- Planning & Development
Better protect animal habitats and welfare, and Australia's biodiversity.
Policy Methods (Federal & State)
To help achieve this Sustainable Australia Party will:
- Adopting a properly enforced national biodiversity and native species program, including:
- 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, sporting 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).
"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." Australian Farm Institute
- Reduce (human) population growth pressures (also see Sustainable Population & Immigration (Australia) policy) in order to 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.
"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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