Brekky Wrap: Petition Launched To Free Kangaroo Locked In Tiny US Cage

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Animal Rights activists have shut down a major Melbourne intersection to protest the meat industry. Hundreds of vegans gathered outside Flinders Street Station at about 5.30am, holding signs and blocking cars. Demonstrators are also storming farms in Queensland and NSW. At least 20 members of an animal rights group chain themselves to equipment in an abattoir in Yangan, south-west of Brisbane this morning. The protests are inspired by the animal documentary Dominion.

READ MORE: Animal Rights Activists Shut Down Roads And Farms Across Australia

IMAGE: Green Shirts Movement via Facebook

The Federal Government has narrowed the gap in the latest Newspoll, the Coalition now trailing Labor 48-52 per cent two-party preferred. The Morrison governments primary vote has jumped two points to 38, Labor has dropped to 37.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison is yet to officially call the election, it's likely to be held on May 18.

A convicted double murderer is on the run in Sydney after removing his electronic tracking device. Damien Peters, 50,  pleaded guilty in 2002 to killing two of his male lovers and dismembering their bodies. He was last seen at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick about 4.15pm yesterday afternoon, his monitoring bracelet was found in nearby Kensington.

READ MORE: Murderer On The Run After Removing Anklet Tag

A new flu test -- which can detect the most common strains of influenza within two hours -- could soon be rolled out across the country in a bid to slash hospital admissions and help save lives. The rapid test has been successfully trialled in four NSW emergency departments. Nationally, 20,000 flu cases have been reported so far this year.

There's a global push to free a Kangaroo which has been locked inside a tiny cage at a US petting zoo. Video of the distressed and lonely roo was posted to social media sparking a wave of outrage. A petition has been created in an effort to get the animal back to Australia, while a protest will be held outside the facility in Connecticut today.

The British Prime Minister has released a video on social media explaining exactly what is happening with Brexit. Theresa May says that compromise on both sides is needed to find a cross-party solution to the crisis.

In the AFL there were wins for Fremantle, Hawthorn and the Gold Coast yesterday. In the NRL, the Storm beat the Bulldogs 18-16 while the Dragons beat the Knights by 1.

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