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…

What’s the beef with the “World’s First Lab-Grown Burger”?

On Monday, scientists in London unveiled the world’s first lab-grown burger, serving it to volunteer taste testers. The burger was made using strands of meat grown from muscle cells taken from a living (or dead, depending on what reports you read) animal and then mixed with the usual ingredients you’d find in a burger (herbs,…

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…

Possum fur – an ethical choice?

Few animal cruelty issues make my blood boil as much as the fur trade. Maybe I’ve just seen and read too much — appalling videos of animals kept for their entire lives in tiny cages and animals chewing off their limbs after being caught in a leg-hold trap — but when I see photos of…

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…

Something fishy about factory farming

Amidst seemingly daily doses of environmental warnings and bad news, what makes the collapse of the Peruvian anchovy fisheries relevant to us here in New Zealand? I’ve never been to Peru, and I don’t remember ever eating an anchovy. But in actual fact there is a direct link from Peruvian waters to cheap animal production…

Ending 2012 with a bang!

The end of the year can be a busy time for anyone and for SAFE it was no exception. While the period leading up to our annual appeal was akin to being run over by a freight train, it was also a very exciting time as the fruits of SAFE’s work reached the public in…

Tell David Shearer: NO CAGES!

A new phase of SAFE’s Stop Factory Farming campaign is about to begin and we need your help! Our current National Party Government seems hell-bent on allowing the introduction of the new but still-cruel colony cage systemsfor layer hens. This means that these animals will continue to suffer for many more decades to come. We…

New Zealand’s dirty little secret

Pigs in cages so small they can’t even turn around? Chickens selectively bred for meat to put on weight so quickly they’ve become genetic monstrosities who wouldn’t survive even if rescued? Hens imprisoned for life unable to display their most basic natural behaviours? Modern day turkeys so heavy they can’t even breed naturally? This is…

Rural-urban worlds apart

[As printed in the Taranaki Daily Times, 16 August] In his story on the growing rural urban divide, Matt Rilkoff explored just one side of the story (Rural-urban worlds apart, Taranaki Daily Times, 16 August). While it is true that urban populations are now out of touch with where their food comes from, he missed…