Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE) is New Zealand’s leading animal rights organisation. We are a registered, not for profit charitable organisation with 59,000 members and supporters. Our vision is for an Aotearoa New Zealand that ensures rights of animals.
Founded in 1932, SAFE makes significant improvements to the lives of animals by raising awareness, challenging cruel practices, changing attitudes and fostering compassion so that they are no longer exploited or abused by humans.
SAFE undertakes high-profile campaigns, public stalls, displays, demonstrations, meetings, education and research to ensure rights of animals.
Ban the worst aspects of rodeo in Aotearoa New ZealandWe're creating a future that ensures the rights of animals are respected and that they are no longer exploited for entertainment. Rodeos force animals to perform in various events in which ‘cowboys’ chase, wrestle, rope and ride calves, steers, bulls and horses. Animals used in rodeos are not wild animals. Usually calm bulls and horses are induced into aggressive behaviour by painful or irritating means such as bucking straps pulled tight around their hindquarters, electric prods, tail twisting and painful spurs – leading to aggravated and frightened animals who buck wildly. Terrified calves are chased and roped around the neck before being thrown to the ground. Rodeos are condemned both in New Zealand and internationally by veterinarians, animal welfare agencies and ex-rodeo riders. A number of countries have banned the practice, and in many countries, specific events such as calf roping and steer wrestling are outlawed on the grounds that they are cruel. The animals used in rodeos are stressed and frightened, unaware that it’s ‘just for entertainment.’ In addition to the distress rodeo events cause them, animals used can sustain injuries such as torn ligaments, broken bones, bruising and internal damage. In some cases, these injuries are so severe the animals die or are euthanised on site. Two bulls were killed in rodeos during the 2019/20 season. There are no public records on the number of animals killed and injured in rodeo training sessions. In 2018, the Government’s animal welfare advisors, the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), published a report entitled ‘Rodeo events – How do they impact the sentient animal?’ This report said NAWAC had ‘serious concerns’ over the ‘substantial negative impacts’ on animals that are used in steer wrestling and calf roping. They also said that bucking events, which use horses, bulls and steers, ‘have a variety of negative impacts’ on the animals. With such serious concerns and negative impacts highlighted by the Government’s own animal welfare advisors, it’s time for this cruelty to end. We’re Kiwis, not ‘cowboys.’ Help us make this rodeo’s last season. WATCH to see how animals are treated in New Zealand rodeos https://vimeo.com/476952416/066b723d43 READ - https://safe.org.nz/our-work/animals-in-need/rodeo/ - about the stress and suffering inflicted on animals in the various rodeo events DONATE [https://safe.org.nz/donate-now/donate/] to our campaign to end rodeo cruelty By signing this petition your information will be shared with SAFE, who will get in contact from time to time about this campaign and others. You are free to opt out at any time.7,866 of 8,000 SignaturesCreated by Marianne Macdonald
End the Cruel Live Export TradeIn New Zealand, we have standards for how we expect all animals to be treated. But when we export animals overseas, we expose them to unknown horrors. As animal lovers, we find the live export trade completely unacceptable. In 2018, New Zealand exported 2,820,320 farmed animals alive. Day-old chicks are taken to farms that cram chickens into small cages in a way that would be illegal in New Zealand. Cows are shipped while pregnant and are often taken to concrete factory farms to give birth, where they are kept for years to be milked. In 2003, New Zealand ended the live export of farmed animals for slaughter. However animals still regularly leave New Zealand’s boundaries and suffer many unknown fates. Once the animals are no longer commercially “useful” they are slaughtered. Most countries that New Zealand exports to do not require stunning prior to slaughter. This means that their throats are slit while they are still conscious. SIGN the petition asking our Government to prohibit the live export of farmed animals to countries that have lower animal welfare, transport and slaughter standards than New Zealand. READ about SAFE's call to end live export: http://bit.ly/LiveExportReview WATCH to learn about the animal welfare disaster in Sri Lanka: http://bit.ly/LiveExportVideo DONATE to help our petition grow: http://bit.ly/DonateLiveExport By signing this petition your information will be shared with SAFE who will get in contact from time to time about this campaign and others. You are free to opt out at anytime.30,873 of 35,000 SignaturesCreated by Marianne Macdonald