Animals are sentient beings that feel joy, fear and pain.
But because our laws and their enforcement are inadequate, animals in NSW do not receive the protection they deserve from cruelty and exploitation.
That’s why I have introduced two Greens bills to Parliament which will amend animal welfare legislation to better protect animals in our state.
The first would see the establishment of an Independent Office of Animal Welfare — which will oversee the enforcement of animal welfare laws in NSW and see that the agriculture industry’s profits are no longer the priority over animal welfare.
The second would see the legal recognition of animals as sentient beings — laying the foundation for which we can build stronger and better animal welfare standards in NSW.