Ben Schultz is a proud Victorian having grown up in Chadstone and Cockatoo. Ben currently resides in St Kilda, owns a business in South Yarra and manages a Youth Hostel in North Melbourne. Previously he has operated tourism and hospitality businesses for the past 18 years in Melbourne, Brisbane and Europe. He has volunteered as a member of tourism committees and is now a Victorian committee member and regional group leader for the Animal Justice Party.
Ben became interested in the animal rights movement in 2016 having become vegan two years earlier while living in the UK. Animal Justice Party values of Kindness, Equality, Rationality and Non-Violence resonated with Ben while researching animal policies ahead of the 2016 Federal Election and returned home to Melbourne to stand as an AJP Candidate in the 2016 Council Elections in Canal Ward, City of Port Phillip. He is passionate about making legislative change to improve the welfare of animals in the community and believes strongly that compassion extended to animals and improving their welfare directly benefits the community as a whole.
Ben has a particular interest in preserving native wildlife. He wants to see further protections for the St Kilda Penguins, protection of large habitat-providing native trees in urban areas and an end to duck shooting in Victoria. He will also campaign on establishing a completely Independent Office of Animal Welfare in Victoria and the introduction of health warning labels on processed meats, a recognised carcinogen and contributor to bowel cancer.
You can contact Ben by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org