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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Department of Agriculture)

Senator RHIANNON: Which countries currently import kangaroo products?

Dr V Findlay : There are 68 countries. Just let me find my list, but I am not sure you want me to read out all 68.

Senator RHIANNON: No, I do not want you to read them out. Could you take it on notice, and could it include what kangaroo product is imported, the weight of the imports for each of those products and the financial value of each product, and could that be since June 2013?

Dr V Findlay : Yes, we have that information available.

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Liberal Senator's ag-gag bill targets whistleblowers

Liberal Senator Chris Back's bill to prosecute whistleblowers who expose animal cruelty should not be passed as it would restrict the important role of whistleblowers and investigators working to end animal cruelty, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"Undercover investigators play an important role exposing abuse of animals which, in many cases leads to prosecutions.

"The reframing of such actions as ‘criminal' by Senator Back attempts to divert attention from those who commit the animal cruelty.

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NZ phases out battery hens, Australia remains cagey

Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig is under pressure to ensure 12 million plus battery hens in Australia do not continue to live a cruel existence, following New Zealand's decision to ban new cage installation from today and phase out the industry by 2022, says Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

"The responsibility to modernise factory farming to reduce animal cruelty is not on Minister Ludwig's radar and New Zealand's announcement shines a light on his sluggish performance," Senator Rhiannon said.

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