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On Suffering

Friday, 17 May 2019, 1:33 pm | Lynley Tulloch

The causes of suffering in this world are manifold, and many of them are unavoidable. Yet reflections on suffering can take one to worthwhile places. More >>

Would you like some sea lions with your squid rings?

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 12:11 pm | Lynley Tulloch

The recent reports of five endangered sea lions killed in one week in New Zealand waters by Sanford squid fishing vessels is disquieting. These sea lions were caught near the Auckland Island marine sanctuary in the Southern Ocean, which is their main ... More >>

Proposed fireworks ban sparks debate on animal distress

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 12:08 pm | Lynley Tulloch

After public consultation, the Auckland Council’s Governing Body has asked Government to ban the private use and sale of fireworks. Of 8000 public submissions, almost 90 per cent were in support of a ban. Many submissions held concerns for the safety ... More >>

Star the Minature Horse and our cultural blinders to cruelty

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 9:16 am | Lynley Tulloch

A 10-year-old miniature horse called Star is making headlines in New Zealand for all the wrong reasons. Star has died after suffering a brutal attack where he was stabbed 41 times with a sharp knife. More >>

Let's have the Morrinsville Mega Cow as Santa this year!

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 10:28 am | Lynley Tulloch

They say Christmas is the silly season - and so far the New Zealand festivities in 2018 are living up to this reputation. They have been the silliest, most racist, most speciesist and sexist of all. More >>

Zoochosis: why animals should not be in zoos

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 3:53 pm | Lynley Tulloch

Death comes to us all, and the most we can hope for (to quote Kenny Rogers) is to die in our sleep. I’d like to think we can raise our expectations a little higher than that. Personally, I would like to have a life worth living and dying for. More >>

Animal carcasses, psychopathy and school possum hunts

Monday, 8 October 2018, 2:53 pm | Lynley Tulloch

It is school possum hunt season again in New Zealand. These events serve a dual purpose of fundraiser and ‘pest’ cull. More >>

Hurricane Florence and the unbelievable truths

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 9:56 am | Lynley Tulloch

Hurricane Florence has wreaked havoc in North and South Carolina. 500,000 homes and businesses are without power,25 people are dead and hog manure pits have spilled into the floods causing pollution. More >>

Why animals matter: they're just like us

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 2:12 pm | Lynley Tulloch

Why animals matter: they're just like us Most animal rescuers have a sensitivity towards animals. The more we help, the deeper our capacity for compassion becomes. We also learn a lot of life lessons and receive as much love from the animals that ... More >>

Long term effect of poor quality Early Childhood Education

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 2:02 pm | Lynley Tulloch

Child Forum has recently published a report of another Early Childhood Education (ECE) centre which has  been shut down amid allegations of horrific abuse.   Among many complaints were accusations that staff not only shamed and bullied children, ... More >>

Awkward angles – it’s time to tell the truth about dairying!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 11:46 am | Lynley Tulloch

It’s the height of calving season in New Zealand and calves are appearing like little mushrooms in many paddocks across the country. Recent media articles about dairying have touched on this subject, particularly the rather murky issue of cow-calf ... More >>

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 >>



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