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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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Labor’s live exports boost out of step with public concern

Commenting on the Rudd government’s plan to increase live cattle exports to Indonesia, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said Labor is out of touch with the majority of Australians who support an end to the export trade in live animals.

“Labor might think they have placated some angry pastoralists with their decision to boost live cattle exports but they are out of step with the majority of Australians who want to see an end to this cruel trade,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Govt drags feet on review to end chicken cruelty

The Australian Greens have called on the Minister for Agriculture to fast-track the long overdue review of the Poultry National Model Code of Practice, following a Federal Court decision that Steggles producer Baiada was guilty of misleading claims that its chickens were 'free to roam' despite cramped living conditions.

"Successive Agriculture Ministers have dragged their feet for seven years on the review of the Poultry Model Code of Practice", said Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

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Labor backtracks on Office of Animal Welfare

Labor has backed away from its policy of an Office of Animal Welfare by refusing to back a Private Members Bill moved by Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP.  The bill would implement an ALP National Conference resolution to establish an office made over two and a half years ago.

Speaking in the House of Representatives this morning, Labor members said they would not back the bill despite Labor policy supporting an office and a backbench push in caucus on the issue.

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Free range egg clarity and Office of Animal Welfare - both overdue

Free range farmer representatives, the animal protection organisation Humane Society International and 40,000 consumers today joined with the Australian Greens in calling for national action on egg labelling to protect consumers and free range farmers and help drive improvements in the treatment of laying hens.

Humane Society International was at Parliament House today to present 40,000 postcards to the Prime Minister, sent by consumers demanding action on free range egg standards and labelling.

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Motion: Free Range Eggs


Motions, Thursday 16 May 2013

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:37): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the voluntary national Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Domestic Poultry designates a maximum outdoor stocking density of 1 500 free range layer hens per hectare yet this is not enforceable and relies on self regulation,

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