• 21/04/2016: MARK PEARSON EJECTED BY LOCAL NATIONAL MP FROM PUBLIC MEETING ON HUNTING TRESPASS

    When is a public meeting a closed meeting? When Kevin Humphries, Nationals Member for Barwon says so! Animal Justice MP banned from public meeting on stock theft and illegal hunting trespass.

    In February 2016, after months of negative media publicity about the devastating impact of illegal hunting trespass on rural landholders, the Baird Government announced the establishment of the Stock Theft and Trespass Review, to be conduct by the well-respected former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Stephen Bradshaw.

    As the first elected member of the Animal Justice Party to be represented in NSW parliament, I have received a number of calls from distressed landholders, traumatised by illegal hunting trespass on their properties. Landholders are fearful for their own lives as well as describing the carnage left by weekend warriors who blast away at any animal that moves. Dead and dying wildlife and abandoned hunting dogs are often found on their properties.

    It was for this reason that I was keen to attend a public meeting of the Stock Theft and Trespass Review. My staff contacted the Review office as well as Mr Humphries’s staff given his role as host of the Barwon meetings. They sought and were given the details about the upcoming meetings. At no point was I told that I could not attend the public meeting. Meetings were promoted on the Stock Theft and Trespass Review Facebook with “Please come along if you’re in the area”.

    I had already intended to visit Barwon, the largest electorate in NSW (48% of NSW land mass) where Broken Hill is central, in order to address the information that had come to me regarding the disturbing rise in the serious egregious cruelty inflicted on animals in both illegal and legal hunting. I had also organised to meet key animal protection and rescue groups.

    What became apparent was the hostility and defensive resistance from the Nationals member for the electorate, Kevin Humphries who insisted that I leave within several minutes of my arrival at the public meeting in Broken Hill on the 19th April. I was frogmarched out of the meeting by Mr Humphries before I was even able to ask a question. Two police officers appeared by his side, which is a quite extraordinary given the public nature of the meeting and fact that I am a democratically elected representative of the people of NSW.

    I was not given the opportunity to raise my concerns regarding the brutality of hunting and its increased incidence on private property and how this terrifies land owners as well as terrifying, maiming and killing animals. It appears this National party member wants to obstruct any constructive discussion to address the growing violent culture of killing animals for sick enjoyment which in turn frightens property owners where these animals live or move through.

    This attitude by the National Member for Barwon is completely unacceptable and indefensible.

    I refuse to be shut out of addressing this appalling situation and I will return in several months to address a public meeting where police, rangers and regulatory authorities will be invited to attend. I will also be meeting with animal rescue and carer groups and with Indigenous elders.

    My aim is to lobby for a proactive Task Force to address this issue in this region and for a pilot task force to be established in other regions of NSW where this violent culture has developed.

    See the response from MP Kevin Humphries in the media via the links below.

    ABC News

    The Land

  • 18/04/2016: Mark Pearson to visit Broken Hill to discuss the issue of illegal hunting and trespass

    The Hon Mark Pearson, MLC for the Animal Justice Party is visiting Broken Hill on the 18 and 19th April to attend the Stock Theft and Trespass Review public meeting to participate in a discussion about the problem of illegal hunting and theft on rural properties.

    “My office regularly receives calls from distressed landholders who are horrified by the carnage they find on their properties after a weekend spree by illegal hunters. Dead and dying wildlife, abandoned and injured pig dogs and even butchered wild pigs left at waterholes are not unusual finds. I am hopeful that the Review will be able to address this issue and I for one would be very supportive of more resources for rural crime investigators.”

    As a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Companion Animal Breeding Practices, Mark will also take the opportunity to visit the Council Pound to see for himself the number of abandoned animals as a result of over-breeding.

    “In regards to the numbers of unwanted animals that end up in pounds, I was very disappointed in the Government’s response to the Companion Animal Breeding Practices Committee which rejected the vast majority of the recommendations of the bipartisan report. We cannot continue to kill thousands of unwanted but perfectly healthy dogs and cats and call ourselves a civilised and humane society. Mandatory de-sexing, licencing for breeders and extending animal protection policing to rangers are just a few of the sensible reforms that should have been made.”

    He is also keen to talk with locals about the forthcoming Kangaroo Management Plan given the large commercial hunting industry based in Broken Hill.

    “Australia conducts the largest land-based wildlife slaughter in the world with it’s annual mass killing of kangaroos. No other country slaughters it’s national icon in such numbers.”

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  • 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

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