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…

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…

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…

If it was that bad surely the government would ban it??

Cages for hens, crates for mother pigs, barren pens for piglets, unethical and extreme genetic breeding of chickens for meat: surely it wouldn’t be allowed if it was so bad? This is the question we at SAFE often get asked, yet it is a question that assumes someone else should do something about the problem….

Words spoken for the victims of the chicken industry

On 17th August SAFE held a powerful vigil in Auckland to commemorate the millions of New Zealand chickens that suffer short and brutal lives when raised for meat. The vigil was part of Don’t be in the dark, SAFE’s Stop Factory Farming month this August, drawing attention to the hidden suffering of animals in New…

31 ways to stop factory farming

In terms of cruelty and the sheer number of animals involved, factory farming is the number one animal welfare issue in New Zealand. Animals in intensive farming systems suffer every day of their lives – over 100 million of them per year. It continues because we are kept in the dark: we don’t see what’s…

Are free-range hens really free?

The following article is by SAFE guest blogger Shawn Bishop, who runs an animal sanctuary in Matakana that rehabilitates injured native birds and offers a safe, loving home to a variety of animals. Through an arrangement with farmers Shawn has rescued many battery hens who, due to being at the end of their ‘useful life’…

The true scandal of horsemeat

The discovery of horsemeat labelled as beef in burgers and ready-made meals in the UK and parts of Europe is the scandal that keeps on giving with major supermarkets and fast food joints like Burger King now involved. The story has also hit headlines in New Zealand with media pondering whether the same thing could…