The Animal Justice Party believes that if wildlife is killed, injured,
sick, orphaned or displaced as a result of direct or indirect human
activities, we have a duty to rectify the harm caused, by caring for the
wildlife and taking necessary measures to prevent suffering and further
harm. If humans are not responsible, it is reasonable to expect that the
animals be provided assistance, wherever possible, in the spirit of
kinship and compassion.
The AJP recognises that wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release
conducted according to best practice, is crucial to animal welfare and
wildlife conservation. Therefore, it must be adequately regulated,
funded, and supported like any other public service.
- Take proactive measures to mitigate human impacts on wildlife (See
Wildlife Protection policy) and to therefore reduce the number of
animals that need rescuing.
- Recognise the importance of wildlife and wildlife care in our
environment and society, and support wildlife carers by providing
funding, resources and training.
- Introduce a legal duty of care to assist native animals injured,
orphaned or displaced, whether by one’s own actions or not, and
whether found in private or public areas. At the minimum, this duty
would require the finder to contact a wildlife carer/organisation
who can give advice or assist with taking the animal to a vet or
- Review the policies for licensing, and the operational practices of
wildlife care groups and individuals. This might include inspections
of facilities and a review of training required to care for
- Centrally coordinate and oversee the activities of wildlife carers
in all jurisdictions through state-based Wildlife Rescue Committees.
During natural disasters, such committees would coordinate urgent
intervention of trained carers and collaboration with emergency
- Establish a national wildlife care database to help identify
wildlife hotspots and species at risk; assess outcomes for animals
rescued; best practice for rescue, treatment, rehabilitation and
release; and identification of suitable wildlife release areas.
- Consult with wildlife carers/organisations regarding activities that
may have a detrimental impact on wildlife, such as urban
development, logging, mining and land clearing.
- Support the creation and operation of mobile wildlife hospitals for