ANIMALS & BIODIVERSITY
Australia should better protect animal habitats and 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 land and 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
- Transition to an end to live animal exports during the 2019+ term of federal parliament (also see REGIONAL & RURAL AUSTRALIA policy).(1)
- Reduce (human) population growth pressures (also see SUSTAINABLE POPULATION - AUSTRALIA policy).(2)
Also see ENVIRONMENT policy.
- 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.
- Population growth is a "key threatening process" to Australia's biodiversity, as recognised by the Australian Conservation Foundation: CLICK HERE
Reducing (human) population growth will also help minimise animal habitat (including tree and bushland) destruction, urban and coastal sprawl, intensification of land use, factory farming demand, diversion of fresh water resources away from natural habitats, and highway traffic loads which form significant wildlife barriers and threats.
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