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.
Tell the Labour and Green parties they haven’t kept their promise to ban caged eggs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most turkeys are kept in similar conditions to chickens intensively reared for their meat and are unable to express natural behaviours such as flying, nesting, roosting in trees, and living in stable social groups.
Many people don't know that every summer around 30 rodeos are held in New Zealand, bullying animals for the entertainment of a minority. More and more caring Kiwis are calling for this outdated form of animal abuse to be consigned to the history books.
Greyhounds are just like other dogs, affectionate and playful. Racing puts them at risk of death and injury on the track and they are discarded when they stop being profitable. The New Zealand greyhound racing industry kills almost one dog a day.
Ducks and other birds are popular visitors to our parks and other open areas. This peace is disturbed during duck shooting season by the sounds of gunfire, which results in the death and injury of huge numbers of both native and introduced species.
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.
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.
Eating a plant-based diet is the most important thing you can do to help animals. It's a simple switch, but it makes a big difference. You'll feel great knowing that you are putting your values into action. Challenge yourself to give it a try. We bet you’ll find it tastier and easier than you ever imagined!
As a charity, SAFE is reliant on the support of caring people like you to carry out our valuable work. Every dollar goes towards providing education, undertaking research and campaigning for the benefit of all animals.