Petition to end government funding of racehorse track

18 November 2020

Calling all residents of the ACT! Please consider signing a parliamentary petition asking for the end of government funding for the ACT’s horseracing track. We need to get to 500 signatures by 29 November!

ACT election scorecard on animal issues

10 October 2020

In the lead up to the ACT election the ADO released a scorecard on how the parties rate regarding key animal protection issues in the Territory...

Celebrating animals and live music!

29 September 2020

ADO sponsored a night of fabulous entertainment when animal rights entertainers came out of lockdown hibernation and performed LIVE at Smith's Alternative Café to fundraise for animal sanctuary A Poultry Place...

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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:

Find us

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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Petition to stop funding Thoroughbred Park

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