Slaughterhouse Workers Have PTSD

Slaughterhouse Workers Have PTSD

3 animals per second, over 10,000 per hour - that’s how many animals are killed in abattoirs across Australia, day in, day out. And it’s not just animals that suffer – abattoir workers do too. I’ve seen the undercover footage in slaughterhouses – of animals beaten, punched, kicked, ridden, smashed with hammers, screaming as they are gassed, or improperly stunned and still conscious when their throats are slit- I’ve seen it all. But it is too simple to blame the slaughterhouse workers. We need to recognise the psychological toll for those working in these places. Research has linked ‘slaughter work’ to a variety of mental health issues including PTSD and the lesser-known PITS (perpetration-induced traumatic stress). It’s also connected to increased crime rates, domestic abuse, and substance abuse. But the solution is simple – every time someone buys flesh they are funding an industry that is cruel to animals, and that exploits vulnerable workers. If you want to end violence- don’t buy it. #GoVegan

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Frankenstein is alive- in the animal agribusiness industry

Frankenstein is alive- in the animal agribusiness industry

Frankenstein is alive- the chicken 'meat' agribusiness industry has bred chickens to grow so fast that they are in chronic pain for the last days of their lives. Every year 26 million chickens will die before they are trucked off to slaughter from illness, trauma or starvation because their bodies are so large and painful, they can't even move to reach food or water. Every day we are in parliament we make it our mission to tell the stories of the billions of animals suffering behind closed doors. Many of the decision-makers in our state have never heard of these atrocities before. We will continue to shine a light.

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Dead, Dying, Diseased, Disabled: The Ugly Truth of the Pet Food Industry

Dead, Dying, Diseased, Disabled: The Ugly Truth of the 'Pet' Food Industry

What you may be unknowingly feeding your fur baby will shock you. 4D meat comes from animals who arrive at the slaughterhouse Dead, Dying, Diseased or Disabled - and many commercial 'pet' food brands contain 4D meat. Despite a number of incidents in Australia where animals have become seriously sick or died from consuming contaminated food, there remains a serious lack of industry regulation. Truth is, the ‘pet’ food industry causes harm to both farm and companion animals alike. But what if we don’t have to kill one animal to feed another? The future of the companion animal food industry is cell-based meats mixed with high quality and well researched vegan alternatives. I am looking forward to seeing developments in clean meats that can be fed to carnivorous or omnivorous animals we share our lives with – but I know this is a heavily debated topic- what are your thoughts?

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Thursday, June 25, 2020

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We won’t just expose the Live Export Industry- we will end it.

We can end Live Export

The live animal export industry regulator has granted an exemption for an exporter to travel in the blistering heat that could see Australian sheep cooked alive. Here in NSW we have been alerted to a new atrocity- with the Western Sydney Airport opening in 2026, the Live Export industry could expand in NSW with air travel. I know we are all feeling helpless. I know it feels like it couldn’t get any worse. But history shows us that the Government’s brutal and continued support for a cruel and heinous industry will be its undoing. With each vile decision to ignore animal suffering and animal sentience, the industry and government lose the trust of the people. We won’t just expose this industry- we will end it. Enough. #BanLiveExport

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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We Will Not Relax Gun Laws In NSW

We will not relax gun laws in NSW

The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party put up an ammendment to relax gun laws. The Shooters lost 😎

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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In Opposition Of Gone Fishing Day

In Opposition Of Gone Fishing Day

Yesterday I stood in opposition to a Notice of Motion in support of Gone Fishing Day because fish feel pain, they are self-aware, they remember, they build relationships and exhibit emotional responses. Deliberately inflicting pain and suffering on these sentient animals should not be celebrated - especially when the fishing industry kills more individual animals than any other form of animal slaughter. No matter if you are skin, scales, fur or feathers, native or non-native, rodent, or fish, or cow, or dog, I will protect you. I stand by you. I will fiercely defend you. It is our party that will keep that promise, and we will never, ever let you down. Fishing is not a sport, it is animal cruelty.

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Ban 1080 poison in NSW

Ban 1080 poison in NSW

We have called on the House to ban #1080 poison in New South Wales. 1080 poison causes a slow and agonising death to any animal unfortunate enough to ingest it. They will experience vomiting, anxiety, disorientation and shaking, followed by frenzied running, screaming fits, and seizures which can last up to 48 hours before their eventual death. 1080 is responsible for the deaths of countless wild native and non-native animals. Australia is one of the last places in the world that still use this horrendous and dangerous poison. It is time to change that. #ban1080

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Thursday, June 4, 2020

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The Animal Agribusiness Industry Is Putting Us At Risk Of Deadly Disease

The animal agribusiness industry is putting us at risk of deadly disease

The animal agribusiness industry has a secret: To keep animals alive in squalid conditions and to make them grow faster, they pump animals full of antibiotics. This regular antimicrobial use can cause superbugs and human antibiotic-resistance - putting both human and non-human lives at extreme risk of deadly disease outbreaks. Last week I called this industry out in Parliament and highlighted the drastic health risks associated with all systems of confining, slaughtering and consuming animals.

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Thursday, June 4, 2020

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In Support Of Our Frontline Public Sector Workers

In support of our frontline public sector workers

Last night we voted to stop the wage freeze on our frontline workers. Our nurses, ambos, fire fighters, and many others- we will always stand with you. We also took the opportunity to give the Government better ways they can cut spending: Stop buying millions of dangerous, cruel 1080 poison baits to kill animals that are just trying to survive. Stop funding animal “abusement” industries like greyhound racing, horse racing, circuses, dolphinariums and recreational fishing that use animal cruelty as entertainment. Stop propping up dying animal agribusinesses that the community no longer supports. To our frontline public sector workers, and everyone involved in fighting COVID-19, I say thank you. Thank you for getting us through this pandemic as safely as possible. We are proud to say the disallowance motion passed.

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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To Be Debated in Parliament: Animal Ag = Zoonotic Disease Risks

To be Debated in Parliament: Animal Ag = Zoonotic Disease Risks

The confinement, slaughter and consumption of animals has been linked to serious zoonotic diseases - E.Coli, salmonella, mad cow disease, avian influenza, swine flu, and COVID-19. There are drastic health risks associated with the consumption of animals. I will take this issue to debate- I wonder what excuses the Government will come up with?

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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