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.