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Greens Table Bill to Strengthen Animal Rights

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Spokesperson for Animal Welfare

Tasmania’s animal welfare laws fail to protect the rights of animal to live free from cruelty and neglect, placing a heavy, disproportionate emphasis on the profits of industry. 

In Parliament this week, the Greens will table an amendment Bill to strengthen the Animal Welfare Act 1993. A copy of the Bill is attached.

Greens Back RSPCA Call to Ban Whips in Horse Racing

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Animal Welfare spokesperson

The Greens commend the RSPCA for their position to ban whips in horse racing industry, as a matter of priority. Banning the whip is a solid first step to making the industry more humane.

We hope the State’s Racing Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, who is also responsible for the welfare of our animals, will listen to the RSPCA and ban whips in Tasmania.

Rockliff Must Explain Abattoir Investigation Delay

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Animal Welfare spokesperson 

The footage taken in a Tasmanian abattoir, brought to light by animal activists today, is shocking.  It shows brutal acts of animal cruelty, like bobby calves being bludgeoned, pulled by their ears and tails before being thrown onto a conveyor belt, in pain and dying, to be slaughtered.

In Question Time today, the Minister for Primary Industries failed to confirm whether or not his department is investigating these barbaric acts.

Baird as Weak as Hodgman on Greyhound Welfare

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

Tens of thousands of greyhounds will be condemned to misery and death as a result of NSW Premier, Mike Baird, caving in to the industry and reversing the ban he announced two short months ago.

Like his Tasmanian colleague, Premier Hodgman, Mike Baird has caved in to a cruel industry to allow the continued abuse of animals for profit.

Australians admire politicians with conviction and courage, even if they don't agree with their decisions or positions on any given matter.

Animal Mental Suffering Ignored

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

Labor and the Liberal parties today refused to acknowledge the importance of amending the Animal Welfare Act 1993 to recognise animals experience mental distress and suffering, voting down a Greens' Motion to amend the Act to improve animal welfare outcomes.

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