Media Release: “Horse racing exposé demands a Royal Commission” says Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst

MEDIA RELEASE: 18th October 2019

"HORSE RACING EXPOSÉ DEMANDS A ROYAL COMMISSION" SAYS ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY MP EMMA HURST

 

Following 7:30’s explosive story on the Australian horse racing industry, Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst is demanding a Royal Commission into the Australian racing industry.

The exposé showed racehorses being cruelly slaughtered and serious breaches of retirement form declarations and traceability rules. The Australian community is up in arms over the cruel mistreatment of thousands of animals.

“The horse racing industry is an inherently cruel and corrupt business prioritising profit over animals,” said Ms Hurst. 

“The community is outraged over the web of deception surrounding industry figures and participants. They have finally seen the truth of this brutal industry.

“The revelation that the number of racehorses the industry says it slaughtered in one year is in truth the number killed in a single week at just one abattoir, not only shows the racing industry lacks integrity, but that it has has lost its social licence.

“Approximately 15,000 thoroughbred foals are bred each year in Australia to the monied elite who for too long have turned a blind eye to the life and ongoing suffering of the animals.

“After a life of whipping, and often painful injuries, the Australian public now knows the final destination of these gentle animals is often an abattoir - despite authorities telling the public otherwise. It is a cruel end to a life of suffering.

“We cannot allow this to continue. Horses are innocent, intelligent and sentient animals. The horse racing industry, who thrive on the greedy pursuit of profit, must be held to account.

“This report has exposed the racing industry for what it is. A brutal business built on the suffering of thousands of animals. It can no longer be glamorised by a rich and callous minority who profit on horses quite literally running for their lives.

“The Government must launch an immediate investigation on this animal cruelty in NSW. The revelations from this investigation demand a Royal Commission,” said Ms Hurst.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: ROSINA RAYNS, 0401 991 792

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Media Statement: TripAdvisor's decision to sever ties with cruel dolphin parks welcomed by NSW Animal Justice MP

MEDIA STATEMENT: 2nd OCTOBER 2019

TRIPADVISOR’S DECISION TO SEVER TIES WITH CRUEL DOLPHIN PARKS WELCOMED BY NSW ANIMAL JUSTICE MP

 

Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst has welcomed the news that TripAdvisor has confirmed they will sever all ties with businesses that breed or import captive whales and dolphins.

TripAdvisor released a statement today stating that commercial enterprises that “either breeds or imports cetaceans for public display will be banned from sale on TripAdvisor and Viator. Products currently on sale and found to breach the new rules will be removed over the next few months, with the policy in full force by the end of 2019.”

Quotes attributable to Ms Hurst:

“This decision may influence the outcome of a current NSW Upper House inquiry that is considering the welfare impacts for these animals and the need for NSW legislation to end breeding and use of dolphins for ‘entertainment’.

"Holding dolphins captive in chlorinated swimming pools to swim endless laps day in day out is completely out of line with community expectations. Other businesses should take note, this must be the last generation of cetaceans imprisoned for so-called human ‘entertainment’.

“This decision sends a clear message to travel companies and businesses worldwide that this cruel industry no longer has a place in tourism.

“Dolphins and other cetaceans are smart and self-aware. Imprisoning them for life under the guise of education or entertainment is unethical and inhumane.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: ROSINA RAYNS, 0401 991 792

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Breaking: Exotic Animals Imprisoned for ‘Entertainment’ in NSW One Step Closer to Freedom as Parliamentary Inquiry is Announced

MEDIA RELEASE: 26th SEPTEMBER 2019

EXOTIC ANIMALS IMPRISONED FOR ‘ENTERTAINMENT’ IN NSW ONE STEP CLOSER TO FREEDOM AS PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY IS ANNOUNCED

 

A long awaited Parliamentary Inquiry into the exhibition of exotic animals in circuses and the exhibition of cetaceans in NSW has been announced today, following months of campaigning by concerned communities across the state.

Animal Justice Party MP the Hon. Emma Hurst MLC will serve as Deputy Chair, and has credited the hard work of Animal Justice Party members and activists for ensuring that the Inquiry secured the support of the NSW Government.

“This inquiry into the use of animals for so-called ‘entertainment’ is long overdue,” said Ms Hurst.

“It has been clear for years that the New South Wales community is horrified we are still allowing wild animals including lions, monkeys and dolphins to be imprisoned and forced to perform for human ‘entertainment’.

“Holding wild animals captive and forcing them to carry out unnatural, mindless tricks is cruel and inhumane. These are animals who suffer a lifetime of stress, boredom, frustration and lethargy to provide a dwindling number of people with a few minutes of “entertainment”.

“There is no educational value in seeing an animal being forced into a tiny space to perform for baying crowds. Allowing this animal abuse to go ahead simply teaches dominance and disrespect.

“New South Wales is falling behind on animal protection. Over forty councils and one territory in Australia have already banned the use of exotic animals in the circus. It is clear that this awful form of animal exploitation is completely out of line with community expectations. 

“Our weak laws have failed these animals long enough. This inquiry is the first step to putting an end to the use of animals in ‘entertainment’ once and for all,” said Ms Hurst.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: ROSINA RAYNS, 0401 991 792

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Media Statement: Abortion Law Reform Act 2019 Co-Sponsor the Hon. Emma Hurst MLC “relieved” as Bill passes in Upper House

MEDIA STATEMENT: 24th SEPTEMBER 2019

ABORTION LAW REFORM ACT 2019 CO-SPONSOR THE HON. EMMA HURST MLC "RELIEVED" AS BILL PASSES IN UPPER HOUSE

 

Animal Justice Party MP the Hon. Emma Hurst MLC and cosponsor of the Abortion Law Reform Act 2019, is celebrating last night’s landmark upper house decision to finally pass the Bill after weeks of heavy debate.

Quotes attributable to Ms Hurst:

“This is another step toward finally allowing women here in NSW full control over their own bodies.

“After hours of heated debate, the House has finally agreed to support the Bill, support women, and bring us back into line with other states. Now let's hope the Lower House supports the Bill as it is, without further amendments.

“All women, regardless of their income, location, race, culture, or education should have safe access to reproductive healthcare services, including abortions. Last night’s decision is a big step in the right direction to achieving this goal.

 

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Media Release: Right to Farm Bill should be renamed Right to Harm Bill says Animal Justice Party MP

MEDIA RELEASE: 17th SEPTEMBER 2019

‘RIGHT TO FARM’ BILL TO BE RENAMED ‘RIGHT TO HARM’ BILL, SAYS ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY MP

 

Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst has slammed the Right to Farm Bill* that has been tabled by the NSW Government today, declaring that if the Bill reaches the Upper House, one of her first amendments will be to change its name to the Right to Harm Bill.

“This new Right to Harm Bill, as it should truthfully be called, is another attempt by this Government to stifle transparency and silence members of the community,” said Ms Hurst.

“The Bill is designed to silence advocates and community members that live nearby agribusiness facilities. It aims to ensure that animal cruelty, unsafe hygiene practices, environmental hazards, and inhumane working conditions in the intensive animal agriculture industry remain behind closed doors, and go undetected and unreported.

“In a new low for this Government, the Bill seeks to stop neighbours of animal agribusiness facilities from speaking out and taking legal action in respect of the myriad of issues known to be associated with living near a factory farm.

“These are intensive agriculture facilities that imprison tens of thousands of animals at any given time, meaning there is often a consistently high amount of animal-waste, dead bodies of animals decaying before they can be disposed of and infestations of rats. These conditions are known to create serious odour issues, cause environmental damage and create an unsafe and unhygienic living environment for those living around the property.

“This latest move by the NSW Agriculture Minister will see home-owners silenced and stripped of the ability to protect their right to live in a peaceful, healthy environment in their own home.

“This Bill harms the community, harms animals and harms the environment. If the Bill makes it to the Upper House, I will be doing everything I can to fight against it.”

*The Right to Farm Bill will make trespass on farms punishable by up to three years jail time, and restrict the right of property owners to bring nuisance claims against neighbouring farms in respect of disturbances such as pollution, odour and noise - https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/bills/Pages/bill-details.aspx?pk=3670

This Bill is on top of the other ag-gag laws introduced by the NSW and Federal Government over the past two months, including the Biosecurity Amendment (Biosecurity Management Plans) Regulation 2019 (NSW) and the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019 (Cth).

 

MEDIA CONTACT: ROSINA RAYNS, 0401 991 792

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Media Statement: Animal Justice Party MP Supports National Party’s Calls for Labelling Changes

MEDIA STATEMENT: 16th SEPTEMBER 2019

ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY MP SUPPORTS NATIONAL PARTY'S CALLS FOR LABELLING CHANGES

This week the National Party announced a crackdown on food-labelling of non-animal meats and milks. Animal Justice has come out in support of the National Party push.
 
Please see below a statement from the Hon. Emma Hurst MLC:
 
We support the National Party's calls for better labelling. We wouldn't want someone to accidentally pick up the flesh or secretions of a tortured animal by accident when there are healthier, environmentally friendly alternatives that no one had to die for. Maybe the compassionate alternative should be clearly labelled as such.
 
Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie has said we need to "call things for what they are", and I couldn’t agree more. We should label cow’s milk as breast milk, we should label pork as pig flesh and perhaps we should also include photos of the living conditions for these animals too. Consumers have a right to know that chickens are imprisoned in cages without the space to move in the egg industry, meat chickens are living in sheds filled with the build-up of faeces, and ducks are farmed without proper access to water. This is all very confronting, but if we are going to call things for what they are, then maybe it is time we really show consumers the truth behind the labels. 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: ROSINA RAYNS, 0401 991 792

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Media Release: Animal Justice Party MP Confronts Deputy Premier About Comments Toward Vegan Activists

MEDIA RELEASE: 13th SEPTEMBER 2019

ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY MP CONFRONTS DEPUTY PREMIER ABOUT COMMENTS TOWARDS VEGAN ACTIVISTS


Today at the Budget Estimate Hearings in NSW Parliament, Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst blasted Deputy Premier John Barilaro on his labelling of animal advocates as “domestic terrorists."

Ms Hurst asked the Deputy Premier “Do you not think that that is offensive to people who are genuinely the victims of terrorist acts? We’ve had a terrorist act recently in New Zealand with extreme violence, with people who have had family members killed. When you water down that term to refer to somebody who wants to protect animals, do you not realise how offensive that is?”

A furious Mr Barilaro said he stood by his comments.

Please see below a statement from Emma Hurst MLC on the Deputy Premier’s remarks:

“The word terrorism is being bulldozed by the government to push a political agenda. It's being used against those who fight against the unjust and cruel treatment of animals.

“The Deputy Premier should be held to account for misusing this word. It's offensive to the victims of real acts of terrorism, and completely ignores growing community concern about the treatment of animals in the intensive animal agribusiness industry.”

 

MEDIA CONTACT: ROSINA RAYNS, 0401 991 792

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Media Release: Squalid Conditions at NSW Piggery Exposed

MEDIA RELEASE: 12th SEPTEMBER 2019

SQUALID CONDITIONS AT NSW PIGGERY EXPOSED: ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY MP EMMA HURST CLAIMS FOOTAGE MAKES A MOCKERY OF NEW BIOSECURITY REGULATIONS

 

The distressing footage, released by Animal Liberation, shows rotting buckets of dead piglets and sows being left to decompose in their stalls, surrounded by rats eating the dead bodies. The footage also shows workers cruelly poking pigs with cattle prods and even riding a sow.

Ms Hurst says, “This abhorrent treatment of animals is exactly what the NSW Government’s draconian suite of new ag-gag laws* are trying to cover up,” said Ms Hurst.

“We have tabled a disallowance motion against the Government’s most recent attempt at an ag-gag law, which was introduced into Parliament under the guise of biosecurity regulations. But if this footage is anything to go by, biosecurity is not a priority for most intensive animal agriculture facilities, which are focused on profit and nothing else.

“If the Minister for Agriculture is so concerned about biosecurity, why doesn’t he make it compulsory for every agriculture facility to have a rigorous biosecurity management plan? Right now, it is optional for farmers.

“Instead, the NSW Government has chosen to introduce so-called biosecurity regulations which target whistleblowers with a maximum individual fine of $220,000 for entering a farm to expose brutal acts of animal cruelty, while maximum fines for committing animal cruelty remain at just $5,500.

“Make no mistake, these laws are really about intimidation. The Government is pushing a political agenda to instill fear and silence members of society who expose animal abuse. Today, once again, the community can see an example of exactly the type of footage the Government is trying to hide.

“We have seen countless videos from concerned whistleblowers horrified at the brutality and lax biosecurity practices they have witnessed behind closed doors of the animal agribusiness industry. This isn’t a one off.

“I look forward to moving my disallowance motion next week when Parliament sits and exposing these biosecurity regulations for what they really are – an attack on transparency and an attempt to keep the public in the dark about how their food is produced”

 

* In the past two months, the Government has introduced the Biosecurity Amendment (Biosecurity Management Plans) Regulation 2019, which allows for fines of up to $220,000 to be imposed on individuals who enter an agricultural property in breach of a “Biosecurity Management Plan”, and tabled the Right to Farm Bill 2019 which would allow up to three year’s jail time to be imposed on anyone who trespasses on farm property.

While the Biosecurity Amendment (Biosecurity Management Plans) Regulation 2019 took effect on 1 August 2019, the Animal Justice Party has introduced a disallowance motion in NSW Parliament which will seek to have the regulations thrown out.

VIDEO FOOTAGE: https://www.facebook.com/animalliberationqld/videos/991065631225377/

 

MEDIA CONTACT: ROSINA RAYNS, 0401 991 792

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Media Release: Sickening Cruelty at Slaughterhouse Exposed

MEDIA RELEASE: 29th AUGUST 2019

SICKENING CRUELTY AT NSW SLAUGHTERHOUSE EXPOSED:

ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY MP EMMA HURST SAYS FOOTAGE SHOWS WHAT GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED RIGHT TO FARM LAWS AND BIOSECURITY REGULATIONS ARE TRYING TO HIDE

 

The footage, filmed at a slaughterhouse in Picton NSW, shows brutal acts of cruelty, including beating in frightened pig’s skulls with mallets and leaving traumatised a calf to suffer a slow and painful death as it bleeds to death from a slit throat. Ms Hurst says these are just some of the many incidents of animal cruelty the new NSW ag-gag laws* are trying to hide by targeting whistleblowers with harsh penalties and fines.

“This extreme animal cruelty is exactly what the NSW Government’s draconian suite of new ag-gag laws are trying to cover up,” said Ms Hurst.

“Ongoing incidents of animal cruelty like this one are exactly why we have tabled a disallowance motion against the Government’s most recent attempt at an ag-gag law, which was introduced into Parliament under the guise of biosecurity regulations.

“Make no mistake, these laws are really about intimidation. The Government is pushing a political agenda to instill fear and silence members of society who expose animal abuse. Today the community can see an example of exactly the type of footage the Government is trying to hide.

“This horrific footage makes it clear that this is an industry that needs transparency. Not more red tape and harsh penalties targeting whistleblowers who are trying to bring this cruelty to light.

“It is unconscionable that the NSW Government target whistleblowers with a $220,000 fine for exposing brutal acts of cruelty, but fines for those commiting acts of animal cruelty could have a maximum of just $5,500.

“We have seen countless videos from concerned whistleblowers horrified at the brutality they have witnessed behind closed doors of the animal agribusiness industry. This isn’t a one off.

“It is the perpetrators of cruelty who must be punished. Not the whistleblowers. These are sentient animals who feel pain, fear and suffering.

“The Department of Agriculture is meant to be responsible for improving animal protection, yet these new laws seek to protect those who are deliberately torturing them.

"Enough is enough. How many more animals need to be traumatised and tortured for our government to see that we need stronger animal protection laws and tougher penalties for those who inflict this cruelty?

“It is time the NSW Government got serious about protecting animals and ensuring that the perpetrators of these horrific crimes are brought to justice,” said Ms Hurst.

 

* In the past month, the Government has introduced the Biosecurity Amendment (Biosecurity Management Plans) Regulation 2019, which allows for fines of up to $220,000 to be imposed on individuals who enter an agricultural property in breach of a “Biosecurity Management Plan”, and tabled the Right to Farm Bill 2019 which would allow up to three year’s jail time to be imposed on anyone who trespasses on farm property.

While the Biosecurity Amendment (Biosecurity Management Plans) Regulation 2019 took effect on 1 August 2019, the Animal Justice Party has introduced a disallowance motion in NSW Parliament which will seek to have the regulations thrown out.

 

VIDEO FOOTAGE: https://bit.ly/2U9Po3o

MEDIA CONTACT: ROSINA RAYNS, 0401 991 792

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Media Release: Government Not Serious About Stopping Farm Trespass

MEDIA RELEASE: 21st AUGUST 2019

GOVERNMENT NOT SERIOUS ABOUT STOPPING FARM TRESPASS:
 
ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY MP EMMA HURST SLAMS LATEST “DRACONIAN” RIGHT TO FARM BILL ANNOUNCED BY GOVERNMENT

 

Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst has warned that the Government’s latest move to introduce new trespass offences that threaten to imprison animal cruelty whistleblowers won’t work, and will simply increase tensions between advocates and farmers.

The Right to Farm Bill was introduced to NSW Parliament’s lower house yesterday, and reportedly includes the toughest penalties for farm trespass in the country - including up to three years' jail time and $22,000 in fines. 

“If the Government really wanted to reduce trespass there is a very simple solution: transparency,” said Ms Hurst.

“If animal agribusiness genuinely believes there is no ethical issue with modern factory farming practices - including cramming tens of thousands of meat chickens into windowless sheds, where they are bred to grow so fast that they can barely stand or walk, and forcing them to live in their own faeces and urine - then install CCTV cameras inside these sheds and live stream it over the internet. What have they got to hide?

“If the industry had transparency, there would be no one trespassing to expose what is happening behind closed doors. It would take away any motivation to trespass.  

“The lack of interest in legislating transparency is evidence that the Government isn’t really serious about stopping trespass. 

“The Australian public have a right to know what life looks for the millions of animals that are intensively farmed for food in Australia each year. But right now, that information is being hidden. 

“This bill is yet another attempt to appease lobbyists from the animal agribusiness industry and frighten whistleblowers into silence – but it will not work. Animal advocates will continue to expose animal cruelty and, if they happen to fall foul of this new law, tax payers will be forced to pay the exorbitant cost. 

“Punishing those who expose animal cruelty is not the answer. The community has a no tolerance stance to animal cruelty and will not support the NSW Government’s efforts to hide it. If this bill makes it to the upper house, I will be strongly opposing it,” said Ms Hurst.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: ROSINA RAYNS, 0401 991 792

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