Australia’s leading animal protection organisations, with a combined supporter base of over two million, have joined forces in a powerful new alliance to push for an overhaul of Australia’s outdated animal welfare system.
The formation of the Australian Alliance for Animals is unprecedented in this country with FOUR PAWS Australia, Animals Australia, Compassion in World Farming, Humane Society International Australia, World Animal Protection Australia and Voiceless, the animal protection institute, uniting as core members.
While core member groups like FOUR PAWS will continue crucial campaigning on specific issues, such as animal suffering in the fashion trade and banning puppy farming, the Alliance’s unique focus will be on tackling barriers to change, including a failing regulatory system that stymies critical reforms for animal welfare.
The Alliance’s reform agenda includes the establishment of an independent national commission for animal welfare, the creation of ministerial portfolios for animal welfare and the introduction of a fair, consistent and transparent process for creating national animal welfare standards.
“Millions of Australians care about animal welfare but their views are not getting through to our political leaders. We’re going to change that. By uniting the sector, we have the potential to reach over two million people to support critical reforms. We’re going to make democracy work for animals.”
Dr Jed Goodfellow, co-director, Australian Alliance for Animals
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As a global animal welfare organisation, FOUR PAWS is committed to revealing animal suffering in Australian industries and advocating for greater animal protection. Australia is well behind the rest of the world when it comes to animal welfare. According to global indexes, we rank a dismal ‘D’ rating due to our lack of animal welfare protections. But we can change this.
Through the Australian Alliance for Animals and our local campaigns, we are changing the lives of millions of animals in need.
“From the millions of lambs who still endure mulesing every year, to the countless dogs suffering behind the closed doors of puppy farms, we are honoured to be their voice and champion their rights to be protected from harm.”
Rebecca Linigen, National Director, FOUR PAWS Australia
At FOUR PAWS, we believe that all animals are sentient beings with intrinsic value. We believe that all animals have the right to be treated with respect, empathy and understanding, and should not be subjected to cruelty at the hands of humans.