Another Pointless Bill

Once again the Australian Greens are wasting the time and resources of Australia’s Federal Parliament with another pointless bill.

This time is one to ban the importation of primates for medical research purposes.

Now, before of jump up and down, getting all excited saying that this is a great thing for the animals, I’d like to highlight the following for you:

  • No primates have been imported since 2009
  • This bill won’t ban the breeding of primates within Australia for research purposes
  • The Greens are not opposed to the use of any animal for research
  • This bill, if passed, which is highly doubtful, could easily be overturned after next years election

Which leads me to ask why they introduced it in the first place?

Could it be that they want to save face with animal advocates after their woeful promotion of domestic slaughter to replace live exports, or could they be trying to tap into the passion and emotion of this issue in the belief that it will get them a few more votes next year, and hoping that they will only take the proposed bill on face value and not dig a little further?

Now I’m sure someone is going to say that this bill isn’t as much about banning a practice that no longer exists, it is about raising awareness of primates being used for research.

If this was really the case, why didn’t they introduce a bill banning the use of primates for research?

And what about all the other animals that are used in research, don’t they deserve protection too?

Ahh well. I suppose we will have to wait and see what other song and dance The Watermelons make about it as time goes by.

2 thoughts on “Another Pointless Bill”

  1. Agreed. The Sunday Age ran a front page articel last Sunday about the breeding of primates in Victoria to be used for medical research. I consequently sent off emails to both Monash University (no reply) and the NHMRC about why using animals in research is both unnecessary and unethical. The NHMRC replied with a typical response, that everything has to go through an ethics committee etc totally missing a main the point of the article that ethics committees are nothing more than rubber stamps. What really is a problem is that anybody who does not wish to use animals in research basically has to under NHMRC policies if they wish to get funding. I replied pointing out the fallacies of the response and how the general public is kept usually unaware as the nature of research is too horrible to be made known, and that in the 21st century we should be developing better research methods that don’t involve other non0human individuals. No response at this stage.


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