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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to The Speaker and Members of Legislative Assembly of Parliament of Western Australia, Alannah MacTiernan, Mark McGowan

Plead to WA Government to review the Animal Welfare Act and enforce harsher penalties.

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Western Australia in Parliament assembled. We, the undersigned, say that in light of the tragic and horrific event on Wednesday 17th May 2017, in which Luna a beloved family labrador was fatally stabbed by a 37-year-old man at Polyantha Reserve in Apple Blossom Drive, Mirrabooka and animal welfare cases that have been failed by the system, the WA Animal Welfare Act 2002 does not provide animals with adequate protection, neither does it recognise the inhumane killing of an animal is a serious offence and the need to incorporate harsher penalties and punishments.  This is in particular reference to Part 3 of the Act: Offences Against Animals (under clause 19: 1 and 2) which does not include the inhumane killing of an animal as a serious offence, nor does it enforce harsher punishments and penalties to suit. Currently Luna's offender is on bail for not only killing an animal, but carrying a dangerous weapon and in line with the current law of the Animal Welfare Act 2002, if convicted is likely to face no more than a monetary fine and if deemed appropriate up to 5 years (maximum) in prison. Current penalties do not match the severity of these crimes and are not considered tough enough to deter animal cruelty and in particular, the inhumane killing of an animal.  Now we ask the Legislative Assembly to review the WA Animal Welfare Act 2002 and to enforce harsher penalties and punishments. Temporary animal bans, community service and monetary fines are simply too lenient. Penalties such as lengthy prison time needs to be enforced by the government, as well as permanent animal bans. For the people signing the petition this is the first step in making our voice heard and where animals are silent, it is hoped that justice can be served. In the memory of Luna and the many other animals who have suffered and tragically lost their lives. Thank you for your support!   

Charlotte Armstrong
31,925 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Natalie Hutchins, Leslie Williams, Peter Collier, Nigel Scullion, Kyam Maher, Curtis Pitt, Chris Bourke, TAS Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Will Hodgman

Stop importing fake Indigenous art

Even if we are not able to get a policy put in place, I hope that this petition sends a strong message to visitors to Australia: Please do not fund the fake Aboriginal art industry! When buying products that give the impression of Indigenous art, make sure your money is going to an Indigenous artist or organisation. This petition is to request a policy that will prevent the importation of products that are passed off as Indigenous-made and sold in Australia. The products I am talking about are mostly painted Boomerangs, key chains, bags with fake Aboriginal designs on them and even some painted canvases. Thousands of these products are sold every day to tourists in Australia. Some of them have removable labels or stickers stating where the product was made, some of them have no labels at all. Regardless of labeling or lack of, many of these foreign made products use iconic images and traditional painting styles that give consumers a false impression about the origin of the products. It may be hard to police the sale of non-genuine Aboriginal products in general but banning the import of products that mimic Indigenous art would go a long way in reducing the number of fakes on the market, given that most of them are foreign made. Such a ban would mean that anybody wanting to mass produce and sell fake Aboriginal products would have to make the product in Australia. This would severely reduce the profit margin, taking away the incentive for people to produce the fakes altogether. It would also leave the market open for genuine Indigenous art sales to thrive.

Myvanwy Moar
19,145 supporters