ANIMALS & BIODIVERSITY
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;
- North-South and East-West wildlife corridors;
- Stronger laws to prevent inappropriate tree-clearing;
- Planning laws to prevent the depopulation and eventual extinction of native species such as koalas in the urban environment; and
- Humane reduction and eradication programs for high-risk feral species.
- Minimise its use of factory farming.
- Implement mandatory and independently regulated best practice animal welfare management in farming, agriculture and domestic environments.
- Achieve a sustainable (human) population with slower growth.(1)
- Transition to an end to live animal exports during the 2016+ term of federal parliament (also see REGIONAL & RURAL AUSTRALIA policy).
Also see ENVIRONMENT policy.
- 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.
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