Voiceless Grants Program inspires the next generation of changemakers for animals

In 2024, the Voiceless Grants Program continues to inspire and empower a new wave of changemakers dedicated to the protection of animals. Building on the impact of our annual grants giving program in recent years, we are committed to creating a just and equitable world where animals can flourish by supporting and investing in changemakers, visionary organisations and initiatives that reform our social, cultural and political systems. Below are the next generation of changemakers for animals who successfully applied to the Voiceless Grants Program and whom we will be partnering with in 2024.

Modern Agriculture Foundation Farm Transitions Australia Greyhound Protection Defend The Wild Australian Alliance for Animals



Alt Proteins and the Modern Agriculture Foundation

Did you know that Alt Proteins is the fastest growing food technology and innovation trend, with a recent annual growth rate of 26%? Consumers are increasingly shifting towards alternative protein sources, driven by ethical, health and environmental considerations.

Voiceless is proud to support outstanding female leadership within the Alt Proteins field through the Modern Agriculture Foundation (MAF). MAF are on a mission to accelerate the growth of the alternative protein ecosystem, foster high-impact innovation, spark entrepreneurship and nurture a collaborative community in Israel and beyond. Active locally and globally, MAF supports food tech start-ups and leads the Middle East’s only alternative proteins accelerator.

With 30% of the food tech sector led by women, it is unfortunate to see only 4% of these visionaries funded by venture capitalists. Through female-led networking and training events, MAF is advancing the Alt Proteins ecosystem for females and creating the future of food.




National survey highlights a future for Aussie dairy farmers beyond milk

The immense suffering of dairy cows and their calves is a sad reality of the dairy industry, as well as the struggle and uncertainty facing dairy farmers.

Voiceless supported Farm Transitions Australia’s commission of a National Dairy Farmer Survey which spotlighted the challenges farmers are up against and their willingness to consider animal-free and more compassionate futures.


36.1% of dairy farmers expressed a willingness to transition away from dairy farming altogether. 85% express the urgent need for additional resources to make informed decisions about the future of their farms.
37.4% expressed scepticism or uncertainty about the future sustainability of the dairy industry. 19% are open to transitioning into horticultural or other business ventures.


The overwhelming plea for support from farmers highlights the vital role that education, guidance, and resources play in shaping more compassionate and empathetic futures for dairy cows and dairy farmers. Voiceless is delighted to bolster Farm Transitions Australia’s role in offering farmers this support and a resilient and pragmatic roadmap away from animal farming.

Click here to learn more and read the full research report.

Farm Transitions Australia



Gentle giants need protection from greyhound racing

On Australian tracks, approximately five greyhounds die every week and over 10,000 are injured each year while racing. Eleven thousand greyhounds are bred for racing each year and of them, approximately 25% become “wastage”. Only six countries worldwide allow greyhound racing and 64 of these existing tracks are in Australia (more than the rest of the world combined). Racing greyhounds are not protected by the same laws afforded to companion dogs and need our protection from the inherently cruel and poorly regulated industry that they have been bred into.

Voiceless is proud to support a coalition of greyhound protection organisations to progress strategies to ban greyhound racing. Some of this information is still under embargo, but we can share that these campaigns are committed to ending the suffering of racing greyhounds, influencing public opinion and targeting state governments to commit to a ban on this cruel industry.

Greyhound Protection



Defend the Wild explores the dual identity of Australia’s iconic dingo

Voiceless is thrilled to support Defend the Wild’s new documentary, Native Pest, which tells the story of one of the most controversial animals in Australia, the dingo. Dingoes are considered both a “pest”, subjected to systems of indiscriminate and cruel lethal control, and “ecologically significant”, for keeping Australia’s delicate ecosystems in balance. This doco explores the cultural significance of our only Indigenous canine and the fractured relationship between the natural world and Australia’s agricultural industry.

In 2023, the Defend the Wild team began filming Native Pest in collaboration with actor Ellen Burbidge, widely known for her work with the Juice Media. They filmed interviews with individuals who lost their beloved dogs to 1080 poison, and Dr. Louise Boronyak on her expertise around non-lethal alternatives for landholders. Two further interviews have taken place in January 2024, one being with Yaraan Couzens-Bundle regarding the deep significance of the Dingo has to many First Nations people.

Due to government policies and inherited ways of thinking, 1080 poison baits and painful foothold traps are utilised to kill Dingoes, despite evidence suggesting this could leave livestock more likely to be attacked. Defend the Wild’s remaining interviews will uncover these topics more deeply, as well as offer non-lethal predator mitigation strategies that benefit both landholders and Dingoes. Presenting the Dingo as a trespasser on their homeland, Native Pest looks to a future where Australia’s Indigenous animals are respected on the land where they belong, calling on citizens to take a stance, and governments to act.


Mounting pressure for Live Sheep Export Ban

Yet another live export disaster unfolded with 16,000 animals stranded on board the MV Bahijah in the heat of summer, amidst a global conflict. The live export trade is inherently cruel and indefensible and the situation highlights again how the governance system in Australia is unable to regulate and manage animal welfare.

Voiceless has joined our friends at the Australian Alliance for Animals (and the broader End Live Sheep Exports working group) to continue lobbying for a national phase-out of the live sheep export industry and an Independent National Animal Welfare Commission.


Ban Live Export


Apply for the Voiceless Grant Program


If you are a changemaker dedicated to protecting animals, we would love to hear from you. Click to read our eligibility criteria and expression of interest form to apply.





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