Mark Pearson is the first Australian Member of Parliament to be elected on an animal justice platform. As the successful candidate for the Animal Justice Party, he was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in March 2015. Prior to entering parliament, Mark was the Executive Director of Animal Liberation in Australia. Before this he had been Team Leader of the Newcastle Community Mental Health Service in Newcastle and worked as a Clinical Acute Adult Psychiatric Nurse Specialist.
For the past 22 years Mark has engaged in animal advocacy, activism and campaign work; exposing cruelty in factory farming and recently, lobbying against the kangaroo meat trade. Two recent successes have been in relation to sheep and kangaroos. The phase out of the most invasive mutilation of any animal without analgesia – ‘mulesing’ in sheep and convincing the Russian Federation to ban imports of kangaroo meat by exposing inherent cruelty and hygiene problems. He enjoys opera – even trying to sing some- and stopping live export death ships from entering Australian ports.