ADO lawyers give evidence at parliamentary inquiry

13 February 2020

We travelled to Sydney today to give evidence at the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the enforcement of animal cruelty laws. We said that the animal cruelty legal framework in NSW, which delegates enforcement of anti-cruelty laws to private charities, fails to...

Sentence reduced for hen rescuer in District Court

7 Feb 2020

SUCCESS today in Parramatta District Court! We represented one of the Lakesland Hen Rescuers in their appeal against the severity of the sentence they'd received in Liverpool Local Court last year. Today that sentence was set aside and a much more lenient sentence given instead...

VERDICT! Day 10, Lakesland Hen Rescuer Trial

13 November 2019

Today in Liverpool Court the Magistrate found the Lakesland Hen Rescuers who were defending the charges of aggravated trespass and stealing...

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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:

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Griffin Centre, Genge St, Civic ACT

GPO Box 2259, Canberra ACT 2601

We live and work on stolen land and acknowledge its Traditional Owners. We pay respect to Elders, past, present and emerging, and recognise that sovereignty has never been ceded.

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