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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - Mahatma Gandhi.
Humans have a duty to minimise cruelty to animals from human activity. We must protect native animals and their habitats and strengthen animal welfare laws that prohibit cruelty. It is vital to inform community members about the needs of animals as well as the impacts of our choices on animal welfare and the environment.
Lynn is committed to raising the status of animals and to working towards ending their exploitation through community education and greater protection under the law. Animals have intrinsic value separate from the needs of humans, who have a responsibility to ensure that animal rights are protected.The welfare of animals must be respected with regard to both the survival of species and the protection of individual animals.
In Western Australia, the priorities for improving animal welfare are in the areas of intensive farming of pigs and chickens; live export of animals (WA is the biggest exporter of live sheep – 4 million are shipped by sea to the middle east from Fremantle Port.); the conservation of habitat for endangered and threatened species and the translocation of fauna when habitat is destroyed; the culling of wild animals; and the control and welfare of cats.
Our goals are:
- To ban the export of live animals.
- To restore and extend the current natural habitats of protected native animals.
- To end cruel and unnecessary animal experimentation.
- To increase community understanding of the impacts of consumer choices on animal welfare and on the environment.
- To strengthen animal welfare legislation that prohibits cruelty and ensure that acts of cruelty are treated as criminal offences.
- To ban genetic engineering involving animals.
- To support the research, development and implementation of more humane methods of introduced pest and introduced species management and control To foster community education about the needs of animals and our responsibilities to them.