While not winning a seat in recent ACT elections, the Animal Justice Party is happy with progress of public support for the AJP shown by more than 2% of the vote to date gained in the seats where we strongly campaigned.
“While this puts us below the three major parties and the Sex Party we are ahead of other parties and Independents,” Convenor of the Animal Justice Party in the ACT, Geoffrey Pryor, said today. “ This is a very respectable result for a relatively new and cash-strapped Party, giving us a solid base-line vote.”
“With so few resources, no high profile candidates and little media interest we still managed to attract a respectable level of support which we can now build upon.”
Mr Pryor said the AJP would be active in making key animal welfare issues front of mind for the incoming government.
Over the next four years, the Animal Justice Party would focus on lobbying for the establishment of an Independent Office of Animal Welfare, promoting policies to protect greyhounds by banning their racing, protecting the ACT’s ecology to retain the bush capital feel of Canberra including alternatives to culling Australia’s national emblem the kangaroo, as well as being a spokesperson in all matters to do with animal well being.
“We will call on Andrew Barr to uphold the government’s promise to withhold the outrageous $100 million previously given to the cruel and unsupportable greyhound racing industry in the ACT,” Mr Pryor said. “ And we will hold the Greens to account for their inaction on controlling this industry.”
”There is a growing worldwide movement which sees voters looking for genuine humane alternatives to the destructive and cruel practices affecting animals ranging from native species to farm and companion animals across the board,” Mr Pryor said. “All are calling for greater transparency rather than the opaque arrangements with business and establishment mates that were highlighted in the election campaign.