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Extending the Live Export Ban

The Animal Justice Party of Aotearoa NZ (AJP) believes the live export of animals is detrimental to the well-being of animals being transported. There has been significant success with the amendment of The Animal Welfare Act 1999 ensuring that no livestock will be exported by sea after April 2023. However, there are parties and organisations looking to repeal this amendment. AJP is committed to campaigning against any repeals that will reinstate live export by sea.

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Ending Animal Experimentation

The Animal Justice Party of Aotearoa NZ (AJP) is committed to banning all forms of harmful animal experimentation. We believe there is a need for Parliament to ensure compassionate research is adequately funded and prioritized. Animals are subjected to harmful and invasive procedures and we believe by requiring the use of alternatives to animal testing wherever possible, we can foster a culture of innovation and scientific advancement.

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Commissioner for Animals

The Animal Justice Party Aotearoa New Zealand (AJP) believes it is time for the animals of Aotearoa to have a voice in Parliament. We are advocating for the independent role of Commissioner for Animals to be appointed to act on behalf of animals to ensure their well-being takes priority. We believe animals deserve adequate protection from exploitation and harm.

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Farmed Animal Protection

The Animal Justice Party Aotearoa NZ (AJP) takes issue with the current animal agriculture model, and the treatment of animals in this sector. This model deems animals as property and treats them as commodities. But animals are not things.

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Greyhound Protection

The Animal Justice Party Aotearoa NZ (AJP) wants animals to be appreciated, respected, cared for, and be given their natural rights. They should not be exploited for entertainment, for profit, or to feed a gambling addiction.

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End Intensive Winter Grazing

The Animal Justice Party Aotearoa NZ (AJP) believes that there are grave issues with the practice of intensive winter grazing. Equally, despite reviews that were enacted after the SAFE 2019 exposé, little has been done to rectify the issues caused by intensive winter grazing and animals are continuing to suffer in these deplorable conditions.

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Shelter for Farmed Animals

The Animal Welfare Act 1999, section 4(b) states that ‘animals must be provided adequate shelter’ and section (c) states that they must have ‘the opportunity to display normal patterns of behaviour’. Animals with access to shelter will often congregate together under the shelter, exposing this as a natural behavior. However, adequate shelter and the opportunity to display normal patterns of behaviour are seldom tied together in application, and there are differences of opinions regarding what adequate shelter is for each type of farmed animal as shown in this recent report by the Ministry for Primary Industries.1

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Ending the Use of Animals in Entertainment

The Animal Justice Party Aotearoa NZ (AJP) believes animals should not be used for entertainment. In greyhound racing, horse racing, and rodeo, for example, animals are repeatedly put in harm’s way, but even when lives aren’t on the line, and behind the scenes, abuse and neglect is endemic in these sectors. What’s more, animals bred to work in the entertainment industries are too often mistreated and killed when they are not profitable.

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