Posts tagged "SAFE"

Safe’s cage-free directory to help consumers make educated egg buying decisions

[14 August/Stuff NZ] Animals right group Safe has released a cage-free egg directory on its website to help consumers to make educated egg buying decisions. The directory includes each business’ current status regarding its policy on the use of eggs sourced from caged hens. Eggs are currently in short supply around the country due to...

Thousands of cattle bound for China while live export review continues

[26 July/Stuff] The Ministry for Primary Industries have approved an application to export 5400 cattle to leave for China in August. This comes as the government reviews the issue of live animal exports. Dr Chris Rodwell, MPI Director of Animal Health and Welfare reports that every application to export live animals was considered seriously to...

Safe releases footage of deformed, dying chickens on free-range farm

[01 May/Stuff NZ] Safe has released footage of deformed and dying chickens on a free-range farm, displaying how consumers are being conned to pay a premium for birds who are suffering. Safe has reported footage supplied by Farmwatch was filmed between November and February last year. In response to the accusations the Ministry for Primary...

Live animal export review needs a close look at welfare in destinations: SAFE

[05 April/The Country] Agricultural Minister Damien O’Connor has ordered his ministry to do a review of proposed life exports, after television images of exported cows collapsing and dying in Sri Lanka emerged . SAFE, animal advocate reports that officials must be sent to inspect animal welfare conditions in destination countries. SAFE ambassador Hans Kriek said the...

Pig farrowing crates breach the law – lobby groups

[February /Radio NZ] Save Animals from Exploitation (SAFE) and the New Zealand Animal Law Association, have filed a writ in the High Court in Wellington saying the use of farrowing crates and mating crates by pig farmers breaches the Animal Welfare Act 1999. SAFE ambassador Hans Kriek stated that the crates confine a mother pig...

Calls for ban on live animal exports as Europe moves to tighten rules

[28 January/Stuff] Following the European Union’s decision to implement a ban on live animal exports to countries with weak animal welfare standards, animal rights groups are calling on New Zealand to introduce similar rules. A report recommending tougher rules for transporting live animals was approved last week by the EU Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and...

Drastic reduction in red meat intake at odds with health guidelines, nutritionist warns

[18 January/Stuff] British Medical Journal, The Lancet, has published details of the proposed “planetary health diet’ which the authors claim will assist in saving the planet and approximately 11 million lives a year. The diet, consisting of daily intake limits on fish, eggs, sugar and red meat, will ultimately assist in avoiding a catastrophe to...

Live cattle export operation under way in Port of Timaru

[5 December/Stuff] A ship destined for China, carrying 3700 live cattle, departed the Port of Timaru on Wednesday. The Gloucester Express was carrying a mixture of dairy heifers and pure-bred angus breeding cattle according to the Ministry for Primary Industries. An MPI spokesman commented that exporters are required to meet stringent animal welfare standards prior...

Countdown sells Kiwi free farmed fresh pork only

[29 October/Stuff] Countdown has pledged to only sell New Zealand-grown free farmed fresh pork. Its main rival, Foodstuffs, said it was happy to continue selling pork from farms using crates as well as imported products. Those who defended crates said they stopped piglets from being crushed. Animal rights group, SAFE, presented a 100,000 strong petition...

‘Whistle-blowers’ in animal abuse cases need protection – SAFE

[17 August/Radio NZ] SAFE is seeking to have whistle-blowers protected after they lodge animal abuse complaints. It said some farm workers had received death threats due to reporting animal abuse, and they had no confidence in the Ministry for Primary Industries. SAFE’s Chief Executive, Debra Ashton, said whistle-blowers were vital in preventing animal abuse on...

Rodeos ‘animal abuse for entertainment’ – SAFE

[22 October/ Radio NZ] SAFE Campaigns Officer, Marianne MacDonald said people should not attend rodeo events this season as it was cruel to the animals. Ms MacDonald added that calf roping and the use of flank straps, which made horses and bulls kick, was especially cruel. Ms MacDonald explained that if people did not go...

Secret cameras found in Waikato dairy sheds

[14 October/ Radio NZ Rural] Waikato Federated Farmers President, Chris Lewis said a number of Waikato dairy farmers had discovered cameras in their milking sheds. Mr Lewis said he could not comment further as the matter was under investigation by the police. SAFE said the cameras did not belong to it, while another animal rights...

Bobby calves and pigs not protected by new rules: SAFE

[15 April/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] SAFE Campaigns Officer, Shanti Ahluwalia said the proposed new rules released by the Ministry for Primary Industries around animal welfare did not go far enough to protect livestock. Mr Ahluwalia explained that the regulations would allow bobby calves to be transported when they were four days old, a much...

Animal rights advocates exhort farmers to commit suicide

[11 February/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Animal rights advocates have been urging farmers to commit suicide. Waikato Herd Manager, Gina Greenwood said farmers were not responsible for the bobby calf deaths which have angered the animal welfare activists. Ms Greenwood explained that the calves were killed while being transported from farms to processing works, and...

Countdown bombarded with messages to stop stocking caged eggs

[27 January/ NZ Herald] Countdown has been bombarded with messages from consumers for it to stop stocking caged eggs. Animal rights group, SAFE, encouraged consumers to post the messages after Countdown’s Australian owner, Woolworths pledged to go fully free range in its Australian stores. Countdown said that while it had increased its free-range stock, there...

‘New Zealand dairy contaminated with cruelty’

[6 December/ NZ Herald] Federated Farmers Dairy Chairman, Andrew Hoggard said he is disappointed with animal welfare group, SAFE, after it placed a graphic advertisement aimed at shaming the New Zealand dairy industry in the Guardian newspaper. Mr Hoggard said that by publishing the campaign, only days after the Ministry for Primary Industries and seven...

Video exposes dairy industry cruelty

[30 November/ Otago Daily Times] Farmwatch Investigator, John Darroch said he was tipped off by concerned farmers and rural community members about the mistreatment of calves. Mr Darroch said he saw deliberately cruel treatment of calves at about 15 of the 50 farms he observed and by around 10 transport companies as he secretly filmed...