The welfare and wellbeing of animals has not been a priority of any of the five NSW Parliaments I have served since 1988. Notwithstanding, I have been a strong and often lone advocate for animals in the NSW Legislative Assembly.
As an inner Sydney representative I promote responsible pet ownership in return for less restrictions on exercise and access, opportunities on public transport, and accommodation. Pets play a very important role in a great many peoples’ lives, providing love, companionship and security and an impetus for exercise.
While Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, governments and councils have the attitude that pets are not a legitimate part of life. During debate on the 1998 Companion Animals Act I sought to balance pet ownership education and responsibilities with increased opportunities for exercise and access. However restrictions on pets have increased and the aims of the Act to educate owners and the broader community about pet behaviours and benefits have been ignored and undermined.
As Lord Mayor of the City, I am initiating at a local government level, increased unleashed areas for dogs, while offering free dog training to constituent owners.
My latest initiative in Parliament is to reduce the destruction of unwanted dogs and cats, which averages around 60,000 annually in NSW alone. This figure is a shocking indictment on any civilised society. My Animals (Regulation of Sale) Bill would ban the sale of animals in pet shops and markets to reduce impulse buying, which is responsible for many ill considered pet purchases. The Bill would promote purchases from more responsible sources such as registered breeders and animal shelters.
More broadly I have supported animal welfare groups in their campaigns for more humane treatment of farm animals, stopping cruel farming practices such as the unnecessary restrictive caging of pigs and chickens preventing movement and socialising. The wholesale lack of political response to this was shameful.
Finally and again working with Conservation groups, I fight for biodiversity and the preservation of our native birds and animals including the protection of their habitats from land clearing, land development and agricultural pressures. I also opposed hunting in National Parks which promotes killing animals for pleasure and has a potential threat to park users.
DONATIONS FROM LORD MAYOR’S SALARY TOP $953,000: Lord Mayor of Sydney—The Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP will today donate $114,590 to inner-city charities, bringing total donations from her Lord Mayoral salary to over $953... (17/03/2011)
Doggywood Launch Mardi Gras Fair Day: Victoria Park—Hello, everyone, welcome to one of my favourite Mardi Gras events. I’d like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation... (20/02/2011)
Animal Welfare Still Not a Priority: Australia continues to allow archaic and cruel animal treatment. Rodeos subject animals to pain, fear, severe injuries and sometimes death. Reports of brutality and torment at recent NSW rodeos... (11/02/2011)
Give a Dog a Bone Christmas Appeal: The Give a Dog a Bone Appeal, now in its fourth year, is seeking donations of pet food, biscuits, pet toys and flea and tick treatments. Donated items are divided between Monika's Doggy Rescue... (17/12/2010)
New Off-Leash Parks for Pyrmont: Pet owners will be able exercise their dogs off leash in three parks in Pyrmont following extensive consultation to find suitable off-leash spaces. On Monday... (10/12/2010)
Sutherland Shelter Open Day: At the Sutherland Animal Shelter Open Day on Saturday 27 November residents can learn more about the facility which houses and cares for the City’s lost and abandoned pets... (19/11/2010)
Christmas Media Launch: Martin Place Christmas Tree—Good morning, and welcome to our Christmas launch. I’d like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land... (18/11/2010)
Martin Place Concert and Tree Lighting: Martin Place Sydney—Welcome to our Martin Place Children’s Concert and tree lighting. I’d like firstly to acknowledge the Gadgial people of the Eora nation... (18/11/2010)
Christmas in the City: The City of Sydney's Christmas celebrations begin on Thursday 18 November with the traditional lighting of our Christmas trees in Martin Place and at 'Christmas on the Green' in Hyde Park North... (12/11/2010)
Petition to ban exotic animals in circuses in NSW: Petition to ban exotic animals in circuses in NSW— (8/11/2010)