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…

So what’s the story with greyhounds?

Guest blogger Aaron Cross of the Greyhound Protection League of New Zealand works tirelessly to help these beautiful animals. So what’s the story with greyhounds? They’re amazing dogs. We have three in our household. Pax, who is the oldest, has been with me for almost all of his 10 years. He’s a very well behaved…

Eating animals: Our personal choice?

Guest blogger Carl Scott shares his views on eating animals. Carl is an ex-slaughterhouse worker, comes from a meat-eating, hunting family and has now become one of the country’s most outspoken animal rights activists. Some people say what we eat and other lifestyle choices that involve harming animals are a ‘personal choice.’ They say things…

Maxibon, the cat that changed my life

I have a theory about cats. They come into your life for a reason and more often than not they choose you. This is certainly true of the amazing Max. (AKA Maxibon. AKA The Bon) I was flat hunting in Queenstown when I first had the pleasure of meeting him. For it appeared that he…

Cute animals videos are good for you!

Pretending to work or study, but secretly looking at cute animal videos, are we? Well, now you can ditch that guilt for good because I have the Best. News. EVER! It’s official: Looking at photos of cute animals makes you happy and can even improve your concentration and dexterity. Oh the relief! I can feel…

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…