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Animal Justice Party

Animal Justice Party
President Steve Garlick
Founded 2009
Headquarters Blakehurst, New South Wales, Australia
Ideology Animal rights advocacy
Colours Brown
House of Representatives
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Politics of Australia
Political parties

Animal Justice Party (AJP) is a political party in Australia representing an animal rights perspective in the Australian political arena. On 3 May 2011, the Animal Justice Party was approved by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and AJP was federally registered as a political party under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, making the party eligible for federal funding.[1][2] AJP is the first political party in Australia formed to advance animal rights issues.[3]


  • Goals 1
  • Campaigns 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The preamble of the AJP charter says the party "has been formed as a response to growing public concern about the neglect of animals and animal protection issues by political parties" and states its mission is "to promote and protect the interests and capabilities of animals by providing a dedicated voice for them in Australia’s political system." The party aims to give animals constitutional protection based on their sentience, as opposed to their instrumental value.[4] The party's mission is "To promote and protect the interests and capabilities of animals by providing a dedicated voice for them in Australia’s political system."[5]


In 2011, in the light of the an Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television footage showing abuse and the slaughter of cattle from the Northern Territory in conditions that would not have been permitted in Australia, as well as the consequential nationwide protests by supporters of animal welfare,[6] AJP, along with Animals Australia, the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU), The Greens and a range of other NGOs sought a ban on live animal exports. Steve Garlick, president of the Animal Justice Party, said that rural Australia has been adversely affected by the export of live animals and argued that the export ban would result in economic and social benefit in the country.[6][7]

The AJP first ran for office at the 2013 Federal Election. Their key platform and focus was to Ban Live Exports, End Factory Farming and Halt the Slaughter of Wildlife.

In between running for office, the AJP has used its political leverage to lobby for legislative changes such as: Banning Puppy Mills, Repealing Breed Specific Legislation, Banning Jumps Racing in Victoria and South Australia and Banning the import of cosmetics tested on animals.

In the 2013 Federal Election the Animal Justice Party received criticism for preferencing the Liberal Party ahead of the Greens in the ACT senate. They did this because The Greens insisted on ordering the culling of over a thousand Kangaroos in the ACT. This preferencing decision ultimately had no impact on the result. [8][9]

At its first election (2013) the party joined Glenn Druery's Minor Party Alliance but failed to win a seat.[10][11]

The party also ran in the 2014 Victorian State Election. Their key themes for the election were a Ban on Jumps Racing, Duck Shooting, Puppy Mills and an end to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in dogs and Factory Farming. The vote in the upper house doubled compared to the previous Federal election, but they failed to win a seat. They ran in 9 lower house seats.

See also


  1. ^ Massola, James (4 May 2011). "Questions for Pakistan as Bin Laden raid details emerge".  
  2. ^ "Application for party registration approved - Animal Justice Party".  
  3. ^ "A New Political Party FOR the Animals!". Animals Australia. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Animal Justice Party - Our Charter". Animal Justice Party. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "Aussies march to end live cattle exports".  
  7. ^ Jeanes, Tim (21 July 2011). "Animal lobby and meatworkers united against live exports".  
  8. ^
  9. ^ "I'll say sorry to Jakarta for cattle ban: Tony Abbott". The Australian. 10 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Bitter dispute erupts over Senate preferences in Queensland: ABC 5 September 2013
  11. ^ Alliance of micro parties boosts odds for likes of One Nation or Shooters and Fishers gaining Senate spot through preferences: Daily Telegraph 5 September 2013

External links

  • Official website
  • Animal Justice Party (Australian Electoral Commission)
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