Animal Justice Party
I am running as the candidate for Prahran for the Animal Justice Party.
A significant number of political decisions impact upon the lives of animals. The Animal Justice Party (AJP) “has been formed as a response to growing public concern about the neglect of animals and animal protection issues by political parties” (AJP website). The AJP ran federally in the 2013 election and will be contesting the November Victorian state election, with over 20 candidates standing for both the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly.
I am an author, adjunct associate professor in psychology and have advocated for animal welfare for more than 15 years.
On the basis of my extensive research, I can confidently argue that if we cultivate a culture of compassion toward all of our non-human citizens, including those currently exploited for human use (such as food, sport and experimentation), current and future generations will benefit through reduced antisocial and violent behaviour toward all sentient beings including humans.
Over my 25-year career as an academic, I have published over 100 scholarly articles in refereed academic journals and have also conducted a number of projects examining the link between aggression toward humans and cruelty toward animals. In 2000, I founded a group within the Australian Psychological Society focused on promoting positive interactions between humans and animals. This work has resulted in several scholarly publications including a book published in 2012, titled Animal cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour and Aggression: More than a link.