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Kuwait sheep slaughter: control over supply chain a failure

Fresh images shown on ABC TV’s Lateline program tonight of the cruel slaughter of Australian sheep in a Kuwait market reveals Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig’s new live export supply chain assurance system is fatally flawed, says Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

“Coming on the back of the botched handling of two shipments of sheep stranded for the past week in the Middle East this footage should prompt the government to end live exports once and for all,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Get sheep off ships, end live export: Greens

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has condemned the government's handling of two shipments of sheep stranded for the past week in the Middle East and called for immediate action to ensure the 22,000 sheep aboard the Ocean Drover are unloaded without more suffering.

"The requirement that sheep be unloaded within 36 hours of reaching port has been flagrantly ignored twice in one week, making a mockery of the government's ability to manage the live export trade without inflicting cruelty on animals," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Greens call for ban on pig dog hunting, shut down Game Council

Commenting on the cruel practices revealed in last night's ABC 7.30 program on pig dog hunting, Green Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said the report revealed that so called "conservation hunting" is nothing more than a blood sport that should be banned.

"The NSW Coalition government has the power to end this cruelty and they should act swiftly," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Feral pigs are causing massive damage to agriculture and the natural environment but pig dog hunting is not the solution.

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Just trust industry, says Govt response to live animal export inquiry


The government response, released today, to the Senate Inquiry into Animal Welfare Standards in Live Export will not appease public concerns about the live export trade, said Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon. 

"After eight months of waiting for a response to the Senate Inquiry, the government's effort today will do little to address the tidal wave of public concern about the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals in the live export trade" said Senator Rhiannon.

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Australian Greens submission to ACCC re Egg Corp 'Free Range' Standard application

Community expectations that factory farmed animals will be treated in a humane way continues to grow in Australia. This welcome development is matched by people increasingly seeking out free range products. They're particularly hungry for free range eggs. "Free range" eggs are the fastest growing part of the egg industry, and in fact are the only segment to grow in sales since 2010, by a substantial 24%. The problem is there is no national Australian Standard or consistent legislated definition of what is a 'free range' egg.

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Major parties baulk at national gun reform, fail to condemn shooting in NSW national parks

 In the shadow of legislation passed in the NSW Upper House which allows recreational hunters to shoot feral animals in designated national parks and reserves, Labor and the Coalition parties today voted against a Greens Senate motion condemning this move and calling on the Attorney General to strengthen national gun laws.

The motion below was moved by Greens Senators Penny Wright and Lee Rhiannon.

Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said strengthening uniform gun laws would help increase public safety.

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Egg Corp 'free range' consumer survey a sham

A consumer survey on attitudes to an increase free range layer hens stocking densities, released by the Egg Corporation late yesterday, is another example of the deceptive tactics used by the industry body to protect the caged egg industry, says Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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Consumers endorse need for truth in free-range egg labelling

 Results of a CHOICE survey released today show that consumers are demanding transparent and reliable labelling for free-range eggs that meet high animal welfare standards which is best achieved through legislation, according to Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and NSW MP John Kaye.

Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said, "Just last week in Senate Estimates the CEO of the Egg Corporation made a valiant effort to argue that "cage egg production systems do provide animal welfare benefits".

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