Classed as property, animals have no legal voice: they need lawyers to advocate for them. Lawyers for Animals is a volunteer-based organisation dedicated to improving the welfare of animals through education and the law.

Done By Law – Melbourne Cup Episode

November 7th, 2019

Listen to Lawyers For Animals’ President Nichola Donovan talk to Done By Law on 3CR Community Radio about the Melbourne Cup, animal rights, and the RSPCA’s role in animal cruelty enforcement:

Done By Law – Melbourne Cup Episode

EVENT UPDATE: The Animal Law Breakfast 2019

May 10th, 2019

Unfortunately Simone Linham, Senior Lawyer at Victoria Police, is no longer able to speak at our Animal Law Breakfast, but luckily Amitoj Singh and Anna Leith from Victoria Police have jumped in to take her place! Please find our amended invitation below. If you haven’t got a ticket, purchase one here: 


A dinner conversation with Peter Singer

April 24th, 2019

Tue 14 May 2019, 5.30pm for 6pm start at
Nirankar (licensed restaurant),
174 Queen St, Melbourne
Get your tickets at:

LFA Singer Q&A dinner 2019 invite

The Animal Law Breakfast 2019

April 24th, 2019

Fri 17 May 2019, 7.20am for a 7.30am start at
Maddocks, Level 25, Tower 2,
Collins Square, 727 Collins St, Melbourne
Get your tickets at:

LFA Brekkie 2019 invite #1

2019 Duck Shooting Season

March 13th, 2019

Lawyers for Animals was among a large number of concerned animal welfare groups who participated in the below ad placed in the Sunday Age newspaper on 10 March 2019 by Regional Victorians Opposed to Duck Shooting.

If you want to help take action on this issue, please follow this link:

In particular, we encourage you to sign this letter addressed to the relevant Victorian ministers:

Alliance Advt March 10

Lucy’s Project Conference 2018

August 22nd, 2018

LFA’s Nichola Donovan, Rebecca McMahon, and Lauren Hadolt will be speaking at Lucy’s Project’s 2018 Conference on the following topics, respectively:
* working with law enforcement to increase their awareness of animal issues that are associated with domestic violence;
* changing the registration of companion animals; and
* the changes brought about by the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018, so far as they relate to the keeping of animals.

Tickets can be purchased at:

Lucy's Project Conference 2018 Flyer

Law Week Trivia Night 2018 – RSVP Extension!

May 11th, 2018

We have extended the RSVP date to 5pm on Monday, 14 May! Get your tickets now at

Law Week Trivia Night 2018 extended RSVP

Law Week Trivia Night 2018

April 23rd, 2018

Book tickets now for LFA’s annual Law Week Trivia Night! It is open to all, the questions are general knowledge, and the profits go to charity!

Law Week Trivia Night 2018 #pink

Submission regarding the ‘Proposed Draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Poultry’ and associated ‘Consultation Regulation Impact Statement’

March 12th, 2018

Read LFA’s position here: Submission on draft Poultry Standards.

Animal Law enforcement an ongoing battle for NFPs – Lawyers Weekly

September 11th, 2017

Read about LFA’s position here: Animal law enforcement an ongoing battle for NFPs

Horse Racing

The cruelty of horseracing in Australia is usually overlooked due to its social and historical significance.

Racing places enormous pressure on the immature skeletal systems of young horses and regularly leads to lung-bleeding, while a high incidence of stomach ulcers occurs from the high-concentrate grain diets.

Slower or injured horses are routinely discarded by the industry. An estimated 20,000 horses end up at Australian slaughterhouses or ‘knackeries’ each year, with thousands enduring hellish journeys over many days to reach the abattoirs. Much of the horse meat is then shipped to Asia and Europe.


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