The Animal Justice Party became registered as a party in Tasmania in April 2018, after a working group commenced in 2016 to make this happen. We narrowly missed being registered in time for the March 2018 State Elections. We ran our first candidate in state politics in the Legislative Council in 2018.
Prior to this, two AJP senate candidates stood for the party on the Senate ticket in Tasmania for the July 2016 federal election, receiving 2377 primary votes (0.7%), and finishing in 10th place out of 23 parties. This result was achieved with very little campaign time and with most of the Tasmanian public not having heard of us prior to election day.
There is no shortage of animal issues to take up our time, but some of the key issues we are focused on in Tasmania are:
- banning greyhound racing
- stopping the slaughter of wildlife (hunting, crop protection, use of 1080 poison, roadkill)
- ending factory farming that sees millions of animals abused in factory farms (including salmon farms)
- changing the unfair Dog Control Act 2000 regarding dangerous dogs (Kodi's Law)