• 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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  • 04/02/2016: MARK PEARSON TO CALL ON THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES NIALL BLAIR TO SHUT DOWN KOALA PARK SANCTUARY SYDNEY

    The Hon Mark Pearson MLC, is calling on Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to exercise his Department’s powers to cancel the license of Koala Park Sanctuary and re-home the still suffering animals to rescue sanctuaries. After rejecting requests to protect the animals until the court case was heard, the time has come.

    The case was heard yesterday in Parramatta Local Court, Magistrate Margaret McGlynn fined the park $20,000 and ordered it to pay $2500 courts costs and $52,496.15 for the care of male koala Tassie. Tassie, which, which was taken into care from the park by Taronga Zoo last year, was sadly later put down. However a request to ban the so called sanctuary from getting new koalas was halved from 12 months to just 6.

    The so called sanctuary has a history of neglect since 2010. In November 2015, the owners entered a plea of guilty to three charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment to five koalas in its care.

    mark-pearson-parliament-2Mark Pearson – “This case was heard yesterday in Parramatta Local Court,  a fine was issued and yet justice is still being denied to the animals who suffered, died and are still suffering under the watch of the Koala Park Sanctuary. The fact that this facility can simply gain ‘new’ koalas in 6 months time is appalling and speaks volumes of the huge gaps animals are victims of when it comes to the law and their rights.

    Not long ago I sent a letter and petition with over 25,000 signatures to Niall Blair MLC and Mike Baird to show them that the community are aware of the government’s powers and responsibilities to shut this place down and cancel their license.

    Further to that, Niall Blair confirmed to me in Parliament Question Time that a conviction under POCTAA is grounds for his department to cancel their license. I, the animals and the community expect you to honour this and shut this facility down now.”niall-blair

    Niall Blair, MLC, Minister for Primary Industries

  • 28/01/2016: Animal Justice Party MP condemns illegal hunting and calls for more funding for Rural Crime Investigators

    Mark Pearson has previously warned that the number one concern for farmers is illegal hunting trespass, with research backing his claim. The terrible story today of dogs in the firing line is just another example of when the situation escalates to the point of a physical altercation between hunter and farmer.

    800-IMG_9805j-mark-Pearson-M-P“Since being elected to the NSW upper house last year, my office has received a steady stream of calls from distressed and angry landholders about illegal hunting on their properties.

    Callers describe the lawlessness of weekend warriors entering remote properties and shooting anything that moves. I have heard stories of bullets flying in all directions and the terrible suffering of animals with hunting dogs left for dead after sustaining injuries from wild pigs. One landowner was devastated to discover dozens of dead and dying native animals such as kangaroos, wombats and even echidnas after a night of blasting away by booze-fueled thugs.”

    It is time for the Minister for Police, Troy Grant, to provide additional resources to Rural Crime investigators so that they can stamp out this appalling illegal hunting before it takes a greater toll on human and animal life.

    See the full MEDIA RELEASE

  • 20/01/2016: NSW ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY MP MARK PEARSON CALLS PREMIER MIKE BAIRD & MINISTER NIALL BLAIR TO ACT FOR ANIMALS STILL SUFFERING AT KOALA PARK SANCTUARY SYDNEY

    Mark Pearson is calling on NSW Premier Mike Baird and Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to support an online petition with over 25,000 signatures which requests the NSW government to cancel the license of Koala Park Sanctuary in Sydney and re-home the still suffering animals to rescue sanctuaries. The petition was started by a NSW activist and will be sent to the Minister with a supporting letter from Mr Pearson.

    koala-park-sanctuary-sydney-koalaThe so called sanctuary again came under scrutiny in August 2015 after a history of neglect since 2010. In November 2015, Koala Park Sanctuary Sydney located in Pennant Hills entered a plea of guilty to three charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment to five koalas in its care. The charges were laid by the RSPCA and related to the failure to investigate emaciated body condition and eye complaints, and the failure to provide treatment for dehydration and chlamydia infections.

    “I asked the Minister back in November Question Time given the proven breaches of the standards, why has the departmental secretary not exercised his authority under section 30 (1) (a) of the Exhibited Animals Protection Act to cancel the park’s licence? The Department has discretionary powers that should be enacted to protect these animals from further suffering and neglect.

    The park has history, a history the Department of Primary Industries is fully aware of yet the park is still open, the animals still suffering and the owners still profiting. The public are not prepared to sit back and await the outcome of February’s court hearing, they want the Minister and Department to act immediately in the best interests of the animals still residing at Koala Park Sanctuary.”

    See my official MEDIA RELEASE

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    Images courtesy Daily Mail Australia

  • 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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