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Timaru locals to protest the arrival of a live export ship today – SAFE

November 4th, 2020
The world’s largest livestock vessel, the Ocean Drover, is scheduled to collect 7,945 cows from PrimePort in Timaru today. This is the first ship to arrive in New Zealand to export some of the 24,000 cows that have been in quarantine since the sinking of Gulf Livestock 1 in September....

Petition to end live animal exports at Port Taranaki to be presented today – SAFE

November 3rd, 2020
Animal rights organisation SAFE and Taranaki Animal Rights Group will be handing over a petition to the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) today, asking the council to direct its port to stop exporting live animals. The petition was signed by over 11,700 people. Read more

‘SAFE pleased to see the role of Minister responsible for animal welfare returned’

November 2nd, 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today announced her Ministerial list, which saw Meka Whaitiri reinstated as Associate Minister of Agriculture with responsibility for Animal Welfare. She will be a Minister outside of cabinet. SAFE CEO Debra Ashton said she’s pleased that the Labour Government are putting a focus back on animal...

New analysis of live export ships shows there is still a high risk to animals – SAFE

October 29th, 2020
New analysis from The Guardian has found that live export ships are twice as likely to be lost at sea as cargo vessels. SAFE Campaigns Manager Bianka Atlas said the growing evidence supports what SAFE has been saying for years. “It is clear that the live export trade places the...

Retired MP Gareth Hughes joins SAFE’s Board of Directors

October 29th, 2020
Gareth Hughes was previously the Green Party’s animal welfare spokesperson and was a leading voice for animals within Parliament. During his time in politics he championed the 2014 ban on shark finning and accepted numerous petitions from animal advocacy groups. Read more

Post election limbo, and bobby calves with Lynley Tulloch

October 27th, 2020
The Ministry for Primary Industries has released the Michael Heron QC report, which was commissioned as a result of the missing live export ship which capsized and sunk in the East China Sea. The recommendations don’t go far enough, which isn’t really al

Live export report is tinkering around the edges – SAFE NZ

October 23rd, 2020
The Ministry for Primary Industries has today released new requirements for the export of live animals by sea, following recommendations from a review into the animal welfare assurances MPI receives from exporters. The review was led by Mike Heron QC. Read more
We are closer than ever to a cage-free Aotearoa – but the mahi must continue

We are closer than ever to a cage-free Aotearoa – but the mahi must continue

October 23rd, 2020
In the lead up to this year’s general election, SAFE supporters rallied together to make sure animals were on the agenda. Thanks to the amazing support for this campaign, we are closer than ever to freeing all hens from cages in Aotearoa. It’s been clear for a long time that...
Animals will be at risk of injury or death during rodeo opening weekend

Animals will be at risk of injury or death during rodeo opening weekend

October 22nd, 2020
The annual rodeo season opens this weekend with the Winchester Rodeo on Saturday, and the Methven Rodeo on Sunday. 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...
Every glass of cow’s milk comes at the expense of the calf

Every glass of cow’s milk comes at the expense of the calf

October 22nd, 2020
In just over 200 years, New Zealand has gone from being a country with no cows to being the biggest exporter of dairy in the world.  There are more cows in New Zealand than humans. Each one of these animals is a sensitive individual with their own unique experience of...
Intensive Winter Grazing harms much more than our clean, green Aotearoa
Photo credit: Geoff Reid

Intensive Winter Grazing harms much more than our clean, green Aotearoa

October 20th, 2020
In winter 2019, shocking images of cows up to their knees in mud, unable to lie down and rest, were in the media. Aerial footage revealed extensive environmental degradation in parts of Otago and Southland.  A Southland kindergarten was even forced to close when runoff from a nearby farm washed...

COVID-19 outbreak on a live export ship – SAFE NZ

October 20th, 2020
While New Zealand is gearing up to lift a temporary ban on live exports, 25 crew have tested positive for COVID-19 on the livestock carrier Al Messilah, which is docked at Fremantle Port in Western Australia. The ship, which was due to be loading animals for export, has been delayed...

Jacinda Ardern has a mandate to end the caging of hens – SAFE

October 18th, 2020
Animal rights organisation SAFE has big expectations around colony cages for the next Labour government. SAFE CEO Debra Ashton said with a majority of the seats in Parliament, Labour can make quick progress on animal welfare. “Labour can really get things done now, like fulfilling some broken promises on animal...

A Labour/Green government could be a huge win for animals – SAFE NZ

October 16th, 2020
Current polling suggests the Labour party will need the Greens to form a new Government and this could mean big gains for animals. SAFE CEO Debra Ashton said the two parties have already agreed on a phaseout of cruel colony cages in previous election campaigns. Read more
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