Recently a good friend and politician asked me if I'd consider running for Federal politics. In another life, at another time ... perhaps! But the suggestion did get me thinking about the coming election and whether change for animals can ever come from within the political sphere.
I'm writing to you today because the answer is yes; which is why your voice, on behalf of animals, becomes so important in the coming weeks.
What's different about this election? We are creating a platform for change that is gathering momentum. With enough support it will make a world of difference for animals — in the live export trade and beyond. See for yourself on our interactive political map.
Today there are 14,637,179 people enrolled to vote in Australia. Most will never contact their MP. Which is why those who do, can keep animals front and centre of political debate.
And it's already happening...
People like Lin in the electorate of Watson, who left her home country of China despairing at the way animals were being treated, only to discover that Australia is responsible for equal horrors — on live export ships and in factory farms. People like Ed in Throsby, whose MP Stephen Jones recently joined his constituents in their opposition of live export — citing hundreds of emails on the issue. People like Deb in Robertson, who continues to take the case for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare to her MP. And people like Judi in Boothby, Travis in Leichhardt, and Nicolein Macquarie whose lobbying on these issues have put animals squarely on the political map.
Where do our two would-be Prime Ministers stand?
The Coalition has committed to keeping live export regulation in place but is promising the industry less 'red tape'. They have stated they will apologise to Indonesia for the 5 week suspension of cattle exports in 2011 — a short halt in trade that saved further animals from terrible abuse in Indonesian slaughterhouses. At this stage, the Coalition appears to be opposed to an Independent Office of Animal Welfare.
The Labor Party is promising an additional layer of oversightof live export regulation but the commitment will not deliver the independent representation animals so desperately need. A number of ALP MPs havetaken a public stance against live export. An Independent Office of Animal Welfare is ALP policy but there is currently no commitment to establish it.
It was Margaret Mead who reminded us: never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
One by one, together we have been overcoming the stumbling blocks — turning them instead into stepping stones towards real and needed change.
I am not suggesting that a better world for animals hangs on the results of this election. But what we do now on their behalf brings the day ever closer when an election outcome will hinge on a party's willingness to create that kinder world.
It was your voice that forced unprecedented reform of the live export trade, which is resulting infewer animals suffering the horrors of this industry and is finally allowing exporters to be held to account. It is your calls for a better deal for animals that drives an Independent Office of Animal Welfare ever closer to becoming a reality.
And it will be your persistence that will deliver positive, needed outcomes for animals in the end.
On behalf of animals, thank you.
Lyn White Campaign Director P.S. With the election just weeks away, the power of a single phone call or email will never be as great as it is right now. Please take 5 minutes to add your report to our interactive political mapand help us shape a better future for animals!
P.P.S. Everywhere we look, your unwavering voice and our relentless campaigns are paying dividends for animals. I look forward to sharing some great news with you in the coming week — stay tuned! 37 O'Connell St, North Melbourne Victoria 3051, Australia You have received this alert because firstname.lastname@example.org is subscribed to receive Animals Australia e-updates. To unsubscribe,please click here.