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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (kangaroo industry)

Lee questions representatives of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on aspects of the Kangaroo Project meat export market analysis including its completion date and its release to the public.   Government funding for the kangaroo market access project also comes under scrutiny as Lee questions  the government's involvement in lobbying for California to overturn its ban on kangaroo imports.

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13 000 live export animals stuck in port – continuing cruelty inexcusable

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said: "This is the fifth time a live export ship carrying Australian animals has broken down in the last two years. This continuing cruelty of live exports is inexcusable.

"Temperatures are set to reach 37 degrees tomorrow in Fremantle. Each day the ship is stranded, means another day of agony for the sheep and cattle stuck on that ship.

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Greyhound export ban ignored as dogs suffer overseas

The Greens are calling on the federal government to enforce an industry ban on greyhound exports to countries with poor animal welfare protections. This call comes after the ABC ran Animals Australia investigation on the 7.30 report tonight which exposed routine, brutal mistreatment and killing of Australian dogs in China, Macau and Vietnam.

Key findings of the investigation:

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Motion: Say No to Puppy Farms

Lee successfully moves a motion to discourage customers from buying puppies bred in puppy farms under inhumane conditions, and calls on all state and territory governments to adopt a consistent National Register of organisations that are approved breeders, and issue permits to such organisations.

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:50): I move:

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Animal cruelty whistleblower prosecutions are shooting the messenger

The charging last week of two animal rights activists for break-ins at pig farms across NSW in 2013 is another example of the misguided punishments meted out against those seeking to expose systemic animal abuse, says Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"Once again those seeking to expose animal cruelty have been punished while the industries and individuals guilty of malicious animal cruelty get off scot free," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee (Animal Experiments)

Lee questions representatives of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on animal testing, and why a national database isn't in place to prevent unnecessary duplication of animal experiments. While the NHMRC provides "ethical guidance", it does not monitor duplication of animal testing. However, it is pointed out that unnecessary duplication of these experiments may be picked up in the peer-review process.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee (Live Exports)

Lee questions Meat and Livestock Australia Limited (MLA) about their knowledge of ESCAS breaches, after there being 6 complaints in 3 years. Mr Norton is the Managing Director of MLA. Wellard Rural Exports has gone on record saying that competitors' non-compliance with ESCAS standards has led to a higher profit margin, which disincentivises compliance with standards in place to stop animal cruelty. 

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