• Mark’s 2015 festive good will message-Thanks for the support.

    A personally wanted to thank all AJP members, volunteers, supporters and those of you that chose for one reason or another to give animals a voice in NSW Parliament.

    Your support for the Animal Justice Party has helped make history. I am honoured to be the first MP to be elected on an animal protection platform and I will continue to be a voice for all those that need it.

    Have a safe and peaceful holiday and where ever you may be spend some time with a non-human animal and share their kindness and love.

    Stay safe,

    Mark and staff.

  • 22/10/2015: History Made-Mark introduces the AJP’s first bill into NSW parliament

    Today a historic milestone was achieved. The Hon. Mark Pearson introduced the first AJP bill into NSW parliament. Mark delivered a powerful second reading speech of the bill which focuses on the fundamental spirit of the Act in which it amends, that is people who farm, work with and care for animals have a duty of care to PREVENT cruelty occurring. It is a proactive bill which given the public and industry responses to animal cruelty should be supported.

    Check the status of and download a copy of the bill HERE

    Watch Mark’s powerful speech below.

  • 03/06/2015: Notice of Motion to bring in a bill to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979

    Mr Pearson to move—

    That leave be given to bring in a bill for an Act to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 to impose certain requirements relating to the operation of abattoirs and intensive livestock keeping facilities for the purposes of ensuring the humane treatment of stock animals.

    Watch Mark’s video overview of the bill below.

  • Time to stop the greyhound industry

    18/11/2015: Debate speech in opposition to the Betting Tax Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

    The passage of this bill will mean that we continue to be captured by an industry that is fundamentally flawed and has systemic problems of abuse of human rights, protections and dignity, and those of animals. Each day in Parliament members say that they are here to stand up for the welfare of the people of New South Wales and Australia. The industry of gambling captures and destroys the lives of many people and also destroys the lives of their families and friends.

    It came as a great shock earlier this year when it was discovered that there was not just one bad apple in the greyhound industry. The commission of inquiry into the greyhound industry has shown that live baiting and other brutal, appalling treatments of rabbits, possums, cats and piglets are systemic. It is not just one bad apple, one bad operator or one bad training track; it is systemic. It is a cart of rotten apples. This Government and members of this House should not be captured by an industry that uses animals in racing, because ultimately it is an industry that is all about abuse: abuse of the people who bet and of their families and friends; abuse of society; and abuse of the silent ones, the millions of animals through time that have suffered appallingly within this industry. For these reasons, the Animal Justice Party cannot support this bill. I indicate that if the bill passes the second reading I will be proposing to move an amendment at the Committee stage.

    Read the full speech HERE

  • 10/11/2015: Debate speech in support of the disallowance motion regarding the Native Game Birds Regulation 2015

    The Animal Justice Party supports the motion moved by Mr David Shoebridge to disallow the Game and Feral Animal Control Amendment (Native Game Birds) Regulation 2015. I understand that the regulation relates to the shooting of birds that are supposed to be stationary. I used to work as a duck rescuer in the field before the Act to ban recreational duck shooting became law. We clearly opposed the killing of those birds for recreational purposes. Significantly, I and other rescuers noticed that when a shot was fired at a flock only one or two birds would drop to the ground. If they were lucky they were killed instantly. As we continued to watch the remaining flock fly across the lake two, three or four more birds would slowly drop away. They were the birds that died long, lingering deaths from shot pellets in their bodies.

    Read the full speech HERE

    Watch the full speech below.

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