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USING THE LAW TO PROTECT ANIMALS

06/02/2021

Victoria announces duck shooting season to go ahead in May despite staggering loss of wildlife in last year's bushfires.

29/01/2021

ADO volunteer lawyers represent Indigenous man in all-day Tribunal hearing to help get man's dog out of local pound.

20/01/2021

Cairns Magistrates Court rules animal advocate showing animal slaughter practices on TV screen in public is 'offensive' and a public nuisance. ADO lawyers provided remote assistance to the advocate throughout year-long case.

19/01/2021

ADO represents dog foster carer charged with criminal offences after foster dog escapes during 2020 bushfires in Goulburn Court. NSW
Bar Association provides pro bono barristers and all charges withdrawn.

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:

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GPO Box 2259, Canberra ACT 2601

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