The ap­peal of an­i­mals

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Ad­vo­cacy group SAFE is pre­par­ing to send out thou­sands of vol­un­teers in an­i­mal cos­tumes this week to shake buck­ets for its an­nual Christ­mas ap­peal.

Money col­lected dur­ing the cam­paign will be used to as­sist SAFE’s work lob­by­ing the Government to phase out ‘‘cruel fac­tory farm­ing prac­tices’’.

Kings­land-based come­di­enne Jaquie Brown is get­ting be­hind this year’s cam­paign say­ing it is a cause that means a lot to her.

‘‘SAFE do amaz­ing work for an­i­mals, in par­tic­u­lar prevent­ing them from liv­ing a com­pro­mised life of mis­ery on fac­tory farms.’’

Ms Brown will be join­ing about 1500 peo­ple across the coun­try who are ex­pected to help with col­lect­ing for the an­i­mal-clad ap­peal.

‘‘I go to sleep at night happy know­ing that I’m sup­port­ing a won­der­ful char­ity that does right by our furry, snorty, flappy friends,’’ she says.

SAFE ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Hans Kriek says it is grate­ful to have so much sup­port na­tion­wide.

‘‘Fac­tory farm­ing is the great­est cause of an­i­mal suf­fer­ing in New Zealand to­day. To­gether, SAFE and car­ing Ki­wis have the power to make a dif­fer­ence.’’

SAFE’s work is com­pletely funded by do­na­tions pro­vided by the pub­lic.

Its 2012 Christ­mas ap­peal takes place on De­cem­ber 21 and 22.

An­i­mal lover: Come­di­enne Jaquie Brown will be join­ing SAFE vol­un­teers for this week’s Christ­mas ap­peal.

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