Animal Law in Australia

Posted by Joyce Tischler, ALDF's Founder and General Counsel on August 6, 2010

Join ALDF Founder & General Counsel Joyce Tischler as she tours
Australia with Voiceless, the animal protection institute, for the 2010 Animal Law Lecture Series.

Joyce and William MacNeilOne of the striking impressions I’m getting is that Australian animal activists are incredibly eager for information about animal law. To my amazement, several people have come to my lectures twice and even three times! I sense that they are feeling an isolation similar to that which American activists experienced twenty years ago. Australia is a large continent, the organized animal movement is relatively new and the problems these activists face are overwhelming. I have written about the plight of kangaroos and intensive confinement of farmed animals. In future blogs, I will address other pressing issues here in Australia.

Today, Katrina Sharman and I have traveled to Brisbane for two lectures, the first at Griffith University School of Law and an evening lecture at Allens Arthur Robinson, a very large Australian law firm.

Joyce and Deborah CaoProfessor William MacNeil, the acting dean of the law school, opened our afternoon lecture with some very heartfelt remarks about the importance of animal law. I was quite touched by his speech. I was excited about the lecture at Griffith, as it provided me with the opportunity to meet two of the luminaries in Australian animal law: Professor Steven White, the co-author of “Animal Law in Australasia” and Professor Deborah Cao, the author of the newly released “Animal Law in Australia and New Zealand.” Katrina, my traveling companion, has written a chapter in each of those books. Both of the authors proved to be delightful and talented scholars and animal law is all the richer for their contributions. Joyce and Steven WhiteLet’s put this into perspective: animal law has existed in Australia only since 2003, because of the vision of Brian and Ondine Sherman. For there to be two textbooks within its first seven years is an outstanding achievement.

I haven’t mentioned this before, but I’ve had incredible vegan meals since I arrived in Australia and last night was no exception. Tracy-lynne Geysen, the first lawyer in Australia to establish an animal law (private) practice and two other attorneys joined us for a lovely meal and spirited conversation. Unfortunately, it appears that I’ve put on a few pounds and my pants may need to be let out!

Stay tuned for more of my Australian adventure…

Related blog posts:
Hello from Sydney, Australia
Welcome to Australia, Joyce!
Factory Farming in Australia
The Plight of Kangaroos in Australia
Speaking Australian
Live Animal Exports
The Kangaroo Whisperer
Live Animal Exports – Part 2
A Visit With Kangaroos
The Future of Animal Law in Australia


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