March News 2

Our next monthly meeting, the NSW election, our new stall manager and more! Read on...


Next regular member's meeting - Thursday 26th March

Our next monthly meeting is Thursday, 26 March at 6:30pm, Ross House at 247 Flinders Lane in the CBD.

We will bring everyone up to date with organisation, campaigns and elections, along with a discussion about our national policy review and upcoming National Conference.

NSW Election this weekend

We have begun to hand out How To Vote cards (HTVs) at the Melbourne Pre-Poll booth in support of our NSW candidates. The election itself is this Saturday, and a number of us are heading to Sydney to help out with HTVs on the day. If you want to do the same, please register your intention with Mark Pearson on [email protected] 

The NSW Labor party have recently released a set of animal welfare policies. While far from perfect, these initiatives are better than we have ever seen before from a major political party, including such things as:

  • A crack down on cruel and exploitative treatment of dogs within the commercial dog breeding industry, including:
  • Support a Special Commission of Inquiry into the greyhound industry
  • Review compliance of animal welfare regulation led by the Minister for Environment and Minister for Primary Industries, to ensure effectiveness of animal welfare protections
  • Advocate for nationally consistent definition and standards for ‘free-range’ food labelling
  • Make CCTV mandatory in abattoirs to give the community confidence that animal cruelty is not occurring
  • Combat wildlife crime to address the trafficking, smuggling and illegal sale of Australian wildlife
  • Invest $4 million to support voluntary wildlife carers

There are a number of other issues that we are still in discussions with Labor about. 

The ALP have advised us, and happy for us to repeat, that this has come in response to the Animal Justice Party and our negotiations on behalf of animals. Our President, Professor Steve Garlick issues a media release to this effect earlier in the week. 

This shows that, even if we don't win any seats at this election (and we hope to!), pressure from AJP can see changes made to benefit animals in parliaments around the country. We have seen similar great results in Victoria recently, with the incoming Labor government honouring a number of commitments that they had agreed to undertake. 

Volunteers needed for stalls

We are pleased to announce that we have a new Stalls Manager, Chris DeJonge, who is doing a great job and still needs volunteers to assist with:

  • Cardinia Sustainability Expo  - Saturday 10 May: 10am - 3pm  Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham.
  • Conscious Living Expo - 1 - 3 May: Melbourne Showgrounds 

If you can help, please contact Chris on [email protected]

For the animals...