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The Animal Justice Party (AJP) values and respects invertebrates as important members of the animal world and for their importance to biodiversity and ecosystem function. The AJP calls for more education to increase public awareness of invertebrates, and for more legal protection for complex invertebrate species.

Key Objectives

  1. Educate people about the nature and ecological role of invertebrates, their sentience and cognitive abilities, and the impact human activities have on them.
  2. Include invertebrate species that are known to suffer pain such as crabs, crayfish, lobsters and cephalopods, as well as those that are likely to do so (such as other complex invertebrates), under the definition of ‘animal’ in animal protection laws in all states and territories (see the Definition of Animal policy).
  3. Mandate the humane treatment of invertebrates under state and territory animal protection laws without exceptions.
  4. Encourage the use of non-lethal alternatives to control invertebrates such as insects, spiders and snails, both in large-scale agricultural settings and in domestic and small-scale settings.
  5. Ban the lethal collection of insects (*e.g.* butterflies) for recreational or display purposes.
  6. Oppose the emerging commercial breeding of insects and other sentient invertebrates for human consumption (*e.g.* crickets).

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