• 06/04/2016: Voiceless Rethinking: Kangaroos

    Last night I was privileged to be a panelist on the Voiceless Rethinking: Kangaroos seminar. The seminar was a great success and brought together the different perspectives of kangaroo suffering and slaughter across Australia.

    The kangaroo is the victim of the largest slaughter of land-based mammals on the planet.

    While similar wildlife trades, such as the Canadian seal hunt or the Japanese whaling industry, attract global condemnation due to their brutality, the kangaroo hunt is unchallenged.

    I spoke about how Australian governments promote, financially support and even actively participate in the brutal killing of the kangaroo.I also raised through my long standing relationship with Indigenous groups how the kangaroo or Malu is a sacred Aboriginal totem and the mass killing is an insult to the Aboriginal people.

    Below is an photo courtesy of Voiceless. Please make the pledge to protect our kangaroos.

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  • 29/02/2016: “Ways Out Of A Cruel Deadly Maze” – Companion Animal Roundtable

    After several months of planning including meetings with and visits to a number of rescue groups, our office held Companion Animal Roundtable on the 26th February at Parliament House. The purpose of the Roundtable was to consult with 16d and other grassroots rescue groups to discuss “Ways Out Of A Cruel Deadly Maze”- the theme of Mark’s inspiring introductory speech.

    The Roundtable highlighted the problems of oversupply of companion animals including stray and surrendered animals, high kill-rates in pounds and shelters and the need to improve re-homing rates. We noted that the system for protecting the well-being of these animals is BROKEN, and that rescue groups were very much a successful part of the solution for solving these issues.

    We discussed ways of supporting free-living animals such as colony cats and considered calls for an extension of the definition of companion animals to include horses, chickens, guinea pigs rabbits and others. Education of the general public, carers, rangers and pound staff was also identified as a high priority. Funding, better resources and greater recognition for animal rescue groups was seen as crucial in supporting their work, as well as dismantling barriers within the local government bureaucracy that prevents 16d groups from accessing and re-homing animals that are otherwise abandoned on death row.

    From here our office will be developing a framework for legislative and policy reform with input from selected stakeholders, including consultation with the RSCPA and the Animal Welfare League.

    From Mark and his staff we truly appreciate all those that participated and made the event a success. This is the vital first step that has been long overdue towards finding the way out of the cruel deadly maze.

    Mark Pearson making his introductory speech to attendees of the Companion Animal Roudtable held by our office

    Mark Pearson making his introductory speech to attendees of the Companion Animal Roudtable held by our office

  • 17/02/2016:The Business of Saving Lives Conference

    The Hon Mark Pearson was invited to open the last day of The Business of Saving Lives conference at Sydney University.  This conference attracted 130 participants representing about 90 groups, from all over Australia as well as overseas speakers.

    Mark told the enthusiastic crowd what it meant to now have a voice for animals in Parliament. He detailed his experience as a member of the Companion Animal Breeding Practices in New South Wales. He also received a positive response when discussing the Animal Justice Party’s first Bill, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Stock Animals) Bill 2015.

    Mark also received a delegation in his Parliamentary Office yesterday of keynote speakers from the conference. This included leaders from  Alley Cats Allies  Humane Network  and Maggie’s Rescue All were very positive about the differences they had been able to make for companion animals, through the adoption of new mind sets and techniques.

  • 12/02/2016: National Shut It Down Rally Sydney

    The National Shut It Down rally led by the Animal Justice Party in association with the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds was an amazing success. The Sydney rally alone attracted over 300 passionate greyhound lovers as well as many beautiful rescue greyhounds. These docile, gentle animals are a testament to industry claims that without ‘blooding’ these animals have no urge to race, maim or kill.

    Mark Pearson spoke at the Sydney rally on behalf of the Animal Justice Party. The Animal Justice Party is calling for a total shutdown to greyhound racing in Australia.

    Thank you to those people and animals that came along.

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  • 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

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