Aotearoa New Zealand is a nation of animal lovers, however, the scale of suffering faced by animals, particularly farmed animals, is immense.
Together with our supporters, SAFE is driving positive change on a massive scale. Stand with us as we create a kinder Aotearoa for all animals.
Pigs are highly intelligent, social animals that suffer mentally and physically when kept in intensive production systems. Most of the pigs that are killed for pork, bacon and ham are confined in factory farms.
Hens are curious and socially complex birds who can understand cause and effect, and can anticipate and plan. They are unable to express their natural behaviour and therefore suffer when crammed inside wire cages to produce eggs.
Despite loving new experiences, being clever and able to recognise 100 other individuals, chickens bred for meat are denied the things that would make their lives worth living. They are also selectively bred for extremely fast growth, leading to millions of them suffering severe health problems including heart failure and painful lameness.
While fish may seem so different to us and other mammals, they are sentient animals that deserve our respect as much as any other. It is time to let them off the hook.
Many people don’t realise that a cow used in the dairy industry needs to give birth in order to produce milk. What her life is like, and what happens to her new-born calf, are some of the dairy industry’s darkest secrets.
Ducks are farmed for both their meat and eggs in New Zealand and ducklings raised for meat have similar welfare concerns as chickens and turkeys bred for meat. Each bird shooting season, these beautiful waterfowl face death and injury.
Like most New Zealand cows, she starts her life in a grassy paddock. If she is selected for live export, she leaves her familiar herd behind and begins a harrowing journey to a country with few, if any, animal protection laws.
In New Zealand we love animals, and we value our natural environment. There is a future for New Zealand where both these values can be realised, but it means we need to end the use of feedlots.
Horses are gentle, social, trusting animals. Behind racing’s glamorous image horses suffer -— both on the track and in training. They are then discarded when no longer profitable.
Ducks and other birds are popular visitors to our parks and other open areas. This peace is disturbed during bird shooting season by the sounds of gunfire, which results in the death and injury of huge numbers of both native and introduced species.
Just like zoos, aquariums and marine parks do not allow aquatic animals to display normal patterns of behaviour, such as swimming vast distances, searching for food and forming natural social structures. Fishes and aquatic animals belong in the wild.
Animals in zoos and wildlife parks are prevented from doing what is natural to them — basic behaviour such as roaming their territories, choosing a mate and deciding what and when to eat. Lacking stimulation and appropriate social interaction, many animals show signs of severe stress and boredom.
Fishes are beautiful, fascinating and mesmerising to watch, which is why many people keep them on display in tanks and aquariums. Fishes outnumber all other companion animals in New Zealand, with 1.37 million fishes in households across the country.
Sheep are smart animals capable of problem solving. They are nearly as clever as pigs, who in turn are smarter than dogs. Sheep and their lambs commonly suffer extremes of heat and cold in paddocks without shelter and may be injured during shearing and other farm practices.
New Zealand is proud of its clean, green image. But our waterways, land and reputation are under threat from the intensive farming of over 130 million land animals. Millions of fish are also confined in cages, leading to water pollution and suffering for the individuals farmed in this way.
Many people are choosing free-range eggs and meat because they hope free-range animals have a better life than those kept in intensive factory farms. However there are welfare concerns with all forms of animal farming and the animals are killed far short of their natural lifespan.
Moving away from dairy is a choice that benefits animals, our planet and our health. There’s never been a better time to go dairy-free. Whether you’re looking for tips on the best plant-based cheese or ice cream or on the lookout for new dairy-free recipe ideas, we’ve got you covered!
As a charity, SAFE is reliant on the support of caring people like you to carry out our valuable work. Every gift goes towards providing education, undertaking research and campaigning for the benefit of all animals. SAFE is a registered charity in New Zealand (CC 40428). Contributions of $5 or more are tax-deductible.