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For more animal law news from ADO and beyond see our NEWS & EVENTS page.

USING THE LAW TO PROTECT ANIMALS

17/09/2021

ADO volunteers submit a 17-page response to the NSW Government's Animal Welfare Reform Discussion Paper. For more.

17/09/2021

ADO's volunteer principal solicitor  gives evidence at a Senate inquiry hearing into the labelling of meat and plant-based food products.

10/09/2021

ADO volunteers go global and deliver a paper on animal rights street activism and the politics of sight at the University of Manchester’s Centre for Political Theory’s annual conference.

05/09/2021

Just released! The latest episode of the podcast 'Animal Law Matters', featuring an in-depth interview with the ADO's volunteer principal solicitor. Listen here.

26/08/2021

NSW strata laws finally updated this week so that body corporates can no longer unreasonably deny permission for residents to keep animals. For more.

Plant-based labelling Senate Inquiry
Plant-based labelling Senate Inquiry

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When the truth is offensive
When the truth is offensive

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Plant-based labelling Senate Inquiry
Plant-based labelling Senate Inquiry

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The ACT is currently in lockdown and the ADO office is closed to the public.

A skeleton roster of volunteers is available to take calls and respond to emails.

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: