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    • Mark Pearson MP

    18/12/2015 Mark attends largest piggery in Australia, Rivalea’s Corowa piggery and demands an immediate halt to the gassing of 4,000 pigs a day.

    I had previously written to both Rivalea and Department of Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to seek an escorted visit to the piggery and slaughterhouse. The visit was to be primarily focused on testing the gas mixture used to stun the pigs before being killed. Both the Minister and Rivalea rejected my offer, the latter sighting NO reason for the basis of the rejection. The Police were called in to investigate while other government authorities and their agents turn a blind eye.

    Mark Pearson, Animal Justice MLC of NSW parliament states:

    “I am attending Rivalea’s piggery and abattoir today because both the company and NSW Department of Primary Industries have refused a formal inspection with me to investigate the egregious cruelty inflicted on thousands of pigs every day: 4,000 today; 20,000 this week and hundreds of thousands since evidence was first exposed early last year.”

    See the video of my attempted visit –

    Read the official media release

  • 09/09/2015: Canned Hunting

    Motion by the Hon. MARK PEARSON agreed to:

    1. That this House congratulates the Hon. Greg Hunt, MP, Federal Minister for the Environment, for retaining the Federal prohibition on the importation of lion products and other species that are endangered or at risk of becoming endangered, under section 303CA (1) of the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth).
    1. That this House commends the Hon. Greg Hunt’s statement that “The process of really capturing or raising animals and then having them in a compound where they can’t run they can’t hide, they don’t have a fair chance, doesn’t really fit with the fair go ethos of this country let alone the broader issues of humane treatment of animals”.
    1. That this House condemns the practice of “canned hunting” whereby animals are confined, abused and drugged prior to being released into a restricted area to be shot dead by tourists for the purpose of posing for photographs with the deceased animal and the harvesting of their body parts to be kept as trophies.

    (4) That this House notes that:

    (a) the Hon. Mark Pearson, MLC, has seen documentary evidence showing lions kept in conditions that resemble factory farms and that these confined animals, once released, are in no condition to be anything other than helpless victims of cowards with guns; and

    (b) the killing of these defenceless animals does not in any way resemble hunting as it is understood by professional hunters.

    Hansard link – HERE

  • 11/08/2015: Medical Advances Without Animals Trust

    Motion by the Hon. MARK PEARSON agreed to:

    (1) That this House notes that the Medical Advances Without Animals [MAWA] Trust operates as an independent medical research and educational trust which facilitates the development and use of non-animal based experimental methods by working cooperatively with the research community.

    (2) That this House acknowledges and congratulates:

    (a) the leading role that the MAWA is taking in replacing the use of animals and animal products in the field of medical research and consequent improvements in human health;

    (b) the MAWA for directly funding a wide variety of research projects and advanced scholarships to support research into a vast range of diseases, disorders and disabilities in leading universities and research institutions Australia wide, such as research within the fields of immunology at the University of Sydney and regenerative medicine at the University of Western Sydney; and

    (c) the recent renewal of the partnership between the MAWA and the Australian National University to establish the Australian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Research.

    Hansard link – HERE

  • 27/05/2015: Paws and Recover

    Motion by the Hon. Dr PETER PHELPS, on behalf of the Hon. MARK PEARSON, agreed to:

    (1) That this House acknowledges and congratulates Senior Constable Jaqui Largo, Kings Cross Police Service, on her outstanding work in establishing and running Paws and Recover, a not-for-profit organisation that assists homeless people living on the streets to care for their companion animals that are often their one and only friend.

    (2) That this House notes that:

    (a) Paws and Recover networks with police, ambulance, emergency and mental health services in cases where animals are abandoned or would be left behind after domestic violence intervention, emergency, accident, health and mental health problems; and

    (b) During the week of 18 May 2015 Paws and Recover was able to arrange an animal carer for a 90-year-old woman living alone with her companion dog so that she was able to be admitted to hospital for an operation to remove cancer.

    (3) That this House acknowledges and congratulates the more than 70 volunteers, including police officers, who assist with this compassionate and very necessary service which contributes to the wellbeing of vulnerable members of the community and their “best mates”.

    Hansard link – HERE

  • 22/10/2015: History Made-Mark introduces the AJP’s first bill into NSW parliament

    Today a historic milestone was achieved. The Hon. Mark Pearson introduced the first AJP bill into NSW parliament. Mark delivered a powerful second reading speech of the bill which focuses on the fundamental spirit of the Act in which it amends, that is people who farm, work with and care for animals have a duty of care to PREVENT cruelty occurring. It is a proactive bill which given the public and industry responses to animal cruelty should be supported.

    Check the status of and download a copy of the bill HERE

    Watch Mark’s powerful speech below.

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