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Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Funds a Cruelty-Free Tasmania

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Tags: Animal Welfare, Alternative Budget, Battery Hens, RSPCA, Free Range Eggs

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes:—

(a)           the Greens’ Alternative Budget outlines important animal welfare measures;

(b)           that the Greens are the only party to commit to ensuring a cruelty free Tasmania by including funding across a range of animal welfare initiatives;

(c)           that the Greens have pledged to care for the welfare of greyhounds, by allocating the amount, upwards of 5 million tax payer dollars given to prop up the industry each year to phasing out the industry over a 5 year period, and to give those in the industry an opportunity to scale back their involvement;

(d)           that by phasing out and putting an end to greyhound racing in Tasmania, the Greens would prevent the unnecessary and premature deaths of our State’s portion of the thousands of greyhounds killed every year in Australia;

(e)           that the Greens have allocated an extra $1M of funding in their Alternative Budget to fund greyhound adoption programs and shelters over four years to help re-home greyhounds currently caught up in this industry;

(f)            that the Greens have pledged $2M to end the cruel practice of battery hen farming in Tasmania once and for all;

(g)           that the Greens would facilitate a buy-back of cages and restore the Government procurement policy, so cruelly abolished by the Hodgman Liberal Government, and ensure the purchase of only cruelty free eggs by government agencies;

(h)           that the Greens acknowledge the crucial work undertaken by the RSPCA in ensuring the health and safety of our animals, and recognise that with only 5 inspectors and one prosecutor, they are stretched to provide services state-wide; and

(i)            that the Greens have pledged an extra $820,000 to provide for additional rural inspectorate services, guaranteeing further and better industry welfare and giving the RSPCA the ability to deal with complaints quickly and efficiently.

(2)           Calls on the Liberal Government to commit to funding more animal welfare initiatives ensuring the health and safety of all Tasmania’s domestic pets and livestock.