Animal Justice Party Member of the Legislative Council for Western Victoria
Andy has been a dedicated animal rights campaigner for many years, and from early on recognised the critical role that the Australian parliamentary system plays in creating positive change for animals. Andy has devoted many years of his life to the Animal Justice Party, volunteering in many roles including on State Committee and the Policy Team, and has been instrumental in the growth and direction of the Western Victoria Regional Group, as well as guiding the growth of the now independent Ballarat Sub-Branch. After standing as a candidate in many State and Federal elections, Andy was successfully elected as a Member of the Legislative Council for Western Victoria in the recent 2018 Victorian State Election.
Andy has been a long-time campaigner against duck shooting, live export, jumps racing, greyhound racing, animal circuses and rodeos, and the horrific 1080 poison, and is thrilled to be able to now take this fight into Parliament, where over the next four years he will be holding the Victorian state government accountable for their decisions that lead to immense animal suffering.
After growing up on the central coast in NSW, Andy has been calling the beautiful Surf Coast in Western Victoria home for many years where he lives with his wife April and their two amazing children, rescue greyhound, rescue shitzu and three cats.
Talk Description: Using politics to change the future for animals
The parliamentary system plays a critical role in shaping the future for our children, animals and the planet. After being elected as the first Victorian Animal Justice Party Member of Parliament in the 2018 Victorian state election, Andy Meddick has already taken huge steps forward in influencing and changing legislation to achieve positive change for animals. Hear about the role politics plays in helping animals, what Andy has achieved in the first 12 months, and about the important role you play in helping him achieve more.