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Live export regulations failure cause extreme animal cruelty

MEDIA RELEASE
31 October 2013

Live export regulations failure cause extreme animal cruelty

Following the disturbing ABC Lateline report on the slaughter of sheep in Jordan in contravention of Australian live export regulations Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has said strong regulatory action needs to be taken against the company.

ABC Lateline - http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3880669.htm

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Tragic koala deaths show need for upgrade of certification standards

Koala deaths that led to “environmentally friendly” certification being withdrawn from a major timber plantation company show tighter standards need to be in place, according to Australian Greens forestry spokesperson, Senator Lee Rhiannon.

Senator Rhiannon said, “The withdrawal of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for Australian Bluegum Plantations was only possible because workers blew the whistle on practices that were seeing koalas killed and maimed in western Victoria’s so called ‘green triangle’. 

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Barnaby backs factory farming with his scare tactics on free range eggs

Commenting on Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s claims linking avian influenza outbreaks with an increase in free-range egg production, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said Mr Joyce’s actions worked against the interests of the industry as well as belittling animal welfare standards. 

“The claims of the Agriculture Minister are ludicrous and just show what lengths he will go to back the interests of agribusiness,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Latest mass animal cruelty highlight need to end live exports

MEDIA RELEASE

14 October 2013

Latest mass animal cruelty highlight need to end live exports

Commenting on the serious breaches of live export standards in Jordan and Kuwait, Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said these incidents have again demonstrated why a comprehensive ban on live exports is necessary to protect animal welfare.        

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End cruel shark finning

Despite being illegal in Australia, sharks are still being caught and having their fins removed before being dumped into the ocean to slowly die.

Inconsistent laws between the Commonwealth States and Territories are undermining efforts to end shark finning.

Shark finning is driven by high prices, which sees the products worth up to 700 times as much as shark meat.

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Giving a Voice to Animals

The Greens’ plan to care for animals and establish an Office of Animal Welfare

How we treat animals is an indicator of a caring society. The live export trade has been shown to be a cruel and inhumane industry.  There is a sustainable alternative.

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Greens to fund threatened species research, habitat protection and wildlife carers in Tasmania.

Today, at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, the Australian Greens announced a costed plan to fund threatened species research, habitat protection and support wildlife carers in Tasmania.

"Across Australia, we're facing an extinction crisis - with more than 20 per cent of our mammal species threatened with extinction," Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

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