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.

Animal Law Resources from Voiceless

February 5th, 2020

Voiceless is an organisation at the forefront of the animal protection and animal law movement since 2004. In collaboration with the Bond University Centre for Professional Legal Education, Voiceless have prepared their Animal Law Education materials to provide students and teachers with the information they need to understand and discuss animal law and policy reform in Australia. The materials are available for free download on the Voiceless website and include a podcast, presentation and a tutorial & assessment program. If interested, you are able to access the materials via this link:

https://www.voiceless.org.au/content/animal-law-and-policy-reform

The podcast is aimed at first year to advanced law students. Many of Australia’s foremost legal experts and animal advocates, including the LFA President, Nichola Donovan, discuss their experiences with trying to achieve animal law and policy reform in Australia.

If you wish to access and listen to the podcast directly, you can do this via the link below:

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

Companion Animals

Despite the happiness we see in the lives of some companion animals, the stark reality for Australia’s less fortunate cats and dogs should not be overlooked.

Unrestricted breeding, poor identification and a lack of regulation of pet shops and ‘backyard breeders’ are just some of the problems leading to the deaths of nearly 200,000 ‘surplus’ cats and dogs in Australia each year.

Increased law enforcement in the areas of early de-sexing and identification (such as a point-of-sale registration scheme) coupled with better education about ‘impulse’ buying, would lead to a marked fall in the over-population of our cherished pet species.


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