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.

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: www.trybooking.com/vohu

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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 www.trybooking.com/376219

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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! https://www.trybooking.com/376219

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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

Law Week Trivia Night 2017 – RSVP Extension!

May 12th, 2017

Tickets can now be purchased up until 5pm on Wednesday, 17 May 2017!

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Law Week Trivia Night 2017

April 12th, 2017

We hope you’ll join us at our second annual Law Week Trivia Night, to enjoy a fun evening in good company, test your general knowledge and raise money for Edgar’s Mission and Pets Haven, a couple of hard-working animal rescue charities who desperately need it.

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Animal Law Breakfast 2017 – RSVP Extension!

March 30th, 2017

The Animal Law Breakfast 2017 RSVP has been extended to 4pm Wednesday 5 April (or until sold out). Limited tickets remain, so act quickly!

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Animal Law Breakfast 2017

March 18th, 2017

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.au/eic/article/3130]. It also comes just a few months after the Independent Review of the RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate – prompted by public outrage over handling of the Bulla horse cruelty case – handed down its final report in October 2016 [see: http://www.rspcavic.org/services/inspectorate/independent-review].

Lawyers for Animals made submissions to both Inquiries advocating three key reforms:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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:
http://lawyersforanimals.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/LFA-RSPCA-indepndnt-review-subn-08-07-16.pdf
http://lawyersforanimals.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LFA-RSPCA-Vic-Govt-subn-060317.pdf

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: enquiries@lawyersforanimals.org.au

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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.

Fishing

The use of commercial trawling nets is an extremely cruel means of fishing and an environmental disaster due to the impact on the ocean floor.

Though rarely acknowledged, fish suffer. Their writhing bodies and flapping gills are a desperate plea for the oxygen they breathe from water (rather than air).

Governments now understand the massive damage done to marine ecology, but there must be equal consideration for fish suffering.


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