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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 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.

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

LFA Law Week Trivia Night

April 22nd, 2016

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.

We’ve decided to donate all proceeds to Second Chance Animal Rescue and Edgar’s Mission.

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.

 

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.

Battery Hens

Australia is home to over ten million egg-laying hens, 90% of whom are held in battery cages.

Battery hens live in a space smaller than a sheet of A4 paper, restricting any freedom to express natural behaviours.

Numerous European countries – including Germany, Austria and Sweden – have banned battery cages, and the EU has a total ban set for 2012.

Unfortunately, Australian politicians have not followed this global shift.


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