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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee (National Health and Medical Research Council)

Lee questions Professor Anne Kelso, Chief Executive Officer, National Health and Medical Research Council on the fate of three baboons used in experiments at Westmead Hospital in Sydney.

Senator RHIANNON: I have a question for the National Health and Medical Research Council. It is about the three baboons. Could you inform the committee on what has happened to the three baboons-I understand they are called Scar, Belvedere and Frazer-who were used in experiments at Westmead Hospital.

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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee (National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assesment Scheme & cosmetics)

Lee continues her investigation into the processes within the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assesment Scheme with the Director of NICNAS, Dr Brian Richards. She asks about their procedure for assessment of individual chemicals for use in cosmetics and also for an update on how many cosmetic ingredients have had applications to NICNAS to accept overseas non-animal tested substances validated in other jurisdictions.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (kangaroo industry)

Lee questions representatives of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on aspects of the Kangaroo Project meat export market analysis including its completion date and its release to the public.   Government funding for the kangaroo market access project also comes under scrutiny as Lee questions  the government's involvement in lobbying for California to overturn its ban on kangaroo imports.

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13 000 live export animals stuck in port – continuing cruelty inexcusable

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said: "This is the fifth time a live export ship carrying Australian animals has broken down in the last two years. This continuing cruelty of live exports is inexcusable.

"Temperatures are set to reach 37 degrees tomorrow in Fremantle. Each day the ship is stranded, means another day of agony for the sheep and cattle stuck on that ship.

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Greyhound export ban ignored as dogs suffer overseas

The Greens are calling on the federal government to enforce an industry ban on greyhound exports to countries with poor animal welfare protections. This call comes after the ABC ran Animals Australia investigation on the 7.30 report tonight which exposed routine, brutal mistreatment and killing of Australian dogs in China, Macau and Vietnam.

Key findings of the investigation:

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Motion: Say No to Puppy Farms

Lee successfully moves a motion to discourage customers from buying puppies bred in puppy farms under inhumane conditions, and calls on all state and territory governments to adopt a consistent National Register of organisations that are approved breeders, and issue permits to such organisations.

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:50): I move:

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Animal cruelty whistleblower prosecutions are shooting the messenger

The charging last week of two animal rights activists for break-ins at pig farms across NSW in 2013 is another example of the misguided punishments meted out against those seeking to expose systemic animal abuse, says Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"Once again those seeking to expose animal cruelty have been punished while the industries and individuals guilty of malicious animal cruelty get off scot free," Senator Rhiannon said.

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