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SAFE Campaign Report: Winter/Autumn 2012

SAFE Campaign Report: Winter/Autumn 2012

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Showcasing SAFE's work in New Zealand defending animals from cruelty. Read the latest news and campaign activities for the past six months. We also take a look back at our 80 year history.
Showcasing SAFE's work in New Zealand defending animals from cruelty. Read the latest news and campaign activities for the past six months. We also take a look back at our 80 year history.

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80 YEARS
IN NEW ZEALAND
 
VICTORIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR THE ANIMALS
1930s-1950s:
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New Zealand branch of the BritishUnion for the Abolition of Vivisection(BUAV) founded.
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Despite war and a depression, asmall group committed to animalspioneer the first anti-vivisection group.
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Branches established in Auckland,Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.Distributes overseas literature andhold regular stalls by the 1950s.
1970s-1980s:
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The group changes name tobecome autonomous from the UKbranch. In 1978 Save Animals FromExperiments (SAFE) was born.
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Stages the largest anti-vivisectionprotest with over 500 peoplemarching down Queen Street in 1982.
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In 1987 the group broadens toincorporate other cruel practices.Name amended to ‘Exploitation’.
1990s - present day
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Commence using the Internet.Revolutionise communications withover 500,000 hits month!
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Vigorously defend animals frombeing used for GE experiments atthe Royal Commission.
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Stage high-profile, prestigiousevents gaining huge public respect.
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Rescue and release circus chimps.
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Recruit Mike King. Mount one of the largest media stories on nationaltelevision on factory farming of pigs.
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Enlist support from over 250celebrities, artists and personalities.
 Ha p p y  80 t h 
 
 B i r t h d a y  S A F E ! 
What was life like in New Zealand for animals fiftyyears ago? Take a look at some of the victories,accomplishments and successes that have been achieved,many thanks to SAFE and its supporters — you!
PIG INDUSTRY EXPOSED ANDCRUEL SOW CRATES BANNED
Cruel sow crates commonly used.Now:Banned! Consumers oppose pig cruelty.
LESS DUCKSHOOTING
Launched campaignin 1990.Now:
20,000
 less shooters. Publicoutraged at killings.
MARINELANDCLOSES
Highly popular during1980-90s.Now:Publiccondemns captivemarine animals.
CHIMPSRESCUED
Ridgeway Circushas chimp family.Now:SAFE rescueschimps to Africa!
OLD CAGESBANNED
No public support.Now:8-10consumers opposebattery hen cages.
NO SHEEPEXPORTS
Protested first livesheep shipment.Now:Sheepshipments halted.
AUCKLANDRODEO BAN
Rodeos & running
sheep events common.
Now:Auckland bansrodeos & sheep runs.
NO ANIMALCIRCUSES
Staged regular circusprotests.Now:Nomore exotic animalsin circuses!
WHALINGBANNED
New Zealand topwhaling nation.Now:Given legalprotection.
LESS TESTED
PRODUCTS
Most productstested on animals.Now:500+ cruelty-free companies.
MULESINGREDUCED
Mulesing sheepwidespread.Now:Greatly reduced.Company boycotts.
FREE RANGE
WIDESPREAD
Only cage eggs in1985.Now:Everysupermarket stocksfree range.
ANIMAL LAWS
IMPROVED
Laws inadequate. Fewprosecutions.Now:Prison terms given.Taken seriously.
PUBLICATTITUDE
Public didn’t care orwant to know.Now:Animal issuesa major concern.
OPINION OF
SAFE BETTER
Publicly marginalisedand ignored.Now:Highly respectedand valued.
MORE STABLEFINANCIALLY
Run by volunteers.No offices or funds.Now:3 offices. Shop.Employs 12+ staff.
 
SAFE is proud to celebrate its 80th birthdaythis year! Established in 1932 as a branch of theBritish Union for the Abolition of Vivisection,SAFE has become one of the strongest voicesfor animals in New Zealand. SAFE director HansKriek has been involved with the organisation for25 years, and takes a look back.I started my involvement withSAFE in 1987. At the time Iwas working for the SPCAas an animal caregiver and Iattended a meeting in Aucklandwhere I met the famous animalrights philosopher Peter Singer. Also at themeeting were some wonderful people fromSAFE, an organisation I had not heard of before.Discovering SAFE was a huge delight for me ashere was an organisation that held the samebeliefs as me! As a newly immigrated animalrights-focused vegetarian, SAFE enabled me toget active for all animals.Back in those days, SAFE was a small voluntaryorganisation represented only in some of themain centres. SAFE had only just changed itsname from ‘Save Animals From Experiments’ to‘Save Animals From Exploitation’, reflecting itsbroader approach to animal rights issues. Whilevivisection was being strongly campaigned on bya number of organisations, little was being doneat the time to address the suffering of animals inthe farming and entertainment sector and SAFEdecided to fill that gap.A few likeminded people and I opened a newSAFE branch in Hamilton and started to work onvivisection and factory farming issues. I becamethe first paid employee for SAFE and workedas national coordinator. Around the same timeAnthony Terry got involved with the SAFE groupin Christchurch and it was he who started SAFEon its journey to where the organisation is today.I accepted a position at Wellington SPCA, whereI worked for the next ten years, but continuedworking with Anthony and SAFE where possible.During this period SAFE grew stronger everyyear. Smart, eye-catching, often controversialcampaigns became a SAFE trademark and circusowners, duck shooters, vivisectionists and factoryfarmers started to feel the heat. By hiring (initiallysubsidised) staff, SAFE was able to deliver theanimal rights message on a more consistent basisand public support increased as a result.I returned to SAFE in 2004 to work ascampaign director. I found that under Anthony’sleadership the organisation had blossomed andhad managed to mainstream its animal rightsmessage. We decided to make factory farmingour leading campaign and stick to it untilmeaningful improvements were achieved for themillions of suffering pigs and chickens. The factoryfarming campaign has been hugely successful:thousands of people stopped buying factoryfarmed eggs and pork, sow stalls are being phasedout after the huge publicity surrounding ourpig campaign, politicians are taking notice, andintensive farming is now recognised as the mostimportant animal welfare issue in New Zealand.SAFE has also been central to a numberof other significant victories for animals. Afterdecades of campaigning there are no moreexotic animals in circuses, Marineland has closeddown, live exports for slaughter are indefinitelysuspended and we have seen a massive increasein the number of vegetarians and vegans in oursociety. The media takes animal issues seriouslyand the public is starting to use their consumerpower to effect change for animals.I feel privileged to be part of the wonderfulSAFE team that has achieved so much for animals.Of course we still have a long road ahead of usbut I have a sense that the pendulum has swungour way and that more positive change is on thehorizon. SAFE would not have survived the last80 years without its members and supporters,and most of all, its volunteers. To all of you I saythank you, your ongoing support will ensure thatSAFE in the years ahead will remain a strong andeffective voice for all animals in New Zealand.Hans Kriek, director
80 YEARS
FEBRUARY:Animal Aidproject to help animals afterChristchurch earthquake.MARCH:Thousands of public submissions collectedagainst cages for hens.APRIL:Coordinatednationwide actions includingthe ‘Man in a Cage’ CarlScott. JULY:Gala event featuringinternational guests andpoliticians at Auckland Town Hall as part of the nationalAnimal Rights conference.AUGUST:Comprehensive public survey confirming 80per cent of Kiwis want cages banned within five years.SEPTEMBER: Joint press conference with RNZSPCAand Green Party to condemn the colony cage system.OCTOBER:Political Partyfor the Animals to promoteanimal concerns launched inthe lead-up to the election.NOVEMBER:An ongoingand prominent presence innational media on range of animal welfare issues, forexample the
Sunday 
showexposé of illegal batterycages still in use.NOVEMBER:Launch theSAFE Shopper website toprovide a guide to products not tested on animals.NOVEMBER:Confirmation beagle testing facility hadclosed down and an undercover exposé in the media.
TAKING ACTION
AMBITIOUS FOR 2012
While it is always hard to predict thefuture, SAFE is looking ahead and liningup an ambitious year for animal activism.Already SAFE has been in action andfeatured in the media on issues asdiverse as rodeos, bull fighting, whitetigers and goldfish.The NoCages campaign, of course,continues to be the first priority, aimingto ban battery cages and stop thephase-in of the colony cage system.David Carter, now the Minister forPrimary Industries, is overdue toannounce the revised Code of Welfarefor Layer Hens and is expected toagree to the industry demand for morecages. The pressure on him must bemaintained!The future facing caged layer hensis the same bleak future that facespigs trapped in farrowing crates andfattening pens, and chickens that arespeed-bred in industrial sheds for theirmeat. SAFE will address the variousfactory farming issues this year in themore comprehensive Stop FactoryFarming campaign and connect the dotsbetween them.This wider campaign will have aconsumer focus in terms of invitingthe public to take action – mobilisingordinary people to create changefor animals through simply changingshopping habits. After the 2011 focuson the political process of the Codereviews, and the election, the consumercampaign aims to empower shoppers byenabling them to vote with their wallets.In 2011 SAFE launched its newSAFE Shopper guide that featuresproducts not tested on animals, with anew website and resources. It enablesthose who care about animals toshop without harming them. This yearwill see more refreshing campaigninitiatives and positive stories – watchthis space! Especially after an at-timesunsteady 2011, with the Christchurchearthquakes, SAFE is looking forwardto an exciting year ahead. Join us inbringing about real and positive changefor the animals.Eliot Pryor, campaign director
YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEND AMESSAGE DIRECTLY TO THE MINISTER
The decision on battery cages and colony cages for layer hensis to be announced by the government very shortly. You cankeep the pressure on the Minister of Primary Industries DavidCarter and remind him the nation is watching – join thousands of other concernedKiwis and send a message to him directly today with an e-card at
nocages.org.nz
anddon’t forget to encourage your friends to do the same.
A QUICK OVERVIEW
TOP 10 ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2011
TAKE ACTION FOR HENS
“I have seen SAFE develop froma group of a dozen volunteersto a national organisation. I feelpart of a group that has beensteadily achieving real advances inanimal rights and welfare.”
BETTINA BROWN30 year SAFE memberand former treasurer
defending animals
SAFE LOGOS
THE LOOK OVER TIME
 
CRUEL COLONY CAGES REVEALED
In the last campaign report youwill have read about the proposedcolony cages, which are basicallyredesigned battery cages. Withthe help of Government subsidies,Mainland Poultry is running a colonycage trial by housing 47,000 hensin these cages. They have refusedmedia all access as they do notwant New Zealanders to see thesecruel modified battery hen cages.
SAFE has obtained images frominside this system, supplied byanimal activists, showing for thefirst time the overcrowded andbarren conditions the hens areconsigned to. At the time of writingSAFE is preparing to expose theseimages to the public, who will beable to see for the first time theintended future of egg farming.SAFE believes the public will beshocked at the sight of the colonybattery cages. “I believe thatpeople will be outraged thathens will continue to suffer,” saysDirector Hans Kriek. Go to SAFE’swebsite for the latest updates asthey come to hand!
BATTERY CAGESBANNED IN THE EU
In January this year theEuropean Union ban on standardbattery cages came into effect.Unfortunately colony cagesystems are presently the newstandard for hen farming inthe European Union, althoughcountries such as Austria andSwitzerland have banned all cages.New Zealand has been laggingbehind Europe for decades, andthe Code review process nowpresents an opportunity to take aleading international position bybanning all cages.
UNITED AGAINSTCOLONY CAGES
Last October, SAFE’s Hans Kriek was joined by Sue Kedgley (formerGreen Party MP) and RobynKippenberger (RNZSPCA) for aspecial press conference in supportof the NoCages campaign. Theywere there to discuss the negativeimpact the proposed colony cageswill have on battery hen welfare.The new colony cages are barely animprovement on the current welfarerequirements and Sue Kedgley madea pledge on behalf of the GreenParty to ban
all 
cages.
The revised cage systemknown as the colony cage hasbeen kept secret from the public,leading Hans to ask why. Why isthe media denied access to thissecret facility at Mainland Poultry?What does it have to hide?Meanwhile the Egg ProducersFederation is asking for a phase-out of twenty years for thebattery cage – yeah right!
BRANDS AT RISK BY USING CAGE EGGS
The National Business Reviewrecently commented on resultsfrom SAFE’s survey of attitudestowards cage eggs. Conducted byprofessional pollsters
Horizon
, thesurvey revealed that companies
NEGLECTED ANDDYING CAGED HENSEXPOSED
In November thousands of layer hens were found living inappalling conditions on farmsthat use illegal cages. Theseconditions were below the legalstandard required. SAFE made anofficial complaint to the Ministryof Agriculture, calling for thesefarms to be closed immediately.A three-month investigationby animal activists sparked ashocking exposé of a numberof battery hen farms using cagesystems that were banned in2008. It is believed the eggs fromthese farms are being supplied toretailers nationwide.Footage given to SAFEshowed thousands of birdssuffering in severely overcrowdedcages and in poor physicalcondition. Dead, dying anddecomposing birds were acommon sight. A veterinaryreport described six birdsrescued from one of the farmsas being in “an appallingly poormedical condition”. SAFE saysmany of the birds had had theirbeaks crudely cut off, wereunderweight and were sufferingfrom severe feather loss.SAFE director Hans Kriek says that despite more thantwenty years of campaigning onthis issue, he is outraged by theabhorrent conditions discovered.“These types of cages have nowbeen banned for nearly four yearsand yet here we have thousandsof animals still suffering in them.Food safety standards are alsoclearly breached, and you have towonder how many unsuspectingconsumers are eating eggs thathave been laid on top of rottingcarcasses!”
HETTY TAKES ONTHE EGG INDUSTRY 
Days after the exposé of illegalbattery cages on
on TV One’s
Sunday 
programme
, SAFE helda noisy protest outside theEgg Producers Federationconference, with over 30 people joining the protest to demandcage systems be banned. Eventhough Hetty had been refusedentry to the conference theprevious day, SAFE supportersdid not relent and made suretheir message was heard withthe help of captivating music andlarge, eye-catching banners.Hans Kriek stated, “Theegg industry will have to getused to ongoing pressure fromundercover filming, protestsand media actions, as wellas higher expectations fromconsumers”. However, as always,the SAFE protest was a peacefuldemonstration, with Hetty takingup her usual cramped spot in thecage to demonstrate how littleroom battery hens have.
face significant risks if they areperceived to have cruelty in theirsupply chains.Respondents were surveyed onwell-known brands to ask in whatway, if any, their views of productswould change if they learned thecompanies were using eggs fromcaged hens. The results showedalmost a third said they would feelworse about the company, and theywould prefer the company stoppedusing caged eggs.SAFE campaign director EliotPryor says the new research showsthat if a retailer were connectedto farms that used cruel intensivefarming practices the consequencescould be significant.“It is up to the retailer toprovide their customers with aguarantee that the products theysell, and their supply chain, arenot associated with cruelty. Theyneed to be engaged with customerconcerns, and animal welfare is ahigh priority.It’s wrong that most hens arecooped up in small cages for all of their lives. Hens have feelings too,man! Let’s lose the chicken coopand bring back the chicken run!
Wellington InternationalUkulele Orchestra
I am going to come to your house and lock you in a cage just big enough for your body. If that stresses you out,I’m going to cut off your lips. I might break your teethtoo, so you can’t bite your friends next door. (Nobodylikes a biter.) I’m also going to keep you in the semi-dark so you don’t get too worked up, what with allthe excitement of everything. I’m going to keep youlike this as long as you’re useful, and then, when youinevitably become disease-ridden from all of the shitaround you all day long – did I mention that? – there will belots of shit – I will send you to the slaughterhouse and make you intocat food, or maybe a pie. Then I will go to the dairy, buy that pie, eatit, and when you are sitting, warm in my belly I will ask you: Can youafford to buy the free-range option yet?
CHELSIE PRESTON CRAYFORD, actor
AGAINST COLONY CAGES
nocages campaign gains momentum
CELEBRITIES SAY NOCAGES!
High-profile New Zealanders are getting behind SAFE’s NoCagescampaign to show their support. Here are some of their reactions:
nocages.org.nz
 WATCH
the
Natural History of Chickens
on YouTube.
Search:
AlcocVRQAaI
When I was a kid I remember visiting family friends,who lived in a house that was next door to apoultry farm. My brother and I explored the oldwindowless sheds and what we discovered insidechanged me forever. Stretched out in the dark:hundreds of small wire cages barely the size of ahen; tiny prisons stacked high in all directions. Thiswas a torture house. No place for anything with abeating heart. I learnt that day what happens before theegg hits your plate. With that knowledge there can be no turning back.Cage farming is barbaric and medieval. We must change, evolve, moveforward! If we don’t we’ll continue to live in the dark ages.... and that....well, that’s just plain depressing.
PETER SALMON, award-winning filmmaker and director
“I currently volunteer at Bird Rescuewhere we are nurturing an ex-batteryhen. It’s very distressing to see this weebird’s suffering in person. Thankfully,she’s going to have a lovely life, andher feathers are growing back at last.It is just unfathomable, the treatmentof those birds. I honestly think that if everyone got to see this little hen, andwhat she’s been through, they’d neverbuy cage eggs again.”MICHELLE LANGSTONE, actor
FREEDOM FOR HENS
TAKE ACTION
 Don’t buy cage eggs.
Ask your supermarket orcafé to stop selling cage eggs.
 Avoid products that maycontain cage eggs.
 Encourage your householdto never buy cage eggs.
 Take your message out!Buy a
Let the Chickens Out!
reusable shopping bag atchoosecrueltyfree.org.nz.
 WATCH
TV1’s
Sunday’s
BadEggs look at the egg industry.
Search:
XFhXQvrDWyA
 WATCH
SAFE director HansKriek speak against colony cages.
Search:
qVOeUvo_mE0
“My brother and I explored the old windowless shedsand what we discovered inside changed me forever.”
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