Support of dairy is short on facts

Andrew Knight is a veterinary Professor of Animal Welfare, and part of SAFE’s team. SAFE’s video showing a cow cantering after a trailer loaded with calves – one of which may have been her own – has been reported by more than 30 media outlets internationally. This seems to have upset NZFarmer.co.nz Editorialist Jon Morgan. He…

How does New Zealand rank for animal cruelty? A new index tells us.

As a campaigner working on animal issues for a good number of years now, one question that I keep being asked is, “How does New Zealand compare to other countries?” Whilst we keep a close eye on developments overseas, it can be tricky to answer. The Australian organisation Voiceless has now done a good part…

Does avoiding meat in pregnancy cause substance abuse in adolescents?

It’s World Vegetarian Month and there have been lots of stories about the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. That said, there are occasionally news articles that give us pause and have the potential to make us question our decision to cut out animal products. In one study, researchers claim to have found a link…

New Zealanders increasingly searching for kinder food

Recent animal cruelty and neglect scandals, farm footage of suffering animals, and misleading consumer adverts, have opened the eyes of many caring New Zealanders. Despite the multimillion dollar marketing budgets the animal farming industry spends annually, people are looking for the reality behind the label. They are learning how animals suffer in factory farms and…

Okja Film Review: The super-pig film with the super-big message

After watching the trailer for the highly anticipated film about a young Korean girl, Mija and her rotund super-pig Okja, I was super excited to watch what I essentially thought would be a fable of love. I was suckered in at the start by the incredible CGI, the originality and sweetness of the film until…

Cooped up, freaked out.

Guest blogger Danielle Hart gives an insider’s view on what it was like to participate in SAFE’s anti-factory farming ‘Caged Being’ social experiment – June 2017. Danielle says animal welfare is something that she has always felt passionate about, since she was a kid, and she believes they have as much right to be here…

Animal-based research and a plant-based diet – the links.

Guest blogger Helen Marston is Chief Executive Officer of Humane Research Australia (HRA). She has been with HRA since the start of 2005, and prior to that worked for Animals Australia and produced a TV program about animal welfare and rights issues. Founded in 1979, HRA is an Australian not for profit organisation that challenges…

Why I choose to be plant-powered

Guest blogger Aaron Brunet won Masterchef NZ in 2013 with his creative and wholesome approach to food. He writes a plant-based food column in the NZ Herald Bite magazine and is excited about the future of super-healthy food. As a plant-powered guy, Aaron is one of the new breed of passionate foodies who have embraced…

New Zealand’s dirty dairy – response to a farmer

In his opinion piece (“Who is the greater polluter, cows or people; NZ Herald, 27 January 2017”) Malcolm Lumsden tried to argue that people cause more damage than cows. Not only did the article use too much poetic licence, facts about the negative impact of animal farming on the environment were also hard to find….

Live export: close-up with a bad trade

My work week started pretty normally on Monday 30 January. I expected it to be a busy week. We knew a livestock vessel, the Awassi Express, was due in Napier to take 5300 cows to China for the dairy industry. (We now know only 4500 were loaded, but not why it was 800 fewer than…

On breastfeeding and dairy products

Guest blogger FLIP GRATER is a singer-songwriter from Christchurch with many albums to her credit. She is also a published author of vegetarian travel cookbooks and an avid foodie. Her harrowing song ‘Where’s the Door’ featured in two of SAFE’s television ads to help caged pigs and hens. The SAFE ambassador who is now a mother…