Bird Flu in 2016

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 … Continue reading

Red meat and diabetes, the CSIRO diet link

It’s always interesting when a person changes their mind. Peter Clifton is a co-author of the biggest selling diet book in Australian history … The CSIRO Total Wellbeing diet. A diet built on research involving 200 grams of red meat per day. The book sold over a million copies and, wait for it, we still have an obesity epidemic.  In the research on which the best selling diet was based, the people on the high meat diet lost exactly the same amount of weight as the people … Continue reading

Meat and dairy “heat tax” is obligatory

A recent study in one of the world’s top climate science journals recommended a substantial tax on meat and dairy products.

The lead author told The GuardianIt is clear that if we don’t do something about the emissions from our food system, we have no chance of limiting climate change below 2C.”

But still Australian politicians from across the political spectrum, including The Greens, continue to give Australia’s largest source of climate heat little to no attention.  The article points out that it isn’t only … Continue reading

The Adler Shotgun … the real issues

There’s been some serious press time devoted to the who-said-what-when aspects of the Adler shotgun controversy. But no space devoted to the bigger issue of shotguns in general and their use in killing and crippling animals. National AJP committee member Geoff Russell looks at the mechanics of killing and torturing animals with shotguns in a New Matilda article: The Adler Shotgun: The Carnage It Unleashes On Politicians Is The Least Of Its Downsides

Apology to Ray Hadley from the Animal Justice Party

Late last month we issued two press releases which criticised and questioned radio 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley.

In particular it was suggested that Mr Hadley had a financial stake in greyhound racing and an association with a person banned as a trainer.

We now know and acknowledge that Ray Hadley has had no interest in any greyhound for many years. He has no greyhounds nor any personal interest in the industry.

Our suggestions to the contrary were based on unreliable and wrong information and we … Continue reading

More success for the AJP this week

Three important results in the last week demonstrate the Animal Justice Party is on a successful roll to get better outcomes for animals in Australia.

While counting for the Senate in the Federal Election is continuing, the AJP will almost double its vote from the 2013 election to around 190,000.  The AJP increased its vote in every jurisdiction at the recent election. In Victoria the AJP is trending sixth out of 37 parties behind the three majors, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.  We have … Continue reading

Animal Justice Party Ticks all the animal welfare and conservation boxes

Four respected animal welfare and conservation groups have given the tick of approval to the Animal Justice Party’s policies.

The Humane Society International (HSI) rated the AJP highly against all seven indicators of conservation and all four indicators of animal welfare in its 2016 Federal Election Report Card. http://hsi.org.au/assets/publications/520_2016-federal-election-report-card.pdf

In its submission to the HSI, the AJP said it cannot support so-called conservation arguments by gun-toting vandals, representatives of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, some landowners and some apparent conservation organisations like Bush Heritage who believe … Continue reading

Animal Justice Party calls for end to live animal exports

The Animal Justice Party today called for an end to the live animal export trade adding its voice to almost 80% of the Australian population, who recent surveys estimate oppose live export1.

AJP National President, Professor Steve Garlick said;” There is no moral or economic argument in support of this cruel trade.”

“The past week of revelations concerning the abuse of Australian live trade animals has been shocking. This litany of cruel behaviours cannot go on.

“Industry and government statements attempt to hide the fact that the industry … Continue reading

AJP Independent Office of Animal Welfare proposal gains Labor support

AJP Independent Office of Animal Welfare proposal gains Labor support

An Animal Justice Party proposal for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare has gained federal Australian Labor Party support.

Professor Steve Garlick, President of the AJP said “The AJP proposes that the Commonwealth Government establish a regulatory office focussing on animal welfare. The Office of Animal Welfare would cover all animal sectors coming under Commonwealth Government legislation.”

Professor Garlick said ALP support for the AJP proposal was confirmed in a letter from the Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate … Continue reading