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Team ADO got back in the groove in 2021🧡


TEAM ADO registered for the
Canberra Times Marathon Festival

Sunday 11 April 2021

We dusted off the covid cobwebs and

hit the pavement with

like-minded animal advocates.

On Sunday 11 April 2021 Team ADO took part in the Canberra Times Marathon Festival in Canberra, our sixth annual fun run since our centre began.

Our plant-based athletes walked, ran, jogged and shuffled - from the Ultra Marathon to the 5.4km course, and with all ages from a young 79 years to teens!

Thank you to the wonderful people who donned a Team ADO singlet

and got active for animals!

It was fun being out there with you!

Team ADO disappointed at use of petting zoo at 2017 Canberra Times Fun Run

We were very disappointed to see a petting zoo as part of the so-called ‘family entertainment’ at the 2017 Canberra Times Fun Run.

There are significant animal welfare concerns associated with petting zoos, which confine very young and vulnerable animals in small areas for human‑animal interactions.

The ADO sent a letter to the race organisers setting out our concerns. You can find our letter here.

Petting zoo at 2017 Canberra Times Fun Run

Three-week-old baby goat at the 2017 Canberra Times Fun Run

In their response, race organisers politely dismissed our concerns.

In January 2018 we drew the organisers' attention to the decision by the University of Canberra not to use petting zoos at its student events due to animal welfare concerns. The University's decision was fully supported by RSPCA ACT.

Read about the University of Canberra's decision as (ironically) reported in the Canberra Times here.

In our latest communication we urged race organisers to consider forms of entertainment that do not cause distress to animals by being ‘touched, handled and loomed over by many people at once’ (quoting RSPCA ACT).

As far as we are aware, the Australian Running Festival does not use petting zoos at its events.