Animal Welfare | Australian Greens

Animal Welfare

The Greens are deeply committed to reducing animal cruelty. We are working with communities across the country to improve the treatment of animals. The way we treat animals reflects how we treat ourselves and our society. The Greens SA will work towards ending animal cruelty.

There is overwhelming public demand for humane and accountable treatment of animals, yet governments continue to sanction cruelty by refusing to change woefully inadequate minimum animal welfare standards and make industry transparent and accountable.

The Greens are the only federal parliamentary party to have a specific portfolio responsibility for animal welfare, and in the South Australian parliament we have been strong advocates for animal rights and animal welfare. 

The Greens SA believe that:

  • Animals are sentient beings with intrinsic worth
  • The welfare of animals must be respected with regard to both the survival of species and the protection of individual animals
  • Humans and other animals are interdependent
  • Humans have a responsibility to minimise any suffering of animals caused by human activities, and to maximise their quality of life
  • Animal welfare should be considered in terms of the “five freedoms”:
    • Freedom from hunger and thirst
    • Freedom from discomfort
    • Freedom from pain, injury and disease
    • Freedom to behave normally
    • Freedom from fear and distress
  • Environmental damage caused by industries using animals or animal products should be effectively controlled or eliminated

The Greens SA want to:

  • Raise the status of animals and end animal exploitation through community education and greater protection under the law
  • Abolish any inhumane use or killing of animals for sport, recreation or entertainment
  • End the captivity and killing of animals for the cosmetic and fashion industries, including the use of fur
  • Introduce and adopt legally enforceable codes of practice to protect the welfare of animals used in agriculture
  • Ensure that cruel acts and practices against animals are treated as serious crimes for corporate and private offenders
  • End inhumane farming practices such as undersized enclosures restricting movement that are inconsistent with animals’ natural behavioural needs 
  • Abolish live animal export 
  • Ban toxicology tests and experimentation which deliberately induces pain or distress in animals
  • Conserve remaining natural habitat for native animals
  • Implement and enforce a certification scheme for free-range, organic, humane and cruelty-free production systems
  • Support compulsory and subsidised sterilisation of all cats and dogs, with exceptions for licensed breeders
  • Support local government authorities in establishing and maintaining universal registration of companion animals
  • Introducing legislation and developing programs for ‘no kill’ shelters for rehabilitating and re-homing unclaimed impounded animals 
  • Replace the sale of animals from pet shops, markets and temporary facilities such as puppy farms with adoption programs from shelters and licensed breeders
  • Ban the intentional breeding of animals for characteristics that cause suffering for the animal
  • Create incentives for property owners to establish linked wildlife corridors
  • Comprehensively review current legislation to better protect native animals 
  • Implement Oscar’s Law to end puppy factories 
  • Ban Greyhound racing or failing that ensure transparency in the greyhound racing industry
  • Ban jumps racing
  • Include fish in the animal welfare act

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