Students Debate Legal Protection for Puppies

‘When can a pet owner successfully sue their puppy’s breeder for veterinary fees?’

Law students from across Australia and New Zealand will gather at Monash University in Melbourne over the weekend (16–17 September) to debate the extent of protections available to pet owners under Australian law.

The Australia and New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law (ANIMAL) is one of the largest student moots held in Australia and New Zealand. In its fourth year, ANIMAL gives law students the unique opportunity to put their cases to leading lawyers and judges from across Australia.

Fifteen teams from across Australia and New Zealand will take part in this year’s event. Guest judges will include the Honourable Justice Riordan of the Victorian Supreme Court, the Honourable Justice Wilson of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Dr Michelle Sharpe of the Victorian Bar.

‘Animal Law is a growing field of law both in Australia and internationally, and ANIMAL provides law students with the opportunity to learn more about this exciting area of law, while improving their advocacy skills,’ said Aimee Mundt, Director of The Animal Law Institute and Co-Founder of ANIMAL.

‘The moot competition also allows students to learn about the broader issues underlying the treatment of animals in our legal system and wider community’.

The topic of this year’s ANIMAL problem comes at a time where governments are urging consumers to be aware of their rights when purchasing pets from breeders and pet shops.

Registrations are now closed, but spectators are welcome. For any questions, please contact the organisers at

ANIMAL is hosted by the Animal Law Institute, a national non-profit legal centre, and proudly sponsored by Voiceless, the animal protection institute.

Contact: Luisa Consiglio, Director of Community Engagement,

The Bond University winners at ANIMAL 2016

The Bond University winners at ANIMAL 2016