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Housing Matters to Animals Too

13 AUGUST 2014

'Housing Matters to Animals Too', Says Animal Advocacy Group

Today, 13 August, animal advocacy organisation SAFE, with the help of actor Robyn Malcolm, launches its ‘Housing matters to animals too’ election campaign, urging the public to support those political parties with firm policies banning all factory-farming practices.

The election launch will see a thought provoking election sign erected at Western Park, Auckland. SAFE wants political parties to consider the animals too when debating housing issues this election.

“Although it’s widely agreed that New Zealand has a housing crisis, housing is an even bigger issue for animals,” says executive director Hans Kriek. “On factory farms over 100 million animals are cruelly confined in overcrowded, barren living conditions, making it New Zealand’s number-one animal welfare issue.”

SAFE is calling for a change to the law that will end factory-farming. Cruelty that is currently legal includes keeping pigs in crates so small they cannot turn around and keeping hens in cages so small and crowded they cannot stretch their wings.

“With several political parties promising to end factory farming it is important that we get the word out and ensure every New Zealander is aware of the animal policies of each party,” says long standing SAFE supporter Robyn Malcolm.

“Opposition to factory farming is bigger than ever,” says Mr Kriek. “Now it is time to make sure every New Zealander is able to make an informed decision on Election Day.”


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