• 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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  • 18/12/2015: Animal Justice’s Mark Pearson attends Corowa piggery & demands immediate halt to pig gassing

    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

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    • Mark Pearson MP

    18/12/2015 Mark attends largest piggery in Australia, Rivalea’s Corowa piggery and demands an immediate halt to the gassing of 4,000 pigs a day.

    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

  • 24/09/2015: Animal Justice’s Mark Pearson condemns Baird’s reward to the Shooters and Fishers; Night Hunting of Native Birds

    The Baird Government has quietly introduced an amendment to the Game and Feral Animal Control Amendment (Native Game Birds) Regulation 2015 (NSW) to allow licenced night hunting of native birds. This amendment follows swiftly upon Shooters and Fishers MPs voting in favour of the controversial Biosecurity Bill and with the Newcastle Rail Bill poised for a vote in the upper house.

    Recreational hunting of native birds was rightly banned in 1995 but there have been a number of attempts to subvert the ban since then” says Mark Pearson.

    See my official MEDIA RELEASE

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