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Animal Matters

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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 t… read more

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Kōrero with Lynn Charlton, Anti Rodeo Action

June 13th, 2022


This week we talk with Lynn Charlton, spokesperson for Anti Rodeo Action. Next month the New Zealand Animal Law Association and SAFE will be challenging the legality of rodeo at the Wellington High Court. In the lead up …

The forgotten victims of factory farming

May 30th, 2022


Fishes are the forgotten victims of factory farming. This week we chat with SAFE Campaigns Manager Anna de Roo about the salmon farming industry, and how these animals are so neglected.

Greyhound racing is back on the …

Political shenanigans over the bill to ban live export

May 11th, 2022


Greyhound racing is facing a new scandal, following revelations made by Newshub that indicate potential neglect and mistreatment at a kennel …

Kōrero with Abigail Penny, Animal Equality UK Executive Director

April 27th, 2022


On this week's episode of Animal Matters, we chat with Abigail Penny, the UK Executive Director at Animal Equality.

Animal Equality is an international animal protection organisation, and they’re most well known for …

NZ officials at IPCC summit, shockingly, missed the point

April 11th, 2022


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its latest report, and it’s not great. We have a lot to do. But New Zealand officials …

Live pig delivery market exposed

March 9th, 2022


Live pigs delivered to your door. That’s what some businesses are offering in the Auckland and Waikato regions. The advice these businesses are giving to kill these pigs is illegal though, and bears an airy resemblance …

Kōrero with Christine Dorchak, GREY2K USA Worldwide

February 21st, 2022


Christine Dorchak is the President and General Counsel at GREY2K USA Worldwide, a non-profit committed to protecting greyhounds and working to end the cruelty of dog racing.

Kōrero with Daisy Lab's Irina Miller

February 8th, 2022


Today on the show I’m chatting with Irina Miller, Daisy Lab’s co-founder and CEO. We’ve talked about Daisy Lab before in episode 53. They’re a food …

2022 a bleak start for horses in the racing industry

January 24th, 2022


Horse racing has managed to avoid much of the scrutiny that greyhound racing faced in 2021, but a string of recent incidents show that the horse …

Almost 200,000 chickens killed - we now have answers, but no accountability

December 13th, 2021


Two years on from a power outage that lead to the deaths of almost 200,000 chickens, and we finally have some answers. But despite answers, we still have no accountability.

And the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill that …

Precision fermentation set to turn NZ’s dairy industry upside down

November 22nd, 2021


A new Kiwi startup is raising funds to employ more researches on their quest to bring new dairy products to the market, but without milking a single cow.

And COVID-19 is wrecking havoc on the events industry, but …

Guy Fawkes and horse racing, more of a fizzle than a bang

November 10th, 2021


Guy Fawkes has come and gone, but you’d be forgiven for missing it. The exit of The Warehouse from the fireworks market and supply chain issues has meant smaller retailers have struggled to meet demand.

And the most …

Kōrero with Chris Huriwai and Amy Taylor

November 3rd, 2021


This feature documentary exposes the whitewash of Aotearoa’s multi-billion-dollar dairy industry. Amy and Chris co-produced the film, and it follows …

Kōrero with Lynn Tan, Animal Advocacy Africa

October 26th, 2021


Animal Advocacy Africa is a capacity-building program that supports organisations and advocates to develop and grow the animal advocacy movement in Africa.

According to Animal Advocacy Africa, the continent is currently …

An open letter to the Agriculture Minister

October 18th, 2021


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

The salmonella outbreak and greyhound racetrack woes

October 5th, 2021


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 …

Kōrero with Kelly Phelps, Free As A Bird Rescue

September 28th, 2021


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, …

Greyhound racing still struggling with doping and injuries

September 21st, 2021


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 …

Northern Eggs colony cage cruelty

September 14th, 2021


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 …

The beginning of the end for greyhound racing?

September 7th, 2021


Last week, in his capacity as Minister for Racing, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson gave the greyhound racing industry an ultimatimum upon the …

Kōrero wth Luiza Schneider, VP of Investigations, Mercy for Animals

August 30th, 2021


This week on Animal Matters, Will Appelbe chats with Luiza Schneider, Vice President of Investigations at Mercy for Animals. Schneider is a former investigator, and now works with their brave investigations team to …

The latest animal news from lockdown

August 23rd, 2021


This week on Animal Matters, Will Appelbe recaps the latest from the greyhound racing industry, as well as an animal sanctuary's desperate mission to rescue animals in Afghanistan. Also, what to do if your companion …

They belong on the couch, not the racetrack

August 10th, 2021


It’s a quick episode today. We’ll discuss the most recent debate concerning the live export ban, as well as MPI’s most recent disappointing decision not to prosecute a farm that saw hundreds of thousands of chickens to …

Kōrero with Emma Hurst, Member of Parliament for the Animal Justice Party, NSW Australia

August 3rd, 2021


Today on the show Will Appelbe chats with Emma Hurst, Member of Parliament for the Animal Justice Party in New South Wales, Australia. The Animal …

Justice for all animals in rodeo

July 26th, 2021


Last week, the New Zealand Animal Law Association and SAFE filed legal proceedings against the Government for their failure to end rodeo events. We’ll cover the recent history that’s led to this landmark moment, and why …

Kōrero with Chlöe Swarbrick

July 19th, 2021


In this week's episode, Will Appelbe sits down with Green Party MP and animal welfare spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick, to discuss greyhound racing, live export and the occupation at Pūtiki Bay.

The Melbourne Cup of greyhound racing

June 21st, 2021


Today we recap the last two weeks, including the 50th anniversary of the Silver Collar greyhound race which saw a dog break his leg, and delays to …

Kōrero with Shanti Ahluwalia from NZAVS

June 15th, 2021


This week on Animal Matters, Will Appelbe sits down with Shanti Ahluwalia from the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) to talk about Aotearoa's relationship with animal testing.

A wild goose chase

June 7th, 2021


The Waikato District Council are taking drastic measures to manage a large population of geese. Without investigating better options, they announced …

Kōrero with Philip McKibbin, on the Politics of Love

May 31st, 2021


Philip McKibbin's writing has been published in The Spinoff, The Guardian, Stuff, NZ Herald among many other publications. In 2018 he co-organised …

Budget 2021 - A missed opportunity for animals

May 24th, 2021


Last week, the Government released it’s annual budget, setting out what initiatives would be allocated new spending. Despite the deficits in animal …

Kōrero with Aysha Akhtar, President and CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences

May 17th, 2021


Today on the show we sit down with Aysha Akhtar, who is the President and CEO of the US based Center for Contemporary Sciences. Aysha has had an illustrious career in public health and is now putting her expertise …

The racing industry's kangaroo court

May 10th, 2021


The racing industry has been rocked by doping scandals in recent weeks. Unfortunately, these people are escaping criminal charges. This week we dive …

Kōrero with Kari Schmidt, co-author of the NZALA's latest report: Farmed Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand.

May 4th, 2021


The report, Farmed Animal Welfare Law in New Zealand, was commissioned by the New Zealand Animal Law Association (NZALA), with support from the New Zealand Law Foundation and Lush. 

Some background to the report, in 2019 …

April was for animals

April 27th, 2021


April has been a massive month for animals, both the good and the bad. It’s been a while since our last podcast, thanks in part to some of the announcements that have come out of the beehive this month. This includes a …

Antibiotic resistance - Kōrero with Dr. Heather Hendrickson

April 6th, 2021


Dr. Heather Hendrickson is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Bioscience at Massey University, and the Vice Preseident of the New Zealand Micro …

Kōrero with Geoff Regier, former undercover investigator for Mercy for Animals

March 22nd, 2021


Geoff's work uncovered some of the worst examples of animal abuse in Canada’s dairy industry, and lead to prison sentences for the workers and fines for their employers. Some observers at the time described the footage …

A Cabinet full of decisions

March 15th, 2021


Live Export Review
Nearly two years ago, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced a review of the live export trade[4]. This was in 2019, …

Kōrero with Angel Food's Alice Shopland

March 8th, 2021


Will Appelbe sits down with Alice Shopland, the founder of Aotearoa plant-based food company Angel Food. Alice launched Angel Food in 2006, and has since built a strong brand and a reputation as one of Aotearoa’s …

Biscuit tins, and what they have to do with greyhounds

March 1st, 2021


A change to Parliament’s standing orders could make it a lot easier for backbench MPs to get their Bills debated in the house. Will Appelbe discusses …

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

February 3rd, 2021


Will Appelbe recaps the latest current affairs. Soaring temperatures in Canterbury puts greyhounds at risk. New technology is being introduced in …

A conversation with Aaron Cross from the Greyhound Protection League

January 24th, 2021


Will Appelbe sits down with Aaron Cross from the Greyhound Protection League. Aaron has been a fierce advocate for greyhounds for over a decade, …

Greyhound summer death toll soars

January 17th, 2021


For the first episode of 2021, Will Appelbe recaps the most recent current affairs from the last four weeks.

Long boys and legnthy girls

December 1st, 2020


Five dogs in five weeks. That’s how many greyhounds have been killed recently by the Greyhound racing industry. The industry is facing increased scrutiny, and the SPCA have stepped into the ring.

And it’s been twelve …

Victory for mother pigs

November 17th, 2020


Last Friday was Judgement day. No, nothing to do with John Connor and artificial intelligence. The Wellington High Court finally released its …

Post election limbo, and bobby calves with Lynley Tulloch

October 27th, 2020


The Ministry for Primary Industries has released the Michael Heron QC report, which was commissioned as a result of the missing live export ship …

Election 2020 and dirty dairying with Mike Joy

October 12th, 2020


New Zealand’s General Election is fast approaching this weekend on October 17. We do a quick recap of some of the policies, or lack thereof, that …

Slow progress with fisheries and live export, and ditching dairy with Kylie Dale

September 28th, 2020


The roll out of cameras on fishing vessels is finally seeing some progress, but a journalism student’s chance encounter with a fisherman in Lyttelton …

Live export crisis in the East China Sea

September 18th, 2020


Crisis in the East China Sea, where a livestock vessel capsized carrying nearly 6,000 New Zealand cows bound to China. We’ll run through the series of events as we know them, and also hear the recording from our Virtual …

Winter grazing debate hits boiling point while cows give birth in mud

August 31st, 2020


The winter grazing debate has reached boiling point, and now it’s spilling over. Farmers are railing at the Government who are introducing new winter …

The dairy industry's uncomfortable truth, and carnism with Melanie Joy

August 17th, 2020


Hundreds of thousands of calf corpses could be left uncollected on dairy farms across the country. Is it a crisis, or an uncomfortable truth that the …

Putting the chicken before the egg, and a conversation with Jake Conroy

August 3rd, 2020


Colony cages are on the agenda. An egg supplier was recently sentenced to two years in prison for fraudulently selling cage eggs as free range. Egg …

Political Panel for Animals 2020 - It's Time!

July 24th, 2020


Last night in Wellington, SAFE hosted the Political Panel for Animals 2020. The Panelists included Green MP Gareth Hughes, New Zealand First MP Mark …

The dairy industry's failings, and rescuing animals with Shawn Bishop

July 20th, 2020


A bad couple of weeks for the dairy industry. We cover some of the latest current affairs, including the light sentencing of animal abuser Mike Luke, as well as a Dairy Industry Award winner who was stripped of his …

In memory of Regan Russell, featuring her friends, Toronto Pig Save, and Camille Labchuk

July 6th, 2020


On today’s show, we remember Regan Russell. Regan was an animal rights activist with Toronto Pig Save, who was tragically killed recently when she was hit by a truck transport pigs. We’re joined by some of those who …

Our attitudes towards animals considered pests, and going plant-based with SAFE’s Eat Kind team

June 22nd, 2020


In this episode, we chat with SAFE’s Eat Kind team about plant-based diets, and how easy it is to choose kindness when you cook your next meal. The …

The historic court case to free mother pigs, and zoonotic diseases with Dr. Michael Greger

June 8th, 2020


We discuss SAFE and the New Zealand Animal Law Associations historic court case, to free mother pigs from farrowing crates. And New Zealand has all but eliminated COVID-19, while the world continues to come to grips …

Budget 2020 and the amazing world of fish with Jonathan Balcombe

May 25th, 2020


On today’s show, we chat with internationally renown biologist Jonathan Balcombe about fish behaviour, sentience, and the state of aquatic life in …

Greyhound racing, animal cruelty in isolation, and animal law with Danielle Duffield

May 11th, 2020


In this episode, we speak to Danielle Duffield, co-founder of the New Zealand Animal Law association about New Zealand’s animal welfare laws. Greyhound racing has restarted under alert level 3, and fast food faces …

Animals in captivity, live export, and human animal relationships with Dr. Nik Taylor

April 27th, 2020


Wild animals are doing it tough in cages, both in New Zealand and abroad, and on Netflix it seems. We speak to Dr. Nik Taylor about animal human …

Justice for pigs, and a conversation with Gareth Hughes

April 13th, 2020


New Zealand meat producers have been pushing for butchers to re-open, potentially risking the success of the COVID-19 lockdown. Will also speaks to …

How to launch a podcast during a pandemic

March 30th, 2020


In this debut episode, Will discusses the current state of affairs for New Zealand while the country faces off with COVID-19. He speaks with SAFE Chief Executive Officer Debra Ashton about the state of animal rights in …

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