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Our case about whether the criminal defence of necessity can protect a person helping suffering animals heard via videolink in the NSW Court of Appeal. For more.


An article by ADO volunteers on the recent High Court challenge to NSW’s ‘ag-gag’ laws is published in The Conversation - available here.


Another community workshop run by ADO on writing letters to editors and politicians against the shooting of kangaroos in ACT nature reserves.


They're back! After a few years' hiatus, a new ADO newsletter has just dropped! Available here.

Writing workshops - web
Writing workshops - web

Congratulations Scott Admission
Congratulations Scott Admission


Writing workshops - web
Writing workshops - web


Animal Defenders Office

The Animal Defenders Office (ADO) is a non-profit community legal centre specialising in animal law and animal protection matters.  The ADO is inspired by the Environmental Defenders Offices, which have been around for decades protecting the environment.  Now there's an office dedicated entirely to protecting animals and animal defenders.   The ADO provides free advice on how the law affects animals and animal advocates,  and how it can be used to protect them.  We also take an active role in law reform and policy formulation regarding animals, and provide information materials designed both to increase awareness of animal protection issues and to empower the community to engage in public decision-making affecting animals.

The ADO’s mission is to use the law to protect the interests of animals and to enable compassionate choices for humans.

We are a non-profit community legal centre that depends entirely on volunteers and members, so if you'd like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you.

The ADO is entirely volunteer-based,​ receives no government support, and relies completely on donations from the public to keep our work going.

ADO Fundraising Wine

Like to help out the ADO by purchasing some enchanting Australian wine? The ADO is supported by Goodwill Wine, a fantastic social enterprise in Victoria that sources the best boutique wines from around Australia while donating to charities with every bottle. The ADO wines are not ‘fined’ with any animal or fish products (ie they are vegan). We will receive a minimum of 50% of the profits resulting from your purchase - cheers to that! Get yours today here: