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COVID-19 Racing and Animal Welfare Support

The Greens are glad to hear the government have placed a deliberate focus on the welfare of greyhounds and horses not currently racing because of COVID-19.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2020

Animal Welfare Must be Protected Through COVID-19

The decision to restrict the movements of Tasmanians is full of challenges but it’s required to save lives.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Apr 2020

Liberal Lies on Animal Welfare

Racing Minister, Jane Howlett’s defence of the government's record on animal welfare is pathetic.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Mar 2020

Australia Receives a 'D' for Animal Welfare

The announcement that Australia has scored a 'D' in the Animal Protection Index will dismay every Tasmanian who cares about the welfare of animals.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Mar 2020

Duck Shooting is Animal Cruelty, Not "Way of Life"

Gun shots will echo across Tasmania’s inland waterways this weekend, as native ducks are brutally blasted out of the skies in the name of ‘sport’.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Mar 2020

2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee - Tasracing

Full transcript of the Tasracing Pty Ltd hearings in the 2019 Government Businesses Scrutiny Committee.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Dec 2019

Animal Welfare Amendment (Reformation) Bill 2018

A bill for An Act to amend the Animal Welfare Act 1993 for the purpose of banning factory farming techniques, greyhound...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Greens Bill  |  20 Sep 2018

Justice for Animals in Our Care

Andrea Dawkins  |  Policies  |  23 Feb 2018

Racing Industry Cruelty

The 7.30 Report pieces together the endemic cruelty on which that racing industry is fundamentally based.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Oct 2019

Racing Industry Cruelty

Next Tuesday in Melbourne, the race that stops the nation will be underway at 3 p.m.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Oct 2019

Thoroughbred Racing Horses - Transportation to Interstate Abattoirs

Cassy O'Connor questions the Minister for Racing on the grotesque cruelty inflicted on thoroughbred racing and trotting horses in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Oct 2019

Alternative Budget 2019-20

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 2019

Tassal Scientific Permit Application

The DPIPWE website's wildlife management page has opened an application for socalled scientific permit, that is available for public comment until 18 September.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Sep 2019

Animal Welfare in Tasmania

Yesterday in this House we asked questions about the slaughter of over 8000 native black swans in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Aug 2019

Animal Welfare in Tasmania

The wellbeing of animals in Tasmania is a matter of very significant importance to the vast majority of the Tasmanian people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Aug 2019

VDL Animal Cruelty Claims Require Strong Action

Persistent allegations of cruelty and neglect at VDL dairies demand an urgent, sustained response from Biosecurity Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Jul 2019

VDL Dairy - Allegations of Cruelty

Yesterday in response to our question about alarming allegations of animal cruelty the Minister confirmed we were misled at the Estimates table.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Jul 2019

Horse Carcass Location

During this year's budget Estimates we asked about the circumstances surrounding the death of a horse on 31 May at Brighton.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jul 2019

VDL Dairy - Allegations of Cruelty

In Estimates this year, when we asked you and your director of Biosecurity Tasmania about animal welfare issues at VDL, both of you denied any knowledge.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Jul 2019

Wallaby Cruelty Must be Condemned

The actions of those individuals who maimed two defenceless wallabies, by shooting them with a bow and arrow, are despicable.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jul 2019

Huge Questions Hang Over VDL Animal Welfare

When twenty senior farm managers put their serious concerns about animal welfare in writing, government must pay attention.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jun 2019

Race Horse Death at Brighton Training Grounds

Madam Speaker, I am off and racing because I want to speak briefly about the mystery of the horse death at the Brighton training grounds on Friday, 31 May.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Jun 2019

Estimates Reply - Attorney-General

Cassy O'Connor delivers a reply to budget estimates, discussing the death of a horse at the Brighton training tracks.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2019

Australian Fur Seals - Welfare

The former minister oversaw an appalling regime of seal mismanagement, which has seen almost 9000 underwater explosions and at least 1200 seals being shot.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2018

Courtney Must Act on Seal Cruelty

Thousands of Australian fur seals are being shot by ‘beanbag’ bullets, underwater explosives, injured, blinded, deafened - and killed in some cases.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Oct 2018

Greens Table Bill to Strengthen Animal Rights

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2018

Seven Months of Silence from Liberals on Polo Pony Deaths

Seven months after this tragedy we still have no clarity on what caused the deaths of 16 horses on the Spirit.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Aug 2018

Courtney Reveals Extended Licences to Hunt Wombats

Minister Courtney has revealed the Liberals’ plans to extend licences to shoot native wildlife, including wombats suffering from sarcoptic mange.  

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Aug 2018

Spirit of Tasmania - Deaths of Polo Ponies

TT-Line is accused of failing to ensure the wellbeing of 16 prized polo ponies that died on the Spirit of Tasmania in January of this year.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Aug 2018

Spirit of Tasmania - Deaths of Polo Ponies

It is now seven months to the day since 16 prized polo ponies died on the Spirit of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Aug 2018

Animal Welfare Act - Tranche 2

We asked the government about the number of greyhounds that have been killed and those that appear to have simply disappeared.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 Jul 2018

New Minister Walks Away From Predecessor's Commitment on Animal Welfare

A commitment to introduce a second tranche of improvements to the Animal Welfare Act 1993 has been abandoned by the new Minister, Sarah Courtney.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Jul 2018

Extreme Weather Event - Effect on Seals and Sharks

Accompanying the report of salmon pens with holes the size of trucks in the sides, we have also heard of dead seals being washed up on shorelines.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 May 2018

More Funds Needed for DPIPWE, Not Relocation of Jobs

The Liberals’ plan to move DPIPWE staff from Hobart to the North and North West is hollow political pork-barreling.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  29 Jan 2018

Greens Back RSPCA Call to Ban Whips in Horse Racing

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.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  7 Nov 2017

Greyhound Unmuzzling Changes Welcome

The Greens welcome the government’s amendment to the Dog Control Act that will allow rehabilitated greyhounds to be muzzle-free.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2017

Estimates questions on Wombats to Minister Groom

Andrea Dawkins questions the Minister over the issuing of culling permits for wombats while community members are treating them to combat sarcoptic mange.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Jun 2017

Greyhound Muzzling Changes Welcome

The Minister for Local Government today confirmed, as a result of community pressure on amendments to the Dog Control Act, Tasmania's greyhounds are now on the pathway to becoming muzzle free.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2017

Rockliff Must Explain Abattoir Investigation Delay

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...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2017

Hundreds Rally to End Greyhound Cruelty

Hundreds rallied on Parliament Lawns today to call for an end to greyhound racing in Tasmania. It's clear there is still serious, well-founded public concern about this cruel industry.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  9 Apr 2017

Tasmanian Pacing Club Harness Racing

Call on the Minister for Racing, Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP to approach the Tasmanian Pacing Club with a strategy to revisit the whip ban and to consider animal welfare as a matter of priority.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Nov 2016

Seals At Risk

The Australian fur seal is the world’s fourth rarest seal species, having been hunted to the brink of extinction last century, and is now a wholly protected animal.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Oct 2016

Baird as Weak as Hodgman on Greyhound Welfare

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.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  11 Oct 2016

Animal Welfare Act to Include Mental Suffering as Abuse

Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling for the amendment of the Animal Welfare Act to include distress and mental suffering under the classification of animal cruelty.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Sep 2016

Animal Mental Suffering Ignored

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...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  21 Sep 2016

Greens Move to Include Mental Suffering in Animal Welfare Laws

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.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  18 Sep 2016

Greyhound Report Disappointing, Greens Call for Ban

The majority Report of the Joint Select Committee on Greyhound Racing tabled today will disappoint many concerned Tasmanians. People who care about the welfare of animals will be upset not to see a ban on greyhound racing among the...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2016

Greyhound Racing Ban

In the wake of the New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird, passing legislation to ban greyhound racing, Andrea Dawkins asks the Premier if he will do the same.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 Aug 2016

Liberals and Labor on Wrong Side of History on Greyhounds

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Aug 2016

Cruel and Weak-Will Liberals Ignore Greyhound Deaths

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Aug 2016

Greens Call for Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Ban

Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the Premier to ban greyhound racing in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Aug 2016

Mass Greyhound Deaths Indictment on Industry

The Greens have obtained a list of 1,608 greyhounds who were killed or died before their time over the last 3 and half years from the Office of Racing Integrity.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  19 Aug 2016

Correction: Deceased Greyhound List

Our incorrect listing of Wee Fire as a deceased greyhound was unintended, and I will correct the Parliamentary record this evening. We apologise unreservedly to Wee Fire's owner and trainer for our mistake.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  18 Aug 2016

Deceased Greyhounds List a Snapshot of Industry

TasRacing has released the names of 16 greyhounds reported deceased for the first six months of this year.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  17 Aug 2016

School Kids Show Support for RSPCA Cupcake Day

RSPCA Cupcake Day 2016, officially held on Monday 16 August 2016, aims to raise funds to assist with the costs of rescuing, treating, rehabilitating and sheltering the many abandoned and mistreated animals.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2016

Call for Tripartite Support for Ban on Greyhound Racing with Exit Strategy

Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling for Labor and Liberal Members to join with the Greens and commit tripartite support for a ban on greyhound racing in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2016

Greyhound Re-homing Won't Erase Cruelty

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.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Aug 2016

Rally Reinforces Public Opposition to Greyhound Cruelty

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.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Jul 2016

Public Distaste for Greyhound Racing

More than half of Australians want greyhound racing banned, according to the national Essential Research poll released today.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  19 Jul 2016

Tasmania Must Follow NSW Greyhound Racing Ban

The New South Wales' Premier has recognised the inherent cruelty in greyhound racing and acted in a the best interests of animal welfare.  It's surely time Tasmania did the same.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jul 2016

Greens Donate Excess Pay Rise to NGOs

In response to today's deadline for advising Parliament on the excessive 10.5% pay rise, we have written to the Clerk of the House advising that monies above a 2% pay rise will go to six non-government organisations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

The Greens’ Alternative Budget is a statement of values.  It restores frontline funding to education and rightly includes the state Government's share of responsibility for crumbling sewerage and water infrastructure - two important issues...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Greens Table Petition to End Greyhound Cruelty

While live baiting incidents haven't been proven in any Tasmania, it's clear the we're not immune from the practice. And we are certainly not immune the underlying cruelty in the industry.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  16 Jun 2016

Liberals' Animal Welfare Let Down

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  8 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Funds a Cruelty-Free Tasmania

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...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Greens Budget for Cruelty Free Tasmania

The Greens Alternative Budget recognises animals as sentient beings who deserve our care and respect. We also recognise the economic value of humane treatment of animals.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

Excessive Pay Rise Should Go to Unfunded Organisations

The Legislative Council delivered the Hodgman Government everything they hoped in defeating the government's sham disallowance Motion today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2016

Funds Raised in RPSCA Million Paws Walk Vital for Protection of Animals

The RSPCA’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the Million Paws Walk, was held on 15 May 2016 across the regions of Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  24 May 2016

Call for Government to Roll Out Virtual Fencing to Reduce Wildlife Fatalities

Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the government to develop a fiscal strategy to roll out virtual fencing around the State.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2016

Greens Table Bill to Ban Battery Hens

The Greens tabled a bill to ban battery hen farming in Tasmania in Parliament today. Our Bill reflects community expectations of modern farming practices.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  7 Apr 2016

Animal Welfare Disregarded in New Free-Range Egg Regulations

Reforms agreed to at the recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting which will see eggs stocked in farms with up to 10,000 hens per hectare labelled as ‘free-range’.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Apr 2016

Egg Labelling Only a Win for Industry

The welfare of hens was well and truly at the bottom of the list when egg labelling laws were debated at COAG. Minister Brooks boasted loudly about consumer knowledge this morning, but what was missing entirely from his self-congratulatory...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Apr 2016

New Egg Laws Do Little For Hen Welfare

It's all well and good for the Liberals to claim new egg labelling laws are a win for producers and consumers, but they don't do much for the welfare of hens.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  31 Mar 2016

Family Violence and the Link with Animal Cruelty

We have learnt from the survivors of violence about the implicit nature of our society's acceptance of that violence.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Mar 2016

Inspectorate Funding Cuts Exacerbate Cruelty

Funding cuts to the RSPCA and the transfer of rural inspectorate work to an underfunded, and arguably conflicted, government department are at the heart of the animal welfare issues at Murrayfield.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  11 Jan 2016

TasRacing Soft on Animal Welfare Concerns

In GBE Estimates today, Tas Racing CEO, Doctor Eliot Forbes, seemed to struggle to accept the reality of animal welfare issues facing the racing industry. Minister Rockliff now has a job to do and show leadership with his GBE and its CEO.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Dec 2015

Law to Recognise Animals as Sentient Beings

The Change.org online campaign ‘Xena’s Law’ petitions the Federal Agriculture Minister to enact legislation which would recognise animals are sentient beings.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Oct 2015

Consideration for Wildlife Needed During Burnoffs

Andrea Dawkins tables a motion calling on the government to consider the impact of burns and fires on native wildlife when undertaking any assessment of reduction burns and bushfire management.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Oct 2015

Live Exports and ChAFTA

The practice of live export of cattle from Australia needs only to meet with international standards, not Australian standards.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2015

Large Animal Rescue

Large Animal Rescue (LAR) involves the removal of a large animal from a place of danger to a place of safety by the most humane method, with regard for the safety and welfare of the animals, responders and members of the public.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Aug 2015

Inaugural Speech

Madam Speaker, I was compelled to social activism at a young age when I became a vegetarian. An experienced small business owner and committed animal welfare advocate I put the two together and developed ‘Fresh on Charles’ as a hybrid...

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Jun 2015

Fireworks Permits

Calls on the Government to review the way Fireworks Permits are issued to ensure that people can make representation to WorkSafe Tasmania before permits are issued.

Nick Mckim  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Jun 2015

State Greyhound Racing Industry Inquiry

A Greens' Motion to establish a Joint House Parliamentary Inquiry into Tasmania's greyhound racing industry looks set to pass the House of Assembly this month

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Mar 2015

No 'Ag-Gag' Laws for Tasmania

The Hodgman Liberal government was once again reminded that Tasmanians expect transparency and humane conditions in our farming operations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jun 2014

RSPCA Funding Cuts

The Hodgman Liberal majority government continued its attack on animal welfare standards in Parliament today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2014