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.

2020 Duck Shooting Season

January 12th, 2020

LFA recently made a submission to the respective Ministers for Agriculture and for Energy, Environment and Climate Change highlighting the cruelty of duck shooting and how environmentally and socially destructive this practice is.

LFA calls for the immediate suspension of the 2020 season and renews the submission that duck shooting be permanently stopped in Victoria.  This is critical given the environmental catastrophe unleashed so far this summer with the bush fire emergency across Australia.

It is extremely disappointing to see that the South Australian government announced a duck shooting season for 2020. Link to the submission:

http://lawyersforanimals.org.au/projects/letters-and-submissions/

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

VICTORIAN STATE GOVERNMENT’S INQUIRY INTO RSPCA VICTORIA

March 14th, 2017

Read LFA’s submission to the Victorian State Government’s inquiry into RSPCA Victoria here. Submission are being accepted until 31 March 2017. For more information about making a submission please follow this link: Inquiry into the RSPCA Victoria – submissions.

The Draft Action Plan: Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria 2016 – 2021

October 19th, 2016

Read LFA’s Submission on the Draft Action Plan: Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria 2016 – 2021 here.

Recent Submissions by Lawyers For Animals

August 30th, 2016

Read our latest submissions regarding:

  1. The Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Management Plan Review;
  2. The Productivity Commission inquiry into the Regulation of Agriculture;
  3. The RSPCA Independent Review; and
  4. The Control of Invasive Animals on Crown Land.

Call for new animal cruelty authority in Victoria – Leader Online

July 24th, 2016

Read about LFA’s position here: Call for new animal cruelty authority in Victoria

April 2016 Newsletter

April 11th, 2016

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’s Submission to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Regional Affairs and Transport (‘SRRAT’) Legislation Committee’s Inquiry into the Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015

October 16th, 2015

LFA submn to Sen RRAT Ctee re Office of Animal Welfare Bill – 10 Aug 2015

LFA Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015

August 19th, 2015
On the back of the Greens’ dissenting report opposing enactment of Senator Back’s ag-gag bill, the Greens introduced the Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill 2015 (“Bill”) into the Senate on 23 June 2015.  The Bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation, the same Committee that considered Senator Back’s ag-gag bill.

LFA was invited to provide a submission to the Committee, which it did on 10 August 2015.

A copy of LFA’s submission will be made public once released from parliamentary confidentiality restrictions. 

The Bill proposes the establishment of an independent statutory office, to be known as the Independent Office of Animal Welfare, to act as an oversight, review and reporting body in respect of the Commonwealth Government’s animal welfare standards and the Australian Standards for Export of Livestock and Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System in Particular.

Although not a ‘watch-dog’ agency with substantive investigate powers or prosecuting authority, LFA supports the establishment of the Independent Office of Animal Welfare as a sensible step towards a more rigorous Commonwealth animal welfare regulatory system.

The Committee report is due on 15 September 2015.

Ultra-fine Wool

Sheep bred especially for ultra-fine wool are kept indoors 24-hours a day for up to five years. This is justified as a way to protect the ‘quality’ of their wool from the elements.

Chronic stress is evident by their continual chewing of their wooden slat fencing and other repetitive behaviours.

Despite a Code of Practice stating that sheep unable to adapt to indoor conditions should be returned to grazing, this rarely occurs, because the definition of ‘unable to adapt’ is too vague.


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