• 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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  • 08/01/2016: Barnaby Joyce under fire from first elected politician in Australia regarding MV Ocean Outback live export debacle

    The vast majority of people in Australia (83%) and now the citizens of an importing country, Israel, have made it very clear that they completely oppose live exports and imports based on the inevitable egregious cruelty and suffering that will occur. Yet Barnaby Joyce, the minister responsible for propping and ramping up this disgusting trade, demonstrates utter contempt for Australian citizens and ignores the ongoing international condemnation of this trade.

    It is time the government listened to the people of Australia who elected them and relegate this brutal, unacceptable trade to the scrap heap of history, and, along with it, export Barnaby Joyce to a place where he can have no say or influence on how animals are treated.

    See my official MEDIA RELEASE

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  • 18/12/2015: Animal Justice’s Mark Pearson attends Corowa piggery & demands immediate halt to pig gassing

    I attended the largest piggery in Australia, Rivalea’s Corowa piggery and demanded an immediate halt to the gassing of 4,000 pigs a day where each pig suffers abuse according to world expert.

    After repeated efforts to raise the issue with NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair and Rivalea senior management regarding pigs suffering from ineffective gassing I decided to take the matter directly to the people responsible.

    Clearly there IS something to hide. We drove along PUBLIC land and used drone footage to capture the intensiveness of the scale, the severity and the lack of transparency. This is a blight on humanity.

    See my official MEDIA RELEASE

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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

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