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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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Beagles at the beachLaboratory animals should enjoy retirement

Beagle Freedom Australia, in conjunction with other organisations such as the Animal Justice Party, is working to introduce legislation which means that all tax-payer funded labs have to offer their dogs and cats for adoption through rescue organisations after experiments have finished.

Please help us make it happen by signing the petition, and getting your friends to sign as well.

If you are interested in other animal experimentation issues, go to the Humane Research website

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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 sometime before 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!

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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

  • We are bitterly disappointed to see that the Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018, after passing the Senate, failed in the House of Representatives, despite the fact that thousands of Australians have spoken out against this barbaric trade. The government would not even allow debate on the subject. This is a travesty for animal welfare. We need to keep telling the government how disgusted we are with their actions on this. Add your name to the Animals Australia petition to keep the issue alive. 
  • 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. 
  • Another horse died in a jumps race at Morphettville on July 14. About The Journey fell at the second hurdle, but ran on to the finish, where he collapsed and died. The RSPCA issued a press release following the death, calling on Thoroughbred Racing SA and Racing Minister, Corey Wingard, to stop jumps racing immediately, because it can never be made safe. Victoria and SA are the only states that still permit this form of racing. Please join the campaign to bring an end to jumps racing in SA by writing to the Hon. Corey Wingard, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, either using the online form or through the mail to GPO Box 668, Adelaide 5001.
  • 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.

Lend animals your political voice. Become a member of the AJP.Join now