Petitions

Petition Against the Proposed Biosecurity Bill 2015

In August 2015, The NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair MP and Federal Agriculture Minister, Senator Barnaby Joyce announced that they would use the NSW Biosecurity Bill 2015 to target animal rights activists who record operations of intensive farming facilities and disperse the information to the public.

The statements made reveal that the proposed Bill has the potential to be used as US-style ‘ag-gag legislation’ – laws that seek to gag animal activists, employees, whistleblowers and the media from making public evidence of animal cruelty. These laws stifle transparency. There is already legislation which covers matters of trespass and recording information.

Please send all signed hard copies to the Animal Liberation office at Suite 506, 89 York St, Sydney 2000.

  Petition Against the Proposed Biosecurity Bill 2015

Animal Welfare Liaison Unit or Taskforce to be established in the Victoria Police Force

Animal welfare has become a leading concern in Australia over the last few years. However, the leading authority for animal welfare, the RSPCA, has stated that the amount of complaints and the area to cover is overwhelming and their recourses are limited. Meanwhile,unfortunately, costs are going up.

The RSPCA has a policy to not follow up anonymous animal cruelty complaints. Complainants are often fearful of the perpetrators and can be concerned with other forms of backlash from making any complaint. Further, unless you actually witness an event of cruelty/abuse it is not investigated. Another enforcement agency needs to fill the gaps created by these policies.

Furthermore, the Victorian Police is a body with the expertise to deal with complex animal cruelty issues which are often linked with other crimes such as domestic violence, drug use, and illegal gambling. For example, 71-83% of females in domestic violence situations report abuse or killing of a companion animal by their assailant- and will often remain in an abusive relationship to protect the animal (Ascione, F.R. (1998). Battered women's reports of their partners' and their children's cruelty to animals, Journal of Emotional Abuse, 1, 119-133). 

Please send all signed hard copies to the Animal Liberation office at Suite 506, 89 York St, Sydney 2000.

Petition in support of docAn Animal Welfare Liaison Unit or Taskforce to be established in the VIC Police Force.

 

Ban petting zoos

Petting zoos give children the impression that animals exist for them to be treated without regard for their well-being. It normalises the idea of captivity, which can have lasting impacts on the way they interact with and view animals for the rest of their lives. Children learn what a frightened, frustrated animal is like, away from its natural habitat. These are not appropriate examples to set for children and provide no educational value.

Most petting zoo animals are very young and have been prematurely taken away from their mothers. Frightened and often in various states of distress, these young animals are denied their normal socialisation and developmental processes. Animals are disposed of when they are no longer young enough to be attractive to customers.

There is also a high probability of children and adult contracting zoonosis resulting in e Coli and other diseases that hand washing alone will not prevent

Please send all signed hard copies to the Animal Liberation office at Suite 506, 89 York St, Sydney 2000.

Petition in support of Banning Petting Zoos

Ban pig dogging in NSW

 The practice of pig-dog hunting or “pig dogging” represents the cruelest and most barbaric form of hunting in N.S.W.  It also has a range of associated social, animal welfare and ecological issues.

Pig-dogging involves the tracking, bailing, pinning and mauling of wild pigs by specially-blooded dogs.  A hunted pig can suffer sever, extensive and prolonged stress, hurt and injury before a brutal and often slow death which can also result in extensive injuries to dogs.

Please send all signed hard copies to the Animal Liberation office at Suite 506, 89 York St, Sydney 2000.

Petition in support of  A ban on the blood "sport" of pig-dogging.

Ban battery cage egg production in NSW

The practice of confining hens to cages for egg production is abhorrent. Chickens are kept in extreme conditions. The birds have no access to natural light and are confined to a cage no larger than the size of an A4 piece of paper. Beaks are mutilated to stop birds pecking each other to death through the stress of confinement.

Many jurisdictions around the world have phased out or are in the process of phasing out the use of battery cages.  Surveys continue to show that the majority of Australians object to battery cages. 

Please send all signed hard copies to the Animal Liberation office at Suite 506, 89 York St, Sydney 2000.

Petition in support of A ban on battery cages in egg production in NSW.