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The Serial seagull killer and Biological Xenophobia

Monday, 25 June 2018, 2:47 pm | Lynley Tulloch

In New Zealand the red-billed gull (commonly known as the seagull) is often regarded with disdain by beachgoers. These gregarious birds are often considered noisy ‘thieves’, displaying shameless and annoying territorial aggression around your fish and chips. More >>

Let's treasure our tamariki and kaiako in early education

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 8:52 am | Lynley Tulloch

I believe in education. I’ve made it my lifetime passion – particularly early childhood education (ECE). So it troubles me that problems in New Zealand’s ECE sector have been the focus of a lot of media interest and public dialogue recently. ... More >>

Big Fat Lies and the New Zealand Dairy Industry

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 8:50 am | Lynley Tulloch

On 8 June 2018 I attended the all-day Animal Advocacy Hui at Manurewa Marae organised by Associate Minister of Agriculture, Meka Whaitiri. The stated purpose of the Hui was to give the animal advocate sector an opportunity to be heard by Government. More >>

The altar of sacrifice: The tragedy of bobby calves

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 1:30 pm | Starfish Bobby Calf Project

Bobby calves in New Zealand are a sacrificial animal who are slayed at the alter of the economy. We kill them so that their mothers’ milk may flow, and we can have a thriving dairy market. A bobby calf is the progeny of a dairy cow who is deliberately ... More >>

Easter traditions rooted in violence

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 11:28 am | Lynley Tulloch

Lamb is an ingrained symbol of Easter and may show up on many tables this long weekend. Easter lamb is a tradition rooted in history, connected to the book of Genesis when Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac. He bound his son to a rock but was ... More >>

From meat to pet: Felix’s great fortune

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 3:20 pm | Starfish Bobby Calf Project

From meat to pet: Felix’s great fortune By Dr Lynley Tulloch Felix means ‘fortunate one’. It is a name recently given to a steer (a neutered bull) who, for eighteen months of his life, was known only as ‘beefie’, and occasionally as ‘freezer ... More >>

What's your poison? DoC's toxic shame

Monday, 12 February 2018, 9:35 am | Lynley Tulloch

Recently I walked some of the rickety tracks in the forests and coasts of beautiful Aotearoa/ New Zealand. Specifically, I tramped the Queen Charlotte Track and some of the Richmond Ranges in the Nelson area. More >>

Rodeo cruelty: Horrific death of bull at Pukemanu Bullride

Monday, 5 February 2018, 10:12 am | Lynley Tulloch

On Friday 2 February a bull lost his life at the Pukemanu Bullride in Martinborough. It wasn’t a glorious death. Spectators say he bellowed and salivated, clearly distressed as he lay on the ground. He had broken his leg and was in extreme pain. He dragged ... More >>

Rooster torture signals need for compassionate education

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 2:11 pm | Lynley Tulloch

The story of the pet rooster killed at Ngakonui Valley School during an out-of-control party is devastating. This rooster was called Tama and was a favourite of the children at school, occasionally wandering into class. They considered him their pet, enjoying ... More >>

Rodeo thuggery, Michael Laws and violence

Friday, 26 January 2018, 5:09 pm | Lynley Tulloch

As an animal rights advocate I have witnessed first-hand the suffering of animals used at rodeo. I have taken note of the trauma experienced by young calves who are used in calf-roping and may be ridden by young children. More >>

Kitten killers highlight need for compassionate education

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:07 pm | Lynley Tulloch

Very disturbing footage of a kitten being stoned by a group of five young people from Southland in New Zealand has emerged online. The youth are aged between 11 and 16 and animal welfare group Paws Justice called it “one of the worst cases” they ... More >>

Waiter, there’s a hare in my pie!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 10:54 am | Lynley Tulloch

Most New Zealanders are familiar with the joke about the safety of eating overheated pies. In 2009 police dog handler Guy Baldwin was caught on camera telling a teenage car-jacker that his pie will be “thermo-nuclear” after being in the warmer since ... More >>

Liar liar pants on fire over animal cruelty

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 8:47 am | Lynley Tulloch

New Zealand has a reputation for being a nation of animal lovers due to high level of pet ownership and the rural lifestyle of many New Zealanders. However recently in Auckland a duck had fireworks shoved in his beak which were then set alight. He ... More >>

Predator Free 2050 and The Call to Arms

Monday, 16 October 2017, 9:37 am | Lynley Tulloch

New Zealand’s Predator Free 2050 goal includes encouraging community-led projects to kill possums, rats and stoats. Nicola Toki, New Zealand’s Endangered Wildlife Ambassador, claims that it is important that New Zealanders get on board with the ... More >>

Theo Spierings - Fat Cat with the cream

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 12:24 pm | Starfish Bobby Calf Project

The recent news that Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings was paid $8.32 million in 2017 has caused a stir. This huge salary seems incongruous with recent stories of farmer debt, suicide and struggle in New Zealand. Fonterra is a multinational ... More >>

Moko & The Systems That Let Him Down

Thursday, 7 September 2017, 12:19 pm | Lynley Tulloch

Moko Rangitoheriri died on August 10, 2015. It’s two years on and his story is just as heart-breaking now as it was then. A recent inquest found that there were warning signs that were not heeded. More >>

Vigil aims to highlight plight of bobbies

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 4:57 pm | Starfish Bobby Calf Project

Its nearly Spring, but many new-born calves will never feel the warmth of the sun on their backs. Already a significant number of calves who were born this winter died before the first daffodil unfolded. They were quite literally born to die. More >>

Meteria Turei and the modern day witch hunters

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 10:40 am | Lynley Tulloch

Meteria Turei made her confession of ‘benefit fraud’ in the depths of a rather cold and wet winter. It’s a time when the most vulnerable among us are struggling. Many single mothers and those on benefits are forced to live in inadequate, damp ... More >>

Uruti possum hunt and school violence

Friday, 11 August 2017, 10:38 am | Lynley Tulloch

It’s the stuff of childhood nightmares and yet twice as scary because it is real. Children at many rural schools in New Zealand are encouraged to not only participate in killing animals, but also to dress them up in a range of creative and yet ghoulish ... More >>

OP ED on youth unemployment

Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 3:04 pm | Lynley Tulloch

NEETS (not in employment, education or training) is a new term that is being bandied around a lot at the moment. Labour MP Grant Robertson raised the issue of NEETS with Stephen Joyce in parliament last month. He stated that since this time last year ... More >>



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