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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The NSW Government Must Place A Moratorium On Licences To Harm

The NSW Government must place a moratorium on licences to harm protected native animals

We have called out the callous slaughter of 150 cockatoos at an Albury golf course. These birds were slaughtered simply for daring to exist. Too many animals have perished in the recent bushfires and drought. There was no reason for this knee-jerk and thoughtless action. The saddest part is, this could have been avoided if the Government had put a moratorium on all Licence to Harm Native Animal Permits following the devastating loss from the bushfires. Sign our petition so no more callous 'Rambo' shooting operations take place: The death of these animals must not go unnoticed. https://www.emmahurstmp.com/protect_wild_animals

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

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Duck Hunting Announced In Victoria

Duck hunting announced in Victoria

With the horrifying news that the Victorian Government has approved cruel duck shooting to go ahead in May, I have demanded to know how our government will ensure ducks fleeing from shooters in Victoria will be safe from slaughter across the border here in NSW. Watch what the government has to say here. #banduckshooting

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

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Logging in State Forests Still Continuing Despite Mega Fires


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Ensuring Strong Penalties for the Sexual Abuse of Animals

Ensuring strong penalties for the sexual abuse of animals

A Government Bill debated yesterday could have seen sexual abuse of an animal (bestiality) be treated as a summary offence which would reduce the maximum penalty from 14 years imprisonment to just 2 years. After the AJP raised our concerns with the Government, this amendment was removed and the offence now remains with a maximum penalty of 14 years. Sexual abuse of an animal is always wrong, and is often accompanied by death and pain for the animal. That’s why we worked with the NSW Government to ensure this change wasn't made. With your help, we are making sure animals are considered in every law. #nswpol #animalrights #animalprotection #EndAnimalCruelty #TougherPenalties

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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Banning Fur in NSW


With Andy Meddick MP and FOUR PAWS Australia we are calling on our state Premiers to lead the way and ban the sale of fur. The NSW Upper House already voted in favor of my motion to condemn the cruel fur industry- now let's take it a step further and end this cruelty for good! It is time for a Fur Free Australia! Who's with me? 🐶🐺🐇

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Monday, November 25, 2019

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The NSW Government must support native animals following the bushfire crisis

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NSW Upper House Condemns The Cruel Fur Industry

NSW Upper House condemns the cruel fur industry

EXCITING NEWS! The Upper House just supported my motion condemning the cruel fur trade and congratulating Queen Elizabeth II for removing animal fur from her wardrobe. This is what happens when we get voices for animals in Parliament 🦊🐰🐻 Over 50 million animals suffer and die as victims of the international fur trade. This includes kangaroos, murdered right here in New South Wales and exported to regions including Europe, Asia and the United States. Animals in the fur trade are killed by anal electrocution, gassing, breaking their necks, or from being skinned alive. With the Upper House in NSW now condemning the fur trade, we can truly say the future of fashion is fur-free! Watch the video to hear the full motion that the House passed. #animalcruelty #banfur #nswpol #FurIsDead #FurFreeFuture

Posted by Emma Hurst - Animal Justice Party MP on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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