Introducing the Greens NSW Animal Welfare and Protection Working Group!
Animal welfare and protection is set to be the next big justice movement...
- Event Dates: Sat, 18 May 2013 (All day) - Sun, 19 May 2013 (All day)
- Location: Blue Mountains
- Venue: Springwood
Human identity exists at the intersection of the ancient cycles of air, water and soil.
By Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens
How do we build an economic system that serves the needs of people and nature, both for today and for tomorrow?
The economy is a tool; a tool we humans invented – like democracy and politics – to help govern our relationships between each other, and between ourselves and the world we live in. If our economic tools are not getting the outcomes we want, making us happy, safe, healthy, better educated and fulfilled and protecting and preparing our country for an increasingly uncertain future in a world on track to be 4 degrees warmer, then it is time our economic tools changed.
Australia is in a race for gas, urged on by our state and federal governments. But from Broome to Sydney, a grassroots movement that includes indigenous people, environmentalists, city folk, farmers, social justice advocates, climate activists and climate sceptics are petitioning to stop the mining industry’s use and abuse of our land for short term profits. Citizens across Australia are telling the government to take notice: there is no social license for the damage from gas mining to our environment, heritage, water – and communities.
The Australian Greens have backed calls by Australia’s largest cattle company for the Gillard government to provide transport infrastructure to support a proposed new Darwin abattoir, saying it will create new jobs, relieve animal cruelty and help end live exports (“Cattle boss angry over abattoir cold shoulder”, Australian 03/04/2012 p 6).
The Australian Greens today called on Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig to trigger an overdue review into the poultry ‘Code of Practice’ with a view to phasing out cruel battery cages for hens. Animals Australia today launched a series of radio ads to make battery cages history (“Campaign to ban eggs from battery farms”, Sydney Morning Herald today, page 6 today http://tiny.cc/a6b4bw).
Greens MP Cate Faehrmann is calling on the NSW Environment Minister, Robyn Parker, to intervene in a 'revenge killing' of kangaroos in Grafton after approval was given by her department to 'kill three male kangaroos' following a clash between a resident and a male kangaroo last week.
Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says the first National Park concession to hunters in NSW has been exposed.
"The Yathong State Forest was to be declared National Park on 1st January 2012, but will now remain unprotected for a further three years, due to the government's National Parks and Wildlife Legislation Amendment (Reservations) Bill 2011.
"What the government didn't tell us, and what the Shooters & Fishers who are supporting the bill didn't tell us, is that Yathong is one of the state's most popular hunting grounds," said Ms Faehrmann.
Recommendations of a Senate inquiry report into vulnerable koalas, tabled today and instigated by Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, will help halt the dramatic decline in koala numbers in NSW if they are implemented, says Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.
Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says the dark
days of bulldozers and chains could return with news the O'Farrell
government is reviewing land clearing laws.
"Unfortunately we now have an Environment Minister who sees the
success of the state's native vegetation laws in stopping land