawful and invalid’ pig welfare standards, judge rules

November 19th, 2020
Farrowing crates restrict the movement of sows and reduce their ability to carry out nest building and other normal behaviours. Animal welfare standards brought in by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor in 2018 were illegal and invalid because they circumvented earlier law changes designed to phase out the controversial practice of...

Farrowing crates for pigs being ruled unlawful is a victory for all animals

November 19th, 2020
Both pigs and humans alike should rejoice over the High Court’s ruling on farrowing crates, writes University of Otago law lecturer Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere. If you know anything about pigs, it’ll likely be that despite their slovenly and biblically-dubious reputation, actually, they’re quite clever creatures. Read more
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