Victorian state election - what does YOUR party say about animal experiments?

The Victorian State Election will be taking place on 24th November 2018 and HRA has contacted each of the parties to determine their position on animal experimentation. We understand that there are many factors to be considered when deciding your vote, however the following responses may assist you.

The questions we asked are:

  • Would you support the implementation of some form of financial incentive (such as a grant or scholarship, as has been announced in SA) for researchers to develop alternatives to animal experiments?
  • Would you support legislation for the mandatory rehoming of ex laboratory animals (wherever possible) in order to strengthen the national code of practice which only suggests that rehoming should be “considered”?
  • Are there any further initiatives you would consider concerning the reduction or replacement of animals in research?

This is how they responded:

 

Party

Financial incentives to develop alternatives?

Rehoming ex-lab animals?

Any other initiatives/comments?

Animal Justice Party

Yes

Yes

Ideally we want to see an end to ALL animal testing for any purpose of course.

As you many already know, we are running the Right to Release Campaign

Australian Conservatives (Vic.)

Referred to their website for Frequently Asked Questions (which were not covered)

Australian Country Party

In keeping with our positive view of technology we would certainly support further research in to alternatives to animal testing.

I would support the mandatory re homing of ex-laboratory animals where possible. Laboratory animals should have as many protections as possible as animals in pet breeding facilities do, veterinary treatment being one of them.

The Australian Country Party, soon to be Australian Country Party/Give It Back, supports the humane treatment of animals in all spheres of society, from breeding, farming, working animals, pets, exhibits, and experimentation.

We tend to leave it to our individual candidates to respond to ethical questions, our aim as a party is to restore fairness, accountability and balance to government spending.

I personally would support your suggestions.

Current computer modelling of biological systems is leaping ahead on a monthly basis (this was an area I was very interested in when contemplating a career in research after my degree). I look forward to a future when testing on animals will be greatly reduced, and any testing will be at an advanced stage of development where harm to the subject will be minimal and unexpected.

I also hold human life to be paramount and therefore acknowledge that some animal testing is ethical when used to further life saving treatments, but it should always been done humanely. I hope that improvements in biological modeling will soon relieve us of testing on embryonic humans too.

Australian Labor Party - Victorian Branch

No response

No response

No response

Democratic Labour Party (DLP)

No response

No response

No response

Derryn Hinch's Justice Party

No response

No response

No response

Fiona Patten's Reason Party

No response

No response

No response

Health Australia Party

We do not have a specific policy on this item. That said, I have consulted with the National Executive and agree that financial incentives to alternatives to animal experimentation is an approach that we would support.

We do not have a specific policy on this item. That said, I have consulted with the National Executive and agree ex laboratory animals should be rehomed. I’m unfamiliar with the topic and therefore are unsure what the current alternatives are. We assume that it is not simply putting the animals down as this does not sound like a humane solution that we would support.

The HAP believes that humans have rights, and also that animals have rights. We are not experts in this area and we are keen to further develop our policies within this area and would welcome input and policy suggestions (or draft policies) from parties such as Humane Research Australia Inc.

Liberal Democratic Party 

No response

No response

No response

Liberal Party of Australia - Victorian Division

No response

No response

No response

National Party of Australia - Victoria 

Acknowledged receipt but no response received

Acknowledged receipt but no response received

Acknowledged receipt but no response received

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

No response

No response

No response

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party Victoria

No response

No response

No response

Socialist Alliance (Victoria)

No response

No response

No response

Sustainable Australia (VIC)

Whilst we have a range of animal welfare policies, we do not cover the specific questions you ask. Here are our policies:
https://www.sustainableaustralia.org.au/animals_biodiversity/
Issues outside of our broad policy platform would be addressed on their merits if elected, in an evidence-based way via careful stakeholder engagement.

The Australian Greens - Victoria 

We want to see an end to animals being used in toxicological, product testing and other studies. The Greens support the development of technologies to avoid the use of animals for teaching and research and on-going education programs for scientific researchers and animal ethics committee members in up-to-date, non-animal research methods. The Greens would support a scholarship or grant for researchers to develop alternatives to animal experiments, which researchers and scientific institutions should be doing in any case.

The Greens have long been committed to reducing animal cruelty and are working to improve the treatment of animals. We have strongly supported the re-homing of companion animals, racehorses and greyhounds and would be supportive of the mandatory rehoming of ex laboratory animals to preventing unnecessary euthanasia of animals. Our policy is for a comprehensive review of current legislation and codes of practice to better protect animal welfare in all areas.

The Greens work hard in the federal and state parliaments to promote animal welfare and end cruel practices to all animals, whether they be companion animals, animals used in agriculture, in sport or in research.

The Greens have a strong history of campaigning against the use of animals in scientific research and product testing, particularly at the federal level where Senator Lee Rhiannon introduced legislation. We believe that to achieve these aims, strengthened and on-going education programs for scientific researchers and animal ethics committee members in up-to-date, non-animal research methods are needed as is the expectation from the community.

Transport Matters Party

No response

No response

No response

Victorian Socialists

No response

No response

No response

Voluntary Euthanasia Party (Victoria)

No response

No response

No response

Vote 1 Local Jobs

No response

No response

No response


 

Information will be updated should any further responses be received.

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