Animal Law Clinic Update

The Animal Law Clinic will remain suspended in light of the return to stage 3 lock down in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire from midnight on 8/7/2020. We, along with our partners at the Fitzroy Legal Service, had made tentative steps to resuming the clinic with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures but events have overtaken us. Victoria Legal Aid remains operational for urgent assistance.

Please be assured LFA are keen to resume the clinic and get back to helping our clients with their animal law questions as soon as it is safe to do so.  Once there is a restart date, we will let you know.

In the meantime please follow the restrictions, be kind and take care of one another and any non-human animals that share your lives.

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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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