Animals

Cruelty evidence sparks new move to end live exports

Media statement, Tuesday, 15 October, 2013.

The Greens will try yet again to legislate for an end to live exports when federal parliament resumes in the wake of revelations that Australian sheep are being illegally sold for sacrifice in Jordan and Kuwait.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren identified the latest investigative report as adding to the growing list of reasons that live export should end.

“How many of our sheep and cattle have to face illegal and unethical treatment in distant countries before Australia finally says ‘enough is enough’?”
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Greens MP to re-introduce free-range egg bill, welcomes decision by Woolworths

Media statement, Friday, 4 October, 2013.

The Greens will build on the momentum of the decision by Woolworths to phase out the sale of caged eggs by re-introducing a Bill to protect the Free Range egg label in WA.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says “the Woolworth’s decision demonstrates that cruelty is not only detrimental to animals but it is also bad for business.
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Greens budget reply

Hon Lynn MacLaren; President; Hon Stephen Dawson Read more »

Live export breakdowns prove that the pain-staking trade is not working

Media statement, Monday, 16 September, 2013.

Greens MLC Ms Lynn MacLaren yesterday joined over a hundred vocal activists at Fremantle Docks to protest a ship carrying 5240 livestock cattle that turned back just days into its three week trip to Israel, stating that the incident ‘stands as a poignant example of the hardships that come with sending our livestock overseas’. Read more »

Live export sheep reported to have suffered in WA

A court case that was adjourned last night and will resume today shows that animals who are sent off for live export are allegedly suffering animal cruelty in WA as well as the countries that they are sent to.

The sheep had allegedly been turned away by live export officials due to injury and disease, they were consequently transported a slaughterhouse in Peel.

Sources informed the Sunday Times in 2011 that approximately 200 sheep were filmed by officers at Peel Petfood slaughterhouse; the diseased and injured sheep were allegedly left to suffer for days.

“It has been reported that these sheep were in a bad state with footrot, broken and protruding bones, as well as maggot infestations.” Read more »

Greens welcome federal promise to ban animal testing for cosmetic products

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren welcomed today’s commitment from the Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon to ensure that ALP promises to ban the sale of cosmetics which have been tested on animals would be legislated at a commonwealth level. 

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WESTERN RINGTAIL POSSUMS — RELOCATION


425. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Environment:
I refer to the translocation of the western ringtail possum. In August to September 2012, the Department of Environment and Conservation removed 30 western ringtail possums—20 adults and 10 juveniles—from the Busselton Hospital redevelopment site and released them into the Tone Perup Nature Reserve. Read more »

SHEEP PRODUCTS —WORKING GROUP INVESTIGATIONS

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[COUNCIL —Tuesday, 25 June 2013]

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Hon Lynn MacLaren

 

SHEEP PRODUCTS —WORKING GROUP INVESTIGATIONS

97. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

(1) Will the Minister table the terms of reference for the working group investigating market options for sheep products? Read more »

Greens Bill to Give Animals A Voice

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren believes today’s bill introduced by the Australian Greens in the House of Representatives to establish an independent Office of Animal Welfare will address a longstanding weakness in protecting animal welfare in Australia.

“The Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill will establish an animal welfare champion to promote animal rights that is independent of government and the Department of Agriculture,” Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said.
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Consumers Demand Truth on Eggs

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren yesterday gave notice of a bill for truth-in-labelling of free range eggs sold in WA.

In the Senate today the Greens are calling for nationally consistent truth-in-labelling laws covering production methods in the egg industry as Humane Society International presented 40,000  postcards to the Prime Minister sent by consumers demanding action on free range egg standards and labelling.
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