Membership of Lawyers for Animals and participation in our volunteer program is open to all who care about the welfare of animals – not just lawyers. However, to preserve the legal nature of the organisation, only lawyers and articled clerks/trainees can be elected to our Management Committee.

Membership is $10 student concession and $30 for all others. To join, please:

1. Read the LFA Rules of Association [PDF: 205KB] and please consider the Changes to Membership Rules set out below
2. Download the LFA Membership Application Form [PDF: 201KB]
3. Complete the Membership Application Form and either scan and email it to OR post it to Lawyers for Animals, Ross House 247 – 251 Flinders Lane MELBOURNE VIC 3000.

Memberships fall due for renewal on 30 June each year. When your membership falls due for renewal, simply pay the appropriate annual renewal fee and send an email to confirming you have renewed your membership. There is no need to submit another Membership Application Form.

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If you would prefer to support LFA more regularly, please click on the button below to donate $20 per month to LFA on an ongoing basis.

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Lawyers for Animals welcomes expressions of interest from potential volunteers. Volunteers may undertake general project work or assist at the Animal Law Clinic.

Project work

Volunteer law students or lawyers may undertake research and drafting work to assist us with our current projects. If you would like to help with project work, please send your expression of interest to with some brief details about yourself, and indicate that you are interested in project work. If you have particular areas of interest, please mention them. All expressions of interest are entered into a database of prospective volunteers, who are contacted as and when assistance is required. Please note that volunteers must be current members of Lawyers for Animals.

Animal Law Clinic

The Animal Law Clinic runs on Wednesday evenings at Fitzroy Legal Service from 6:30pm. Lawyers with unrestricted practising certificates volunteer as Advisors at the Clinic. Law students and law graduates without unrestricted practising certificates volunteer as Administrative Assistants, and assist with taking file notes, research and other administrative tasks. Volunteers are typically required to commit to attending the Clinic one Wednesday per month.

At present, the Animal Law Clinic is especially keen to recruit more volunteers with unrestricted practising certificates. If you are interested in volunteering at the Clinic, please send your expression of interest to with some brief details about yourself, indicating whether or not you are a practising lawyer. If you have particular areas of interest or expertise, please mention them. All expressions of interest are entered into a database of prospective Clinic volunteers.  New volunteers will be contacted as and when needed depending on the Clinic roster. Please note that all volunteers at the Clinic must be members of both Lawyers for Animals and Fitzroy Legal Service.

Message of support to LFA from Justice Michael Kirby [PDF: 62KB]



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Mulesing is performed annually on over 20 million Australian Merino lambs. It involves taking a crescent-shaped slice of skin (5-7 cm) from either buttock (the ‘breach’) of a sheep, without anaesthetic, and results in abnormal behaviour for up to three days.

Despite industry’s promise to phase-out mulesing by 2010, many retailers throughout Europe have boycotted Australian wool due to overwhelming consumer concern.

More humane alternatives to surgical mulesing, such as intradermal injections prompting fleece to fall away from the breach (permanently) through a process of necrosis, are currently not receiving the support they require from Australia’s wool industry.


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