• 17/07/2015: GREY2K meeting shows a ban on the greyhound industry is achievable

    I had an insightful and inspiring meeting with Christine and Carey from GREY2K USA and Animal Liberation NSW. We spoke of their success, strategies and the lessons they learnt whilst fighting to end the greyhound industry across the United States.

    The ongoing inquiry into the systematic cruelty and torture inflicted on both dogs and small animals used for live baiting shows that this industry cannot be trusted. It cannot be cleaned up. GREY2K have proved that through multifaceted campaigns, an end to the greyhound industry is achievable.

    Great work guys!

    Christine and Carey (GREY2K USA), Mark and Emma Hurst (Animal Liberation NSW).

    Christine and Carey (GREY2K USA), Mark and Emma Hurst (Animal Liberation NSW).

  • 30/06/2015: Baiada/Steggles worker mistreatment

    A video blog that I filmed in relation to the expose of Baiada/Steggles treatment of low paid workers. I highlight the connection between human exploitation and animal exploitation as well as the suffering that goes hand in hand with modern day poultry industry.

    Click below to watch the video  –

  • 25/06/2015: Question On Notice, Prohibition of Gestation Sow Stalls

    Mr Pearson to the Minister for Primary Industries, and Minister for Lands and Water—

    1. Given the considerable community concern about the confinement of pigs in gestation sow stalls, will the Government introduce legislation prohibiting the use of gestation sow stalls rather than rely upon industry self-regulation which cannot be enforced by compliance agencies such as the police, Animal Welfare League or the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)?
    1. If so, when?
    2. If not, why not?

    Answer—

    1. No.
    1. Not applicable.
    2. NSW has a robust system in place to address animal cruelty that reflects and is responsive to changing community attitudes and farming practices. Animal welfare is supported in NSW by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA) and underpinning Codes and Standards. POCTA provides protection for all animals in NSW.
      Any person concerned about an incident of animal welfare abuse should immediately lodge their complaint to the enforcement agencies – RSPCA NSW, Animal Welfare League NSW and NSW Police.
      While there is a legislated nationally agreed commitment to restrict the use of sow stalls to the first six weeks of gestation from 1 July 2017, the Australian pork industry in November 2010 voluntarily committed to pursue a phase out by 2017, meaning sows are loose housed for a minimum of 90 per cent of their pregnancy. Close to 65% of the industry has completed the phase out of sow stalls.

    Question asked on 25 June 2015 (session 56-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 14.
    Answer received on 30 July 2015 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 15.

  • 25/06/2015: Question On Notice, Farm Animal Mutilation Analgesia

    Mr Pearson to the Minister for Primary Industries, and Minister for Lands and Water—

    1. Will the Minister introduce an amendment to section 24 a(iv) and (v) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act NSW 1979 whereby mulesing or other mutilations of sheep such as castrations and tail-docking will require administration of analgesia or pain-relief such as Tri-Solfen and other pre-procedure analgesia such as Carprophen?
    1. If so, when?
    2. If not, why not?

    Answer—

    1. The administration of topical anaesthetic for animal husbandry procedures within the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act NSW 1979 and associated regulations reflect the considerations of the national Australian Animal Welfare Sheep Standards and Guidelines Working Group and the regulatory impact statement relating to the standards. These considerations determined that pain relief is required for animals over 6 months of age.

    Question asked on 25 June 2015 (session 56-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 14.

    Answer received on 30 July 2015 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 15.

  • 24/06/2015: Question Without Notice, kangaroo shooting

    The Hon. MARK PEARSON: I direct my question without notice to the Minister for Ageing, representing the Minister for the Environment.

    The Hon. Niall Blair: You have given up on me.

    The Hon. MARK PEARSON: No, I have not. Will the Minister investigate and conduct a review of the practice of Macro Meats Proprietary Limited of engaging shooters to kill only male kangaroos, despite this practice having unknown consequences for the sustainability and welfare of kangaroos as well as the integrity and gene pool of the mob, and considering that the practice was never sanctioned by the New South Wales kangaroo management plan?

    The Hon. JOHN AJAKA: The question seeks specific details, especially about being able to differentiate between a female kangaroo and a male kangaroo. I will refer the question to the relevant Minister for an answer.

    Hansard link – HERE

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