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Meg Watkins for Western Metropolitan Region

Meg knows that for too long, animals have suffered at the hands of humans, humans have suffered at the hands of a broken system, and our planet has suffered at the hands of neglect and inaction.

As a passionate animal and environmental advocate, Meg understands the intersectionality of issues in the Western Metropolitan region.

She has spent her adult life to working on causes she cared about, and at 25, Meg is standing as an election candidate because she says that it's time that young people are given a seat at the table.

"Young people have inherited a broken world, and yet our voices aren’t being listened to by our political leaders when we try to fix it."

As a thinker and a doer, Meg is a firm advocate against the biggest threat to life on our planet: the climate emergency.

To become carbon negative, Meg knows that we have to address ALL factors that are causing global heating and degrading our natural places. When it comes to climate, animal agriculture is the cow in the room: with 93% of all land cleared to create pasture, and animal agriculture driving methane emissions, Meg will legislate for an immediate end to land clearing in Victoria. Further, she will push to support farmers to transition to ethical, eco-friendly and economically-booming plant-based agriculture opportunities.

Meg is proudly standing with the Animal Justice Party because she recognises that it is the only party willing to stand up for the animals of Australia, including those whose habitats and lives are being destroyed by climate change.

Having spent years involved in animal rescue overseas and locally, Meg came to understand that animals are the most neglected and voiceless of all. This is why she is determined to make real change for animals, through politics.

When elected, Meg will push for a statewide ban on recreational duck shooting, and work to legislate 'Veticare' - a subsidised healthcare system for animals which will help wildlife, companion animals, the veterinary industry and pet owners.

The Party's values of Kindness, Equality, Rationality and Non-Violence are close to Meg's heart, so it naturally follows that her vision and commitments reach well beyond animals and the environment.

Meg knows that in order to achieve justice for animals and our planet, leaders must fight unapologetically for social justice too. This includes mental health, which is the unspoken pandemic in Victoria. Meg knows that the system is broken, and people with lived experiences must be placed at the forefront of reforming it. She is also passionate about amplifying the voices of women and disabled people, and investing in securing better outcomes for these groups across Victoria.

"Parliament needs to be shaken up with a diverse, fresh voice. I just want to get to work building a kinder, fairer Victoria for animals, people and our planet."

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