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International fur ban puts limit on kangaroo products

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12 October 2017

International fur ban puts limit on kangaroo products            

Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Humane Society US and its Italian-based animal welfare group LAV, for their work in achieving a permanent ban on the use of fur in Gucci fashion.

“The ban on the use of fur by an international label is particularly significant for Australia as it includes a ban on the use of kangaroo fur,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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$1 million penalty smashes record for corporate free-range eggs deception

 
Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens spokesperson for animal welfare, has congratulated Humane Society International for winning its case against corporate egg producer Snowdale Holdings for incorrectly labelling cruel intensively stocked barn-laid eggs as ‘free-range’.
 
“A majority of Australians are choosing to pay premium prices for free range eggs to ensure they are not supporting animal cruelty,” Senator Rhiannon said.
 
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Greens call for an end to live exports with meatworkers union, vet whistleblower 

Today Greens spokesperson for industry and animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon introduced the Greens bill to phase out live animal exports. Senator Rhiannon was joined by officials from the meatworkers union (AMIEU Newcastle & Northern branch) and veterinarian and Australian live exports whistleblower Dr Lynn Simpson. 
 
Vets Against Live Export (VALE) and animal welfare groups Sentient, Humane Society International, Voiceless, RSPCA Australia, and Animals Australia have also given their support. 
 
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Senate supports blocking live export of horses, donkeys and ponies for slaughter

The Senate has passed a joint motion by Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Senator Derryn Hinch calling on the Turnbull government to ensure there will be no live export of equines for slaughter.
 
“We are concerned that the Turnbull government may open the door for the live export of horses, ponies and donkeys for slaughter. That would be a disaster,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
“Animal welfare groups have seen an exposure draft order that would legalise such live exports.
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Big win for animals - cruelty free cosmetics bill starts journey into law

The introduction into the federal parliament of legislation that takes the first step towards ending the testing of cosmetics on animals is a great credit to the nationwide community and Greens campaign, Senator Lee Rhiannon the Greens animal welfare spokesperson said. 

“It is significant that the federal government is now backing a bill that will bring Australia closer to the European Union’s ban on cosmetic animal testing and the Greens End Cruel Cosmetics Bill,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Cruel cosmetics will not end under Turnbull election stunt

The Turnbull government budget announcement on cruel cosmetics is a deceptive ploy designed to win votes at the next election, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“The federal government’s cosmetic testing budget allocation is a publicity stunt that won’t end cosmetics tested on animals being sold in Australia,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Senate rejects Greens move to review deceptive free range egg standards

The Liberal, National and Labor parties have voted against a Greens motion calling on the Australian Government to review the Free Range Egg Labelling Information Standard to accurately reflect the density standard of egg-laying chickens, and to ensure that consumers have correct information about stocking densities.
 
Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Turnbull Government has set a free range egg standard that dupes Australian consumers into thinking that intensive farmed eggs are ‘free range’. 
 
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Export credit agency backflips on live exports, Greens call for documents

The Senate has passed a Greens motion calling on the Turnbull government to release documents relating to Australia’s export finance credit agency (EFIC) and live exports (below).
 
The motion follows an extraordinary backflip by EFIC last week, after state director Phil Smith said the agency did not fund the live export trade because it involved ‘too much cruelty’. 
 
On Thursday EFIC’s chief executive contradicted Mr Smith, calling the comments untrue and the situation ‘embarrassing’.
 
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California recognises the “swampy” world of kangaroo politics – species at risk

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11 January 2017

California recognises the “swampy” world of kangaroo politics – species at risk

The Californian government’s Fair Political Practices Commission has warned the Australian government to stop their underhand tactics to restart the trade in kangaroo products into California, Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

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