Freedom for Animals

"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.

The Greens (WA) support the implementation of the five basic freedoms for animals.

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
  2. Freedom from discomfort: by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease: by prevention through rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom to express normal behaviour: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Lynn, as the Greens (WA) spokesperson for animals, 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 focus on:

  • the 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 treatment of animals in entertainment (greyhounds and horses in racing),
  • the culling of wild animals, and
  • the management and welfare of companion animals (cats and dogs primarily).


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  • 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.


Select Committee on Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Motion

Australian Greens Policy on Animals

Greens WA Policy on Animals


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Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia