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Live export rally: South Australians stood up for the voiceless

Politicians will have the choice to either contribute to the end of what is one of the most shameful chapters of animal treatment in our nation’s history — or be remembered for allowing it to continue on their watch.” (Dr  Rebekah Eyers, RSPCA SA)

The AJP National Day of Action Against Live Export was held at Parliament House on Saturday 9th June. Over 1000 SA protesters made their voices heard in support of the defenceless animals which are loaded onto ships to be sent across the world in terrible conditions, breaching all acceptable animal welfare standards. Speakers included Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens Senator for SA), Tony Zappia (Member for Makin, SA), Frank Pangallo (SA Best), Dr Rebekah Eyers (RSPCA South Australia’s Animal Welfare Advocate), and our own Tracey Newman and Angela Martin.

Many thanks to all those who came along to speak up for the voiceless victims in this terrible industry (and to those who attended simultaneous protests in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra).

An RSPCA poll shows that around 80% of South Australians want live exports to stop, so contact your local member to keep the pressure up on our politicians.

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'Let them eat cake' afternoon tea fundraiser

 

String DuoA winter’s day in Adelaide ... what could be better than afternoon tea with the warm tones of the Adelaide String Duo (right) and the friendly company of Animal Justice Party supporters?

Come and enjoy a Devonshire tea (all vegan, of course) with cups and saucers and tea cosies. Help yourself to a variety of cakes, plus an extravagant raffle, and a trading table.

Wait, there’s more! You’ll also have the warm inner glow of knowing that you’re helping the Animal Justice Party fund a super federal election campaign.

Where: Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur St Unley  |  When: Sunday August 5, 3pm-5pm  |  How much: $20 all inclusive ($10 children under 12; Free for pre-schoolers)

Bookings before August 3 are essential for catering purposes. 

Book online at https://www.trybooking.com/WNEP, email secretary.ajp.sa@gmail.com, or send a cheque to PO Box 462, Marden 5070.

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Campaign news

After our stunning debut in the March South Australian election, AJP SA is starting to look ahead to the next federal election, which will be held between August this year and May 2019. We are planning to stand 2 candidates in the Senate, and 7 candidates in lower house metropolitan seats.

In this campaign, we will be focusing on the national issues of live export, factory farming, kangaroo killing and the establishment of an Independent Office of Animal Welfare.

Watch this space for further information about our candidates and their backgrounds!

Meanwhile, the mayo by election is coming up on Saturday July 28th, and we urge all Mayo voters to support Rebekha Sharkie, who is committed to ending live export.

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Our best Quiz night ever!

Our annual quiz night, which was held on 25 May, was a great success, and we raised over $5 000.

The fully-booked event was a great night, with lots of fun for all.

Thanks to all the tireless organisers who donated, set up, ran activities, cooked, and cleaned ... and thanks to those who participated and helped us to raise money, and made it such an enjoyable night.

Keep a look out for further fund-raising events as the federal election approaches.

The AJP SA Quiz Night

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 Media group

Animals have been abused for decades. It's now time for change.

Use your keyboard and pen to help bring about a new paradigm. Join our dedicated media group, Voices for animals, and let politicians and the general public know your feelings about animal abuse via the newspapers, letters and social media.

We would particularly like to hear from anyone who listens to talk-back radio regularly ... it would be good to check out the opportunities to ring in.

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AJP SA email free list

We at AJP SA have an email group called the ajp-freelist, and all AJP members are invited to use this for communication on animal related issues.

Members of the free list can email as much or as little as they like, but all ideas, opinions and information on animal matters are invited.

The current members on this list are very busy and active, and exchange informative animal related posts. They also provide friendly encouragement to one another, and support regarding letters, petitions, and updated events.

If you'd like to be part of the list, just send an email to our convenor.

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News and Views

  • The Australian Labor Party is again trying to put a halt to the live sheep export Middle East Northern summer trade and to phase out the balance of the live sheep export business. You can sign their petition. Also bear in mind that sheep are not the only species to suffer because of the shocking live trade industry. There are now concerns about the export of donkeys to China, for their skins to be used in Chinese medicine. Even if the animals are not exported live, there are plans to kill more donkeys here to export their hides. Please add your voice to stop this happening. 
  • Most people these days know the terrible truth about battery caged hens, and many know about the way sows are confined to narrow stalls. However, the plight of chickens and ducks bred for meat is less well known, but even more awful given the huge numbers of animals involved. New Matilda has published an expose by activists in NSW. We would love you to distribute the story to your networks, so that more people become aware of this hidden cruelty. 
  • A recent report shows how the US could reach up to three quarters of its greenhouse gas reduction target by eating beans instead of beef. Why is the AJP the only political party that recognises the impact of meat-eating on climate change?  Read more
  • Do you think we should know how many animals are used for research and teaching is SA? So do we, but our government refuses to tell us. Please send an email asking the Minister to stop this secrecy and follow the lead of NSW and Victoria who publish annual reports. Without statistics, we have no idea whether any progress is being made in reducing animal experiments.

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Communicate with us

email contact:  secretary.ajp.sa@gmail.com   |   postal contact: Secretary, Animal Justice Party SA, PO Box 462, Marden 5070

Go to our Calendar of Events to find out what events are coming up in SA, or find out more about volunteering for the AJP in South Australia.

We have monthly meetings on the last Sunday of each month at 2.00pm at the Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide. We’d love to see you there.

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