NZ Pork at risk of repeating mistakes of big egg business

The social licence for factory farming is on a sharp decline. All major supermarket chains in New Zealand now have a policy to move away from selling cage eggs, while sales of free-range meat and eggs are booming. The Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, recently warned farmers that the “lowest common denominator” will reflect the…

Flexing our way in to the future

New Zealand is becoming a plant-powered nation. Pizza giant Domino’s has finally given us vegan cheese. We have our very own chicken-free chicken made from pea protein. Z – a petrol station, of all things! – now have two vegan pies, and even a sorbet. We are spoilt for choice as new vegan eateries pop…

The Impossible Burgergate Debate

Impossible Burgergate is currently happening in little ole Aotearoa and it’s dividing the country. One might ask how Air New Zealand’s announcement that they will be serving the Impossible Burger on some of their LAX flights has caused such a commotion? Not me. It’s easy to see what is happening here.

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…

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…

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,…