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Planned workshop hosted by ADO and Animal Justice Party on how to write letters to the editor and politicians against the ACT cull.


ADO lawyers gave evidence at the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Health and Wellbeing of Kangaroos in New South Wales.


Kangaroo activists from around the country gathered in Canberra to protest against the ACT Greens-Labor Government's annual kangaroo kill in nature reserves.


ACT Labor-Greens Government announced 1,500+ kangaroos to be killed this winter on public land. Animal advocates announced a protest outside the Legislative Assembly on Thursday 27 May 2021.

letter writing workshop 13062021
letter writing workshop 13062021

NSW Kangaroo Hearing 11062021
NSW Kangaroo Hearing 11062021


letter writing workshop 13062021
letter writing workshop 13062021


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: