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Call for Eastern Grey kangaroo shoot to be cancelled, replace with translocation

MEDIA RELEASE - 25 January 2018

Call for Eastern Grey kangaroo shoot to be cancelled, replace with translocation

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on Bush Heritage to cancel their plans to shoot 500 Eastern Grey kangaroos on one of their restoration properties outside Canberra and prioritise dealing with the recognised threats and threatening processes to the threatened species on the property.

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A summary of our animal welfare work in 2017

The parliament rose last Thursday for the year, so now is a good time to update you on Lee’s most recent parliamentary animal work. It has been a busy year  - you can catch up with the extensive work she’s done through the year here:

Attached are some of the answers received recently to Lee’s Questions on Notice about animal welfare. We are waiting on more responses to Lee’s questions.

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Motion: Cruelty in the Poultry Industry

On Wednesday 29 November, Senator Darren Hinch moved the following motion in the Senate, on behalf of Senators Lee Rhiannon and Lisa Sing

Senator HINCH (Victoria) (15:55): I, and also on behalf of Senators Singh and Rhiannon, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 7.30 recently aired footage of hens having their feet torn off and being boiled alive at the Star Poultry Supply slaughterhouse in the suburb of Keysborough, Victoria, in early 2017,

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We’re so close to ending animal-tested cosmetics

Recently Lee sent the following email to supporters interested in Animal Welfare.

We are at a crucial stage in passing legislation that will end the shocking suffering caused by animal-tested cosmetics.

In 2014 I introduced into the Senate my End Cruel Cosmetics Bill and have continued campaigning on this issue since. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Humane Society International, Humane Research Australia, #BeCrueltyFree and our national and international animal welfare partner NGOs on this continuing campaign.

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Draft poultry standards put fox in charge of the hen house

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has condemned the draft national Standards and Guidelines for the Welfare of Poultry released today for public consultation.

“It is inexcusable that the draft guidelines and standards have simply continued the cruel conditions that over 700 million chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and other poultry are currently subjected to,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens plan to close loopholes on greyhound overseas trade

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has moved to shut down federal loopholes that allow Australian greyhounds to be exported to Macau for racing at the infamous Canidrome club in China. 

"I am seeking advice on what regulations or law changes are needed to close the loophole that allows greyhounds to be exported,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“We have to end this cruel trade.

“If the Turnbull government fails to act to close the existing loophole, the Greens will consider moving a Private Members Bill to end the trade in greyhounds. 

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Senate Estimates: Australian Wool Innovation and Mulesing

On Tuesday, 24 October 2017 Lee asked questions of Walter Merriman, Chair of Australian Wool Innovation as part of Senate Estimates hearings on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee 

Australian Wool Innovation and Mulesing

Senator RHIANNON: Mr Merriman, does any current or past member of the AWI board, or their family or associates, have, or did they have, financial interests in the sale of Tri-Solfen or any other anaesthetics used in muesli?

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