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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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New evidence further exposes live export regulation farce

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has said fresh evidence of live export abuse aired on 7.30 is further proof that the Australian government's regulations are doing very little to end the enormous suffering of animals overseas.

"The unwillingness of the Australian government to administer criminal charges against offending export companies means we have seen yet another expose of animal cruelty on TV," said Senator Rhiannon.

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The good, the not so good and the rotten: egg labelling options on the table

The Greens say the long-awaited release of the Consumer Affairs Ministers' Free Range Egg Labelling Consultation Paper may spell more confusion for consumers with options ranging from ‘do nothing’ to the consideration of two new egg labels.

The Greens are calling on consumers and genuine free-range famers to have their say on the options outlined in the “Free Range Egg Labelling” Consultation Paper which can be viewed at

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Speech: On the Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:13):

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015

I reintroduce this Bill, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015 which amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to disallow the importation into Australia of live primates for the purposes of research.

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Letter: to Californian Lawmakers on the Kangaroo Trade

Below is my letter that was hand-delivered to each Californian Senator deliberating over whether to allow a vote on a bill that would allow unchecked import on products made from kangaroos. I was also one of 75 scientists, academics and public figures who signed an open letter to Californian lawmakers listing the growing concerns about the sustainability, cruelty and contamination risks this industrial-scale slaughter of our native wildlife presents.

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Australia moves to overturn ban on kangaroo products in US - Greens questions reveal Abbott govt may have broken Californian law

US media reports that Australia may have broken Californian lobbying laws in an attempt to overturn the ban on kangaroo products highlights how far the Abbott government will go to benefit a handful of exporters, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon.

This story has broken in the US following a response from the Department of Agriculture to a question asked by Senator Rhiannon about lifting California's ban on imported kangaroo products.

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