• 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

  • 15/01/2016: Mark to visit Coffs Harbour and Grafton to meet with local animal protection groups

    Mark Pearson MP

    Mark will be on the road again this weekend engaging with the regional community and to support local animal protection groups.

    First stop will be to support the Coffs Harbour & Environs for Ethical Treatment of Animals (CHEETA) group at their market stall. Mark will be engaging with the community and available for information on animal representation in politics as well as local issues. If you are in the area, why not drop by for a chat as well as support local animal advocacy groups?

    Mark will then attend a meeting of Grafton animal advocacy groups run by Happy Paws Haven. Please see the official MEDIA RELEASE in relation to Marks visit to Grafton.

    Coffs Harbourside Market

    When: Sunday 17th of January from 11am

    Where: Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour

  • 14/01/2016: A National Day of action – Nationwide Protests will be held to call for a ban on greyhound racing in Australia.

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    The Animal Justice Party has led and coordinated the organisation of the National Shut It Down rally in association with the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds.

    Please come along and show the government that the greyhound industry does not have a social licence to continue operating. I will be speaking at the rally on behalf of the Animal Justice Party. The Animal Justice Party and the Greens are the only two Australian Political parties that are calling for a total shutdown to greyhound racing in Australia.

    A National Day of action – Nationwide Protests will be held to call for a ban on greyhound racing in Australia.
    Date: Sunday 7th February, 2016
    Time: 12pm – 2pm
    Hounds: Please bring your hounds unless the weather is too warm for them.
    Route: As part of the protest we will be walking a loop around Hyde Park
    Speakers: Rosemary Elliott (Sentient, The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics), Mark Pearson (AJP) and John Kaye (The Greens)
    Signs: Bring signs to march and get our message across with
    Event contact details: notogreyhoundracing@gmail.com

  • 13/01/2016: Mark to table petition calling for an end to dolphin captivity

    In 2015 the AJP put out a petition calling for an end to the captive breeding and keeping of dolphins. The petition requests that the Government cease the granting of permits for the breeding and exhibition of dolphins. It also calls for the release of all dolphins in captivity at Dolphin Marine Magic and that they be rehabilitated for eventual re-homing at an ocean sanctuary.

    The personal story of Bucky, a wild-born dolphin who has been incarcerated in the confines of a small pool for more than 45 years is indefensible and is a stark reminder that Australia has failed non-human animals for too long. Bucky’s story and the passion of his advocates have been the driving force behind this petition and I hope that one day Bucky will swim freely and in peace.

    I am proud to be entrusted with tabling the petition and hope the NSW Government listen to its citizens both human and animal alike.

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