A tireless animal welfare and rights advocate, Cathy Blasonato has been announced as the Animal Justice Party (AJP) candidate for Ballina.
Ms Blasonato, who says that for too long governments have ignored public opinion when it comes to the protection of animals, feels the time is right for animals to get greater representation in the NSW parliament.
‘Governments have ignored the link between the well-being of animals with our environment and health,’ she says. ‘Public opinion has never been so strong in favour of animal welfare and the protection of our environment. I want the Northern Rivers to be a leader in compassion and care for all beings, and the environment.’
Ms Blasonato says the north coast of New South Wales, like the rest of Australia and the planet, has many challenges. ‘Habitat destruction is rampant, farm land is being degraded, and farmed animals are suffering from lack of fresh pastures and shade.’
In the upcoming NSW State election, the Animal Justice Party will be giving a voice to animals and the environment by focusing on three key campaigns: freeing hens from battery cages; protecting our national icon the kangaroo; and taking urgent action to address climate change by protecting our existing native forests and marine habitats, setting a renewable energy target and investigating and introducing more sustainable agricultural systems.
‘A vote for the AJP will send a strong message that people do care about animals and the environment.
‘Our goals are to provide stronger protection for animals and the environment, and to hold the government accountable over their treatment of both.’