Latest

Whaitiri demotion leaves worrying gap in animal welfare responsibility – SAFE

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Animal rights group SAFE is pressing the Government to reassign responsibility for animal welfare, after the role was stripped from outgoing Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri. Ms Whaitiri’s role previously encompassed animal welfare, but the removal of her portfolios means the responsibility now falls to Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. SAFE’s Head of Campaigns, Marianne Macdonald, […]

Read More →
Latest

MPI to release findings into investigation of illegal sow stalls – SAFE

By   /  September 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Ministry for Primary Industries says it will soon release the findings from its investigation into the use of illegal sow stalls on a Timaru farm. Sow stalls, used to cage pregnant pigs, were banned in 2015 on cruelty grounds.  However, hidden-camera footage shot in April this year shows the stalls were still being used. […]

Read More →
Latest

SAFE Angered by Cows Forced to Calve in Mud-filled Paddocks

By   /  August 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on SAFE Angered by Cows Forced to Calve in Mud-filled Paddocks

Animal advocacy group SAFE is disgusted by new images showing cows giving birth in barren paddocks of deep mud. The photos, taken in Southland last week and sent to SAFE, come amid outrage over the cruel treatment of cattle over winter – which also marks the start of calving season. SAFE’s Head of Campaigns, Marianne […]

Read More →
Latest

SAFE calling for farming industry to protect whistle-blowers – SAFE

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on SAFE calling for farming industry to protect whistle-blowers – SAFE

Animal advocacy group SAFE is calling for farming groups to develop whistle-blower programmes, after revelations workers are receiving death threats for reporting abuse. The comment was made by SAFE CEO, Debra Ashton, in a speech to industry figures and the Associate Minister of Agriculture, Hon Meka Whaitiri, at an MPI animal welfare forum in Wellington […]

Read More →
Latest

BP has foot on the gas towards cage-free future – SAFE

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on BP has foot on the gas towards cage-free future – SAFE

SAFE is applauding BP for being the first petrol and retail outlet in New Zealand to jump on board with the international cage-free egg movement. Being quick off the mark, whole cage eggs are already off the shelves across all 98 stores nationwide. BP in Poland adopted similar cage-free egg policy earlier this year, making […]

Read More →
Latest

MPI whitewash leaves a dirty stain on NZ’s reputation – SAFE

By   /  July 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on MPI whitewash leaves a dirty stain on NZ’s reputation – SAFE

SAFE is outraged to learn that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has, yet again, let animals down by giving a green-light to the Timaru pig farm exposed last week for breaking the law. Footage obtained by Farmwatch volunteer investigators shows that the farm was keeping pigs in illegal sow stalls, (which were banned in […]

Read More →
Latest

Animals Still Suffer in Experiments – SAFE

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Figures released by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today show an increase in the numbers of animals suffering in experiments, with over a quarter of a million animals used in 2016. Over 8500 of the animals, mostly rodents and rabbits, were used in extremely painful experiments. SAFE chief executive Debra Ashton says the figures […]

Read More →
Latest

Shocking body pit found on Northland farm at centre of bashing – SAFE

By   /  July 3, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Shocking body pit found on Northland farm at centre of bashing – SAFE

New footage released by SAFE, shows a pit of bodies on the Northland dairy farm at the centre of last week’s bashing exposé. SAFE believes the pit was not examined by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) when they visited the property earlier this year after allegations of animal abuse. The open pit, filmed by […]

Read More →
Latest

More whistle-blowers emerge over animal cruelty – SAFE

By   /  June 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

After disturbing footage of animal abuse on a Northland dairy farm was released yesterday, SAFE and Farmwatch are pointing to the numerous and severe failings of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). They are demanding that MPI be stripped of its animal welfare responsibilities and an independent Animal Welfare Ministry be set up. “The Ministry […]

Read More →
Latest

“Appalling” pig farm allowed to continue after charges of animal cruelty – SAFE

By   /  June 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on “Appalling” pig farm allowed to continue after charges of animal cruelty – SAFE

No one held accountable for cruelty to 800 pigs SAFE and Farmwatch are appalled that the same Waikato piggery found to have been housing starving and injured pigs in 2014 was allowed to continue operating after charges were laid by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The piggery was later the subject of a Farmwatch […]

Read More →
Latest

Violence to Erupt on the Nation’s Waterways – SAFE

By   /  May 1, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Violence to Erupt on the Nation’s Waterways – SAFE

Thousands of ducks, geese and swans will be killed or left injured by hunters when duck shooting season starts on Saturday, 5 May. Our tranquil waterways will erupt in gunfire, slaughter and injury, says SAFE campaigns manager Marianne Macdonald. Native species will be amongst the casualties, says Macdonald, since it is legal to shoot Pukeko, […]

Read More →
Latest

Shocking new Australian live export footage – SAFE

By   /  April 10, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

[WARNING: distressing footage] For the first time in Australia’s controversial live export trade’s history, shocking new footage has been released of horrific conditions on board the shipments, highlighting the reputational risk of all live export, says SAFE. More than 4,000 sheep died in five routine shipments aboard the Awassi Express headed to Gulf Countries. The […]

Read More →
Latest

Rodeo industry under increased pressure – SAFE

By   /  March 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Rodeo industry under increased pressure – SAFE

As the rodeo season ends, opposition continues to ramp up to end these events, with animal advocacy organisation SAFE calling on the Government to make this season the last. During the six-month rodeo season, which ended on Saturday with Waimarino rodeo, public concern has raised this issue to such a level that the cowboys are […]

Read More →
Latest

Largest petition in five years handed in to Parliament – SAFE

By   /  March 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Largest petition in five years handed in to Parliament – SAFE

112,844 people have signed SAFE’s petition to ban the use of cruel farrowing crates, believed to be the largest petition handed in to Parliament in five years. The petition was delivered to Green MP and spokesperson for animal welfare Gareth Hughes by the animal advocacy organisation, a live pig called Buttercup and actor Thomasin Harcourt […]

Read More →
Latest

Anti-rodeo movement stands strong on an outright ban of rodeo in New Zealand

By   /  March 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Anti-rodeo movement stands strong on an outright ban of rodeo in New Zealand

New Zealand’s anti-rodeo movement is united on ending rodeo for good. Direct Animal Action, Anti-Rodeo Action NZ, Wellington Animal Rights Network, NZ Animal Justice League, Farmwatch, SAFE and global organisation World Animal Protection, all welcome the new Government’s upcoming review of some of the worst aspects of rodeo. But all organisations remain united in their […]

Read More →
Latest

Government response on rodeo a good start, says SAFE

By   /  March 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Government response on rodeo a good start, says SAFE

SAFE supports a government move announced today, that they will look at welfare issues in rodeo, but believe more needs to done. The Associate Minister of Agriculture Meka Whaitiri announced that officials have been asked to see how animal welfare can be improved in the use of calves, electric prodders, flank straps, tail twisting and […]

Read More →