Native Bird Policy
The Animal Justice Party supports biodiversity, learning and practices that enable a sustainable and flourishing native bird population, coexisting with humans throughout Australia.
In this regard the AJP supports wildlife corridors; wildlife tourism sensitive to native bird freedom and wellbeing; and independent and scientifically rigorous environmental impact assessment before any development occurs, with subsequent long-term monitoring of development impact. It supports curriculum-based education in all schools about the value of native birds and their interactions within ecosystems; the training of volunteer groups and students and park rangers in bird monitoring data collection and use; and research into potential bacterial, viral or any other biological threats to the wellbeing of native bird populations and into the transmission of diseases to humans and other animal species.
The AJP sees the need for better planning and facility construction by all spheres of government and their agencies to protect native terrestrial birds on roadway and rail easements, including through the use of wildlife-friendly fencing. These institutions and their agencies also need to increase the penalties imposed on those illegally destroying native birds or their habitat,
The AJP recognises the importance that biodiversity plays for birdlife (and all other life) on our planet. Australian ecosystems are vital for the survival of internationally significant migratory species. Many areas of wetland and coast provide key habitats for these migratory species, so loss of biodiversity in Australia has ramifications that extend beyond our borders. While some regions of Australia are comprehensively covered by a network of reserves there are still substantial gaps in the protected area system, particularly in remote regions and in areas with high development potential. The majority of remaining native habitat is owned and managed privately, and it is on these intensively used areas that the greatest challenges for biodiversity conservation are found. Clearing of native vegetation for agriculture and other development poses the single greatest threat to biodiversity. Firewood collection is also having extensive ramifications on the state’s biodiversity, as prime habitat is also prime firewood.
The AJP will vigorously oppose annual duck shooting campaigns supported by state governments; permits for residential tree felling, unless serious and genuine attempts have been made at re-housing inhabitant wildlife including birds and microbats; and the destruction of habitat by roads and property developers unless new off-set habitat has been provided in the vicinity.
The AJP will support government initiatives aimed at identifying and proposing sites for inclusion on the list of Wetlands of International Importance under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, 1971), for the implementation of international treaties that relate to the protection of migratory birds, such as the Japan-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement, the China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement, and the Republic of Korea-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement.