People who commit serious animal cruelty will be permanently disqualifiedfrom working with children, under new laws introduced in NSW.

The reforms were brought about by Emma Hurst, Animal Justice Party (AJP) MP,who has been lobbying the government for the past 18 months.

“A significant body of research shows that the abuse of animals in the home isa strong indicator that children are also being abused. One study found thatin 83 per cent of households where animal abuse occurred, there was also therisk of child abuse.”

The laws will also people who commit any other animal cruelty offences faceincreased scrutiny when applying for a Working with Children Check.

Hurst said research has show connections between animal abuse and domesticviolence, child abuse, elder abuse, gun violence, and a higher propensitytowards violence in society in general.

“We must recognise that people who harm animals are a risk to the broadercommunity, and that in order to protect children, we should not allow them toobtain a Working with Children clearance.”

Hurst first learnt that those convicted of high level, intentional acts ofanimal cruelty were not automatically disqualified from holding a Working withChildren Check in 2020.

“Back in 2020, I learnt that a NSW man charged with stabbing a dog with apitchfork six times, and leaving her strung up to a tree to die a slow painfuldeath, was still possibly working with children.”

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