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The Animal Justice Party recognises wild animals as individuals with
unique needs, and believes that humanity has a duty to allow them to
live their lives unimpeded and unharmed by human actions to the greatest
extent possible. We support proactive measures to protect species and
their habitats and to reduce or mitigate human impacts by tackling the
drivers of biodiversity loss and ecosystem decline.

  1. Halt further wildlife habitat destruction and fragmentation by
    prohibiting native forest logging and land clearing for agriculture
    (especially animal agriculture).
  2. Take proactive measures, including provision of financial
    incentives, to restore and preserve functional ecosystems through
    rewilding.
  3. Ensure that adequate and secure funding is provided to government
    agencies in all jurisdictions to properly enforce wildlife
    protection laws and take proactive, effective and prompt measures to
    protect threatened species and ecological communities.
  4. Amend wildlife protection legislation to remove exemptions that
    currently allow the killing and injuring of wild animals for damage
    mitigation and fund research into the development of
    wildlife-friendly methods of crop protection.
  5. Remove other exemptions that allow harm to be caused to native
    wildlife for commercial activities (*e.g.* forestry, kangaroo
    killing, development and animal agriculture) as well as research and
    recreation, and include an enforceable duty of care towards animals
    on a landholder’s property during all land use changes.
  6. Reduce the alarming mortality rate of native species killed on roads
    by reducing speed limits; avoid the building of roads through
    wildlife habitat; invest in the research and development of
    appropriate technologies to separate wildlife from traffic; impose
    severe penalties for intentional collisions; introduce
    wildlife-sensitive components in driver education and training
    programs; and create a legal duty of care to assist wild animals
    injured, orphaned or displaced (see Wildlife Care policy).
  7. Introduce standards for built environments and infrastructure to
    make them safe for wildlife (*e.g.* wildlife-friendly fencing and
    netting, wildlife bridges and tunnels) and to prohibit structures,
    equipment, substances and practices that are known to pose risks to
    wildlife (*e.g. *barbed wire and cluster fencing).
  8. Introduce comprehensive education programs in order to foster an
    appreciation of and respect for wildlife, and address animal
    cruelty, exploitation, ignorance and short-sighted government
    policies.
  9. Support and fund wildlife care organisations as a means to mitigate
    harm (see Wildlife Care policy).
  10. Encourage and support sustainable, ethical and respectful
    wildlife-based tourism in Australia.

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