• COMPANION ANIMAL ROUND TABLE – WAYS OUT OF A CRUEL DEADLY MAZE

    29th February 2016

    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

  • Greyhound

    NATIONAL SHUT IT DOWN RALLY

    12th February 2016

    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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  • COFFS HARBOUR AND GRAFTON LOCAL ANIMAL PROTECTION GROUPS

    15th January 2016

    Mark Pearson 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 2016 from 11am

    Where: Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour

  • COROWA PIGGERY CRUELTY

    18th December 2015

    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

  • RIVALEA’S COROWA PIGGERY GASSING 4,000 PIGS A DAY

    18th December 2015

    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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