Formed in 2009, with thousands of members across Australia and an elected MP in the NSW parliament, the Animal Justice Party (AJP) is part of a rapidly growing international movement. Our vision is a planet on which animals are treated with respect, dignity, compassion and kindness, where they are able to flourish in their respective environments, and where their unique needs and capabilities are recognised and their interests protected.
The Animal Justice Party aims to represent animals in parliament and to ensure laws and policies are implemented and enforced to achieve genuine justice for animals.
With your vote we will fight to:
- Stop duck hunting
- Ban greyhound racing
- Protect our wildlife
- End puppy farms
- Establish an Independent Office of Animal Welfare
Independent Office of Animal Welfare
Currently in Victoria animal welfare is regulated by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources which is the same Department that regulates and protects the interests of the animal agriculture industry. It is simply not possible for the same Department to objectively address the issues of animal welfare while also representing and promoting the commercial interests of the animal agriculture industry. This has been proven time and time again as animals continue to suffer horrendously to protect the economic interests of farmers. The Animal Justice Party is calling on the Victorian government for the establishment of an Independent Office of Animal Welfare. An independent body that is appropriately resourced and enforced is the only way to address and improve animal welfare.
The IOAW should be an independent statutory authority established under an Act, to develop, promote, and enforce animal welfare protections of a standard expected by the Victorian public.
The role of the IOAW would be to avoid the untenable conflict of interest resulting from the competing priorities of animal welfare and the commercial productivity of animal agriculture. Therefore the IOAW should report to a department separate from DEDJTR.
The IOAW would be responsible for developing and enacting animal welfare protections through enabling legislation and be responsible for auditing and enforcing animal welfare protections.
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