ADVOCACY NOT APATHY
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.
You’re warmly invited to attend our fourth Animal Law Breakfast 2017 – see flier attached – for which we are (once again) very grateful to have the generous sponsorship of Maddocks. For those not yet aware, the delicious vegan breakfasts provided by Maddocks’ catering have become legendary within LFA!
This year, with the help of two highly influential speakers in this area
- Lizzie Blandthorn MP, Ambassador for Animal Welfare (Victoria); and
- Dr. Liz Walker, Chief Executive Officer, RSPCA Victoria;
we aim to progress an answer to the question: ‘How can we best improve animal cruelty law enforcement?’
In hopes that you are able join us, here are the event details:
WHEN? Thursday 6 April: 7.15am registration – 7.30am brekkie – 8.00am speeches begin – 8.45am close
WHERE? Maddocks: Collins Square – Tower 2, Level 25, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne
COST? $22 or $16 for current LFA members and concession holders (includes $1.50 booking fee)
RSVP by 4pm Monday 27 March via: http://tix.yt/alb2017
If you have time to read on… by way of background, the theme of our Animal Law Breakfast is quite topical. It coincides with the current ‘Inquiry into RSPCA Victoria’ by a Victorian Parliamentary Standing Committee [submissions close 31 March, see: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.
Lawyers for Animals made submissions to both Inquiries advocating three key reforms:
- Creation of a dedicated Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad (or similar) within Victoria Police (modelled on New York City’s successful transition from charitable to public law enforcement).
- Creation of an Office of Animal Welfare within the Department of Justice to oversee the Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad and fulfill many functions of the former Bureau of Animal Welfare, keeping it independent from the Department of Agriculture.
- Removal of RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate powers and funding, permitting it to refocus on animal care and to engage in public advocacy for animal welfare without any perceived of conflict of interest (again modelled on New York City’s successful transition, spearheaded by their American SPCA).
You may read our rationale for seeking these reforms in each of our submissions, here:
Unfortunately, the Independent Review’s report neither addressed our submissions nor mentioned the New York model of public animal cruelty law enforcement. We are hopeful that the Victorian Government Inquiry will give this model the consideration we feel it deserves, and that RSPCA Victoria may also come to recognise and embrace – as the American SPCA in New York did – the benefits of transitioning to a public law enforcement model, both for themselves and for the animals we all wish to protect.
We hope to see you at the Animal Law Breakfast. Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested. The capacity of the event is limited to 80, so please book early to maximise your chance of securing a seat.
If you have any queries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about LFA’s position here: Call for new animal cruelty authority in Victoria
Our inaugural Law Week Trivia Night has arrived!!
Attached is your invitation to the trivia night to be held on Friday 20 May 2016. We hope you and your friends/colleagues can join us for what we trust will be a lot of fun.
This event is open to all, so please feel free to circulate the invitation, noting that bookings need to be made by 10am Friday 13 May.
We hope to see you on the night!
Thanks for your continuing support and kind regards,
Lawyers for Animals Inc.
Dear wonderful members and supporters,
Please find here our April 2016 Newsletter, for your information. In this edition, we celebrate three years of our Animal Law Clinic and focus on horse welfare, responding to some recent horror stories with constructive ideas for reform. There are also a few excellent animal law events scheduled soon, including our own Law Week Quiz Night, in which we hope you may be interested.
Please feel free to send us your feedback and any ideas for future newsletters.
Kind regards and thank you for your continuing support,
Lawyers For Animals
LFA Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015August 19th, 2015
A copy of LFA’s submission will be made public once released from parliamentary confidentiality restrictions.