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Policy

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.

 

Key Objectives

 

  1. Take proactive measures to mitigate human impacts on wildlife (See
    Wildlife Protection policy) and to therefore reduce the number of
    animals that need rescuing.
  2. Recognise the importance of wildlife and wildlife care in our
    environment and society, and support wildlife carers by providing
    funding, resources and training.
  3. 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
    qualified carer.
  4. 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
    wildlife.
  5. 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
    services.
  6. 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.
  7. Consult with wildlife carers/organisations regarding activities that
    may have a detrimental impact on wildlife, such as urban
    development, logging, mining and land clearing.
  8. Support the creation and operation of mobile wildlife hospitals for
    emergency situations.

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