• 25/02/2016: Another milestone for animals in NSW Parliament

    So the first week back for the NSW Legislative Council is done and a historic one it has been. On Tuesday, three separate political parties gave notice of bills that will positively affect animals. The Animal Justice Party gave notice of a bill to ban animal research on primates, Greens NSW a bill to create an Independent Animal Protection Authority, and NSW Labor a bill to enable inspectors to remove dogs and cats from animal breeding establishments (puppy farms).

    Please watch my video blog for all the great updates including the Koala Park Sanctuary and dolphin petition.

    Thanks for the support!

  • 17/02/2016:The Business of Saving Lives Conference

    The Hon Mark Pearson was invited to open the last day of The Business of Saving Lives conference at Sydney University.  This conference attracted 130 participants representing about 90 groups, from all over Australia as well as overseas speakers.

    Mark told the enthusiastic crowd what it meant to now have a voice for animals in Parliament. He detailed his experience as a member of the Companion Animal Breeding Practices in New South Wales. He also received a positive response when discussing the Animal Justice Party’s first Bill, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Stock Animals) Bill 2015.

    Mark also received a delegation in his Parliamentary Office yesterday of keynote speakers from the conference. This included leaders from  Alley Cats Allies  Humane Network  and Maggie’s Rescue All were very positive about the differences they had been able to make for companion animals, through the adoption of new mind sets and techniques.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 27/05/2015: Paws and Recover

    Motion by the Hon. Dr PETER PHELPS, on behalf of the Hon. MARK PEARSON, agreed to:

    (1) That this House acknowledges and congratulates Senior Constable Jaqui Largo, Kings Cross Police Service, on her outstanding work in establishing and running Paws and Recover, a not-for-profit organisation that assists homeless people living on the streets to care for their companion animals that are often their one and only friend.

    (2) That this House notes that:

    (a) Paws and Recover networks with police, ambulance, emergency and mental health services in cases where animals are abandoned or would be left behind after domestic violence intervention, emergency, accident, health and mental health problems; and

    (b) During the week of 18 May 2015 Paws and Recover was able to arrange an animal carer for a 90-year-old woman living alone with her companion dog so that she was able to be admitted to hospital for an operation to remove cancer.

    (3) That this House acknowledges and congratulates the more than 70 volunteers, including police officers, who assist with this compassionate and very necessary service which contributes to the wellbeing of vulnerable members of the community and their “best mates”.

    Hansard link – HERE

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