The Government intends to release a deadly rabbit haemorrhagic virus next month. AJP has argued in a submission to the Invasive Plants and Animal Committee that the release is unsound both on conservation and ethical grounds. Rabbits are also much loved companion animals and the only available vaccine has only had a small pilot study.
What can you do? Talk to your vet about the vaccine if you keep rabbits and request an urgent meeting with your local MP to lodge an objection.
There is also an article on New Matilda based on the submission. You can add comments.
The AJP in Western Australia has been working hard to ensure we have a substantial presence in contesting the State Election taking place on 11 March.
We are running two candidates for the Legislative Council (Upper House) in North Metro, East Metro, South Metro and South West.
Additionally, the AJP will be running candidates in the Legislative Assembly (Lower House) marginal seats of Belmont, Bicton, Forrestdale, Jandakot, Mt Lawley and Perth.
We will be taking a full suite of animal protection policies to the election in order to hold the major parties to account and put animals on the political agenda. Please VOTE 1 AJP to send a message that animals matter.
Recent media publications by The Land and The Guardian of meeting documents provides disturbing details of a forum held in August last year between agribusiness owners, NSW Farmers Federation, Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair along with Police and the RSPCA. They reveal the extent to which industry and government are working together to silence activists seeking to expose animal cruelty in farming.
The documents obtained under freedom of information laws confirm what many activists have argued for a long time; the interconnected links between animal agriculture, government and sadly, the RSPCA. The forum participants committed to an action plan to harmonise state laws regarding the supposed threat of “farm trespass” by animal activists. The plan reflects the fears of an industry that understands the implications of its routine practices being exposed to the public. Transparency and truth are to be avoided at all costs. We also see Federal and State governments intent on ensuring cruel practices remain hidden from view. Rather than listening to community concerns and accepting that animal welfare standards need to be radically reformed, government is determined to keep animal welfare legislation … Continue reading
2016 has seen bird flu outbreaks in many countries. Currently its “rocking” Europe, but earlier in the year it hit Iraq and South Korea . In Iraq’s case it was the H5N1, which can also infect and kill people, but the current European outbreak is H5N8. This particular subtype of H5N8 bird flu was first found in China in 2014 but reached Europe in the same year. The globalisation of factory farming and its products will mean a steady increase in new viruses and its only a matter of time before there is another Swine Flu … a deadly species jump which killed some 284,000 people in its first 12 months.