• WHIPPING OF HORSES IN THE RACING INDUSTRY

    14th July 2017

    Notice of motion.

    Whipping of Horse in the Racing Industry

    1. That this House condemns Racing NSW for permitting the practice of jockeys whipping horses for the purported purpose of increasing the horse’s performance, given that it is an offence under s4 (2) d) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 for animals to be unnecessarily inflicted with pain.
    2. That this House notes the research commissioned in 2012 by the RSPCA and undertaken by Professor Paul McGreevy, Sydney University; “Whip use by jockeys in a sample of Australian Thoroughbred races – an observational study” which
      1. confirmed that repeated striking with a whip (of any type) in the same area of the body has the potential to cause localised trauma and tissue damage, and
      2. identified that the injury will increase with the force of the strike and the number of repetitions.
      3. confirmed that there is unacceptable use of the whip in thoroughbred racing and
      4. the RSPCA recommended that the whip as a performance aid be prohibited.

    Motion was OBJECTED to by the Government.

  • RECOGNITION OF WILDLIFE AND COMPANION ANIMAL CAREER VOLUNTEERS

    14th July 2017

    Notice of motion.

    National Volunteers Week

    1. That this House, in recognition of National Volunteers Week, honours the selfless and compassionate work undertaken by the hundreds of volunteers in NSW, who give generously of their time in caring for injured wildlife, rescued companion animals and provide sanctuary to farmed animals.
    2. That this House congratulates animal carer volunteers for their commitment in providing care and comfort to animals that would otherwise have died, either through neglect, abuse or being killed in council pounds and RSPCA shelters.

    Motion was OBJECTED to by the Government.

  • YULIN DOG MEAT FESTIVAL

    14th July 2017

    Notice of motion.

    Yulin Dog Meat Fesitval

    1. That this House condemns the celebration of the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, commonly referred to as Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which is an annual summer solstice event held in Yulin, Guangxi, China.
    2. That this House notes that the festival only commenced in 2009 and includes activities such as dogs being confined in cages, then beaten, skinned and boiled alive to produce dogmeat which is then consumed by festival goers.
    3. That this House calls upon the Chinese Government to prohibit this egregious cruelty to animals by banning the torture of dogs and consumption of dogmeat at the Yulin Festival.
    4. That this House notes that in NSW it is not unlawful for dogs and cats to be killed and consumed by humans provided the slaughtering process meets the requirements of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979

    Motion was OBJECTED to by the Government.

  • DOLPHIN SWIM AUSTRALIA

    5th April 2017

    Notice of motion.

    DOLPHIN SWIM AUSTRALIA.

    The Hon. MARK PEARSON (11:03): I seek leave to amend Private Members’ Business item No. 1270 outside the Order of Precedence for today of which I have given notice by omitting “first licenced” in paragraph (1) and inserting instead “first permitted”.

    Leave granted.

    The Hon. MARK PEARSON: Accordingly, I move:

    (1)That this House commends Dolphin Swim Australia for being the first permitted wild dolphin swim in New South Wales and the first swim system of its kind worldwide.

    (2)That this House notes that Dolphin Swim Australia:

    (a)was given a permit to operate a wild dolphin swim encounter in the offshore waters of Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park in January 2010 and is now in its seventh season;

    (b)was subject to an independently monitored and government-approved research program initially conducted over three years by cetacean expert Dr Carol Scarpaci, of Victoria University, New Zealand;

    (c)conducts the operation whereby dolphins lead the way and can choose to interact or not without disruption to travelling or behavioural patterns;

    (d)utilises specific “approach patterns” to dolphins, ensuring there is no separation of the pod or disruption during feeding or resting; and

    (e)ensures dolphins are not habituated to the swimming activities.

    Motion agreed to.

  • LUCY’S PROJECT

    16th November 2016

    I recently attended the ‘Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence International Perspectives’ conference held in Sydney hosted by Lucy’s Project. I left so inspired by the great work Anna Ludvik and Lucy’s Project are doing to raise the awareness and educate about an area of domestic violence not often spoken about. To read more about Lucy’s Project please visit their website and like the Facebook page.

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    Notice of motion.

    Lucy’s project.

    ANIMAL WELFARE

    The Hon. MARK PEARSON (11:07): I move:

    (1)That this House commends Anna Ludvik, founder of Lucy’s Project, for her work in raising awareness of the issue of animal abuse victims of domestic violence.

    (2)That this House notes that at the recent “Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence International Perspectives” conference held in Sydney hosted by Lucy’s Project international guest speaker, Allie Phillips from Sheltering Animals and Pets Together [SAP-T], USA, spoke about the bond between companion animals and human victims of domestic violence, citing the example of Hank, a Great Dane who shielded his female guardian McKenzie from a brutal attack by her partner, noting that:

    (a)Hank was honoured for his courage and bravery by the Humane Society of the United States receiving the Valor Dog of the Year and People’s Hero award at the Fifth Annual Dogs of Valor Awards;

    (b)Hank threw himself on top of McKenzie when her partner began attacking her with a hammer, in order to protect McKenzie from the blows;

    (c)the partner then began attacking Hank, beating the dog, throwing him from the porch by the neck;

    (d)McKenzie escaped and called the police who arrived to arrest the partner and found Hank still alive but suffering a broken hip and ribs;

    (e)McKenzie sought refuge at the Rose Brooks Center but when she learned she could not bring Hank with her, she refused to go until the centre agreed to change its “no animals” policy;

    (f)as a response to the story of Hank, the Rose Brooks Center shelter is building a wing that will house the companion animals of victims of domestic violence; and

    (g)Susan Miller, CEO of Rose Brooks Center, has said: “Families need to have a safe place to escape to, a place that welcomes the entire family including pets”.

    (3)That this House acknowledges that many human victims of domestic violence are unable to leave abusive partners and seek safety due to the difficulty in finding emergency shelters or rental accommodation that provide housing for companion animals.

    Motion agreed to.

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