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 TV ad, 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!
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 and Kuwait, 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.
Following pressure 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.
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 products.
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.
On August 18, despite a clear message that Australians want a ban on the live trade, two bills that would have seen an end to live animal export were defeated in Parliament. On the same day, Animals Australia publicly releases evidence gathered in July and August at Turkish abattoirs. The shocking footage further illustrates the widespread cruelty to animals that the Federal Government is accepting by voting down the Bills to end live export.
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 from Animals Australia and initiated by the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel, 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.
The world's largest buyer of ultra-fine wool, Loro Piana, announces it will no longer purchase fleece from single penned sheep, in response to Animals Australia's campaign to expose the cruelty of ultra fine wool.
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.
Following years of campaigning in the city of Fremantle by Animals Australia and member society Stop Live Exports, the City of Fremantle voted unanimously to call for an end to live animal exports.
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.
Moscow Circus is forced to ban a cruel act which involved the regurgitation of live fish following a complaint by Animals Australia.
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.
Following a gruelling campaign and a massive public outcry, the West Australian Government called off the planned aerial killing of wild horses at Lake Gregory in the Kimberleys.
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.
Following their earlier announcement regarding standards for pork products, Coles announces that by 2014, their entire range of pork, ham and bacon products will be sourced from piggeries that do not use sow stalls.
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.
In a further commitment to animal welfare, Coles announces that by 2013 they will no longer sell caged eggs in their own range.
Adelaide's Advertiser devotes the cover and seven pages of its SA Weekend magazine to the issue of factory farming. Featuring interviews with Lyn White and business woman Jan Cameron, the article takes an in depth look at how Animals Australia's undercover exposés and awareness campaigns have been instrumental in awakening the Australian public to the systematic abuse of animals raised for food.
ABC1's The 7.30 Report airs shocking footage from Animals Australia's lastest investigation into the treatment of Australian sheep exported live to the Middle East. As a result, national media refocuses its attention to the cruelty of live animal export. The ensuing public outrage adds to mounting pressure for the trade to be banned.
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 takes out a full page advertisement in The West Australian, bringing readers face to face with the fate of many sheep that are bred in WA, and building further pressure to end the cruel Live Export trade.
Unleashed, 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.
Australian Racing Board agree to replace standard whips with ‘padded’ whips, following input from Animals Australia during a 6-month review of whipping.
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.
A major expose of the factory farming of pigs in Australia goes to air on 60 Minutes as a result of Animals Australia’s investigative work.
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.
ABC's 7.30 Report airs an exposé of live animal exports featuring evidence gathered by Animals Australia investigators in the Middle East. Animals Australia’s investigations spark calls for much-needed animal protection laws in the Middle East during an inaugural Middle East Animal Welfare Conference. Evidence gathered by Animals Australia investigators also underpins an international coalition to end live animal exports.
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.
'Lucy Speaks', 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.
Channel 9's A Current Affair airs Animals Australia's live export investigation footage in an exposé on the cruelty of sending Australian animals to the Festival of Sacrifice. Animals Australia publishes open letters in rural newspapers urging farmers not to export animals to the brutal 2008 Festival of Sacrifice.
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.
Live Export company Emanuel Exports faces an 8 day trial on cruelty charges in the WA Magistrates Court based on Animals Australia’s cruelty complaint. Magistrate adjourns matter to consider her judgment.
Today Tonight Channel 7’s flagship current affairs program shows footage from the latest Egypt investigation. Radio interviews conducted throughout Australia. No further animals have been exported to Egypt.
Charlotte’s Web is released on DVD throughout the world. Animals Australia and the rehoming of the ‘Wilburs’ is featured in an 8 minute segment titled ‘Where are They Now?’ promoting the uniqueness of pigs and the SaveBabe.com campaign.
Animals Australia’s Lyn White is featured in The Bulletin in the Lunch with Juanita Phillips series talking about her investigations in the Middle East.
Animals Australia features on the ABC’s rural program Landline talking about the need for reform in Australia’s animal protection laws.
Over 170,000 signatures gathered on a petition to ban live animal exports to the Middle East.
Animals Australia conducts its fourth investigation into the live export trade to the Middle East. Futher shocking video evidence of widespread cruelty to Australian animals was obtained.
Video evidence of Animals Australia's September 2007 investigation into live export cruelty was aired on the ABC's 7:30 Report, sparking the greatest viewer feedback to their website ever—all calling for an end to the trade.
As a direct result of Animals Australia's cruelty investigations, Egyptian media reports that no Australian sheep will be present for the 2007 'Feast of Sacrifice' due to animal welfare concerns—sparing tens of thousands of Australian animals from unimaginable suffering.
The Howard government announces that the live trade to Egypt is suspended as a result of Animals Australia’s investigation. Footage taken in all countries is shown to Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran. As a result he orders that a ‘stock-take’ of Middle Eastern facilities be undertaken.
60 Minutes Nine Network: ‘A Cruel Trade’ shows Australian viewers footage from Basateen Abattoir with Animals Australia’s Lyn White describing the terrible cruelty that investigators witnessed.
The Australian Newpaper feature article: ‘Who talks for the animals? Animal rights activists are leaving the RSPCA for dead’, reports Richard Yallop.
National advertising campaign highlighting the suffering in Australian pig industry factory farms in conjunction with Voiceless. Full page advertisements appeared in women’s magazines and billboards and on buses around Australia—resulting in a significant growth in public awareness of the cruelty endured by factory-farmed animals.
ABC TV Landline segment titled ‘Welfare changes flagged for pig industry’. Animals Australia’s Glenys Oogjes and Malcolm Caulfield interviewed.
Animals Australia’s Lyn White and independent investigator return to Egypt to document the treatment of the first shipment of Australian sheep sent to Egypt since the lifting of the government suspension. They document continual breaches of a new Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two countries as to how Australian animals must be treated.
Animals Australia launches the first Supreme Court action ever on behalf of animals—a Writ of Mandamus—alleging that the WA government was failing to fulfil their duty to investigate the Al Kuwait live export cruelty complaint. The Supreme Court grants an Order Nisi determining that the WA government has a case to answer. Prior to the next court hearing the WA State Solicitor’s office announces that it will investigate the Al Kuwait case in conjunction with WA Police.
National billboard campaign highlighting pig industry cruelty.
Animals Australia assists Paramount Pictures to find good homes for life for the 45 piglet stars that appeared in the movie version of the children’s classic ‘Charlotte’s Web’. In return, Paramount Pictures makes a significant donation to Animals Australia’s SaveBabe.com campaign.
Animals Australia’s live export complaint results in the first-ever cruelty charges laid against WA live export company Emanuel Pty Ltd and two company directors—rocking the live export industry.
Animals Australia conducts its second Middle East investigation (in conjunction with PETA). Communication Director Lyn White and partner document appalling handling and slaughter of Australian animals in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Egypt. Footage obtained in Cairo’s huge Basateen abattoir reveals the most barbaric slaughter practices ever documented.
National billboard campaign highlighting the cruelty of the live export trade.
60 Minutes Nine Network: End of the Line based on footage obtained of inhumane handling and slaughter during Animals Australia’s investigation in Kuwait. Animals Australia investigator and Communication Director Lyn White interviewed for the program.
Due to inaction on the Al Kuwait/live export cruelty complaint by WA Police and RSPCA WA, Animals Australia lodges complaint with the Director General of the WA Department of Local Government and Regional Affairs, who have the responsibility for administrating the Animal Welfare Act. The first time that a cruelty complaint has been lodged directly with the government.
ABC Four Corners current affairs program runs ‘Blind Eye’, focusing on the barriers put in place preventing Animals Australia’s WA cruelty complaint being investigated and the problems of animal cruelty investigation relating to farm animals in Australia.
ABC television Landline: Animals Australia investigation footage airs in a segment titled ‘Public opinion threatens live exports.’ Lyn White interviewed.
Animals Australia launches SaveBabe.com: the first national public awareness campaign and website highlighting the suffering in Australia’s intensive pig industry. A national tour is conducted with ‘Babe’ star James Cromwell and piglet Bella attracting media in each state. Celebrities Jackie O’, Rebecca Gibney, Suzie Wilks and Jessica Napier provide their support to the campaign.
60 Minutes Nine Network segment ‘Making a Killing’ exposing the suffering of Australian exported animals in Egypt and Israel
Exposed to the Australian public the rejection of the Cormo Express by Saudi Arabia and forced the Federal government to publicly acknowledge the rejection of 57,000 sheep.
60 Minutes Nine Network: Animals Australia alerted 60 Minutes to the location of the rejected Cormo Express which was being kept from the Australian public by the Federal government, resulting in a program Ship of Shame exposing what the 57,000 sheep would be enduring onboard the vessel. Animals Australia’s Executive Director Glenys Oogjes interviewed on the program.
Animals Australia’s first investigation in the Middle East (in conjunction with Compassion in World Farming). Documented the treatment of Australian sheep on arrival in Kuwait through to slaughter. The first investigation of its type ever conducted.
Benchmark complaint lodged with West Australian Police alleging that the live export shipment aboard the vessel Al Kuwait met by Animals Australia in Kuwait breached Section 19(3) of the WA Animal Welfare Act (transporting an animal in a manner likely to cause it unnecessary harm) in effect alleging that live export itself was breaching WA animal cruelty legislation (where 80% of the trade leaves from).