20 February 2017
Despite numerous exposés of serious and systemic cruelty in greyhound racing that a special commission of inquiry concluded could not be prevented through reforms, the government overturned its ban and established a panel to recommend improvements. The NSW Greyhound Industry Reform Panel has recommended a number of changes including an independent regulator with stronger investigative powers, an enforceable welfare code of practice and higher penalties for animal welfare offences.
While these mark an improvement on the status quo, cruelty is profitable and I will continue to monitor problems if the industry continues to operate. The report is HERE.
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Older and disadvantaged people in rural and regional areas have very limited transport options, with basic tasks like shopping, banking and going to the doctor a challenge, documented by our Legislative Assembly Committee for Community Services Inquiry into transport access. I encouraged the committee to include options for pet owners without cars in rural and regional areas and our final report found significant problems, recommending more work by Transport for NSW.
The outcome should benefit pet owners across NSW – the current rules for public transport are confusing and make it hard if you don’t have private transport, see HERE.
Monday 12 December 2016
You can still drop off toys, treats and food for cats and dogs to help animal shelters and rescue services, particularly at this time of year when they deal with an influx of dumped pets. My office is one of 20 collection points, information HERE.
8 November 2016
Join City of Sydney and Police officers and your neighbours Sunday 13 November 11am-2pm at Selwyn Street Paddington for a free BBQ, Feature Creatures mobile reptile show, children’s activities, live music and information about safety. Information HERE.
Monday 24 October 2016
Check out the Fusion Fiveways Fair on Saturday 29 October 12 noon to 4.30pm. There will be a dog show for 11 year olds and under, best dressed Halloween costume, food and wine tasting, 2 minute Soap Box talks, face painting and children’s story telling. Information HERE.
Monday 17 October 2016
NSW politics reached new lows with the major parties using animal cruelty as a political football. Parliament should close this cruel, small, government – and gambling – subsidised industry and I encourage you to attend the rally.Read more
Tuesday 11 October 2016
In Parliament, I again spoke about the vital role that pets play in our lives, while calling for action to prevent unwanted breeding, oversupply and dumping of animals, along with the need to reform rules for carrying pets on public transport and keep them in retirement villages. My speech is HERE.
(Private Members' Statement, 21 September 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
Pets are important to many of my constituents. Pets give companionship and particularly with dogs, can provide security and encourage exercise. This is particularly important in inner city areas. It has been estimated that pet ownership saves the national health budget over $4 billion a year. My constituents are concerned about some of the practices in treatment of companion animals. Data from the Office of Local Government and the RSPCA indicates that more than 36,500 cats and dogs that end up in pounds and shelters are destroyed each year. Other pets get abandoned and end up living on the streets, in parks and in the bush where, if not desexed, they produce generations of litters, and can be subject to cruel culling methods.Read more
19 September 2016
Battery rabbit farming is very cruel: rabbits are kept in tiny cages without fresh air, sunlight, room to move, earth to dig or access to their young. Crammed conditions, rotting carcases from bunnies that fall through wire flooring and insects plaguing facilities allow diseases like myxomatosis – which it is illegal to vaccinate against – to spread, and this is a major health concern. There is always a risk that undesexed bunnies can escape. It’s time to end this suffering. View the Channel 7 report HERE.
5 September 2016
Pet Day is on again Saturday 10 September 11am-3pm at Ward Park Surry Hills, with free pet health checks, microchipping, desexing for pets of low income owners, show bags and information and advice. Details HERE.