Why I Won’t Be Voting For The Animal Justice Party. And You Shouldn’t Either

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It’s election time again in Australia.

Promises and policies are being wheeled out to entice us to put a 1 in their box.

Our social media feeds feature comments from friends saying that we should support this party, and not that one.

For some reason, people seem to assume that because I am vegan, and support rights for other animals, I will be voting for the Animal Justice Party.

I won’t be, and here are my reasons.

The Party Is Built On Deception

People I have spoken to are of the belief that the AJP are a vegan party.

They aren’t.

They also aren’t a political party that will give any type of rights for other animals.

In fact, the party was inspired by the teaching of Peter Singer.

The Reader’s Digest version of this is that they don’t mind animals being used, so long as they are used nicely.

None of the bills that Mark Pearson have presented to the NSW parliament have been to seek justice for other animals.

It should also be noted that animal justice is something that he neglected to mention during his maiden speech.

Donating to the Animal Justice Party will not end animal cruelty. Even if every candidate got elected.

While I am not saying that veganism will end all suffering, it is a good place to start.

Yet, it is the one term the party works hard not to use.

They Latch On To Anything

 

For Mark to compare his bill to the work that Steven Wise is doing is beyond insulting.

Let us not forget their “personhood” claim.

Come on, if Steven Wise hasn’t been able to get rights for other animals, what hope does the Animal Justice Party have?

Other Things To Consider

In addition to the above, there is also the following.

  • They are a ‘one issue’ party. They have no policy on defence, social security, education, etc.
  • They have an unhealthy obsession with dismantling the RSPCA
  • No costings or estimates are provided for their Independent Office of Animal Welfare
  • Still confused about state/territory and Commonwealth responsibilities
  • Mark Pearson, MLC NSW, lead a parliamentary motion to give a pat on the back to those sheep farmers who don’t use muelsing to control fly strike.

When it comes time to put your numbers in the boxes on election day, please make sure you have done your homework on who you put the number 1 beside.

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11 Comments

  1. rspca Vic have now disbanded the special investigation unit.

    rspca Vic have dropped their ‘Close Puppy Factories’ campaign. Hinch and the Justice Party they are a trustworthy party and also they combine animal and people justice.

  2. You haven’t suggested a better alternative. Surely trying to improve animal rights is better than doing nothing? I believe the movement for animal justice would work a lot better if all the animal organisations backed each other, instead of trying to compete and criticise others, nothing is perfect.

    • Remember this article was written in 2016.
      That being said, the “better alternative” is for people to become more knowledgeable about politics, rather than relying on what someone tells them.

      IF, the AJP were actually about “animal rights”, I would support them. Except they aren’t. Nor actually able to be.

      Interesting that you mention “animal justice”, which is different from “animal rights”.

      How can the party be for “animal justice” when we still don’t know if the sitting MP, Mark Pearson, is actually vegan. Remember, he said he is “committed to moving swiftly towards an essentially plant based diet”. “Essentially” is different to “total” or “complete.

      He also said that he is “fully committed to not eating any animal product where sourcing could have involved harm”. (This could mean that backyard eggs are still on the menu for him because they wouldn’t involve “harm”).

  3. Cameron….your comments are lacking truth, understanding, facts and dismal opinions !!!!!!
    Why on earth are you a vegan ?????

    • What is “lacking truth”?
      What have I failed to “understand”?

      And, what “facts” would you like to see?

      Remember, the AJP are the ones who have protected Mark Pearson for all the years he was possibly vegetarian, and even after the sushigate incident.

  4. It’s very easy to criticise, but what are you doing to help animals???
    The AJP is not perfect but we are learning, improving and trying damn hard to stop brutality toward animals.
    Much of your rhetoric is incorrect, harmful, unfair and mean- spirited.

    • Marianne, please let me know what I have written that is incorrect and I will fix it.

      As a the AJP is promoted as being an “animal rights” party, shouldn’t the focus be on protecting the rights of other animals, not stopping “brutality towards animals”?

      If they aren’t an “animal rights” party (which they can’t be if they want dog breeding to continue), then everything they do and say should be fair game and commented on by vegans.

  5. Politics is the art of the possible. There are always divisions among those with radical ideas, which always helps the status quo. I’m very unimpressed by the fact that you’ve said “don’t vote for the Animal justice Party” without suggesting an alternative. Are the major parties so much better? Or are you suggesting the Greens? Or do you have a “purer” suggestion? – in which case, surely AJP would be a be a good second preference, ahead of a major party.

    • I don’t know who was standing in every electorate in Australia.

      I have always said vote independent first, then consider a party after that.

      And by now means am I suggesting that the major parties are any better. What I do want to see is people doing their own due diligence before they put that #1 next to ANY Animal Justice Party candidate.

  6. The Animal Justice Party is the only party in Australian politics dedicated to ending animal cruelty. This post is so confusing! Who are you suggesting as an alternative? As a vegan, your position is just so utterly contradictory. The AJP is the only party to vote for if you are vegan or care about animals. There is no other option in politics. None. Nada. Zilch.

    • How can you say that when Mark Pearson, the AJP MP in NSW isn’t vegan himself, and actually rejects veganism?

      They aren’t “dedicated to ending animal cruelty”.

      If they were, Mark Pearson would have introduced a bill into parliament to end animal experimentation, rather than “rehome” certain animals.

      He would have also introduced a bill to end the use of ANY animal for entertainment, not just “exotic” ones in circuses.


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