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Some of our clients
“Thanks to the Animal Law Institute, Action for Dolphins was able to bring a world-first lawsuit on behalf of captive dolphins. The ALI team were tireless in their efforts to help us secure a successful settlement. They are committed to helping animals through the legal system and we are incredibly grateful to them for their expertise.”
– Jordan Sosnowski, Action for Dolphins
What have our lawyers achieved?
Since we became accredited to provide legal advice in 2015, we have:
provided over 1,000 hours of free legal advice to animal protection advocates;
worked with some of Australia’s most prominent and effective organisations, including Action for Dolphins and Oscar’s Law;
completed successful legal proceedings (Nala’s case) in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, using the Australian Consumer Law to hold a negligent breeder to account;
launched legal proceedings against other breeders and pet shops (e.g. Beam’s case);
influenced the behaviours of the dog breeding industry;
launched (and settled) legal proceedings against Dolphin Marine Magic (a marine park that holds five dolphins captive in concrete pools) in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, challenging statements made by the marine park that the dolphins were happy in captivity;
provided advice to the Australian arm of the Non-human Rights Project;
acted for many other animal protection organisations on a range of legal matters, including corporate law, defamation, freedom of information, the use of covert surveillance, consumer law, judicial review, wildlife law and contract law.
What else have we achieved?
launched the first Australia New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law (ANIMAL) and have successfully run the competition six years in a row;
earmarked the importance of animal law by creating Australia's first Animal Law Week in 2016. Since its inception, numerous events have been held annually across five states and territories so that people can hear from leaders and engage with animal law issues;
hosted the inaugural Animal Law Institute National Panel Series exploring the lessons animal law can learn from environmental law, featuring academics and animal lawyers from across the country;
advocated against the introduction of Ag-Gag laws (our opposition was quoted in the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport's report);
advocated for the Animal Welfare (Live Baiting) Amendment Bill (SA), which was passed into law;
contributed to the discussion on issues that were subject to reform, including the inquiry on jumps racing in South Australia, the Productivity Commission’s report regarding the Regulation of Agriculture and Victoria’s Animal Welfare Draft Action Plan;
lodged a range of written submissions in relation to: the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry, the proposed Northern Territory Animal Protection Bill, the Parliamentary inquiry into trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn, and proposed ‘ag-gag’ legislation in New South Wales. ALI’s Principal Solicitor appeared before parliamentary committees in relation to two of these submissions.