ANIMALS & BIODIVERSITY

ANIMALS & BIODIVERSITY

Policy
Australia should better protect animal welfare and its biodiversity.

Policy Methods (Federal & State)
To help achieve this Australia should:

  • Adopt a properly enforced national biodiversity and native species program. This should include:
    • Widespread urban, rural and marine animal habitat protection;
    • Stronger laws to prevent inappropriate tree-clearing;
    • Stronger laws to prevent the depopulation and eventual extinction of threatened, vulnerable and endangered native species, including through the proposed Koala Protection Act;
    • North-South and East-West wildlife corridors; and
    • Humane reduction and eradication programs for high-risk feral species.
  • Implement mandatory and independently regulated best practice animal welfare management in farming, agriculture and domestic environments.
  • Minimise its use of factory farming, including through a relatively stable and sustainable human population (and related consumption) in Australia.
  • Better protect animal habitats, including through a relatively stable and sustainable human population (and related land-clearing) in Australia.(1)
  • Transition to an end to live animal exports during the 2019+ term of federal parliament (also see REGIONAL & RURAL AUSTRALIA policy).(2)

Related policies

Also see ENVIRONMENT policy.

Footnotes:

  1. Population growth is a "key threatening process" to Australia's biodiversity, as recognised by the Australian Conservation Foundation: CLICK HERE
    Slower (human) population growth will also help minimise factory farming demand, urban and coastal sprawl, intensification of land use, diversion of fresh water resources away from natural habitats, and highway traffic loads which form significant wildlife barriers and threats.
  2. In 2011, the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU), estimated that some 3500 direct employment meat processing jobs have been lost because of the Australian live animal trade. An ACIL Tasman report (2011) on Australia’s live animal exports estimated that the establishment of a meat processing facility in northern Australia could create up to 1300 new jobs in the region.

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