This page details the submissions the Animal Justice Party has made over the last 12 months.
Exotic animals in captivity
The ‘captive animal industry’ justifies its existence by claiming that it is not just providing entertainment but also education to the public. Exotic animals in captivity are significantly impeded from expressing their natural behaviours. There is no educational value in watching the display of dolphins dancing on their tails or lions jumping through hoops.
Animal welfare reforms
The Animal Justice Party strongly supports the development of a modern, compassionate animal protection framework that recognises the sentience of animals and the intrinsic worth of each animal, regardless of their assigned status as livestock, pest, exhibit, research subject or companion. Read the full submission.
Commercial kangaroo Code of Practice
We completely reject the view that native animals such as kangaroos should be slaughtered for the commercial trade in meat and skins. Our goal is to rapidly phase out the commercial killing of kangaroos and to close down processing industries.
Kangaroos should be valued for their intrinsic worth as sentient beings living freely in the environment.
Animal cruelty laws in NSW
The AJP is of the view that the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTAA) is an inadequate, inappropriate and outdated legal framework to prevent cruelty to animals. The Act is fundamentally flawed as it relies on non-government, charitable organisations (currently the RSPCA and Animal Welfare League) to implement its provisions. These.....
Inquiry into cats
The AJP acknowledges that non-native animal species, introduced to Australia by people for varying activities, are modifying the environment, competing with native species and contributing to biodiversity loss and ecosystem decline.
While we need to address the impacts of non-native species on Australia’s biodiversity, we must not shift the blame by vilifying the non-native species.
Greyhound Racing Act review
Greyhound racing and gambling are intimately connected. This inevitably leads to overbreeding and the killing of healthy dogs. The industry has also demonstrated a level of mendacity and cruelty that indicates it is beyond any form of regulation. It is the AJP’s continued policy position that like dog fighting and bear baiting, the greyhound racing industry should be phased out, as it has been in the ACT and many other countries and jurisdictions.