Farming and food choices are intimately connected and so are the corresponding AJP policies. We advocate a plant based diet but recognise that animal industries are not all the same.

We recognise that some animal industries inflict less pain than others however all involve significant suffering and ultimately the taking of life. The AJP understands that widespread dietary change will be a lengthy process and that animal production methods must be improved urgently as an interim measure; so we will prioritise the phase out of factory farming.

It is the aim of our Dietary Policy to provide programs that inspire people to change. Changes in diets will prompt changes in what and how we farm. Some farmers will have to change their production methods and others will shift from producing animals to producing plant foods. We expect a significant drop in the number of farm animals, an increase in new plant-based industries, and an improvement in human health.

However, whilst the Animal Justice Party will advocate for incomplete reform when the immediate suffering of animals is involved, it will always recognise that such reforms are not enough in isolation and must occur in tandem with a long-term, total transition to plant-based agriculture.

Related policies:


1. Human diet

2. Climate change

3. Marine animals


Key Objectives

1. The withdrawal of Government financial support for animal product industries except for research into welfare improvements.

2. A prohibition on the advertising of animal products and where applicable for health warnings on animal products.                                                                                                                           

3. Increased funding for research into effective ethical, environmental and health advertising. This should be followed by active Government support for advertising campaigns based around the ethical, environmental and health advantages of plant based diets.

4. To provide financial support and education opportunities where required that will encourage farmers to transition to plant based farming.

5. To introduce a tax on animal products commensurate with their adverse environmental and health impacts.

6. To allow deductible gift recipient status (DGR) for approved not-for-profit animal protection organisations.

7. The rapid phase out of live export and the slaughter of animals without prestunning for any reason; including religious beliefs.

8. The rapid phase out of all farm animal mutilations, including tail docking, castration, branding, ear marking, teeth clipping, de-horning and mulesing.

9. The rapid adoption of an 8 hour upper limit on any journey, and restrictions on the climatic conditions under which animals can be transported. Where animals must be transported over longer distances, then as an interim measure, each leg must not exceed 8 hours and the animals must be unloaded, watered and cooled.

10. As the uptake of plant based diets increases, we will work towards laws that abolish breeding and rearing for slaughter or other exploitation.

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  • Leigh Bray
    commented 2019-06-07 11:17:39 +1000
    Ending intensive factory farming of animals is very important to humane food production, but it seems to me that to promote a plant based diet over humanely produced animal products without any criticism of industrial plant food production is biased and hypocritical. More animals are killed and greater damage is done to insects, the environment and biodiversity by mass agribusiness plant food production, not to mention the widespread use of harmful pesticides, chemical fertiliser and GMO’s. Why not more balance? You seem to be ignoring the cruelty and damage inflicted by agribusiness corporations.
  • Deborah McMillan
    commented 2018-11-20 17:22:12 +1100
    The FUTURE is VEGAN – or there will be no ‘future’….. the time we have left to make change is running out.