- Planning & Development
Properly protect animal habitats and welfare, and Australia's biodiversity, thereby ultimately benefit humanity and fulfil our moral obligation to leave room for the countless other species that also have a right to exist.
Policy Methods (Federal & State)
To help achieve this Sustainable Australia Party will:
- Support a stronger Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to properly protect Australia’s environment and biodiversity, including:
- A properly enforced national biodiversity and native species program
- Widespread urban, rural and marine animal habitat protection
- Stronger laws to prevent inappropriate land and tree-clearing
- Stronger laws to prevent the depopulation and eventual extinction of threatened, vulnerable and endangered native species, including through incorporation of the proposed Koala Protection Act into the EPBC Act
- Improved and better connected wildlife corridors
- Better protecting our marine national parks and sanctuaries
- Humane reduction and eradication programs for high-risk feral species
- Implement mandatory and independently regulated best practice animal welfare management in farming, agriculture, sporting and domestic environments, including:
- Minimising the use of factory farming
- Increasing penalties for animal cruelty and neglect
- An end to live animal exports
- Subsidise the reintroduction of larger abattoirs in Australia in order to offer viable alternatives to live animal exporting, minimise animal cruelty, value-add to commodity exports and help secure the livelihood of people in regional and rural Australia (also see Regional & Rural Australia policy)
"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 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." Australian Farm Institute
- Stabilise Australia’s population as soon as practicable (also see Population & Immigration (Australia) policy).
"A key conservation group wants human population growth to be listed as a threatening process under Australia's environment laws. The Australian Conservation Foundation has asked the Federal Department of Environment to review the link between Australia's growing population and the loss of biodiversity." Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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