Our Mission


The suffering and exploitation of millions of animals in Australia is legal and happens every day because of cruel, inadequate and inconsistent laws. We fight to change this. 

The Animal Law Institute’s mission is to protect animals through the Australian legal system. We aim to empower animal advocates and challenge the way our laws treat animals by:

·      giving free legal advice;

·      representing animals and their advocates in court;

·      lobbying for compassionate laws; and

·      providing legal education.

Founded in 2014, we are an independent community legal centre and a member of the National Association of Community Legal Centres and the Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres. We receive no government funding and rely purely on the support from generous individuals. 

Our reputation is built on our unwavering commitment to bring about real and lasting change for animals through the law. 

We have represented some of Australia's leading animal protection organisations and advocates in ground breaking legal action to defend a range of vulnerable animals, including dolphins in captivity and puppies from breeding facilities. We have also given hundreds of hours of free legal advice to animal advocates to help them protect animals from harm. 

When we are not in court fighting for the animals, we aim to empower the community to replicate our test cases through educational events. Our events such as our annual moot ANIMAL also educate legal professionals and the community about the plight of animals in Australia and inspire and enable more people to challenge the way our legal system allows animals to be treated.

Em and Lak, two of our volunteers, explain why animals in Australia need lawyers.