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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Deforestation is a killer in more ways than one

Deforestation is a killer in more ways than one

Animal agribusiness is a killer. Not just of the millions of farmed animals imprisoned by the industry, but of the millions of other wild animals whose homes are destroyed to make way for farmed animal slaughter. 3/4 of Australia’s threatened plant and animal species have habitat loss listed as one of the main reasons they are being driven to extinction. Much of this habitat loss is to make way for animal farms. Deforestation by animal agribusiness has created a crisis for animals, the environment and our climate. But I have a plan. A plan for a future of sustainable, plant-based farming that protects animals and the forests they call home. A plan that would make NSW a leader on climate action. This is just the beginning - watch this space.

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Thursday, July 9, 2020

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SO52 Regarding Get Wild Animal Experiences

SO52 regarding Get Wild Animal Experiences

Recently a man who stabbed, beat and impaled a dog to a tree had his convictions overturned on appeal. Yesterday we passed an SO52 that sought documents concerning his company’s previous interactions with the DPI. These documents will reveal the scrutiny, or lack thereof, the DPI has had over this facility pursuant to its obligations under the Exhibited Animals Act. Australians hate animal cruelty, and we need to have a no tolerance stance against those that intentionally hurt animals. Anyone who beats and impales a dog is a risk to the community and to other animals. Soon we will know if this man should have been on the Government’s radar long ago. Sign our petition calling for better animal protection laws: https://www.emmahurstmp.com/tougher_penalties_petition

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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Covid-19 and Animal Agribusiness Adjournment Speech

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has caused the deaths of almost 100 Australians and many more people around the world. It has changed the way we live, the way we work and the way we interact with each other. The coronavirus is suspected to have come from wet markets, where animals are held in filthy and stressful conditions. But it is not the first zoonotic disease to come from animals forced to live in filthy conditions. According to the United States of America Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 75 per cent of new and emerging infectious diseases come from animals. This should come as no surprise to us—think of bird flu, mad cow disease, severe acute respiratory disease, swine flu and Middle East respiratory syndrome. Every major outbreak over the past 50 years has been a zoonotic disease caused by the confinement and consumption of animals. It hardly seems a coincidence that "coronavirus" is an anagram of "carnivorous".

Before we point the finger of blame overseas, we need to take a serious look in our own backyard. In Australia we conduct the largest land-based slaughter of wildlife in the world—the commercial kangaroo meat industry. Every day wild kangaroos are shot in the remote bushland, decapitated, and dragged onto the back of trucks and transported up to eight hours before being refrigerated. Joeys are bludgeoned to death or left to starve. This industry has been linked to serious diseases like toxoplasmosis and salmonella. The risk does not end with Australia's wildlife trade. Animal agribusiness operations all over the country have thousands of animals living in cramped confinement and squalor. Pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys and other animals are often forced to live in their own waste and the built-up excrement from thousands of other animals. In these conditions, they become the perfect vectors for disease.

For years scientists have warned that the animal agribusiness industry is a breeding ground for new antibiotic-resistant "superbugs". The living environments for animals at animal agribusiness facilities are so revolting that these animals are regularly fed antibiotics just to keep them alive. This regular antibiotic use can cause superbugs. It also causes human antibiotic resistance. While viruses like COVID-19 cannot be treated with antibiotics, there are many health complications that can be treated with them, but our increased use in animal agribusiness and secondary consumption from eating animal flesh is building a resistance to this treatment and risking human health. With those kinds of putrid conditions it is no wonder we have seen clusters of the coronavirus at a meatworks in Victoria, as well as similar facilities in the United States, Canada, Spain and Ireland.

Now more than ever we need to recognise that the disrespectful treatment of animals has consequences. There is no need to continue to support outdated, cruel, environmentally disastrous and human health risking animal agribusiness practices. The future of food is plant based. As Australia isone of the fastest growing markets for plant-based proteins, we have the unique opportunity to be at the forefront of this change.

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1080 Poison Members Statement

This Government's decision to drop one million 1080 baits across New South Wales is killing our native wildlife. In a letter signed by 24 scientists from across Australia, experts highlighted how this appalling plan poses an unacceptable risk to native carnivores, including quolls, dingoes and monitor lizards, all of which have already been impacted by the catastrophic bushfires. To add to their threat to survival is unconscionable. The 1080 bait is not only incredibly inhumane—causing any animal unfortunate enough to ingest it to vomit, shake, scream, spasm and writhe in excruciating pain for up to four days before dying—but also indiscriminate in the carnage it creates. Anybody who claims to be dedicated to protecting native animals must hear this: Extensive research has shown that native species are not immune to 1080 and are especially vulnerable to the poison in south-eastern Australia.

Not only are native animals at extreme risk of being poisoned by the 1080 baits dropped in their thousands across our national parks, but it was also revealed in the letter received by all members that these animals are being deliberately targeted. Dingoes—animals that have lived in Australia for more 4,000 years—are being baited and killed under the guise of being "wild dogs". Last year the University of New South Wales published research that revealed that the majority of dingoes killed in our State are genetically pure. If people are serious about taking action to protect native animals and threatened species, they will support our call for a moratorium on the activities that are really threatening native animals such as logging, deforestation and the right-to-harm native animal permits that are all still currently active despite the enormous loss of more than a billion animals in the bushfire season.

As Australians remain distraught over the unprecedented number of wild animals that have perished in the past month, it is time to look towards a kinder and more humane option. Now more than ever we need to be looking at the latest ecological research to find new, sustainable ways to manage the relationship between humans, native animals and non-native animals in the wild. Ecologists are increasingly recognising that eliminating non‑native species, particularly those that have been around for many years, can be counterproductive. Demonising non-native species ignores some of the benefits that these animals can bring to ecosystems and, conversely, some of the unintended harm that might occur if they are suddenly removed—particularly in this fragile, bushfire-ravaged environment. Making rash decisions to kill animals, fuelled by green xenophobia, is not the answer.

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Drought: What Every Australian Can Do

DROUGHT: What Every Australian Can Do.

It takes approximately 20 times more water to produce a kilogram of beef than it does a kilogram of rice, fruit or vegetables. Transitioning to a plant-based agricultural system is essential to reducing our water usage. Every Australian can do their part to conserve water by adopting a plant-based diet.

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Monday, March 9, 2020

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Animal Agribusiness is a Leading Form of Climate Change

Animal agribusiness is a leading cause of climate change

Australians everywhere have been shattered by the cost of the climate emergency, and it is time someone stood up in the halls of Parliament and called out one of the industries with the most responsibility: the animal agribusiness industry. On this day in Parliament we have encouraged all Australians to adopt a plant based diet to mitigate the effects of climate change. Indeed, a vegan diet is the greatest action any of us can take as an individual to mitigate climate change. #climateemergency #nswpol

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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