FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Date 28/01/2016
ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY – The Hon. Mark Pearson, MLC

Animal Justice Party MP condemns illegal hunting and calls for more funding for Rural Crime Investigators

The Hon. Mark Pearson, MLC has previously warned that the number one concern for farmers is illegal hunting trespass, with research backing his claim: www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-10/rural-crime-increase/6684612

“Since being elected to the NSW upper house last year, my office has received a steady stream of calls from distressed and angry landholders about illegal hunting on their properties.”

AJP Opens its Sydney Office

On 6 December, the Animal Justice Party held its Official NSW Office Opening. Many regular volunteers and long term supporters attended to celebrate the occasion. We expect other AJP offices to open during 2016.

The Sydney office is conveniently located close to Town Hall Railway Station in the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts. The SMSA was established in 1833 and contains Australia’s longest running library. The AJP is located on the lower ground floor. There is good disabled access to the office.

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Season’s Greetings to all Animal Justice Party supporters

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Rosie the lucky wombat, who is being rehabilitated by President Steve Garlick and his wonderful wife Rosemary

We would like to thank every Animal Justice Party member and supporter for helping to make 2015 such a successful year for the animals. Together we not only witnessed, but made history, with Australia being only the second country in the world to elect an animal representative to Parliament.

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Animal Score Card: Mr Turnbull’s 100 days as PM

After 100 days as PM, Mr Turnbull has shown that animal abuse by his self-labelled Government of the 21st Century is set to continue at record levels. After 100 days this is what we have seen Mr Turnbull achieve for animals:

  • Held negotiations with the Indonesian Government to dramatically increase the live trade in cattle to that country despite all the evidence of ongoing extreme cruelty in this industry
  • Provided financial support to increase export marketing by the hideous commercial kangaroo killing industry, thereby strengthening our claim … Continue reading

The AJP delivered its submission to the ACT Government today concerning its declaration on ‘pest’ animals

Animal Justice Party ACT Pest Animals Submission. The submission, in summary, covers the following four areas:

  • The concept of ‘pest’ animals;
  • The importance of human behaviour in preventing the arrival of ‘pest’ animals;
  • The actions taken when an animal is assessed as being a ‘pest’; and
  • The need for independent and comprehensive expertise, including animal welfare and ecology, to review the declaration and treatment of ‘pest’ animals.
  • Click here to read the Animal Justice Party ACT Pest Animals Submission

    International Meeting of Animal Political Parties

    international-political-party-leadersNational President Steve Garlick and our NSW upper house member for the AJP Mark Pearson in November attended the fourth International Meeting of Animal Political Parties held in Tirana, Albania. The meeting was organised by the Animal Politics Foundation of the Dutch Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren).

    AJP National President Steve Garlick with Party Leader of the Dutch Party for the Animals Marianne Thieme

    AJP National President Steve Garlick with Party Leader of the Dutch Party for the Animals Marianne Thieme

    The meeting attracted 13 animal political parties from around the world and covered a range of topics that will benefit the AJP. Steve and Mark presented cases on the live trade in animals and the trade in kangaroo products. The meeting agreed there would be international collaboration among members to stamp out trade in both industries.
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    Funding to Fight Domestic Violence 

    companion animalsThe AJP recognises what an effective advocate for the victims of domestic violence, Australian of the Year Rosemary Batty is. We congratulate her on her success. The AJP will continue to advocate for all victims of unnecessary violence, regardless of species.

    The AJP recommends that a significant portion of the one hundred million dollars, set aside by the Government to improve domestic violence services, be used for the provision of women’s refuges that accept companion animals. As many women’s refuges will not accept companion animals, victims of domestic violence sometimes delay leaving their abusers as they fear for the safety of their companion animals. The end result of this concern for the family pet often leads to disastrous outcomes for women, children and the animals. Many abusers deliberately threaten to harm the family pet to keep the victims in their easy reach.

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    AGM set for February

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    The AJP’s annual general meeting will be held on Saturday 20 February 2016. The meeting will begin at 1.00pm and will be held at our new Sydney office. The new AJP office is located at Suit F, Lower Ground Floor, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney. Its just a little way along from Town Hall Railway Station so its easily accessed by train.
    In early January we will be seeking nominations for nine voluntary Committee of Management positions for the National AJP Committee for 2016. Next year will be exceedingly busy with a number of elections coming up. So if you are a voting member and have the time and have good strategic, communication, negotiation, critical thinking, and team work skills you may want to put your name forward.