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…

Helping Quinn and helping end rodeo

Guest blogger Carolyn Press-McKenzie is the founder and CEO of HUHA (Helping You Help Animals), New Zealand’s leading ‘no kill’ shelter. HUHA actively works every day to find homes and foster care for a multitude of homeless, abandoned, seized and abused animals. Quinn is just one of thousands of animals that have suffered in a…

Calf tests do nothing to promote good welfare

In the article ‘Kiwi research explores emotions in farm animals’ (New Zealand Herald, Monday 19 December 2016), scientist Gosia Zobel discusses her work conducting trials into the emotional state of dairy calves, commenting on one test that: “The level of anticipation at the sight of the flashing light, and the interaction with the play items,…

New Zealand, Veganism and a Kinder Life – 11 Questions With James Cameron

Just in time for October’s World Vegetarian Month, acclaimed director and NZ resident James Cameron, speaks at length about the plant-based lifestyle he and his family choose to follow and about his Greytown café; Food Forest Organics. The Vegetarian activist, who recently teamed up with Terminator friend Arnold Schwarzenegger to encourage the world to eat…

Is water quality important?

This week is a celebration of the big H2O, and rightly so! Water is one thing that the human body needs to survive; in fact, your body is composed of approximately 60 per cent water, which serves all sorts of purposes, from regulating your temperature to protecting your spinal cord, joints and muscle tissue. If…

Countdown – ‘Use the Force’ to make positive change for the future

I see that Countdown has just launched a new range of collectables: Star Wars Cosmic Shells. But meanwhile they are making excuses rather than taking action about another type of shell: the shells of the cage eggs produced at the expense of appalling suffering inflicted on hens. SAFE has a history dating back several years…