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Animal rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. Animal Matters is SAFE's podcast about all things animal rights and the issues impacting animals in Aotearoa. Will Appelbe discusses the latest current affairs impacting animals, the decisions of policymakers and government, and the complexities that surround the exploitation of animals.

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Animal rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. Animal Matters is SAFE's podcast about all things animal rights and the issues impacting animals in Aotearoa. Will Appelbe discusses the latest current affairs impacting animals, the decisions of policymakers and government, and the complexities that surround the exploitation of animals.

    An open letter to the Agriculture Minister

    An open letter to the Agriculture Minister

    This week, SAFE published and open letter to the Agriculture Minister, signed by oer 250 veterinary professionals, who all want a ban on colony cages.

    And last week, SAFE launched a new campaign called ‘fishes belong in the sea’. This is a new area for SAFE, so we’ll dive into what this campaign is all about.

    • 12 min
    The salmonella outbreak and greyhound racetrack woes

    The salmonella outbreak and greyhound racetrack woes

    The Greyhound racing industry has had a double blow in the last few weeks. One of it’s race tracks is facing closure, and another potential new track has failed to even get off the ground.

    And Aotearoa has been silently battling an outbreak of salmonella in the chicken meat and egg industry. Now the industry is facing tighter rules in an attempt to stamp out the disease.

    • 9 min
    Kōrero with Kelly Phelps, Free As A Bird Rescue

    Kōrero with Kelly Phelps, Free As A Bird Rescue

    Kelly started Free as a Bird in 2013, and since then the non profit organisation has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed tens of thousands of hens, many of them rescued from battery and colony cages.

    • 12 min
    Greyhound racing still struggling with doping and injuries

    Greyhound racing still struggling with doping and injuries

    Last week we bought you the interview with a former Northern Eggs employee, who spoke out about the appalling treatment of hens at the colony cage farm. Today we’ll bring you the latest on that story.

    And the greyhound racing industry is still grappling with doping and dog injuries, and now they want to build a new track at Christchurch’s beloved QEII Park.

    • 7 min
    Northern Eggs colony cage cruelty

    Northern Eggs colony cage cruelty

    On this week's episode of Animal Matters, Will Appelbe speaks with a whistleblower who used to work at Northern Eggs, a colony cage farm near Whangarei. This brave informant put themselves at great personal risk to expose the cruelty that's currently occurring at the colony cage farm. This episode of Animal Matters contains graphic content that may be distressing.

    • 22 min
    The beginning of the end for greyhound racing?

    The beginning of the end for greyhound racing?

    Last week, in his capacity as Minister for Racing, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson gave the greyhound racing industry an ultimatimum upon the release of the greyhound racing review. It was a scathing review, and today we’ll take a look at its findings and what it means for the future of greyhound racing.

    • 13 min

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