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Greyhound industry needs to be shut down

Commenting on reports that Greyhound Racing NSW has charged 179 trainers and owners for allegedly exporting dogs to Macau, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The sheer scale of the number of trainers involved shows that this systemic abuse of the rules cant be fixed. This industry needs to be shut down.

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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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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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Feral minister should come a "croccer" over safari hunting

It is Country Liberal Party Senator Nigel Scullion, with his safari hunting plan for the Northern Territory, who is running feral not the crocodiles, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"Minister Scullion should be pulled into line by the Environment Minister Greg Hunt who rejected safari crocodile hunting in the Northern Territory last year," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Senate report: Coalition backs Ag-Gag bill designed to shut down exposure of animal cruelty

Tony Abbott's Liberal-National government has thrown its weight behind Senator Chris Back's bill to prosecute whistle blowers and investigators who expose animal cruelty, said Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon.

The six member Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport, which has three Government Senators has recommended Senator Back's Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill be passed with a minor change.

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Govt regulations fail - time to end live export trade

The Greens have renewed their call to end Australia's live export trade following the latest exposure of the failure of federal government regulations to stop extreme animal cruelty in overseas abattoirs.

"The recent Animals Australia investigation reveals barbaric acts inflicted on cattle in a major Israeli abattoir, approved to operate under Australia's Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System," Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens animal welfare spokesperson said.

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Estimates: Community Affairs Legislation Committee (Department of Health)

Senator RHIANNON: Dr Richards, I also had some questions on NICNAS and animal testing. I came in when you were in the middle of some of your questions; I apologise if I am repeating any. I want to start off with some process questions, so that I can understand the situation. What information does NICNAS require companies to provide about animal tested substances in order to fulfil data requirements set out in the industrial chemicals act?

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