Animals

Live cattle exports to Indonesia

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[COUNCIL — Wednesday, 18 May 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Robyn McSweeney

CATTLE — EXPORT TO INDONESIA

Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

(1) How many cattle were exported to Indonesia from Western Australia —

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Enough porkies: when will the stalling in WA be over?

KAYT DAVIES, Crikey, April 14, 2011

There’s a dirty fight in Western Australia over pigs, that has pollies accusing industry groups of telling porkies.

Greens WA MLC Lynn MacLaren used a rarely wielded parliamentary power last week to expose the hollowness of an industry promise to ban sow stalls — a factory farming practice that consumers and retailers are clearly not happy with. Read more »

Greens vow to keep up the fight against sow stalls

Photo: Animal Rights Advocates Inc.The Greens will not give up on efforts to alleviate the pain and suffering of pigs kept in sow stalls in intensive farms, despite the Government’s refusal to bring new regulations into line with an industry commitment to phase out the use of sow stalls by 2017.

Hon Lynn MacLaren, the Greens spokesperson for animals says “I am deeply disappointed that the Nationals and Liberal Party opposed the Greens motion to amend new regulations. The ALP’s principled stance to support the regulations because they simply reflected the commitment of the industry was welcomed.”

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Animal Welfare (Pig Industry) Regulations 2010 - Disallowance

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[COUNCIL — Tuesday, 5 April 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Philip Gardiner; Hon Jon Ford; Hon Robyn McSweeney
Uncorrected Proof — Not to be Quoted or Distributed

ANIMAL WELFARE (PIG INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS 2010, REGULATION 13(4) — DISALLOWANCE

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Pork industry cries wolf on sow stalls

A heated media statement from the WA Pork Producers Association entirely mis-characterises today’s upcoming debate in Parliament, claiming that the Greens are calling for an immediate sow stall ban. The motion, which will be debated in the Legislative Council this evening (April 5), would amend proposed Government regulations to prohibit the tight confinement of pregnant pigs in gestation stalls in WA by 2017.

Hon. Lynn MacLaren MLC, the WA Greens spokesperson for animals said “The ferocity of Mr Cox’s statements demonstrates why the Agriculture Minister himself might feel pressure to retain the out-of-step regulations.” Read more »

Greens push for an end to the use of sow stalls in WA

An end to the use of sow stalls in Western Australia is potentially in sight with a motion in Parliament by Hon. Lynn MacLaren MLC, the WA Greens spokesperson for animals. The motion, which will be debated in Parliament Tuesday evening April 5, would amend proposed Government regulations to prohibit the tight confinement of pregnant pigs in gestation stalls in WA by 2017.

Lynn MacLaren says “Sow stalls are inhumane and have no place in modern farming systems. The Australian pig industry has already voted to voluntarily phase out sow stalls by 2017. However, it’s important that these commitments are backed up by legislation to curb any future rogue operators.”
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Shark fisheries

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[COUNCIL — Wednesday, 23 March 2011]
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Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Norman Moore

SHARK FISHERIES — CONVENTION ON THE CONSERVATION OF MIGRATORY SPECIES OF WILD ANIMALS

Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Fisheries: Read more »

Live export trade abuses human rights and animal welfare

Hon. Lynn MacLaren MLC, the Greens WA Spokesperson for Animals, cited the current debacle in Fremantle Port, which has seen the Bader 3 sheep ship delayed for weeks while union organisers argue for the human rights of the crew, as just one more reason to end live exports.

“If the live exports industry can’t even look after the basic human rights of its crew, how can it be expected to look after the welfare of the animals it is exporting?” says Ms MacLaren.
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Lynn talks to Howard Sattler about live animal exports

On Monday February 14, Lynn talked to Howard Sattler on 6PR's Drive Programme about the latest damming report on the live export industry.

The joint government and industry report highlights the shocking cruelty that Australian cattle endure when they are shipped to Indonesia for slaughter.

Not only are our animals sent on a long and sometimes fatal journey to Indonesian ports, once they arrive, their suffering continues with slaughter methods that are illegal in this country.

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Pregnant Aussie cows sent to slaughter in Indonesia

Monday February 14, 2010

The Greens have reacted strongly to recent evidence that pregnant cows are being shipped for slaughter - against live export regulations - to Indonesian ports.

“The industry cannot be trusted to follow the rules and these animals are suffering for it,” said Hon. Lynn MacLaren MLC today.

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