• Minimise animal cruelty
  • Protect native wildlife
  • End live export
  • No animal testing

The way we treat animals reflects how we treat ourselves and our society. The Greens will work towards ending unnecessary animal cruelty.


The Australian Greens believe that:

  1. Animals have intrinsic value, separate from the needs of humans, who have a responsibility to ensure that animals’ rights and welfare are respected.
  2. Humans have a duty of care to minimise physical and psychological suffering of animals resulting from human activity.
  3. Strong animal welfare standards are necessary.
  4. Native animals and their habitats are at particular risk and require stringent protections.


The Australian Greens want:

  1. A strong, uniform, properly enforced national legislative framework for the protection of the welfare of broad categories of animals, which makes acts of cruelty subject to criminal penalties and also regulates conditions of captivity, transport and slaughter.
  2. An end to cruel and unnecessary use of animals for teaching and research purposes.
  3. The establishment of a national regulatory body for animal welfare.
  4. Increased community understanding of the impacts of consumer choices on animal welfare and on the environment.
  5. An end to the export of live animals for consumption.
  6. An end to inhumane farming practices that are inconsistent with animals’ natural behavioural needs, and a phasing out of intensive farming practices in meat, dairy and egg production.
  7. The development of an Australian standard for free-range farming practices for all agricultural animals.
  8. A ban on the importation of animal products produced by methods which do not accord with Australian animal welfare standards.
  9. A ban on the importation or exportation of animals for zoos, except where it will assist the overall conservation of the species.
  10. Improved global conservation of habitat for endangered species through Australia’s trade, diplomatic and aid relations.
  11. An accurate national labelling system for foods and other products identifying cruelty-free, free-range, organic, and free from content derived from habitat destruction, such as palm oil.
  12. The abolition of the cruel or inhumane use of animals for sport, recreation or entertainment, including the use or display of animals in circuses.
  13. Research into and development of more humane methods of introduced pest and introduced species management and control.
  14. The most humane and effective means available to be used in the control of introduced and pest species, including humane population management methods.
  15. Community education on the needs of animals and our responsibility to minimise any physical, psychological and emotional suffering of animals caused by human activities, and to maximise their quality of life.
  16. An end to the production and testing of consumer items, including cosmetics and fur, that entail cruel or inhumane use of animals or that threaten species survival.
  17. A ban on commercial and so-called ‘scientific’ whaling in recognition of its gross cruelty.
  18. To allow persons or organisations other than the RSPCA the right to prosecute charges relating to animal welfare in appropriate courts and tribunals.
  19. An end to jumps racing.
  20. A ban on recreational shooting of all animals, including Australian native water birds.
  21. To ensure education programs are in place for responsible pet ownership.
  22. The elimination of all cruel practices in relation to the breeding, sale and confinement of native animals and companion animals.
  23. The end of selective breeding that results in characteristics detrimental to animal health.
  24. The consideration of Australian animal welfare standards when negotiating relevant trade agreements.

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