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USING THE LAW TO PROTECT ANIMALS

07/05/2022

The ADO releases its own comprehensive report on animal policies of political parties and candidates running for the 2022 federal election! More...

06/05/2022

The ADO updates its scorecard for the 2022 federal election showing where parties and independents stand on three key animal welfare issues! More updates coming soon!

03/05/2022

The ACT Law Society announces a free animal law seminar to be given by ADO lawyers as part of Law Week 2022. For more...

10/04/2022

Our runners and walkers took part in Team ADO's 7th annual fun run at the Canberra Times ‘Marathon Festival’, from the marathon to the 5.4km events! For more...

07/04/2022

ADO lawyers head back to NSW Parliament to give evidence to the Upper House Inquiry into puppy and kitten farms in NSW.

ACT LAW WEEK 2022 - LINEUP (Instagram Post)
ACT LAW WEEK 2022 - LINEUP (Instagram Post)

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Team ADO 2022
Team ADO 2022

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ACT LAW WEEK 2022 - LINEUP (Instagram Post)
ACT LAW WEEK 2022 - LINEUP (Instagram Post)

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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: