Greens disagree with findings in RSPCA majority report

After a year’s long enquiry, the Parliamentary Select Committee into the operations of the RSPCA has today delivered its findings to the Upper House, Greens MLC and committee member Lynn MacLaren said.

“It’s long been our view that the inquiry was established by the ‘Shooters’ member and the Liberal-National Government to denigrate the functions of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.”

“When the RSPCA highlighted the failure to properly manage animal welfare in live exports and greyhound racing, clearly vested interests were upset.

“The committee spent a year of too-ing and fro-ing to come up with a set of half-baked recommendations which clearly weren’t supported by our minority report.

 “This inquiry merely sought from its outset to establish whether the RSPCA were overstepping the charter given to them under Royal prerogative to protect animals. Read more »

Greens join March Against Monsanto at Parliament House

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren MLC will today join the Rally for the People and Planet on the steps of Parliament accepting a petition from members of the Pesticide Action Group, Alliance for a Clean Environment and Save Our Trees WA.

Ms MacLaren will deliver a petition to the Upper House calling for a Royal Commission into the regulation, importation, sale and use of pesticides, related illnesses and environmental harm with a view to fully exposing the systematic failure, evidence of harm to humans, animals and the environment.

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Important win for truth in labeling as WA egg producer found guilty – Greens

It was a very important win for truth in labelling today as the Federal Court in Perth found WA egg producer Snowdale Holdings contravened the law by mislabelling its eggs ‘free range,’ Greens animal welfare spokesperson Lynn MacLaren has said. 

“As one of the largest supermarket suppliers in WA, this verdict will have a huge impact.”

“Snowdale Holdings duped Australian consumers for many years by producing eggs that did not meet free range standards.

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EPA reforms must be more than ‘shifting deckchairs’

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says a proposed re-organisation and streamlining of the Environmental Protection Authority’s policies and procedures announced today will amount to ‘shifting deck- chairs on the Titanic’ unless it addresses core community concerns about environmental protection. 

“While more clarity and a simplifying of the processes and guidelines for assessment will make life easier for proponents and possibly community members who engage with the EPA this won’t by itself address the fears the community has about insufficient protection for the environment,” Ms MacLaren said. 

“The concerns that people are expressing to me about the EPA is that it is not doing what it is supposed to do, which is, to quote its own website, to do its best to protect the environment and prevent or reduce pollution and environmental harm.  Read more »

State Budget bad news for vulnerable people, environment and climate change

Today’s State Budget sees a further skimming of relief for vulnerable people and is bad news for the State’s biodiversity and the climate, the WA Greens say.

“This Budget ignores Western Australians who are experiencing disadvantage and does little to help people from falling into further difficulties,” Lynn MacLaren MLC said. Read more »

Greens welcome fresh funding for invaluable Shark Monitoring Network

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has applauded the Government’s announcement today that it will allocate $1.54 million in the State budget to its ‘early warning system’ Shark Monitoring Network.

“I’m relieved the Barnett Government has not repeated the mistake it made in 2015 when it cut funding to this very valuable program,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The Greens have been saying all along that the SMN provides the best system we have for detecting real shark threats because only sharks big enough to bite a human are tagged and, when a tagged shark is detect, we immediately know the species and size.

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