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The Animal Justice Party (AJP) values and respects invertebrates as
important members of the animal world and for their importance to
biodiversity and ecosystem function. The AJP calls for more education to
increase public awareness of invertebrates, and for more legal
protection for complex invertebrate species.

 

Key Objectives

1. Educate people about the nature and ecological role of invertebrates,
their sentience and cognitive abilities, and the impact human activities
have on them.

2. Include invertebrate species that are known to suffer pain such as
crabs, crayfish, lobsters and cephalopods, as well as those that are
likely to do so (such as other complex invertebrates), under the
definition of ‘animal’ in animal protection laws in all states and
territories (see the Definition of Animal policy).

3. Mandate the humane treatment of invertebrates under state and
territory animal protection laws without exceptions.

4. Encourage the use of non-lethal alternatives to control invertebrates
such as insects, spiders and snails, both in large-scale agricultural
settings and in domestic and small-scale settings.

5. Ban the lethal collection of insects (*e.g.* butterflies) for
recreational or display purposes.

6. Oppose the emerging commercial breeding of insects and other sentient
invertebrates for human consumption (*e.g.* crickets).

 

For further details see here.

 

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