• 16/02/2016: Born To Die-The excursion into the Australian abattoir and beyond (Part 1)

    A few years back after viewing hours upon hours of footage taken as a part of the investigation into the Hawkesbury Valley Meats abattoir I felt the urge to summarise the barbarity of what I witnessed, the explicitness of what will be forever etched into my mind. This summary transformed into not just a question of ethics and morality but into an idea, that as caregivers to the next generation why do we hide the truth? Why do we teach disconnection?

    Ultimately if something is not acceptable for our kids eyes and minds then how on Earth is it acceptable for their stomachs and their future world?

    Below is Part 1 of what i titled Born To Die-The excursion into the Australian abattoir and beyond. 

    It is time to swing open the doors of these forbidden fortresses, abattoirs, which are so intricately woven into the fabric of our society and in ways that will surprise, if not astound, you. Almost every day in Australia the lives are drained from an untold number of totally healthy beings but with the recent exposures of systemic brutal practices in slaughterhouses both here and in other countries a deep, menacing discord has been struck within us.

    It is a long time coming for this concealed messy business of covert animal slaughter to come face to face with the tribunal of our society.

    This ‘tribunal’ must not only consist of the reasonable person in our community but extend to our institutions of education from the most revered academic sciences through to animal and agriculture studies but also to the most worthy and innocent tribunal – our mature children.

    Eating meat is a pervasion in our society and ‘culture’ for most Australians. Our children partake of this with complete innocence. Rarely, if ever, is their repeated inquiry -“Mummy, Daddy where does that come from?” – receive the true answer it begs. It is time to unveil that menacing secret that even our school curricula have dodged so dishonestly for many decades – the story behind the acquisition of the flesh and blood of animals.

    Now before the gnashing of teeth begins and the trumpeting objections resound – let us prepare the slate upon which the debate is to commence as pristine. This call for a new chapter in the education of our senior children at school has nothing to do with arguments about vegetarian, vegan or meat based diets. It has to do with a truthful and robust education (in the true meaning of this word) to which our children have a fundamental right. “Veritas”, meaning Truth is so often on the Coat of Arms of our schools; Sydney Boys High School Coat of Arms-Veritate et Virtute (with truth and courage), CABRA, Dominican College for Girls in South Australia also has “VERITAS” embedded in their Coat of Arms, Cumberland Park in Adelaide, Sienna College, Camberwell in Victoria has “VERITAS” as well but also “Justice is Truth in Action”.

    It is clear then that within our education Charter and Principles in Australia there is the fundamental crux or nucleus of upholding the Truth and all what that means. It should never mean shunning away from very critical elements of our life and living and how some of those elements do bring death to so many beings. This formidable, by mass and mores, subject deserves the piercing light of day – not fettered dusk.

    Education is defined in various texts as: “give intellectual, moral and social instruction to someone, especially a child”; “the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.

    The Social Science Faculty of Sydney Boys High School “strives to become a faculty of excellence in teaching and learning by encouraging independent thinking and creativity in an intellectually stimulating environment”.
    Our objectives (Sydney Boys High)

    • To implement teaching strategies for the development of independent and critical thinking;
    • To develop a stimulating and cooperative learning environment for both staff and students;
    • To prepare students for active involvement within our contemporary society.

    Even if you look at the Legal Studies’ policies of Sydney boys High School one can identify where the subject of animals being sent to slaughter as being very appropriate:

    “Legal Studies develops students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the legal system and its effectiveness in promoting a just and fair society, with a view to empowering students to participate effectively as citizens at the local, national and international level. Studied themes include Justice, law and society, Culture, values and ethics, Legal processes and institutions, Conflict and cooperation and the Effectiveness of  the legal system. In the preliminary course, students study two broad topics of the basics of the legal system and the Individual and the State. They then perform a focus study of two marginalised groups and their position the law. In the HSC course, students engage in the topics of Law and Society and a number of focus studies on crime (compulsory) and two other general themes in law.

    The issue of animals being lawfully destined to slaughter by our society raises some very important questions and notions to be grappled with which both the Social Science and Legal Studies faculties at this school would seek to address though “Independent and critical thinking; culture, values and ethics; marginalised ‘groups’. “

    Very significantly and importantly the children would be asked to critically analyse why one group of animals, those we eat, are not afforded the same protection in law as other animals such as those we pet. It is here we would explore the law as it is simply set out (in NSW) and study the obvious anomaly:

    An “act of cruelty” in Section 4 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 NSW includes “any act …as a consequence of which the animal is …killed, wounded.” (my emphasis). However Section 24(1)(b)(ii) states “the person accused of the offence is not guilty of the offence if the act… is done in the course of and for the purpose of destroying it for producing food for human consumption in a manner that inflicted no unnecessary pain upon the animal.

    It can not be argued that this subject of animal slaughter is too insignificant to be given the light of day when reviewing the education curricula. Meat is a part of two out of every three meals eaten by our children and our society so is therefore very much a part of the mechanization of our society – both in our kitchens right through to the farm gate.

    The number of animals affected by meat consumption is staggering

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  • 12/02/2016: National Shut It Down Rally Sydney

    The National Shut It Down rally led by the Animal Justice Party in association with the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds was an amazing success. The Sydney rally alone attracted over 300 passionate greyhound lovers as well as many beautiful rescue greyhounds. These docile, gentle animals are a testament to industry claims that without ‘blooding’ these animals have no urge to race, maim or kill.

    Mark Pearson spoke at the Sydney rally on behalf of the Animal Justice Party. The Animal Justice Party is calling for a total shutdown to greyhound racing in Australia.

    Thank you to those people and animals that came along.

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  • 04/02/2016: MARK PEARSON TO CALL ON THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES NIALL BLAIR TO SHUT DOWN KOALA PARK SANCTUARY SYDNEY

    The Hon Mark Pearson MLC, is calling on Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to exercise his Department’s powers to cancel the license of Koala Park Sanctuary and re-home the still suffering animals to rescue sanctuaries. After rejecting requests to protect the animals until the court case was heard, the time has come.

    The case was heard yesterday in Parramatta Local Court, Magistrate Margaret McGlynn fined the park $20,000 and ordered it to pay $2500 courts costs and $52,496.15 for the care of male koala Tassie. Tassie, which, which was taken into care from the park by Taronga Zoo last year, was sadly later put down. However a request to ban the so called sanctuary from getting new koalas was halved from 12 months to just 6.

    The so called sanctuary has a history of neglect since 2010. In November 2015, the owners entered a plea of guilty to three charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment to five koalas in its care.

    mark-pearson-parliament-2Mark Pearson – “This case was heard yesterday in Parramatta Local Court,  a fine was issued and yet justice is still being denied to the animals who suffered, died and are still suffering under the watch of the Koala Park Sanctuary. The fact that this facility can simply gain ‘new’ koalas in 6 months time is appalling and speaks volumes of the huge gaps animals are victims of when it comes to the law and their rights.

    Not long ago I sent a letter and petition with over 25,000 signatures to Niall Blair MLC and Mike Baird to show them that the community are aware of the government’s powers and responsibilities to shut this place down and cancel their license.

    Further to that, Niall Blair confirmed to me in Parliament Question Time that a conviction under POCTAA is grounds for his department to cancel their license. I, the animals and the community expect you to honour this and shut this facility down now.”niall-blair

    Niall Blair, MLC, Minister for Primary Industries

  • 28/01/2016: Animal Justice Party MP condemns illegal hunting and calls for more funding for Rural Crime Investigators

    Mark Pearson has previously warned that the number one concern for farmers is illegal hunting trespass, with research backing his claim. The terrible story today of dogs in the firing line is just another example of when the situation escalates to the point of a physical altercation between hunter and farmer.

    800-IMG_9805j-mark-Pearson-M-P“Since being elected to the NSW upper house last year, my office has received a steady stream of calls from distressed and angry landholders about illegal hunting on their properties.

    Callers describe the lawlessness of weekend warriors entering remote properties and shooting anything that moves. I have heard stories of bullets flying in all directions and the terrible suffering of animals with hunting dogs left for dead after sustaining injuries from wild pigs. One landowner was devastated to discover dozens of dead and dying native animals such as kangaroos, wombats and even echidnas after a night of blasting away by booze-fueled thugs.”

    It is time for the Minister for Police, Troy Grant, to provide additional resources to Rural Crime investigators so that they can stamp out this appalling illegal hunting before it takes a greater toll on human and animal life.

    See the full MEDIA RELEASE

  • 20/01/2016: NSW ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY MP MARK PEARSON CALLS PREMIER MIKE BAIRD & MINISTER NIALL BLAIR TO ACT FOR ANIMALS STILL SUFFERING AT KOALA PARK SANCTUARY SYDNEY

    Mark Pearson is calling on NSW Premier Mike Baird and Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to support an online petition with over 25,000 signatures which requests the NSW government to cancel the license of Koala Park Sanctuary in Sydney and re-home the still suffering animals to rescue sanctuaries. The petition was started by a NSW activist and will be sent to the Minister with a supporting letter from Mr Pearson.

    koala-park-sanctuary-sydney-koalaThe so called sanctuary again came under scrutiny in August 2015 after a history of neglect since 2010. In November 2015, Koala Park Sanctuary Sydney located in Pennant Hills entered a plea of guilty to three charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment to five koalas in its care. The charges were laid by the RSPCA and related to the failure to investigate emaciated body condition and eye complaints, and the failure to provide treatment for dehydration and chlamydia infections.

    “I asked the Minister back in November Question Time given the proven breaches of the standards, why has the departmental secretary not exercised his authority under section 30 (1) (a) of the Exhibited Animals Protection Act to cancel the park’s licence? The Department has discretionary powers that should be enacted to protect these animals from further suffering and neglect.

    The park has history, a history the Department of Primary Industries is fully aware of yet the park is still open, the animals still suffering and the owners still profiting. The public are not prepared to sit back and await the outcome of February’s court hearing, they want the Minister and Department to act immediately in the best interests of the animals still residing at Koala Park Sanctuary.”

    See my official MEDIA RELEASE

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    Images courtesy Daily Mail Australia

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