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Live exports from New Zealand to Indonesia - for breeding purposes

The issue of live exports has been controversial in New Zealand, because of past cases in which large numbers of sheep died while being transported. Export for slaughter is now banned, however a...more >>

Emotional damages a potential head of claim (New Zealand)

Two dogs have been intentionally poisoned at Clendon Park in Manurewa, according to a local vet clinic.   Rachael Radich at Mangere Vet Clinic said the dogs, which are mixed breeds, are not...more >>

"A culture of deception" and "no longer entitled to the trust of the community" - shutdown of the Greyhound racing industry (New South Wales, Australia)

"A culture of deception" and "no longer entitled to the trust of the community" are quotations from the presentation of NSW Premier Mike Baird when he announced a ban on greyhound...more >>

Law Says Animals Have Feelings

Last year a change in New Zealand law acknowledged that animals are sentient. What does this mean for animal rights, welfare and farming practices? We talk to former vet and animal law expert Ian...more >>

Australian cattle ‘sledgehammering’ in Vietnam

Recent revelations about the sledgehammering to death of what seem to be Australian cattle in Vietnam  have raised further questions about the Australian government’s inability to control...more >>

Rich country corruption - thinking about the impacts on animal welfare.

When did you last find yourself believing that "the government" was the bastion point of reliable fairness and justice? The recent accusation that the Department of Agriculture and Water...more >>

End of chick culling?

A method of using spectroscopy to determine the sex of a chicken egg before it hatches is being developed by researchers at the Dresden University of Technology and the University of Leipzig, in...more >>

“Sentience” in New Zealand's Animal Welfare Act 1999 - global leadership or window dressing?

The legislative introduction of “sentience” to the Animal Welfare Act 1999 shifts standards of acceptability away from legal minimums by obligating people to ensure that animals are not...more >>

How 'emotional suffering' is part of animal abuse cases

They are the hardest animal welfare cases to prosecute. No signs of physical injury, but complaints and observations from neighbours, evidence of harsh treatment and signs of punishment we …more >>
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