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SAFE Launches Ad Campaign To Free Hens From Colony Cages

Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 8:20 am | SAFE

In a new TV commercial launched this week, SAFE is telling politicians, "It’s time to put the chicken before the egg." SAFE CEO Debra Ashton said hens have been waiting for six years for colony cages to be banned. "The Labour and the ... More >>

'Ban Live Export' - SAFE And SPCA Chief Executives Co-author An Open Letter To The Prime Minister

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 9:16 am | SAFE

SAFE CEO Debra Ashton and SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen have co-authored a letter to Jacinda Ardern asking her to show the world just how kind New Zealand is by banning the export of live animals. The letter was published in this morning’s edition of the New ... More >>

MPI Is Stalling By Announcing Another Live Export Review

Friday, 11 September 2020, 12:03 pm | SAFE

The Ministry for Primary Industries has today launched an independent review into the assurances for safe transport of livestock by sea. Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected to take about a month. SAFE Campaigns Manager ... More >>

Animal Welfare Heavy Weight Calls For A Ban On Live Export

Thursday, 10 September 2020, 10:47 am | SAFE

In an interview with RNZ Checkpoint yesterday , Dr John Hellstrom ONZM described his first-hand experience seeing New Zealand cattle suffer overseas which, in his view, meant a ban on live export is necessary. Dr Hellstrom was formerly Chair of ... More >>

Sunken Ship And Export Company Have A Sketchy Past

Friday, 4 September 2020, 9:40 am | SAFE

The Gulf Livestock 1 has a history of engine problems. During a voyage in July 2019, the livestock vessel drifted for 25 hours whilst undergoing repairs following an engine failure. Australasian Global Exports (AGE), the company exporting the 5,867 ... More >>

Live Export Ship Carrying 5,800 New Zealand Cows Goes Missing In East China Sea

Thursday, 3 September 2020, 8:38 am | SAFE

Livestock carrier Gulf Livestock 1 sent a distress signal at 4:45am NZT yesterday in the East China Sea. The area is affected by Typhoon Maysak. At 4pm a patrol plane spotted a lifeboat - with no people in it - and a man in lifejacket nearby. The ship ... More >>

Shocking New Winter Grazing Footage - Cows Forced To Give Birth In Muddy Paddocks

Thursday, 27 August 2020, 7:50 am | SAFE

New footage released by SAFE today shows a cow in labour in a mud-filled paddock and another who has recently given birth. Other cows and their young calves were filmed, as well as one cow with what appears to be her dead calf. The footage and ... More >>

Family Slaughter Their Pets And Eat Them On Prime Time TV

Wednesday, 26 August 2020, 8:54 am | SAFE

In the first episode of TV series ‘Meat the Family,’ which aired on TVNZ 1 last night, a family was given three chickens to raise as ‘pets’ over a three-week period. At the end of this time they were then faced with the decision whether to ... More >>

Second Live Export Ship Arriving This Week In Napier

Thursday, 20 August 2020, 8:32 am | SAFE

The livestock carrier Dareen is due to collect approximately 7,300 cows from Napier tomorrow, following the Yangtze Harmony which collected a consignment of cows from Port Taranaki yesterday. The ships arrive in the wake of an investigation launched ... More >>

Select Committee Ignores Three Petitions To Ban Fireworks

Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 7:56 am | SAFE

The Governance and Administration Select Committee has failed to protect animals by recommending no limitations on the sale of fireworks to the public in a recent report. The report was issued in response to three separate petitions, all of which ... More >>

Discarded Dairy Calf Corpses Left To Rot On Public Land In Taranaki

Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 2:12 pm | SAFE

This week, Taranaki locals stumbled across a pit full of dead dairy calves, dumped on public land nearby a waterway. Graphic images of the scene were shared with SAFE. SAFE CEO Debra Ashton says the horrific images are the reality of the dairy industry. ... More >>

Green Party’s Animal Welfare Policy ‘A Massive Leap Forward’: SAFE

Saturday, 25 July 2020, 5:42 pm | SAFE

The Green Party has put animals on the political agenda for this election with the announcement of their animal welfare policy at their election campaign launch today. The policy includes a promise to establish a Minister and Parliamentary Commissioner ... More >>

Live Export Company Lobbying For Baby Calf Exports

Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 7:51 am | SAFE

In an article published last week in Farmers Weekly, Australian live animal export company Austrex NZ advocated for the export of four-day old calves as an alternative to being ‘tapped on the head,’ referring to the use of a blunt force trauma. ... More >>

SAFE’s Reaction To NZDIA’s Decision To Revoke Share Farmer Title Over Social Media Comments

Friday, 10 July 2020, 6:02 pm | SAFE

SAFE CEO Debra Ashton says "The NZDIA has done the right thing, and we’re glad to see Bertram has been held to account over his actions. He should take this as an opportunity to right his wrongs and show that he takes animal welfare seriously." ... More >>

New Zealand Share Farmer Of The Year Winner A Profane Industry Poster Boy

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 8:51 am | SAFE

<center><center><img src="" width="720" height="462"></center> </center> <center>Tweet posted by Nick Bertram </center> In 2017, ... More >>

Sharemilker Who Bashed Cows With A Pipe Given A Slap On The Wrist

Monday, 6 July 2020, 6:40 pm | SAFE

Northland sharemilker Mike Luke who was filmed repeatedly and violently bashing his cows was sentenced in the Whangārei District Court today and fined $3,130. The footage was taken by Farmwatch after complaints from farm workers were ignored by ... More >>

Fishing Industry Will Continue To Kill Dolphins Under New Rules

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 1:26 pm | SAFE

New measures announced yesterday by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash will not bring the critically endangered Māui dolphin back from the brink, according to animal rights organisation SAFE. SAFE Campaigns Director ... More >>

SAFE Is Outraged After Cows Are Forced To Endure Muddy Conditions

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 7:49 am | SAFE

Photos shot by a Fiordland resident in early June show cows in mud-filled paddocks with no shelter. A complaint was made to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), which failed to take any action after visiting the farm. Two weeks later, new photos ... More >>

Live Exports Of Cows Set To Double This Year, Despite Review

Friday, 12 June 2020, 7:09 am | SAFE

Almost double the number of cows were exported in the first five months of 2020 than in the same period in 2019. This increase has occurred while the Government is undertaking a review of the live-export trade, which Agriculture Minister Damien ... More >>

Farrowing Crates Will Be Scrutinised In The Wellington High Court Today

Monday, 8 June 2020, 7:41 am | SAFE

SAFE and the New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA) will appear in court today. They will demonstrate that farrowing crates violate the Animal Welfare Act 1999. By filing legal proceedings, SAFE and NZALA wish to compel the National Animal Welfare ... More >>