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Greens Move to Include Mental Suffering in Animal Welfare Laws

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

Incidents of animal cruelty and neglect continue to shock the Tasmanian community.  We need strong animal welfare standards and laws in place to deal with them.

Mental suffering and distress are forms of cruelty not currently acknowledged in our animal welfare laws.  This week in State Parliament, the Greens will be tabling a motion calling on Primary Industries Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, to remedy the omission and amend the Animal Welfare Act

Liberals and Labor on Wrong Side of History on Greyhounds

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

The greyhound racing industry has lost its social licence. Both Labor and the Liberal parties are on the wrong side of history.

It was deeply saddening, yet unsurprising, to see the old parties once again join forces to support this cruel industry.

Both the old parties talked about a modern industry and improving animal welfare standards in this evening's debate. The reality is that hundreds of dogs are dying every year in the industry's name.

Cruel and Weak-Will Liberals Ignore Greyhound Deaths

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

The Premier's response in Question Time today to the 1,608 greyhounds who have been killed over the past three years was heartless.

Premier Hodgman applauded the industry for achieving better animal welfare outcomes. 1,600 dead dogs are hardly the hallmark of an ethical and socially accepted industry. 

Remember, these are just the dead dogs we know about, the ones who were named. Puppies killed were not counted in the Right to Information documents we sought.

Greyhound Re-homing Won't Erase Cruelty

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

Tasracing's claim they will re-home all ex-racing greyhounds after 1 July 2019 is a sign of desperation from an industry whose social licence is well and truly gone.

The greyhound racing industry can't just fund adoption programs and hope the bad press about the years of animal cruelty will vanish.

Tasracing have made the bold claim that they will re-home all ex-racing dogs, but they've talked down the fact they still plan to euthanize the many that don't think fit behavioural standards.

Rally Reinforces Public Opposition to Greyhound Cruelty

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

Today's 'March for the Murdered Million' rally commemorated the thousands of dogs that die across the country every year as a result of the greyhound racing industry.

There's growing public opposition to greyhound racing because of the cruelty exposed in the last 18 months.

Today's rally, held worldwide, echoes the strong community voice objecting to the cruelty of the greyhound racing industry.

Tasmania Must Follow NSW Greyhound Racing Ban

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Tasmanian Greens are elated at news that New South Wales will ban greyhound racing from July 2017.

We hope the Hodgman Government now takes a lead from their New South Wales Liberal colleagues and ends the cruelty of greyhound racing in Tasmania.

This is a momentous and wholly just decision by Premier Baird that will save the lives of thousands of greyhounds as well as native and domestic animals used as live baits in NSW. 

Greens Table Petition to End Greyhound Cruelty

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

I had the pleasure of tabling a petition in Parliament today in support of ending the government subsidised, cruel practice of greyhound racing.*

Almost 3,000 Tasmanians signed the petition. They represent a large part of the community who are concerned about greyhound racing in Tasmania.

This is an industry that sees dogs cruelly treated. And when they don't run fast enough they're killed.

Liberals' Animal Welfare Let Down

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

Minister Rockliff signalled the Liberals' plan to abandon their pledge to keep strengthening the Animal Welfare Act.

When questioned on when his promised animal welfare amendments might be tabled in Parliament, Minister Rockliff said they would be focussing on education programs.

When the previous Amendment Bill was being debated, Minister Rockliff promised it wasn't the last change we would see. Today, he admitted their focus wouldn't be on strengthening the Act.

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