Jayden Jameson considers himself a voice for the animals.
As one of SAFE's youngest volunteers, he spends most of his weekends handing out flyers or getting people to sign petitions to stop factory farming.
The 13-year-old Massey resident is the proud owner of two cats, two dogs, 11 birds and eight fish. It was this love of animals that made him decide to fight for animal rights.
"My mum and I have always loved animals and I wanted to find a way to help them.
"The ways animals are treated is atrocious. I don't like how people think animals are items," he says.
SAFE is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to defending animals against cruelty and abuse.
This month the organisation has focused on its Don't be in the Dark campaign - aiming to stop factory farming in New Zealand.
Jayden says the farming of pigs in crates and cramming together of millions of meat chickens needs to stop.
"Every day on my way to school I cycle past a truck taking meat chickens packed together who are on their way to be slaughtered. It makes me very angry that their last moments are spent like that in a truck."
When he joined SAFE early this year, Jayden made the choice to become a vegetarian after he learned about the meat trade in New Zealand.
He has taken his message to his classmates at Liston College by setting up a SAFE group. He teaches a group of 20 students once a fortnight.
"I always wanted to be a cop but now I want to work for SAFE when I'm older."
SAFE's campaign director Eliot Pryor says it's promising to see young volunteers getting the message out.
"It all depends on our volunteer network who get it in the public eye. For someone so young, it is quite amazing and positive to see the work Jayden does and it is great for the next generation."
- © Fairfax NZ News
Have the new speed limit rules made you change your driving habits?