Duck shooting: Celebrating violence

Every time I see or hear a pro-duck shooting advertisement in mainstream media it never fails to shock me a little. Surely your average, caring Kiwi is not OK with the idea of blasting wildlife out of the sky for fun? Anyone would think that New Zealanders as a whole find duck shooting acceptable. Turn…

My visit to a cage hen farm

Guest blogger Megan Ebersberger is an independent and passionate animal advocate. Megan visited the colony cage egg farm that was recently subject to an investigation.  I am an animal rights activist in a country whose national identity is strongly based in farming and animal agriculture. New Zealanders have a unique albeit contradictory cultural relationship with…

Do you really love animals?

Around 15 years ago I was walking past a popular eatery in my hometown of Derby (UK) when I came across a group of animal rights activists dressed as kangaroos, covered in fake blood and protesting loudly outside the entrance. I quickly cottoned on to the fact that the group of people must have been…

5 Ways to Make Your Sweetie Swoon

As animal lovers, every day we show we care through the choices we make and by taking a stand against the exploitation of animals. But after a long day of activism, some of us (including me!) are guilty of not always showering our (human) loved ones with enough affection. With Valentine’s Day just around the…

Why I ditched dairy

I’d already been vegetarian for a number of years before I realised I could no longer justify consuming dairy products. I’d always taken the view that cows produced milk and no-one was dying as a result, unlike when you consume meat. But after looking more carefully I soon learned how wrong I was. Many people…

Five reasons why cows are awesome

When most people think of cows their first thought is of milk, but cows are so much more than the milk machines they are so often used as. Cows are sensitive, intelligent animals, not to mention awesome! Read on for some cool cow facts. 1. Cows are gentle, social animals with the ability to recognise…

CLIMATE CHANGE – ARE YOU WILLING TO CHANGE?

You care about climate change. I’m making an educated guess about that because you are reading this. Beyond that I don’t know who you are or YOUR personal reasons for wanting to protect our planet. Yes, you want to make a difference; you want things to change, but I wonder how open you are to…

The joys of vegan dating

So you’ve made the decision to be vegan. Bravo! You’ve found non-animal alternatives to all your favourite foods, you’ve told your friends and they are all supportive… You’re feeling excited and really positive about your decision…. But now you’ve been asked out on a date. EEK! Not just any date. A dinner date. Panic! So…

THE EASY GUIDE TO BEING VEGAN

I have a confession to make. I don’t like to cook. I like to eat, definitely, but I wouldn’t mind if I never had to cook again! I’d rather be doing pretty much anything else and I make very little time in my life to cook. My cooking ineptitude even prompted my mother to christen…

Respect Elephants, Don’t Ride Them  

When travelling overseas many people want to get up close and personal with elephants, usually by riding them. But sadly this seemingly fun activity has massive welfare problems for the animals. SAFE’s Nat Litras recently visited Thailand where she volunteered at a sanctuary for these majestic animals. It was my first time travelling alone, and…

All animals are Cecil

Cecil the lion. Surely we all know his name by now. This past week the tragic death of one of Zimbabwe’s much-loved lions at the hands of an American dentist, Walter Palmer, has sparked international outrage, and rightly so. Reports say that Cecil was lured from the national park he lived in (and was protected…