Andrew believes the live animal export trade should be banned because it is systemically cruel, not in Australia’s economic interests and lacks public support.
Andrew has introduced legislation in Federal Parliament in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 to ban or restrict live exports to reduce the cruelty, but the major parties have not supported him.
He also seconded a Bill in the Parliament that would establish an independent Office for Animal Welfare, but again the major parties have blocked the move.
Andrew is appalled that it is still legal to test cosmetics on animals in Australia.
He supported a Bill which would prohibit the developing, manufacturing, selling, advertising or importing into Australia of cosmetics, or ingredients in cosmetics, which have been tested on live animals.
Andrew called for an immediate nation-wide suspension of greyhound racing after Four Corners revealed in February 2015 that the illegal and barbaric use of live baits in the training of greyhounds remains widespread. He thinks that the sport should be banned outright, but if state and federal governments are going to allow it to continue, the onus is on those governments to ensure the industry is not corrupt and that the cruelty is at least minimised.