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Get sheep off ships, end live export: Greens

Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has condemned the government's handling of two shipments of sheep stranded for the past week in the Middle East and called for immediate action to ensure the 22,000 sheep aboard the Ocean Drover are unloaded without more suffering.

"The requirement that sheep be unloaded within 36 hours of reaching port has been flagrantly ignored twice in one week, making a mockery of the government's ability to manage the live export trade without inflicting cruelty on animals," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Just trust industry, says Govt response to live animal export inquiry


The government response, released today, to the Senate Inquiry into Animal Welfare Standards in Live Export will not appease public concerns about the live export trade, said Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon. 

"After eight months of waiting for a response to the Senate Inquiry, the government's effort today will do little to address the tidal wave of public concern about the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals in the live export trade" said Senator Rhiannon.

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Australian Greens submission to ACCC re Egg Corp 'Free Range' Standard application

Community expectations that factory farmed animals will be treated in a humane way continues to grow in Australia. This welcome development is matched by people increasingly seeking out free range products. They're particularly hungry for free range eggs. "Free range" eggs are the fastest growing part of the egg industry, and in fact are the only segment to grow in sales since 2010, by a substantial 24%. The problem is there is no national Australian Standard or consistent legislated definition of what is a 'free range' egg.

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Major parties baulk at national gun reform, fail to condemn shooting in NSW national parks

 In the shadow of legislation passed in the NSW Upper House which allows recreational hunters to shoot feral animals in designated national parks and reserves, Labor and the Coalition parties today voted against a Greens Senate motion condemning this move and calling on the Attorney General to strengthen national gun laws.

The motion below was moved by Greens Senators Penny Wright and Lee Rhiannon.

Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said strengthening uniform gun laws would help increase public safety.

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Federal firearm reform needed to reign in NSW gun culture: Greens

The Australian Greens will today call on Attorney-General Nicola Roxon to get on with the job that former Prime Minister John Howard started and tighten uniform national gun laws, in response to the O'Farrell government's deal making with the Shooters Party and today's ongoing debate of legislation allowing recreational hunters into 79 national parks and reserves.

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Egg Corp 'free range' consumer survey a sham

A consumer survey on attitudes to an increase free range layer hens stocking densities, released by the Egg Corporation late yesterday, is another example of the deceptive tactics used by the industry body to protect the caged egg industry, says Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

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Consumers endorse need for truth in free-range egg labelling

 Results of a CHOICE survey released today show that consumers are demanding transparent and reliable labelling for free-range eggs that meet high animal welfare standards which is best achieved through legislation, according to Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and NSW MP John Kaye.

Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said, "Just last week in Senate Estimates the CEO of the Egg Corporation made a valiant effort to argue that "cage egg production systems do provide animal welfare benefits".

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Tell the ACCC: that is not "free range"!

The Australian Egg Corporation is proposing that standards for "free range" eggs are changed to define free range production as covering all production up to 20,000 hens per hectare. This is a massive increase from the current standard of 1500 hens per hectare. This would allow much more cramped and unpleasant conditions for hens to be defined as 'free range' for the purpose of selling free range eggs.

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