Ellen Magner, May 2011
Pretty soon the pet owners of Australia will have the choice of voting for a party that holds animal welfare at the top of their policy list.
The Animal Justice Party of Australia (AJP) is now formally registered with the Australian Electoral Commission. This means the party, founded in 2009, can nominate candidates to stand in Federal elections.
According to their charter, the AJP was formed in response to the neglect of animal protection issues in politics. Their mission is to protect the interests of animals through giving them a voice in the political system.
In a media release on the registration of the party, AJP President Professor Steve Garlick says: “The way we treat animals in this country is terribly, terribly wrong... we will be working to raise awareness within the community.”
The AJP will be announcing their policies during the coming months, and will cover subjects including animal experimentation, live export and farming, wildlife welfare and sustainability, animals in sport and entertainment, hunting and fishing.