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Mother pigs will have their day in court – SAFE NZ

April 8th, 2020
Farrowing crates, which confine mother pigs kept on factory farms, violate the Animal Welfare Act 1999, and for the first time in New Zealand history the Act will be tested in court. SAFE and the New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA) filed court proceedings against the Agriculture Minister and the...

How to launch a podcast during a pandemic

March 31st, 2020
In this debut episode, Will discusses the current state of affairs for New Zealand while the country faces off with COVID-19. He speaks with SAFE Chief Executive Officer Debra Ashton about the state of animal rights in New Zealand and the role that intens
Tiger King and charismatic mammals in captivity

Tiger King and charismatic mammals in captivity

April 6th, 2020
In the midst of worldwide COVID-19 isolation, Netflix dropped a limited series which has gripped the imagination of many: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. The titular ‘Tiger King,’ Joe Exotic, has become a polarising and popular figure on the memescape of Instagram in the week since the show aired....

Pig industry wants to save their bacon and risk public health – SAFE NZ

April 1st, 2020
The pig meat industry is struggling to store its meat while independent butchers are closed during the COVID-19 lockdown. “The Government needs to stop the insemination of sows if the industry is struggling to house pigs,” says Campaigns Manager Marianne Macdonald. Read more
Unprecedented times require new thinking

Unprecedented times require new thinking

March 30th, 2020
As we begin a month of lockdown, many people are anxious about what this will mean for our food security. The Government has acknowledged that the animal farming sector as “essential” to feeding New Zealand and the world. But taking a step back, is the answer to our current crisis...
Are we risking creating the mother of all pandemics?

Are we risking creating the mother of all pandemics?

April 1st, 2020
We are in new territory. In New Zealand, we are working together as a country to stop the spread of COVID-19. With the decisive and compassionate guidance of our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, I think we are doing all the right things. But once this pandemic is under control, it...
Keeping healthy in self-isolation

Keeping healthy in self-isolation

March 26th, 2020
Right now is a really great time to be focusing on taking care of yourself. We’ve put together some deliciously helpful ways to assist your body in building up it’s natural defences, so you and your household stay healthy and nourished. It probably comes to no surprise that fruits, vegetables,...
Our work for animals must continue

Our work for animals must continue

March 27th, 2020
In the wake of the global pandemic known as COVID-19, our work on behalf of animals is more important than ever – and it will continue. As we work together as a country to mitigate the risk posed by this pandemic, undoubtedly many of our supporters have been impacted in...

Animal advocate says Port Taranaki’s reputation at risk over involvement in live cattle exports

March 16th, 2020
The live export of 3300 cattle to China is planned this weekend from Port Taranaki – the second similar shipment since the end of January this year. (File photo) A port company which helps businesses export live cattle as a way to diversify its trade is out of step with...

Animal welfare breach but no offence committed at Urenui Rodeo MPI investigation finds

March 16th, 2020
Animal rights advocates are appalled by the “clear disregard for animal welfare” they say was shown at the Urenui Rodeo last month. Anneka Carlson was one of nearly 30 protesters outside the event on the day, and says she was horrified to be shown a video showing a clear breach...

No plans to shut rodeo down after bull deaths

March 16th, 2020
A rodeo in Dunedin will go ahead in April, despite calls from an animal rights group for the event to be cancelled. Radio New Zealand reported last month two bulls were euthanised in club events over summer after being hurt. One of the bulls had its back strained while bucking...

Labour’s kindness agenda should extend to rodeo animals

March 16th, 2020
A protester at the Urenui Rodeo in north Taranaki earlier this month filmed a rider wrestling a steer for too long. The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed a breach of the welfare code, but said no offence was committed. OPINION: Last month it was revealed that the New Zealand rodeo...

NZ animal protection ranking downgraded

March 16th, 2020
World Animal Protection (WAP) has downgraded New Zealand’s animal protection ranking. The international non-profit animal welfare organisation reduced New Zealand’s ranking from an ‘A’, awarded in 2014, to a ‘C’ in its latest report. WAP says the downgrade is primarily due to the Government’s lack of legislation outlawing cruel practices....

Damning new animal protection report downgrades NZ’s ranking

March 13th, 2020
World Animal Protection has downgraded New Zealand’s animal protection ranking in a recently released report. The Animal Protection Index ranks 50 countries around the world according to their animal welfare policies and legislation. The index awarded New Zealand’s animal protection efforts an ‘A’ in 2014, however World Animal Protection has...
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