Animal rights charity SAFE has today launched 0800 EXPOSE, a supportive programme to provide witnesses
of animal abuse a confidential means to report information.
Witnesses can use a hotline or web form to share their concerns when they see animals abused on farms or in their community.
SAFE Investigations Manager Will Appelbe said 0800 EXPOSE will shine a light on animal mistreatment and neglect.
"We’re concerned for animals because their treatment often occurs out of sight and out of mind," said Appelbe.
"Every week, people contact SAFE because they’ve witnessed animal cruelty, and don’t know where else to turn. We’ve heard stories of young farmers feeling bullied or having to leave jobs because of the brutality they’ve witnessed."
"0800 EXPOSE will assist witnesses to report their concerns to the relevant enforcement agency and ensure perpetrators are held to account."
Learn more about SAFE and what they do at safe.org.nz