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New Greens bill to ban importation of live primates for research

The Australian Greens have a new bill to ban the importation into Australia of live primates for research designed to address the cruel and inhumane trade in intelligent, live primates caught in the wild and sold to a booming research market. 

Animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon will introduce the bill into the Senate today and was joined at a media conference with Helen Marston, CEO of Humane Research Australia.

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Speech: Primate Imports Legislation

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (11:54): I move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and for related purposes—Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2012.

Question agreed to.

Senator RHIANNON: I present the bill and move:

That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question agreed to.

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Ban import of live primates for research

The illegal trade in primates is recognised as one of the biggest threats to biodiversity conservation. Most of these primates are born to wild-caught captive monkeys in Asian facilities set up as lucrative money making facilities, then sold as captive breeds.

The Greens' bill does not ban the use of primates for research or the importation of primates for other purposes, for example for zoos.

 

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Koalas and Maules Creek coal mine

Last week I found myself asking the question - Which is more precious: a koala colony or a new coal mine?

In NSW, the state government's Planning and Assessment Commission has given the go-ahead for the new Maules Creek Coal Mine.  In doing so it has approved the destruction of large tracts of valuable koala habitat in North West NSW for a massive open-cut coal mine proposal that would destroy 2,000 hectares, or around 2,800 football fields, of forest.

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Greens release live exports position paper: building domestic meat processing

The Australian Greens have today released a position paper identifying five key issues the government must address to provide a more economically robust and humane alternative to the live exports trade, in the lead up to the important last Government caucus meeting of the year where live exports has been identified as a key issue by some Labor MPs ("Greens up ante on ban of live animal exports", The Australian, today http://tiny.cc/qxemnw).

The paper can be accessed below.

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Australian Greens Position Paper Live Exports - Growing Australia's meat processing

Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon today released a position paper identifying five key issues the government must address to provide a humane alternative to the live exports trade. The paper focuses on buidling a strong domestic meat processing sector to enable an end to live exports, reduced animal cruelty and a stronger economy.

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