Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword
Like this
2Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
SAFE Campaign Report February 2011

SAFE Campaign Report February 2011

Ratings: (0)|Views: 95 |Likes:
Published by safe_newzealand
Showcasing SAFE's work in New Zealand defending animals from cruelty. Read the latest news and campaign activities for the past six months.
Showcasing SAFE's work in New Zealand defending animals from cruelty. Read the latest news and campaign activities for the past six months.

More info:

Published by: safe_newzealand on Feb 13, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

07/16/2014

pdf

text

original

 
SAFE CAMPAIGN REPORT
FEBRUARY 2011
 
SHOWCASING SAFE’S WORK IN NEW ZEALAND
safe.org.nz
FACTORY FARM WHISTLEBLOWERS SOUGHT
Sunday 
reveals Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron’spassion for animal welfare and her involvement in SAFE’snew Animal Justice Fund.ANIMAL JUSTICE FUND LAUNCHED
Over thirty-five media stories highlight why one of thecountry’s richest women has teamed up with SAFE toimprove animal welfare standards. Stories featured on TV3,
One News
,
Breakfast
, Radio NZ, and in NZ Herald, among others.
PIG INDUSTRY ‘PIGCARE’ SCHEME CRITICISED
SAFE director Hans Kriek reveals on TV3 the pitfalls andfailings of the pork industry’s dubious accreditation scheme.
PRESSURE MOUNTS TOWARD ELEPHANT IMPORT
In
 Aucklander 
, SAFE joins up with a team of experts whochallenge Auckland Zoo’s plan to import a herd of elephants.
DEFENDING BATTERY HENS
The release of the draft code saw battery hens back inthe news. TV3 and other media asked SAFE whetherthere are any likely benefits coming from the code review.
SAYING NO TO HUNTING
SAFE debates the merits of simplifying the process thatallows shooters to obtain online hunting licences, arguing it’slikely to encourage more people to shoot and harm animals.
CRUEL SOW STALL BAN A VICTORY!Over fifty media stories in less than a week, includingdebates on Radio NZ and National Radio’s
Checkpoint
,highlight the Government’s decision to ban sow stallsafter SAFE’s intense lobbying and active campaigning.
SAFE MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
Say NO to cruel cages
DEFENDING HENS FOR 25 YEARS
Since the late 1980s SAFE has been spearheadingthe campaign against the cruel cageing of NewZealand’s battery hens, calling for change. SAFEhas initiated hen-focused petitions, consumerpostcards, opinion polls, supermarket protests,industry protests, street posters, cinemaadvertisements, television advertisements,billboards, leaflets, and stall after stall after stall.Thousands of volunteers around the countryhave joined together, even dressing up aschickens, in an effort to educate consumers sothey will take a stand against hen cruelty.SAFE director Hans Kriek says he gave his first SAFE interview on theissue of battery hens in 1987 and twenty-four years on he is frustratedthat he still has to argue that hens should not be caged.“Despite my frustration, I remain hopeful, as much progress hasbeen made over the years. Many New Zealanders no longer buy batteryeggs, resulting in over 500,000 hens no longer having to suffer in cages.Opinion polls show that eight out of ten New Zealanders are opposed tobattery hen cages and many retailers are moving away from using batteryeggs. A significant breakthrough is that factory farming issues are nowfirmly on the political agenda and are being taking seriously,” says Hans.
“We have succeeded in getting sowstalls phased out. Now we mustget rid of the battery hen cage. It isintolerable and a blot on our societythat millions of hens are imprisonedin cages where they are continuouslystressed and cannot even stretch theirwings. We cannot allow this cruelty tocontinue. We have a duty to protect allanimals and ensure they do not sufferin this way. We can end this cruelty bydemanding that the governmentphase out the battery hen cage.
SUE KEDGELY, GREEN PARTY MP
 
COLONY CAGES ARE NOT AN OPTION!
Colony cages (also referred to as enriched cages) provide largelyillusory improvements for the hens. SAFE campaign director Eliot Pryorsays, “The Egg Producers Federation is maintaining that colony cages arebetter, which is true, but only if you compare these proposed cages withexisting battery cages. Both cage systems are inherently cruel by design.”The enrichment features in a colony cage – a nestbox, perch andscratch pad – are of such minimalist design that they still do notmeaningfully meet the hens’ behavioural or welfare needs.“The cages do not provide hens with anywhere near enough spacefor them to lead a normal life. As a result, these cages are condemnedby international animal welfare agencies such as the Humane Society
YOUR SAY MATTERS!
SAY NO TO CAGE EGGS
SAFE is currently mobilisingsupporters and like-mindedgroups to send the Government aresounding message that batteryhen cages must be banned.This follows the Government’sannouncement that the publichave until 25 March 2011 to makesubmissions on the public draft of the Animal Welfare (Layer Hens) Code of Welfare. The fate of millionsof hens for decades to come lies with the final code, so SAFE is makingevery effort to achieve the best possible outcome.
SIGN THE SUBMISSION
SAFE aims to flood the Prime Ministerwith consumer postcards and ecardsubmissions reminding him that Kiwiscare about hen welfare, in order to helpconvince the Government to place acomplete ban on cages for hens.While the draft code, developed bythe National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), intendsto phase out current battery cages over an extended period of ten-to-twenty years, it also proposes introducing in their place so-calledcolony cages. These cages are nothing more than modified batterycages containing larger flocks of birds with a fraction more space.Colony cages still only offer each bird slightly more floor space than anA4 sheet of paper, which SAFE believes is outrageous and cruel.
THE PRICE OF CHEAP EGGS
Despite increasing public concern aboutanimal welfare, the majority of eggs sold insupermarkets come from hens in barrencages that contain up to five birds percage. This denies the birds the opportunityto spread their wings or express normalbehaviours such as dust bathing, foraging ornesting. In addition, due to lack of movement,battery hens have such brittle bones thatmany suffer broken bones by the time theyare slaughtered. Some hens are routinelydebeaked and live little more than a yearuntil their usefulness has ended.
nocages.org.nz
I visiteda batteryhen farmconsidered“state of theart”. You couldnot ask formore when itcame to hygiene and efficiency.But when I turned to themanager and the scientist andasked whether the hens werehappy, they looked completelyclueless. These hens werealmost entirely silent, as if theyhad had their spirit beaten outof them. They looked sad, andweary, as if life held no meaning.They did not feel the wind ontheir bodies. They could not leapinto trees to nest, or dust bathe.Hens deserve to live in freedomamong their family just as muchas we do. Our taste for theireggs must not trump their rightto a good life. JEFFREY MASSONinternationally acclaimed author
CAGED FOR LIFE
Hens need your help
FAMOUS KIWIS SAY NOCAGES!
High-profile New Zealanders are getting behind SAFE’s NoCagescampaign to show their support. Here are some of their reactions:
 
International and Compassion in World Farming, and are alreadybanned in Germany and Austria,” says Eliot. “NAWAC’s draft codeencourages egg producers to invest millions of dollars in changing to adifferent kind of cage, which is ludicrous when these cages are alreadybanned overseas on the grounds of cruelty,” he says.SAFE argues that colony cages, similar to existing cages, arein breach of the Animal Welfare Act as they deny the hens theopportunity to express their normal patterns of behaviour. As a result,SAFE continues to call for a ban on all cages and is urging every NewZealander to take a stand against cruelty to hens.
The average New Zealander consumes around 230 eggs annually, of whicheight eight per cent are cage eggs, with the rest being free range or barn eggs.
“Despite the six-week submission process, the most meaningfulaction each New Zealander can take is to make a conscious effort tonot buy cage eggs. It will cost more but is a cheap egg really worth thecost of animal cruelty?” says Eliot.Battery henshave a trulyhorrible life.They areforced to live inovercrowdedcages withbarely enoughspace to turn around and theynever see the sunlight. It is a highlystressful, completely unnaturallife that they are forced to lead.If you purchase eggs farmedin this way, you are endorsingand encouraging this inhumanepractice. Please help stop batteryfarming by never buying batteryfarmed eggs. ANTONIA PREBBLEaward-winning actor (
Outrageous Fortune
)
 Just because wehave the powerto take controland manipulateliving creatures – does it meanwe have to?Does it meanwe should take away their freedom,their right to enjoy and inhabitthis earth as we do? No, yet welet it happen. We ask for cheaperproducts, we purchase caged heneggs. We are part of this unethicaland cruel behaviour and we canstop it. Support SAFE and say no tobattery hen farming. Surely, we arebetter than that!
 
LEE-ANNE WANN 
Down Size Me
TV presenter and personal trainer
Factory farmingis a cruel andinhumanepractice. Henslive horriblelives in horrificconditions. Wehelped the pigs.Now it’s time to help the hensand eradicate factory farming inNew Zealand forever. Speak up.Your voice will make a difference.LISA CHAPPELL singer/songwriter andaward-winning actor (
The Cult, McLeod’s Daughters
)The use of battery cagesis an appallingpractice thatsimply muststop. We asa community have to draw theline and say NO to the cruel andabhorrent treatment of hens. Ican’t believe that, in this day andage, we subject animals to suchblatant abuse. Please get behindthis campaign... this practice stopswith you and me.MATT MINTOstage andscreen actor (
Shortland Street
)
CAMPAIGNINGFOR HENS
SAFE information stalls willsoon feature impressive life-sized battery hen cage modelscomplete with life-like modelchickens! The replica cages havebeen designed by the creators of the sow stall models used duringthe LovePigs campaign.“These exciting new modelswill offer consumers a convincingand realistic inside look at a cageand show just how restrictiveand cruel these systems are,” sayscampaign director Eliot Pryor.
Auckland and Wellingtonmotorists will soon see strikingnew six and twelve-metre-longNoCages billboards askingpeople to not buy cage eggs. Thetwo-month campaign has beengenerously sponsored by Lushbeauty products. Thanks, Lush!
Ready to take the
Great ChickenOut!
challenge to collect as manysubmissions as possible? SAFE isencouraging supporters to getout and ruffle feathers or shakethat booty for the hens! Thiscould be anything from donninga chicken costume for twenty-four hours or setting up aninformation stall at your local mallor market, to entering a fun rundressed as a chicken, or just noteating eggs for a month! C’mon,we double-dare you!For more info:safe.org.nz/chicken-challenge/
TAKE ACTON FOR HENS
 
SIGN YOUR SUBMISSION
postcard or ecard and send it tothe Prime Minister, asking him to ban cages. Sign:nocages.org.nz
 
MAKE A DONATION
towardsSAFE’s ‘Battery hens suffer’ televisionadvertisements. Your financial support willmean we can reach nearly every living roomwith an appeal to stop buying cage eggs.Donate:safe.org.nz/Donate/
 
WRITE YOUR OWN
detailed submission in support of a ban.Submissions close 25 March 2011.Info:safe.org.nz/Campaigns/Battery-hens/
 
LOBBY YOUR MP
It’s election year so we must make surethe issue continues to be hotly debated in Parliament. Ask yourlocal politician about their position on caged hens!
 
SPREAD THE WORD
among yourfriends and family. Email to order morepostcards to give to friends now!Emailresources@safe.org.nz.
 
DON’T BUY CAGE EGGS!
 The most immediate and effectiveway to send a message to battery eggfarmers is by not financially supportingcruel production methods.
 
GOING EGG-FREE!
 Not eating eggs is the most effectiveway to help hens. Try our egg-free ideas!Recipes:safe.org.nz/recipes/

Activity (2)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 thousand reads
1 hundred reads

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->