Menkit Prince, Uki
Handing out for the Animal Justice Party (AJP) on election day taught me that the vast majority of people have little regard for animal protection. One person said that humans can live without animals therefore they were not interested in four-leggeds.
I pointed out that humans would perish without birds, bees, and butterflies. Without the pollinators, especially flying foxes, we would have no forests, banksias, melaleucas or one-third of all fruit. He said that we need plants but not animals.
However, without native animals there would be an explosion of insects that would eat all the plants, leaving no food or medicine for us and causing vector-borne diseases that could wipe us out.
By mass killing of fauna populations and their habitat we are causing the sixth mass extinction.
Who is the party that will protect native animals the most? AJP, to a lesser extent the Greens, and even lesser Labor. But no other party expresses concern or awareness of why we should protect native animals in spite of the fact that billions of tourism dollars will be lost if koalas perish.
How will AJP govern, balance the economy, and care for human needs? All decisions would be made on what is best for the welfare of all, except this time animals will be included.
Hopefully at the next federal election people will wake up and realise it is enlightened self-interest to protect our environment and its fauna.