Who is Animals Australia?

We are Australia's leading animal protection organisation. Our investigations and campaigns are recognised the world over. We unite millions of people who believe in a world where animals are free from cruelty.


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Animals Australia is Australia's foremost national animal protection organisation.

We represent over 2 million individual members and supporters. Animals Australia, along with our global arm, Animals International, has an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting world-first strategic public awareness campaigns.

Animals Australia's vision is a world where all animals are treated with compassion and respect and are free from cruelty. We believe that we can create a kinder world for all by fostering respect for animals and that our treatment of animals reflects who we are as individuals and as a society...

Our Mission:

  • Investigate, expose and raise community awareness of animal cruelty.
  • Provide animals with the strongest representation possible to Government and other decision-makers.
  • Educate, inspire, empower and enlist the support of the community to prevent and prohibit animal cruelty.
  • Strengthen the animal protection movement.

Investigating and exposing cruelty

Our investigations have been featured on every current affairs program in the country including Four Corners, 60 Minutes, Today Tonight, A Current Affair, 7.30, The Project, Lateline and Landline. Investigations throughout the Middle East and South East Asia exposing cruelty in the live export trade resulted in the first ever suspension of live animal exports — to Egypt in 2006 then Indonesia in 2011 — and sweeping reforms to the operation of the entire industry.

An Animals Australia investigation into the factory farming of pigs in Australia which aired on 60 Minutes was a catalyst to the pig industry agreeing to restrict the use of pregnant sow stalls. And our ground-breaking investigations into 'live-baiting' in Australia's greyhound racing industry led to a government crack-down on the 'sport', dozens of trainers charged and jail time for perpetrators.

Lyn White with Animals Australia supporters, rallying for an end to live export cruelty, Melbourne, 2013

Lyn White is Animals Australia's Investigations Director and Director of Strategy. Recognised as one of Australia's foremost animal advocates and lobbyists, in 2014 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant contribution to the field of animal protection.

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Formal structure

Animals Australia is a charity recognised by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACN 617 080 387).

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Our history

Animals Australia was formed in 1980. We were originally called the Australian Federation of Animal Societies (AFAS). Co-Founders Professor Peter Singer and Dr Christine Townend recognised the need to unite the many animal protection groups in Australia to provide a united and strong voice on behalf of animals.

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