What Future for Feedlots?

Drone footage released by SAFE this week revealed the jaw-dropping scale of the Wakanui feedlot in Canterbury.  The film was met by widespread disgust from Kiwis, who were shocked to see American-style intensive zero-grazing operations, right here in New Zealand. Their outrage grew when they found out how widely this so-called ‘premium beef’ is being sold…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The pointless killing of Marius the giraffe

It seemed like most of the world was distraught at the pointless death of a young giraffe at a Copenhagen Zoo last Sunday. Marius, less than two years old and healthy, was deemed surplus to the zoos requirements. Despite several offers of a new home, zoo director Bengt Holst defended the decision to kill him,…

Happy New Year! 2013 in review

Happy New Year, and here’s to a great 2014 for the animals! Happy New Year! Thank you so much for all your support this past year, we really appreciate it. 2013 was a whirlwind of activity for SAFE. From Cruelty Free Week, to a powerful vigil for chickens during Stop Factory Farming Month, to winning…