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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.

ABOUT US

The Animal Defenders Office (ADO) is a national non-profit community legal centre that specialises in animal law.

 

The ADO was incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory in late 2013. In 2017 we were formally recognised and accredited by the Australian National Association of Community Legal Centres.

The ADO is a member of Community Legal Centres NSW Inc. and the National Association of Community Legal Centres Inc.

 

As a community legal centre focusing on helping animals and animal advocates, the ADO:

  • Offers free advice and representation for individuals and groups that want to take action for animals; and

  • Produces information to raise community awareness about animal protection; and

  • Works to advance animal interests through law reform.

We are a national legal centre in that we assist individuals and groups from around Australia with matters affecting animals and their (human) defenders.

We are run entirely by volunteer lawyers, law students and other professionals, and receive no government funding.

Our Strategic Plan is available here.

The objects for which the Animal Defenders Office is established are:

  1. To empower and encourage the community to protect animals through the law;

  2. To promote respect for the environment and the individual animals and species who depend on it for their survival and wellbeing;

  3. To raise awareness within the community about legal aspects of the treatment and use of animals by humans;

  4. To provide advice on the law affecting animals and those who protect them;

  5. To carry out and publish research on animal protection and other related areas of law;

  6. To seek appropriate law reform to improve the protection of animals and the ability of humans to make compassionate choices;

  7. To promote public interest animal protection litigation and forms of alternative animal protection dispute resolution; and

  8. To promote links between the association and similar organisations in the ACT, interstate and overseas.

OUR GOALS

The animals depicted in the ADO logo represent just some of the categories of animals needing protection, being wildlife, domestic animals, and farmed animals.