MEDIA RELEASE: 50 Moree pigeons killed by insecticide as Animal Justice MP condemns Australian “culture of cruelty” toward wildlife

Upper House MP for the Animal Justice Party, Mark Pearson, has condemned the killing of around 50 pigeons in Moree, saying the incident is emblematic of a wider problem.

“The suffering these animals endured for their apparent crime of existing is inexcusable,” Mr Pearson said.

“The deaths of the pigeons appears to be deliberate, and therefore representative of a societal disregard for wildlife, a culture of cruelty that has seeped into our laws and enabled hundreds of thousands of animals to be killed every year for being so-called ‘pests’.”

Mr Pearson gave the examples of magpies, dingoes,  and wombats, as well as kangaroos, “who are gunned down in their millions by private landholders and the commercial industry”.

“Ironically we mourn the 3 billion animals killed in the nation’s Black Summer bushfires, but at the same time we continue to kill those animals that have managed to survive,” he said.

Whether done illegally or through legally-obtained ‘licences to harm’, Mr Pearson said the Animal Justice Party rejects the slaughter of any free-living animal, whether a native or introduced species.

“As a society we need to stop killing animals as a default action if the animal is doing something or existing somewhere that is inconvenient to us, and instead learn to co-exist with animals, recognising they have the exact same right to life as humans.”

Mr Pearson’s comments come after the NSW Environment Protection Agency released details of the incident, calling for further information from the public.

The NSW EPA confirmed they received a report around fifty pigeons were found dead in the eastern industrial area of Moree, in northern NSW.

Analysis at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s (DPIE) environmental forensic laboratory determined the bird deaths were caused by insecticide Methomyl, which is toxic to birds and other wildlife, EPA Manager of Regional Operations Lindsay Fulloon said in the EPA’s media release.

Members of the public with information about the incident are encouraged to call the EPA on 131 555 or by email at

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