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

Animal Law Breakfast 2014

August 10th, 2014

Lawyers for Animals and Victorian Women Lawyers invite you to enjoy a vegan breakfast and hear Julian Burnside AO QC and Felicity Millner discuss the Supreme Court case MyEnvironment v VicForests [2013] VSCA 356.

Julian and Felicity acted for MyEnvironment, a Central Highlands based environment group. MyEnvironment sought to prevent VicForests logging in part of the forest of the Central Highlands. MyEnvironment was concerned that this logging would destroy the habitat of the possum.

Date: Friday 22 Aug 2014
Time: 7am- 9am
Location: Maddocks, 140 William Street, Melbourne
Cost: $10 VWL/ Lawyers for Animals members and $15 for non-members

Register here: www.vwl.asn.au/events.   Please register by 20 August 2014.

 

Opening on LFA Executive Committee – call for expressions of interest

June 14th, 2014

Lawyers for Animals seeks expressions of interest for a vacant position on our Executive Committee. The Committee is responsible for overseeing projects undertaken by LFA, determining the future direction of the association and managing the Animal Law Clinic in conjunction with Fitzroy Legal Service.

Position

This position, which commences in July 2014, involves attendance at our monthly Committee meetings and undertaking the functions of LFA Treasurer for 12 months. You would also have the option of advising clients directly at the Animal Law Clinic. Each Committee member typically attends one client appointment every five to six weeks.

The role of Treasurer requires a time commitment of no more than one hour per month. Your responsibilities would include banking, preparation of some basic tax forms, and preparation of LFA’s annual financial statements. You would be provided with a comprehensive handover and ongoing support in this role.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to join the Committee, you must be admitted to practice but need not be a practising lawyer.  However, to advise at the Clinic you must hold – or be entitled to hold – an unrestricted practising certificate (including an unrestricted volunteer PC).

For more information or to express your interest in this position, please email our current Treasurer, Katherine Cooke: Katherine@lawyersforanimals.org.au.

April Newsletter

May 17th, 2014

LFA Newsletter – April

This edition includes information about upcoming animal law events and a case note on the recent Japanese whaling decision handed down by the International Court of Justice.

March Newsletter

April 13th, 2014

LFA Newsletter – March.


Volunteer Picnic

February Newsletter

April 13th, 2014

LFA Newsletter – February.

President’s message

February 12th, 2014

LFA President, Nichola Donovan, shared the following message in the LFA 2013 Year In Review.

Personally, and on behalf of LFA, I’d like to express my sincere thanks to the amazing team of people who make LFA the progressive, friendly and active organisation it is. This especially includes: our current and former Executive; our legal and administrative Clinic volunteers; our project volunteers; and our everyday members, without whose continuing financial and communications support we would be unable to operate. Our continuing thanks also to Kindness Trust for providing us with a lovely ‘home base’ and meeting space in Kindness House. Here’s to consolidating our 2013 achievements and growing more active for the animals in 2014!

 

Animal Law Clinic Launch

June 2nd, 2013

The Hon. Justice Marcia Neave and Adjunct Professor Rob Hulls launching the Animal Law Clinic at Friends of the Earth on 9 May 2013 (photo – Lea Croyden). Click here to see more photos


The Hon. Justice Marcia Neave and Adjunct Professor Rob Hulls

Animal Law Clinic

April 25th, 2013

Lawyers for Animals has partnered with the Fitzroy Legal Service to provide an Animal Law Clinic. The Clinic runs every Friday evening. Please contact Fitzroy Legal Service to make an appointment.

Please note that this clinic operates with the primary motivation of animal welfare.

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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