Here are some key highlights of the progress we've achieved for animals, all made possible through the unwavering compassion and commitment of our supporters.
Pre 2010: years in review
Animals Australia's live export and factory farming investigations and strategic public awareness campaigns catapulted the treatment of farmed animals - and how laws are failing them - into the national spotlight, and inspired millions of people to help create change.
Our first investigations into Australia's live export industry reveal a trade that is responsible for the suffering of millions of animals, during transport and in importing countries. Dozens of investigations since then spanning 16 countries confirm the cruelty inherent to the industry. Since our first investigations in 2003 87% (or 6 million) fewer sheep are being exported from Australia annually. Our work has also been the catalyst for major reform, both in Australia and overseas.
Live export cruelty uncovered in Turkey.
As the Australian parliament voted on an historic bill to end live export, sparked by our investigation in Indonesia, we released further evidence of horrific cruelty to exported animals - this time taken in Turkey. The suffering of Australian sheep and cattle added to unprecedented political momentum against the trade.
Strongest ever action to shake up live export industry
A new regulation system comes into effect in some parts of the Middle East and in Turkey - prompted by our live export investigation in Indonesia. The new rules - which make the trade harder, and more expensive for export companies - require exporters to meet basic standards and prove that animals can be traced right through until slaughter in importing countries.
Major retailers commit to go fur-free
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.
Millions learn the truth about dairy
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.
Major retailers commit to go cage-egg free
With factory farming well and truly in the national spotlight thanks to our Make it Possible campaign, we see landmark commitments from Australian retailers to remove all cage eggs from their supply chains. These decisions will spare countless hens from a life of suffering in a cage.
New investigation reveals link between pet shops and puppy farms
Sparking national media coverage, Animals Australia exposes the secret ties between pet shops, online sellers and the puppy factory trade. Victoria becomes the first state in Australia to ban the sale of puppies through pet shops - a landmark victory achieved through the collaborative lobbying efforts of Animals Australia and our friends at Oscar's Law and RSPCA Victoria.
Brutal underbelly of Australian greyhound racing exposed
Unprecedented investigations by Animals Australia and Animal Liberation QLD uncover widespread barbaric 'live animal baiting' in the Australian greyhound industry — with the brutal practices exposed on ABC Four Corners. We follow up with investigations into the export of Australian greyhounds which reveal hundreds of Aussie dogs condemned to death on overseas race tracks.
National tour: Becoming the best we can be
During her national speaking tour, Animals Australia's Lyn White 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.
Australian slaughterhouse cruelty exposed
Hours of harrowing footage from a Victorian slaughterhouse reveal a system failure so bad, it has every caring Australian asking the question: how could this happen here? The evidence is exposed on national television, shining a spotlight on the daily suffering of animals raised and killed for food.
Unprecedented media and legal campaigns for ducks
We launch our 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'. 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!
Live export industry caught-out sending cattle to be sledgehammered in Vietnam
In one of our most dangerous operations, Animals Australia investigators uncover evidence of ongoing crimes against Australian animals in Vietnam — with cattle sledgehammered to death — sparking a TV exposé on ABC 7.30. An urgent television campaign is launched on the eve of the Federal election calling for political action to end live export cruelty.
Hope for dogs in Bali with closure of dog meat trade
Animals Australia's undercover investigation exposes the cruelty of the dog meat trade in Bali - and the unwitting Australian tourists helping to fuel it. 170,000 compassionate people are inspired to take action for dogs leading to Balinese authorities announcing the closure of the illegal trade.
Federal court win proves live export shipment was illegal
Animals Australia takes the live export regulator - the Department of Agriculture - to the Federal court, and wins. The Department is forced to acknowledge that its decision to grant a permit for the export of 58,000 Australian sheep to the Middle East was made unlawfully.
Deadly greyhound racing track closed for good
The notorious Macau Canidrome - where hundreds of Australian greyhounds raced, and died - is shut down. The historic progress for animals was a true team effort supported by Animals Australia's investigations and tireless advocacy from Anima Macau, Grey2K USA and Pet Levrieri.
Banks shun cruel animal industries
Bank Australia becomes the first bank to announce they will not support the live export industry or factory farms. Thousands of Animals Australia supporters ask their banks to do the same and help inspire NAB to develop an animal welfare policy — a first for Australia's 'Big Four' banks.
Commitment to close live export loophole
We send an animal welfare expert to Sri Lanka when the ABC exposed the shocking suffering of dairy cows exported from Australia. In response to the exposé and calls from thousands of people to shut the trade down, the Australian Labor Party commit to finally closing the loophole that leaves 'breeding animals' unprotected in the live export trade.
Emergency bushfire response funnels help to fire zones
As devastating bushfires tear through Australia - ultimately killing an estimated 3 billion animals - our emergency bushfire response funnels immediate assistance to get vets and food for surviving animals on the ground in fire-ravaged areas. Our incredible donors pitch in to fund new vehicles for vet teams, support for wildlife carers across the country, and mobile vet clinic vans to help access animals in difficult terrain.
Australia’s very first 100% plant-based cooking show
Freshly Picked with Simon Toohey celebrates a way of eating and living that is kinder to animals and our precious planet. Our top-rating show on Channel Ten showcases all of the colour and diversity the plant-kingdom has to offer as well as the passionate farmers growing the food that lands on our tables.
Major media exposé sparks calls to end live export from Europe
Our international live export investigators join forces with Germany's Animal Welfare Foundation and the Austrian organisation, Verein gegen Tierfabriken, to track Austrian and German dairy calves exported live from Europe. This footage airs on a major German television program, sparking a public outcry.
Emergency support in Afghanistan
Thousands of caring Animals Australia donors step up to support the courageous women-led team at Kabul Small Animal Rescue in their work to save local animals in the midst of turmoil in Afghanistan.
Animal ambulance saves lives in Gaza
Gaza’s only animal shelter purchases an animal ambulance, thanks to the generosity of our donors, and rescues hundreds of animals from the city’s streets.
Our legal action to protect kangaroos on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula
Hundreds of kangaroos are saved from being killed and the ‘Authority to Control Wildlife’ kill permit is cancelled, thanks to the ongoing groundswell of community advocates, and the Animals Australia legal team.
Emergency flood response in NSW
Generosity from our donors helps our emergency grants program to fund vet clinics, ensuring the community can access emergency support for animals in need in the aftermath of the flooding crisis. Our grants also support the team at Vets for Compassion to assist many of the animals who survived the floods but became stranded.
Australia's Labor Government pledges to end the live sheep trade
Labor’s election win in May 2022 marked a historic moment for animals, with the government publicly pledging to bring the live export of sheep to an end. Along with our community of dedicated supporters who have persevered to see animals spared from live export, we are working to see this election commitment passed into law as soon as possible.
Tottie debuts in 'Be their Hero' campaign on TV screens across Australia
It's no secret that pigs and other farmed animals need more heroes. Our second major campaign of 2023 is showing the world how things could be for these clever and affectionate animals, when we choose to be guided by the inner hero that exists in us all. 'Be their hero' is inspiring people far and wide to live kindly, for Tottie, and for all animals just like her.
Helping animals in times of crisis
Our Emergency Grants Program assisted animals left trapped, stranded and exhausted in the aftermath of the devastating Kherson flood in southern Ukraine by supporting the courageous team at Pegasus Shelter. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our Emergency Grants Program provides support to brave caregivers on the ground during disasters across the globe – when help, and hope, is needed most.