Farming and food choices are intimately connected and so are the corresponding AJP policies. We advocate a plant based diet but recognise that animal industries are not all the same.
We recognise that some animal industries inflict less pain than others however all involve significant suffering and ultimately the taking of life. The AJP understands that widespread dietary change will be a lengthy process and that animal production methods must be improved urgently as an interim measure; so we will prioritise the phase out of factory farming.
It is the aim of our dietary policy to provide programs that inspire people to change. Changes in diets will prompt changes in what and how we farm. Some farmers will have to change their production methods and others will shift from producing animals to producing plant foods. We expect a significant drop in the number of farm animals, an increase in new plant-based industries, and an improvement in human health.
However, whilst the Animal Justice Party will advocate for incomplete reform when the immediate suffering of animals is involved, it will always recognise that such reforms are not enough in isolation and must occur in tandem with a long-term, total transition to plant-based agriculture.
- The withdrawal of Government financial support for animal product industries except for research into welfare improvements.
- A prohibition on the advertising of animal products and where applicable for health warnings on animal products.
- Increased funding for research into effective ethical, environmental and health advertising. This should be followed by active Government support for advertising campaigns based around the ethical, environmental and health advantages of plant based diets.
- To provide financial support and education opportunities where required that will encourage farmers to transition to plant based farming.
- To introduce a tax on animal products commensurate with their adverse environmental and health impacts.
- To allow deductible gift recipient status (DGR) for approved not-for-profit animal protection organisations.
- The rapid phase out of live export and the slaughter of animals without pre-stunning for any reason; including religious beliefs.
- The rapid phase out of all farmed animal mutilations, including tail docking, castration, branding, ear marking, teeth clipping, de-horning and mulesing.
- The rapid phase out of cages, pens, stalls, crates and other enclosures that do not allow farmed animals complete freedom of movement, the ability to exercise, and to carry out their natural instinctive behaviour.
- The rapid adoption of an 8 hour upper limit on any journey, and restrictions on the climatic conditions under which animals can be transported. Where animals must be transported over longer distances, then as an interim measure, each leg must not exceed 8 hours and the animals must be unloaded, watered and cooled.
- As the uptake of plant based diets increases, we will work towards laws that abolish breeding and rearing for slaughter or other exploitation.