Katrina Love is an impassioned animal activist, vegan and convener for the Western Australian Animal Justice Party (AJP). She was the lead candidate for the last federal Senate election in 2013, and is again the front-runner for an available Senate seat for her party.
Since attending her first ‘Stop Live Export’ event nearly a decade ago she recounts the experience as an awakening and has been a devoted animal rights activist ever since.
“It’s not that I wanted to harm animals I just didn’t think about it." Love said of her time as a meat consumer in her speech to Earth Inc. fundraising forum in 2013. "It makes me ashamed now to think I never thought about it, but I was very, very disconnected."
The AJP polices are wholly centred around animal rights and Love divulges in no uncertain terms that, "Banning live animal exports, ending factory farming, stopping all wildlife culls and pushing for a truly independent Office of Animal Welfare."
But, certain challenges arise for smaller parties as a lack of money holds them back because this means a lack of exposure. "A large proportion of people say they will vote for us when they find out about us, but the challenge is getting our name out there - we can't afford mainstream media."
Love is hopeful that winning a seat in the Senate could bring about an increase of focus on animal protection, representation of non-human animals in the federal Senate and a push for the issues mentioned above under key focuses.
Love spoke candidly with UniPollWatch and mentioned that she would be willing to disclose all of her political donations, which totaled to $1500, and fully supported any reform that would allow full transparency and disclosure.
Love was asked if AJP would suggest voters cast their preferences in a particular order and she confirmed that the party would be handing out how-to-vote cards across WA.
“We will indeed be handing out ‘how-to-vote (HTV)’ cards that direct people to number 6 boxes above the line based on our take on who will do the most for animals, but of course the major purpose of handing out HTVs, now that we no longer have the ability to allocate preferences, is to raise awareness of our party.
“Historically we have always preferenced Greens ahead of Labor ahead of Liberals except for the 2013 ACT Senate election where we preferenced Labor ahead of Liberals ahead of Greens.”