• 09/09/2015: So the Biosecurity Bill aka Ag-Gag bill passed with all the usual supporters

    Unfortunately, the NSW version of Ag-Gag passed last night in the Legislative Council opposed only by the Animal Justice Party and The Greens.

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    However some amendments were passed removing too much power from the Secretary and public servants and ensuring this remained with the minister.

    Most importantly, we were able to extract from the minister that where there is any prosecution under the proposed Act that the onus of proof is upon the prosecution to prove the offence, not the defendant to prove his / her innocence. This is very important.

    We managed to press the minister into stating over and over again that the purpose of the legislation was definitely not cloaked Ag- Gag laws, that it was meant to address all potential biosecurity risk ‘carriers’, be they shearers, animal transporters, hunters, farmers or activists. So, I am of the view, that if activists undertake all due diligence in the exercise of any planned entry into enclosed land (as they always have) to expose animal cruelty (lawful or not), then an arguable defence will be established.

    I am certainly not saying this legislation does not pose a serious obstacle for activists but my view is that since the minister has made these various statements under our pressure for clarification, those words will be used in any legal proceedings where an activist has been charged. The Hansard of the Second Reading Speeches to a Bill is often used to assist a Court in the clarification and elucidation of the purpose of legislation.

    We did our very best to strike down the most sinister implications for activists in this Bill and now it has gone to the Lower House [Legislative Assembly] for debate.

    Whatever happens, even though this proposed legislation will have set the bar higher for activists to defend legitimate exposure of hidden animal abuse, it must not mean that when the authorities are failing animals, we also fail them. This cannot happen. We will not turn our back on them. We just become smarter, more resourced and remember the overwhelming majority of the community supports us. Intelligent activism and a highly sophisticated defence in court will continue to assist the Judiciary to see truth and the legitimate purpose of necessary activism.

  • Time to stop the greyhound industry

    31/08/2015: Again the truth comes out!

    Greyhound Racing-hidden systematic and industry supported cruelty. We all knew it, but to see this blatant disregard for the animals and the public defies even me.

    The RSPCA also has some serious questions to answer too also, we have all knew that for far too long the pre-warning of raids and inspections by the RSPCA is always at the detriment of animals. Thank you to the tireless work of animal activists.

    Read the full article here – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-31/greyhound-racing-nsw-cover-ups-tip-offs-revealed/6736034

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  • 24/08/2015: The fight is on this week as the Government tries to push through their ag-gag bill

    A bill which punishes those who expose animal cruelty and protects those who participate in animal cruelty. The bill impedes on free speech and the tramples the presumption of innocent until proven guilty.

    It once again shows this Governments pursuit of exploitation for profit. The very department that is meant to protect animal welfare is the same department wanting to protect intensive farming practices and animal exploitation. This MUST change!

    Read the full article here – http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/biosecurity-law-sets-hurdles-for-animal-activists-documenting-cruelty-20150822-gj5bqi.html

    And here – http://www.smh.com.au/comment/gagging-debate-wont-right-this-wrong-20150824-gj69ns.html

  • 19/08/2015: NSW Minister for Primary Industries shows his true colours

    So all this talk about Biosecurity is just a show, we all know it, the farmers know it and now Niall Blair has finally admitted it!!!

    If industry has nothing to hide then why is the government hiding animal cruelty, sanctioning animal cruelty, taking away people’s right to free speech and their liberties and protecting the guilty whilst prosecuting the innocent.

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    “Trespassers will definitely be prosecuted under strict new penalties to be introduced to state parliament under the proposed Biosecurity Bill, industry stakeholders heard this week”

    Read the full article here – http://www.theland.com.au/story/3296614/blair-draws-a-line-on-farm-trespass/

  • 18/07/2015: MYER Protest

    On Saturday 18th July I attended and spoke out in support of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses and their continued campaign against MYER’s sponsorship of the cruel and fatal “sport” that is horseracing.

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    Latest research revealed on ABC’s Catalyst program shows that the horses skin tissue and nervous systems are actually more highly receptive of pain than ours. Despite this, thoroughbred racehorses are whipped violently in order to run faster in a sport based on cruelty, suffering and greed.

    See the ABC Catalyst episode here – http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4201890.htm

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