A hard-fought five-year battle against greyhound cruelty sees thousands of Animals Australia supporters join Animal Liberation Queensland and other animal groups in standing up for dogs and puppies, successfully defeating
the proposed Logan racetrack.
In big news for laying hens, as part of the Open Wing Alliance, Animals Australia helps convince General Mills — one of the world's largest food companies — to go cage-egg-free by 2025!
Animals Australia's global arm, Animals International, reveals shocking evidence from a landmark eight-month-long investigation
into cruelty inflicted on live animals transported for slaughter across Europe and the world. Thousands of caring people take action to demand better for countless cows, sheep and other animals.
Following Animals International's historic global live export cruelty investigation
, and a flood of international media coverage, Israel announces
a freeze on importing live animals from Romania — sparing 130,000 sheep and calves this sad fate.
Only a week after launching online and in bookstores, our plant-based and 100% animal-friendly cookbook, Taste for Life
, becomes the best-selling cookbook in Australia!
Thousands of native waterbirds get a reprieve
from being maimed and killed by 'recreational' shooters, as authorities bar shooters from major wetlands following an unprecedented legal filing by Animals Australia.
Justice for greyhounds and 'live baiting'
victims leads to a jail sentence
for a convicted live baiter in New South Wales. Following our groundbreaking 2015 exposé — which blew the lid off this ruthless gambling industry — a police and RSPCA NSW investigation results in greyhound racing trainer Chad Achurch being jailed for aggravated animal cruelty and
banned for life from owning animals.
Following a series of investigations by Animals Australia and Israeli animal protection groups — which revealed shocking systemic cruelty to local and Australian animals — Israel's government orders CCTV
to be installed in all
the country's slaughterhouses.
In the wake of relentless public feedback, Hungry Jack's becomes the latest fast food giant to step up for hens — committing to being cage-free by the end of 2017
We help stop the trade
in dogs to Macau's cruel Canidrome! Three months after our world-first investigation into greyhound exports aired on national TV, no Australian greyhounds have been sent from Australia to Macau.
Determined to ensure the Victorian Government is held to account for duck shooting cruelty, Animals Australia supporters fund a crucial rapid response TV ad
A major victory for native waterbirds! Animals Australia and Coalition Against Duck Shooting file an urgent injunction application with the Victorian Supreme Court to protect a threatened and drought-affected duck species from being shot at a wetland where they've taken shelter. Only minutes later the state government CLOSES the wetland to hunters
, sparing up to 20,000 other precious native birds in the area from slaughter.
Animals Australia's bold new TV ad
on behalf of laying hens makes seriously BIG waves — with Aussies agreeing that 'A cage egg is a Bad Egg'...
Relentless in defending our precious native waterbirds, Animals Australia's legal team takes the Victorian government to court, resulting in key wetlands closed to shooters and 80,000+ lives saved
'Moving billboards' adorn Melbourne bus-backs, with a striking message
about what duck shooting means for Australian families...
Compassionate Animals Australia supporters pitch in to support a bold crowdfunded ad campaign — successfully funding
100 outdoor ads calling on ALDI Australia to be kind to hens.
Our brand new radio ad
on behalf of puppies and their parents hits the airwaves — ready to smash the cruel puppy factory business model ... using the power of childhood memories.
Eye-catching billboards, bus-backs and posters hit the streets
of Melbourne, featuring elite Aussie athletes telling it how it is: shooting defenceless native ducks isn't a 'sport'.
A nationwide campaign to help hens brings together more than 100,000 compassionate Australians, successfully convincing ALDI Australia to join the supermarket revolution and ditch cage eggs
After years of campaigning by Animals Australia supporters and other animal advocates, the Coalition joins a range of political parties in announcing plans to end the sale
of animal-tested cosmetics!
Following national media coverage of our explosive evidence revealing Australian greyhounds being sent to race and die in Macau, 179 owners and trainers are charged
with these unauthorised exports.
In our most dangerous operation yet, Animals Australia investigators uncover evidence of ongoing crimes
against Australian animals in Vietnam — with cattle sledgehammered to death — sparking an exposé on ABC 7.30.
With the help of thousands of caring people, our rapid-response emergency TV ad
hits the air — exposing live export sledgehammering and calling on Barnaby Joyce to act.
Our damning evidence of brutal greyhound racing cruelty prompts NSW & ACT governments to make the historic announcement to ban the cruel 'sport'!
UPDATE: Immense political pressure and a relentless media campaign have unravelled this historic greyhound racing ban. But we are more determined than ever to not let it end this way.
We've joined forces with Israel's foremost animal protection groups to give the victims of the live export trade to Israel an unprecendented voice in a ground-breaking new campaign.
As part of the Open Wing Alliance, we have successfully lobbied Compass Group to pledge to go 100% cage egg free — sparing millions of hens globally from life in a cage.
During our latest live export investigations across the Middle East and Asia, Animals Australia undercover investigators uncover evidence of widespread, ongoing, illegal and brutal animal abuse.
Investigators from our global arm, Animals International, expose the brutal live export trade in Romanian baby animals. Within hours, thousands of people around world sign our petition to stop the death ships.
Hours of harrowing slaughterhouse footage reveal a system failure so bad, it has every caring Australian asking the question: how could this happen here? Within days of the exposé, over 50,000 caring people speak up for the animals, demanding CCTV and independent auditing in all Australian slaughterhouses.
Year In Review
During her national speaking tour in 2014, Lyn White, Campaign Director at Animals Australia, asked audiences one simple question: "Does history have to repeat itself, or is it possible to have a kinder, more peaceful world?" In January 2015, this life-changing special event — Becoming the best we can be
— is released
as a feature-length presentation, online and on DVD.
Our huge new nationwide Make it Possible TV campaign
informs and empowers millions of Australians to help create a world free from factory farming.
Animals Australia shines a light on puppy factories, by launching an innovative public awareness campaign
across key TV spots and strategic outdoor advertising, asking caring Australian: "How well do you know your best friend?"
Caring Australians are horrified by revelations of cattle being sledgehammered to death
in Vietnam, with footage documented by Animals Australia investigators provided to the Australian government and deemed too distressing
for public release.
Animals Australia investigators using hidden cameras capture horrific routine abuse
of Australian cattle in one of Israel's biggest abattoirs, sparking a media furore in Israel and Australia.
Following public outcry in response to our hidden camera investigation, Israeli authorities close the abattoir
exposed for brutal cruelty to Australian cattle.
Campaign Director Lyn White is profiled by Fairfax Media, providing an in-depth look at her inspiring career and utter commitment to "rewriting the rules"
on animal welfare, in Australia and globally.
In recognition of "relentless efforts in exposing animal cruelty", with a particular acknowledgement of our ground-breaking live baiting investigation, Animals Australia is nominated
for a Pride of Australia award.
Hundreds of caring SA-based Animals Australia supporters successfully lobby their MPs to shoot down plans
for a brutal seal 'cull'!
Animals Australia investigators once again find hundreds of Australian sheep being illegally sold
in a notorious Kuwaiti market just weeks before the Festival of Sacrifice is to begin. This evidence sparks a formal complaint to the Australian government and international condemnation.
Hundreds of dairy cows are spared the cruelty of factory farming when Animals Australia supporters and other caring community members inspire their local Council to reject a factory farm expansion
in Gippsland, Victoria.
Responding to growing community awareness about the cruelty of puppy factories, the ACT government creates new laws
to address unscrupulous breeding of puppies and kittens.
Following investigations by Animals Australia and RSPCA Victoria, the owners of a notorious Pyramid Hill puppy factory are fined more than $200,000
and receive dog breeding bans!
Animals Australia investigators uncover evidence of widespread law-breaking
during our epic Festival of Sacrifice investigations across the Middle East — as revealed on ABC 7.30.
Following the latest exposé of live export atrocities on ABC's 7.30, Animals Australia organises a nationwide rally on October 17. Thousands of caring Australians unite in capital cities, calling on the Turnbull government to prosecute law-breaking live exporters. High-profile Australian politicians, actors and psychologists — as well as some of Animals Australia's own investigators — speak at the rallies, urging the government to take strong action to help protect animals from abuse by ending the cruel live export trade.
Responding to the rapidly growing animal-friendly food movement, Animals Australia releases a FREE Vegetarian Starter Kit
— packed with recipes and tips to inspire more delicious, healthy and compassionate eating.
Animals become the single biggest cause on Australian social media, when Animals Australia reaches 1 MILLION Facebook likes
Puppy factory cruelty is once again in the spotlight with our hugely-popular 'Know Your Best Friend' ad back on millions of TV screens across Australia. Some of the country's most iconic magazines have also got on board, helping to bring the sad truth about puppy factories into the public eye.
Thanks to Animals Australia and Australia for Dolphins
supporters, Sea World Australia commits
to confining no wild-caught dolphins or whales at any
of their parks!
When Animals Australia investigators found Franny being used for breeding in in one of the country's biggest puppy factories, they could only dream about what has now come true: that one day she would live happily ever after
For the second time in four years, an Animals Australia investigation underpins the top honour in Australian journalism (this time also thanks to Animal Liberation QLD). ABC Four Corners' exposé of 'live-baiting' in the greyhound racing industry walks away with the Gold Walkley
for journalistic excellence!
We knew the greyhound industry had more to hide ... and we found her halfway across the world. Our investigations into Australian greyhounds being exported to certain death in China, Macau and Vietnam are revealed in another explosive exposé
on ABC 7.30.
The Flying Kangaroo comes out in support of dogs! In response to evidence from our groundbreaking investigations into the cruel export of Australian greyhounds, Qantas announces
it will no longer transport racing greyhounds to Asia.
Justice is served for greyhounds and other animals abused in savage 'live baiting' — exposed by our investigations — with three racing trainers receiving prison sentences
for animal cruelty. All three men are also banned from having contact with animals for 20 years.
Animals Australia's groundbreaking investigations into 'live baiting' in the Australian greyhound racing industry enable a staggering 125 animal cruelty charges to be brought against 15 people in Victoria
Year In Review
An Animals Australia investigation documents the abuse and illegal sale of Australian sheep on the streets of Jordan
more than eight months after first alerting the Department of Agriculture to breaches of live export regulations in the country.
Five of Australia's most loved comedians join forces with Animals Australia in our groundbreaking campaign
— to help make cage eggs history!
Months after alerting the Department of Agriculture to horrific abuse of Australian cattle in Gaza, an Animals Australia investigation
reveals that shocking cruelty continues.
Animals Australia investigators document evidence of more than 600 Australian sheep being illegally sold through dozens of roadside sellers in Jordan — leading to our fourth formal complaint
to the Department of Agriculture about these ongoing breaches.
Sparking national media coverage, Animals Australia exposes the secret ties
between pet shops, online sellers and the puppy factory trade.
Since 2010, Animals Australia has returned to Kuwait again and again — each time documenting truly disturbing abuse of Australian sheep. This investigation at the notorious Al Rai livestock market results in a fourth formal complaint
to the Australian government.
A brighter future comes into sight for laying hens, as Animals Australia launches a brand new initiative: the Cage-Free Workplace
After receiving thousands of submissions and petition signatures from caring Australians, the WA Environmental Protection Authority knocks back the state government's plan
to bait and kill hundreds of sharks.
Tireless community campaigning leads to Australian fast food giants McDonald's
committing to phasing out cage eggs!
After public exposure, a notorious Victorian puppy factory closes its doors
, sparing countless dogs from a life of terrible deprivation.
In the biggest coordinated world-wide live export investigation ever, Animals Australia investigators are deployed
to monitor the treatment of animals during the Festival of Sacrifice.
Animals Australia investigators in Kuwait uncover hundreds of Australian sheep for illegal sale
in a notorious livestock market — in 40+ degree heat and five minutes from the local base for Australian meat industry representatives.
In a damning indictment of the failures of the live export system to protect animals, Animals Australia investigators uncover what can only be called animal welfare atrocities
during the 'Festival of Sacrifice.'
Evidence gathered by Animals Australia live export investigators during the 'Festival of Sacrifice' airs on ABC Lateline
, sparking widespread public condemnation of the industry.
In the same week, two South Australian family-owned supermarket businesses cast a vote for kindness by removing cage eggs
from sale in dozens of stores!
People really like 'people being awesome'! In only 10 days, our duck rescue video
receives 90 million views and is shared nearly 2 million times, garnering international media attention
and inspiring Victorians to speak out for ducks in the lead up to the state election.
Thanks to lobbying from Animals Australia, Oscar's Law and RSPCA Victoria — as well as thousands of caring community members — the Victorian election resulted in a big win in the fight against puppy factories. Labor committed to banning the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops
— except those from legitimate rescue groups!
Year In Review
Year In Review
Animals Australia exposes yet another live export scandal, with heavily pregnant cows shipped across notoriously rough seas to Mauritius
, amid revelations of false declarations in official paperwork.
The creative team behind the Make it Possible
, who helped give a voice to millions of animals suffering in factory farms, is recognised with a prestigious international Mobius Award
for outstanding visual effects.
The Make it Possible campaign achieves a significant milestone, with 100,000 caring Australians pledging
to help end factory farming cruelty. As more and more people decide to make kinder choices, a world without factory farming grows closer.
Thanks to committed and compassionate supporters, the award-winning Make it Possible TV ad
returns to screens across Australia, spreading the message of kindness and the power of individual choices.
A shocking case of cruelty to bobby calves
in a northern Victorian abattoir is exposed on ABC's Lateline
, thanks to the efforts of Animals Australia and member society Animal Liberation NSW; helping to inform caring Australians about the suffering
of animals considered 'waste products' by the commercial dairy industry, and inspiring many to make kinder choices
Months after alerting the Department of Agriculture that Australian sheep were being sold illegally
in a notorious Kuwait market, Animals Australia reveals that Australian animals are still for sale
at Al Rai market — in blatant breach of live export rules. Thousands of compassionate Australians take action, contacting their MPs to express opposition to this cruel trade, and demanding that exporters face stiff penalties for thumbing their noses at regulations.
A passionate young South Australian inspires the Prime Minister to accept a two week meat-free challenge
during the PM's visit to her high school. Leah, an Animals Australia Unleashed
member, had met with Julia Gillard to discuss two of the most important animal issues today: live export and factory farming — impressing the PM with her commitment and determination to help create a kinder world for animals.
Thousands of Aussies unite in a massive public statement against factory farming when their photos appear in full page Make it Possible ads
in major newspapers across the country. Their faces represent a kinder future for Australian farm animals and help spread the message that caring people don't want to support cruelty.
An Animals Australia investigation reveals shocking cruelty
to Australian cattle in two Egyptian abattoirs, sparking a suspension of the trade to Egypt. A brave Egyptian whistleblower vet describes
the systemic cruelty facing Australian animals exported to his country, and the story makes national and international news, including an expose on ABC's 7.30
Animals Australia's 20th live export investigation
once again exposes the ugly truth about the industry: new live export regulations developed in an attempt to address endemic cruelty are completely failing to protect animals. Evidence of Australian goats in Malaysia — Australia's largest live export market for goats — being roughly handled and sold outside approved supply chains is provided to the Department of Agriculture and leads to a government investigation.
Thanks to the support of thousands of caring Australians who want to help create a world without factory farming, the award-winning Make it Possible ad
returns to TV screens in homes across the country — including during primetime!
The Make it Possible ad is nominated
for another prestigious international award! The Cannes Lions
shortlist selected Make it Possible as Australia's only finalist in the Fundraising and Appeals Film category.
Animals Australia's campaign to end live animal export surpasses a staggering 1 million actions
from concerned members of the public.
Thousands of caring Australians stand up against puppy factories
, with a public consultation into the code of practice for breeding and rearing animals receiving over 21,000 submissions!
Thanks to generous supporters who want to help end factory farming, the Make it Possible TV ads reach millions of people
— and research shows they are having an impact!
are given a resounding voice when tens of thousands of people speak out on their behalf. Submissions flood into the Government's public consultations, calling for these gentle animals to be better protected.
Momentum grows behind compassionate fashion, with more and more designers and retailers making the kind choice and going fur-free
In a huge win for hens, Woolworths becomes the first Australian supermarket to commit to a phase out
of ALL cage eggs!
A new Animals Australia investigation reveals evidence of thousands of Australian sheep being sold and brutally slaughtered
outside of approved supply chains in Jordan before the 'Eid al Adha' (Festival of Sacrifice). The footage is exposed in a damning report on ABC's Lateline
The combined efforts of Animals Australia, RSPCA Victoria and Loddon Shire Council have helped RESCUE 150 dogs
from a notorious puppy factory!
Animals Australia investigators capture shocking video evidence of horrific cruelty to Australian bulls exported live, this time in Mauritius
Animals Australia releases sickening footage
taken by civilians in Gaza of the torture and killing of Australian cattle. Thousands of caring Australians commit to delivering the evidence
to their local MPs.
Year In Review
After an unprecedented year of animal advocacy in 2011, Animals Australia's Campaign Director and Investigator, Lyn White, is named 'NewsMaker of the Year
' by ABC News Radio, as voted overwhelmingly by their listeners. The award recognises her groundbreaking investigative work exposing cruelty to animals.
Lyn is also selected as a finalist for South Australia's Australian of the Year, with the largest number of nominations ever received by a nominee in the history of the awards.
Animals Australia's Campaign Director, Lyn White sets off on a sold-out national speaking tour. If you missed Lyn's inspiring words in person, you can still be a part of the event, by attending the virtual evening
with Lyn White.
After receiving thousands of emails from concerned members of the public, Darling Downs Zoo announces
that it will not go ahead with its planned transfer of lion cubs Spike and Spot to a travelling circus. The voices of Animals Australia supporters played a critical role in helping to save these cubs from the cruelty of circus life
Recognising the growing public concern for government accountability on animal welfare, the Labor Party votes at its national conference
to support the creation of an Independent Office of Animal Welfare.
For too long, animal welfare has been in the hands of our Agriculture Ministers, whose first priority is representing the interests of the agriculture industry. This is a clear conflict of interest, and establishing an Independent Office of Animal Welfare would be an important step towards more effective protection for animals.
Animals Australia's work is profiled on Channel 10's The Project
, in a special Week in the Life
segment focusing on Lyn and the Animals Australia team.
Animals Australia supports an international campaign
to ban whips in horse racing. The Australian Racing Board and state racing bodies receive thousands of emails from caring Australians calling for an end to the cruel use of whips.
New evidence gathered by Animals Australia investigators and aired on Lateline
exposes serious failures of the new export regulations to protect animals from extreme cruelty.
Animals Australia lodges a formal complaint with the Australian Government, requesting a full and urgent investigation into these breaches of the new regulations and continues the call for a ban on live exports.
A new live export regulation system comes into effect
in some parts of the Middle East and in Turkey, requiring live exporters to prove that animals can be traced right through until slaughter in importing countries and only use abattoirs that meet basic standards. These reforms represent the strongest action ever taken by the Australian Government in relation to the live export industry, however they do not go far enough, as they still permit fully conscious slaughter.
Campaigning by Animals Australia and colleague groups on cruel turtle and dugong hunting practices
in Queensland leads to two hard-hitting reports on ABC's 7.30. The reports expose the cruel slaughter of turtles and dugongs for 'traditional' hunting and a black market trade in their meat and body parts.
Talented and compassionate musician Missy Higgins joins forces
with Animals Australia to speak up for hens, and make the battery cage history in Australia. The Project
presents an eye-opening story on battery cages, including investigation footage that was supplied anonymously to Animals Australia.
Sarah Ferguson and the Four Corners team win the Logie for 'Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report' for their work on the live export expose, 'A Bloody Business' - the story that covered Animals Australia's first live export
investigation in Indonesia.
One of Australia's most respected television programs, Australian Story, profiles Lyn White— the first time the program has ever featured the same person twice. Covering her early career as a police officer in South Australia and her recent extraordinary achievements with Animals Australia, this story can still be watched online here.
In a historic win for hens, Tasmania becomes the first Australian state to commit to phasing out battery cages
. This landmark decision follows dedicated campaigning by Animals Australia, Tasmanian member society, Brightside Farm Sanctuary and thousands of kind Australians.
One year on from the Four Corners story, 'A Bloody Business', Animals Australia launches a feature recapping the significant progress
that the campaign has achieved and providing supporters with a personalised checklist to track their own actions to help end live export.
The milestones achieved include the rapid uptake of stunning in Indonesia, the banning of cruel 'Mark 1' restraint boxes, the tabling of four historic live export Bills in Federal parliament and live export of sheep dropping to a ten year low in 2011.
Tireless campaigning by Animals Australia, Collin Riddell and fellow animal advocates leads to a major win
for turtles and dugongs in Far North Queensland, with the QLD Government closing a loop hole that had made 'traditional' hunting exempt from animal cruelty laws.
Animals Australia exposes a shocking breach of live export regulations in Kuwait
. In a formal complaint to the Department of Agriculture, Animals Australia provides evidence of Australian sheep being sold openly by four merchants at the notorious Al Rai market in Kuwait City. Inspiring thousands of caring Australians to contact their MPs and demand a ban on live export, Animals Australia urges the Australian Government to take urgent action on this latest live export emergency.
With live export dominating the headlines due to disasters in Qatar
, as well as the Ocean Drover emergency
, Channel 10's The Project speaks
with Animals Australia's Campaign Director Lyn White about the cruel reality of a trade in disarray.
Following a string of live export disasters, Animals Australia responds to growing community outrage by organising a nationwide rally on October 6. Thousands of caring Australians rally
side by side to demand an end to live export cruelty, with the clear message: "I won't support a party that supports live export." Eminent Australians join the cause, speaking at rallies in all major capital cities.
After campaigning by Animals Australia and colleague group Humane Society International Australia, along with caring members of the community, major Australian retailers MYER and BIGW confirmed their decisions to be fur-free, proudly joining the Fur-Free Shopping List
from Animals Australia supporters and other caring members of the community, the Australian Poultry Industries Association (APIA) withdraws
its application to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for a proposed 'Free Range Standards' trademark. These standards would have permitted chickens to be stocked outdoors at up to 150,000 birds per hectare — 100 times greater than what national guidelines recommend
and 30 times higher than European standards allow.
In October 2012, Animals Australia launches Make it Possible
, a bold and inspiring campaign to end factory farming cruelty for good. A whole team of Australian identities come on board as Make it Possible Ambassadors
, and the generous support of thousands of everyday people allows the Make it Possible ad to air across commercial TV stations and in cinemas across the country. Reaching millions of caring people and inspiring many to make kinder choices, Make it Possible is changing the world for animals.
The ABC's Four Corners reveals once more the cruel truth of live export in 'Another Bloody Business'
. Walkley Award winning journalist Sarah Ferguson exposes the tragic story
of how 21,000 Australian sheep suffered at the hands of the industry, and what happened to them in Pakistan - galvanising yet more support in the Australian community for a ban on live export.
Following a public consultation
and campaigning by Animals Australia, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission indicates it is unlikely to approve the Australian Egg Corporation Limited's plan for its own egg labelling scheme. In an initial assessment, the ACCC proposes that the scheme's rules have the potential to mislead or deceive consumers who believe they are buying genuine free range eggs. With this decision, the important first step is taken to stop AECL turning 'free range' into another term for 'factory farmed'.
As a result of Animals Australia's campaigning against rodeo cruelty, the cruellest rodeo event of all - calf roping - is exposed nationally by the ABC's 7.30. Compassionate people across the country take a stand against the cruel treatment of these defenceless baby animals, emailing their state MPs to urge a ban on calf roping events.
Year In Review
Animals Australia places advertisements in all major newspapers
around the country. Highlighting a consultation period on a standard that could see newborn dairy calves legally denied food for up to 30 hours before they are slaughtered, the adverts bring the dairy industry under intense public scrutiny for its callous treatment of bobby calves
for the first time.
Animals Australia's Bobby Calf campaign attracts immediate attention, generating newspaper articles, discussion on talkback radio, and a prime-time story on Channel 10's 7PM Project
. Feedback from Animals Australia supporters indicates a significant consumer shift toward cruelty-free alternatives to dairy
After receiving hundreds of emails from supporters of Animals Australia's youth initiative, Unleashed
, van rental company Wicked Campers, backs down
and removes stickers promoting violence to kangaroos from all of their vehicles, replacing them with new versions that educate road safety around wildlife.
Nova FM Sydney agrees to cancel a week long stunt
, in which wild animals were to be brought into the studio and goaded into displaying aggressive behaviour such as biting and stinging the host, after receiving a flood of complaints from Animals Australia and Unleashed
supporters. The cancellation sent a clear message to radio listeners that it is never appropriate to torment frightened animals as a source of amusement.
Animals Australia provides investigation footage of the shedded sheep industry to 6.30 with George Negus
, Channel 10's prime time current affairs program. The story exposes the misery endured by sheep to produce ultra fine wool, prompting more than 3000 emails being sent to the Victorian Premier
demanding that single penning of sheep be banned.
Australia's most respected current affairs program Four Corners
airs explosive footage of Animals Australia's investigation into the live export trade to Indonesia
, exposing unspeakable suffering and torture endured by Australian cattle nightly in that country. Websites of Animals Australia and campaign partners, RSPCA Australia and GetUp! crash as outraged Australians attempt to make their voices heard. In the first 24 hours after the screening a bill is announced
to parliament to end live exports as the government immediately suspends exports to the abattoirs identified; the Agriculture Ministers phone system is brought down; tens of thousands of emails are sent to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard local MPs; the number one nationwide Twitter trend becomes #BanLiveExport and a petition to ban live exports is the fastest growing petition in GetUp!'s history. Australians have sent a clear message to their leaders that they will accept nothing less than a total ban on live animal export.
The Live Export Prohibition bill is introduced to Parliament
by Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, in response to Animals Australia's damning footage
from Indonesian slaughterhouses. Also supported by Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, the bill includes a three year phase out of live export and calls for all animals sent overseas in that time to be stunned before slaughter. Greens MP Adam Bandt also introduces a bill to parliament to end the live export trade immediately.
More than 20,000 ordinary Australians attend rallies organised by Animals Australia and RSPCA Australia
in major cities across the country to demand an end to live animal export. Crowd numbers exceed all expectations with inspiring speakers including Lyn White, politicians and leading animal welfare advocates. The rallies showed overwhelming public support for two parliamentary bills that would end live export, and would be voted on the following week.
Animals Australia representatives and locals hold impromptu protests on the docks of Port Adelaide
, SA where the Al Messilah, a stricken live export ship, holds 67,000 sheep trapped in tiny pens for over a week. The animals are eventually offloaded and transported to a feedlot after demand from the public, but not before 300 sheep perish onboard. Eventually the surviving sheep are loaded onto export ship, the Al Shuwaikh bound for the Middle East. Animals Australia supporters then gather in Fremantle, WA to meet the ship as it docks to load more animals. The dockside protests attract nationwide media, becoming headline news on 6 separate nights and keeping the cruelty of the live export trade in the spotlight.
Following a complaint pursued by animal law groups (with some assistance from Animals Australia), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) take Steggles
producers Baiada and Bartter, La Ionica
producer Turi Foods, and the Australian Chicken Meat Federation to the Federal Court alleging misleading or deceptive advertising
related to claims about the treatment of chickens raised for meat. After the case becomes public, KFC
(supplied by Steggles
) remove all references to 'free to roam'
from their websites.
Pressure from Animals Australia supporters and colleague groups encourages the NSW Upper House to pass legislation that will enforce truthful labelling requirements and legal standards for free range eggs sold in the state. The bill quashes plans by the egg industry to allow 'free range' farmers to keep hens at an alarming density of 20,000 birds per hectare.
Twenty thousand Animals Australia supporters
call on state Primary Industries Ministers to close the loophole that is permitting some Australian sheep abattoirs to practice non-stunned slaughter. Hundreds rally
at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to implore the ministers who were meeting inside to make this merciful decision. Under tremendous public pressure, Ministers refuse to endorse the practice, but also fail to make a decision
to outlaw it — deferring until their next meeting. The campaign continues.
While live exports continue for now, pressure to end the worst abuses documented by Animals Australia in destination countries rises, as staunch live export opponent Independent MP Andrew Wilkie introduces new legislation
to outlaw live animal export to destinations where animals are killed while fully conscious.
After a meeting of the Primary Industries Ministers fails to prohibit the practice of starving week-old bobby calves of milk for up to 30 hours before slaughter, Animals Australia places eye-catching ads in all major state newspapers
alerting the public to the dairy industry's callous treatment of some 700,000 unwanted dairy calves each year. The campaign attracts significant media attention, and is the #1 most recommended news story
on news.com.au for an entire week.
The ABC's premier rural current affairs program Landline profiles Animals Australia's live export investigations in the Middle East
, and the impact they have had on the trade and the treatment of animals in this region. The adoption of stunning in Jordan is attributed to Animals Australia's work; the on-selling of animals for backyard slaughter has been prohibited; and the number of animals exported live to the region has significantly decreased.
In the lead up to the festive season — the peak time of production for factory farms that produce traditional Christmas 'hams', Animals Australia re-launches a powerful Christmas radio ad campaign
, alerting shoppers to the miserable lives suffered by pigs in factory farms, urging Australians to shop with compassion over the festive season.
ABC Four Corners is awarded Australia's highest award for journalistic excellence, the Gold Walkley
, for 'A Bloody Business' — the expose of the Australian live export trade to Indonesia, based on Animals Australia's investigation footage.
Animals Australia provides video evidence
to authorities showing pigs in a Victorian abattoir being stabbed in the eyes and ears with stunning devices, and beaten with a sledgehammer. The facility is shut down within hours of a formal complaint by Animals Australia. The incident highlights the failure of Australia's auditing and regulatory system to prevent such acts of brutality in Australian abattoirs; attracts extensive media interest; and inspires thousands of Australians to go meat-free to help protect animals from cruelty.
The flagship ultra-fine factory-farmed wool producer 'The Wool Factory' announces its intention to close business, citing that the practice 'isn't viable anymore'
. The news comes after several Animals Australia investigations exposed cruelty in the facility, where sheep are kept constantly hungry and confined in barren single pens inside large sheds. The latest blow to the industry comes after Animals Australia's campaign had encouraged several fashion houses to drop support for producers who confine sheep in single pens. The campaign continues.
Year In Review
Channel 7 news airs a story on the campaign to end the 'World's Cruellest' Seal Slaughter
. Over 10,000 e-mails and letters from Animals Australia members and supporters were received by the Sydney-based company that underpins the slaughter.
A Current Affair airs the story about Animals Australia's campaign to free Saigon
, the last elephant to be held captive by a circus within Australia. Thousands of petition signatures from around the country are gathered in support of the campaign.
Animals Australia launches a new high-impact radio campaign, broadcast nationally, that revealed the hidden cruelty of battery cages and pig factory farms: Old Macdonald's Myth
Tasmania's ABC's Stateline program has reported
that the Tasmanian government Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) has recommended that Tasmania become the first state to ban the use of pregnant sow stalls on the basis of unacceptable cruelty. Animals Australia's Communication Director Lyn White was interviewed on Stateline and comments on the importance of this unprecedented recommendation being accepted.
Animals Australia's nominee to the AWAC, Dr Malcolm Caulfield, provided crucial input on the scientific arguments against confining sows in tiny stalls.
Animals Australia in conjunction with Tasmanian-based member society Brightside Farm Sanctuary place a series of high impact advertisements in all major Tasmanian newspapers
, appealing to the Primary Industries minister to accept the AWAC recommendation to ban sow stalls in the state.
Thousands of letters and e-mails are sent from Animals Australia members and supporters encouraging the minister to accept the decision.
Animals Australia releases shocking investigation footage
from inside one of Australia's largest meat chicken producers, revealing routine abuses suffered by chickens raised for meat in Australia.
Rising community objection to the cruelty of sow stalls forces Australian Pork Limited to commit to reviewing their continued use
in pig factory farms across Australia.
The Cruelty-Free Project
is launched; a radio campaign that informs and inspires cruelty-free lifestyle choices to an audience of millions of community radio listeners across the country. Animals Australia was instrumental in the development of the collaborative campaign.
The Animal Justice Fund
, a national initiative backed by businesswoman Jan Camerson, is established to raise public awareness of factory farming and give support to those who wish to come forward to report cases of animal cruelty. Animals Australia is administering the fund, which is immediately recognised as a significant 'threat' to intensive industries, whose profits depend on end-consumers remaining unaware of the cruelty caused by factory farming.
Following Animals Australia's relentless consumer awareness campaign, retail giant Coles commits to making its Coles Butcher Range pork products sow stall free
by the end of 2014, citing customer objection to the cruel practice. "Our customers are becoming increasingly interested in welfare issues surrounding pig farming, with the use of sow stalls their greatest concern," said Coles General Manager of Meat Allister Watson.
Animals Australia's most talked about radio campaign, Lucy Speaks
, returns to national airwaves, to inform and inspire listeners to help pigs by refusing to buy into cruelty at the supermarket.
After lobbying by Animals Australia and colleague groups, and many thousands of e-mails and letters from Animals Australia members and supporters, a cruel plan to muster and transport wild horses of the Lake Gregory region in the Kimberleys is abandoned. Animals Australia continues to lobby
to save the horses from a proposed aerial shoot.
The Animal Justice Fund, administered by Animals Australia, offers a $10,000 reward
for information regarding the identity of a man who fatally stabbed a dog in Lalor, Victoria.
Thousands of Australians pledge to help save animals from the suffering of factory farms and slaughterhouses by going meat-free for a week as part of Animals Australia's World Veg Week challenge
One of Australia's most respected television programs, ABC's Australian Story
, shines a light on the hidden cruelty of factory farming through the remarkable story of Animals Australia's Lyn White and businesswoman Jan Cameron and the launch of the Animal Justice Fund
. Animals Australia's factory farming investigation footage is featured in the story which exposes the stark truth about industrialised animal production to a prime time television audience.
Animals Australia launches a national awareness campaign on factory farming
. The first campaign of its kind in Australia, the advertisements include eye-catching billboards, bus and tram ads and radio spots in major cities, exposing consumers to the animal cruelty they can help to end with their purchasing power.
In what is possibly the first time a wildlife management plan has been substantially altered on animal welfare grounds, Tasmania's possums are saved from horrific trapping, transporting and slaughter
at a notorious abattoir, after more than 1,700 Animals Australia supporters voice their opposition to the proposal.
Ku-Ring-Gai Council in NSW votes to reinstate a ban on exotic animal circuses
after a coordinated effort by concerned residents and animal welfare groups, which includes a petition signed by over 4,000 Animals Australia supporters.
Australian Pork Limited announces that the pig industry will pursue a voluntary phase out of cruel sow stalls by 2017
. This is a direct result of years of campaigning by Animals Australia to increase consumer awareness on the issue and lobbying to bring this date forward will continue.
Animals Australia conducts its 7th investigation into the live export trade
of sheep to the Middle East. The shocking footage sent back shows blatant cruelty is continuing and sparks outrage around the world with photographs appearing in newspapers as far away as the LA Times
Animals Australia's hard hitting Lucy Speaks radio campaign
is relaunched nationally to remind consumers of the continued suffering of mother pigs in factory farms in the lead up to Christmas.
, Animals Australia's youth arm is launched, empowering thousands of young people to speak up for animals.
The cruel wild horse races at Queenslands Mt Isa and Warwick rodeos are halted as a result of Animals Australia's investigation and with the assistance of RSPCA Queensland.
As a result of an Animals Australia's supporters writing thousands of emails of protest to Government Ministers to express their outrage at the bobby calf transport standards, the PISC and PIMC decided to consider further the deficiencies of the current standards.
Shepparton Saleyards in North East Victoria place roofing over their sale yards after Animals Australia's formally lodges a complaint regarding bobby calves being left in the heat without shelter.
After Animals Australia's investigation footage went to air, Qatar livestock importers implement new rules for transport of sheep from feedlots to ensure sheep are not being transported in car boots following the similar ban in Bahrain in 2008.
Animals Australia's live export petition becomes the largest petition lodged with the House of Representatives Petition Committee totalling over 36,000 signatures. This petition
was previously submitted to the Senate with a total of 225,000 signatures bringing the grand total to 259,000 signatures.
Animals Australia's largest and most huggable weapon against factory farming is released! Lucy Pig, the larger than life mascot
greets thousands of people in shopping centres across the nation, encouraging supermarket managers to abandon factory farmed products, and consumers to shop with compassion.
Animals Australia launches the first ever national television advertising campaign
to expose the cruelty inflicted on pigs in Australian factory farms. The campaign airs in all states to encourage consumers to refuse cruelty at the supermarket in the lead up to the Christmas shopping season.
By the end of 2009 15 Australian councils have adopted a cage-free egg policy for Council's food and catering. To find out how you can help get your council to go cage-free get in touch
Animals Australia asks Australians to 'pardon a pig'
for Christmas, in objection to how pigs are raised in factory farms. The campaign attracts the support of many celebrities including Pippa Black, Anthony Quinn, Katrina Warren, Lindsay McDougall, as well as pardons from tens of thousands of individuals across the country.
Woolworths changes their 'Select' brand of eggs to non-cage eggs with floor advertising to clearly indicate what eggs are caged or free range on their shelves as a result of consumer pressure.
In response to increasing public exposure of factory farming, Rivalea piggery, Australia's largest piggery, announces it will end all use of sow stalls by 2017 with already 2/3rds of their sows now kept in group housing.
Animals Australia's public awareness postcard campaign, 'Recipe for Cruelty' wins first place
in Avant Card's Postcard of the Year awards.
Brutal facilities including a Jordanian slaughterhouse (which was a destination for some animals exported live from Australia) are closed down
following Animals Australia's Middle East investigation and letters from the Animals Australia Action Network.
Animals Australia launches a new website to raise awareness of battery hens and factory farmed 'meat chickens', FreeBetty.com.
Werribee Zoo announces that they have axed plans to build a theme-park on their property following letters from the Animals Australia Action Network
Another new website is launched to highlight the impact that meat-eating has on the environment, human health, and animals, WhyVeg.com.
, a hard-hitting radio campaign to raise awareness about factory farmed pig products is aired on prime-time radio across Australia. A flood of public support for this unprecedented campaign extends air-time for successive weeks.
The success of the Lucy Speaks radio campaign sparks national and international media coverage on the plight of pigs in factory farms, including a front-page article in The Age
Animals Australia's cruelty investigations in the Middle East force new animal welfare regulations in Bahrain
In response to Animals Australia's investigation work to expose the cruel cattle restraint device at the GAM abattoir in Amman, Jordan, the Australian Government funded new restraint and stunning equipment.. A training program was implemented for abattoir workers, with plans for other abattoirs in Jordan to be upgraded.
The Australian Government introduces export orders to ban all live sheep export to Egypt as a result of Animals Australia's investigations at Bassetin abattoir and in the streets of Cairo in 2006 exposing the brutal treatment of animals. Cattle are now only permitted to go to a single new abattoir in Egypt.
Animals Australia's legal counsel launches the Handbook of Australian Animal Cruelty Law
to assist legal professionals to decipher convoluted and at-times contradictory state and federal laws, as well as to effectively represent and prosecute animal cruelty cases in Australia.
Animals Australia spearheads the annual national day of action against live animal exports, boosting the live export petition to over 200,000 signatures
— the largest petition to be tabled in Australia in recent years.
The successful 'Lucy Speaks' radio campaign is relaunched in December
to encourage consumers to refuse to buy factory farmed Christmas ham.