Victorian Government Fails to Protect Koalas in Logged Forest

KinglakeThe Animal Justice Party has condemned the Victorian government’s decision to allow logging in the Acheron Valley despite warnings the forest is a habitat for native animals and endangered species.

To ignore scientific evidence that endangered animals reside in the forest shows little commitment by the government to environmental protection.  Instead, the government have continued a monopoly on logging from Victoria’s public forests through the state owned agency, VicForests.

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Lead Pollution on Victorian Duck Hunting Wetlands

Responding to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) decision to carry out water and sediment sampling for residual lead pollution on Victorian lakes used for duck hunting, Bruce Poon, National President of the Animal Justice Party (AJP) said the decision proves there is reason for concern over contamination from decades of duck shooting in the Victorian Wetlands.

The EPA advised, their staff would conduct testing in the field, based on the 2017 hunting reserves, including fifteen lakes in the Western District as well as further north to wetlands including Cairn Curran Reservoir.

According to Bruce Poon, “We are hopeful that any … Continue reading

Melbourne City Council to Expire Carriage Horse Permits in the CBD

We are delighted to report that Melbourne City Council will cease offering permits to horse-drawn carriage operators from June 30 this year. The AJP ran candidates at the recent Council elections in order to get this practise banned, and much work has been done by us in lobbying Councillors to support this move for some time. We are delighted to have played a significant part in making this the most complained-about issue to the Melbourne City Council, ultimately leading to this welcome decision.

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An Annual Festival of Cruelty & Ecological Vandalism

The Animal Justice Party condemns and deplores the ACT government decision to kill yet another 2600 kangaroos on Canberra reserves and the Googong Reserve (in NSW which is managed by the ACT) in 2017.

The decision follows release for public comment of a draft Kangaroo Management Plan (KMP). The content of this Plan confirmed that the government has very little scientific support for its claims that ACT kangaroos are at high densities, or that they are capable of harming the very environment which has relied on kangaroo grazing to maintain it for millions of years.

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AJP Submission to the ACT Government’s Draft Kangaroo Management Plan (KMP)

The Animal Justice Party has made a submission to the ACT Government’s Draft Kangaroo Management Plan (KMP). The main thrust of our submission is the complete rejection of the KMP’s main assertions:

• to demoting (under law) kangaroos from ‘protected native animal’ to ‘controlled native animal’. • that kangaroos have a deleterious impact on the environment; • that the kangaroo ‘cull’ is humane; and • the ACT Government’s prohibition of rehabilitating kangaroos.

 

The submission systematically demolishes the underlying logic of the KMP, in particular how unscientific the so-called science in it is!

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AJP MP’s Thoughtless Act In a Decades Long Career In the Service of Animals

Charges of hypocrisy being levelled at AJP Member of the NSW Parliament, Mark Pearson, need to be put into the context of his decades of service to animals. The attacks on a long-term animal rights campaigner appear to be for the sole purpose of trying to ensure the AJP does not succeed in its quest for a better world for animals.

Mark has deviated from the Animal Justice Party policy of a plant-based diet by eating fish, and we are disappointed with our MP’s behaviour. As the public face of the party we hold him to a higher standard and … Continue reading

AJP results in the Western Australian election

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Thanks to all members of the Animal Justice Party in Western Australia for their efforts to win representation for animals. A tremendous amount of work has been put in over the last 6 months, and it showed on Saturday.

Six months ago, we had just over 200 members in WA, needing 500 to register for the state election. Since then, we have increased our members to well over 700, registered as a party in WA, endorsed 14 quality candidates to stand … Continue reading

Ebola for bunnies

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.

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