Posts tagged "SAFE"

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...

Sheep on ship well cared for, says broker [12 June/ Radio NZ Rural]

Peter Walsh, the livestock broker that arranged a shipment of 50,000 live sheep to Mexico says the animals will be well cared for on their journey.  The ship is also carrying 3,000 cattle.  Animal rights group, SAFE, feared many animals would not survive the trip and suggested that there was no guarantee as to what...

Call to punish cruel farmers

[21 March/ Business Day] The Ministry for Primary Industries investigated 128 Canterbury farms in 2014, finding thousands of mistreated or neglected animals. Green Party Animal Welfare Spokeswoman, Mojo Mathers said the ministry needed to step up and come down hard on farmers who neglected animals. Ms Mathers believed the conflict between promoting the interests of...

NZ pork industry ‘cannot be trusted’

[30 June/ NZ Farmer] A TVNZ investigation produced footage of squalid and cruel conditions at a Christchurch pig farm, which included severe overcrowding with newborn piglets squashed to death in a farrowing crate, infected animals and a dead pig that had been left to rot among living animals. The animal rights group SAFE has called...

MPI “too lenient” with neglectful farmers

 [21 January/ Business Day] Figures obtained under the Official Information Act show that dozens of people are caught abusing or neglecting animals every year, but many are let off with just a warning.  The information shows that most mistreatment uncovered by government inspectors happens on cattle farms and that the Ministry for Primary Industries takes...