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Time to stop Joyce plan to smash free range egg definition

Commenting on this week's meeting of consumer affairs ministers that will decide on a definition of free range egg production, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for the decision to be consistent with consumer expectations of animal welfare.

"Today's report that systems with more than six times the number of hens per hectare than what is judged to be a fair assessment of free range could also use that label should not be agreed to.

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Daily greyhound racing death toll comes to NSW parliament

The Greens joined community members and their dogs outside NSW Parliament today with a display of 47 empty collars in an effort to urge the state Liberal-National government to support a ban on greyhound racing in this state. Photos are attached and high-res photos available upon request. 

According to evidence presented to the Special Commission of Inquiry, up to 47 greyhounds are killed each day across Australia because they are no longer wanted by the racing industry.

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Adjournment speech: Live Animal Exports

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (23:38): On another matter, last week the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources released its quarterly compliance report on the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System known as ESCAS. It was a report that described multiple noncompliances with the system, something those who follow this are not surprised at. It included many more examples of the inhumane treatment of our exported animals.

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Keogh appointment may scramble free-range standards

Commenting on the appointment of Mick Keogh as the new Agriculture Commissioner for the ACCC, Greens Senator and spokesperson for animal welfare Lee Rhiannon said: 

“For 13 years, Mick Keogh has been at the helm of an organisation whose key objective is to increase profits in the agricultural sector. 

“The prioritisation of profits over consumer rights and animal welfare is what led to the misuse of the free-range label in the first instance. 

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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (training courses in severe trauma management)

Vice Admiral Griggs and Air Vice Marshall Smart are questioned on the use of live animals in the training of military personnell in early management of severe trauma courses. 

Senator RHIANNON: I understand that the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, when they run early management of severe trauma courses, use live animals to teach emergency medical procedures to ADF personnel. Is that correct?

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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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