About us

Voiceless is the home of animal law and animal protection education, working to educate and inspire the next generation of changemakers to think critically and make positive changes for animals.

Voiceless Co-founders Ondine Sherman and Brian Sherman

What we do

Voiceless has been at the forefront of the animal protection and animal law movements since 2004. We have a long and celebrated history which you can read about here.

To ensure our vision of a respectful and compassionate world for animals becomes a reality, Voiceless worked tirelessly to: empower and mainstream the animal protection movement; shine a spotlight on cruel industry practices; advance legal protection for animals; raise public awareness and; increase animal protection in science and technology.  Read about our history of work and achievements here.

Today, we are proud to be the home of animal law and animal protection education. We are developing the crucial skills of critical-thinking in youth, our next generation of influencers and decision-makers.

Voiceless’s Animal Law Education (ALE) is a multi-faceted program for law schools and students engaging lawyers in animal protection and issues in our legal systems. Through the law, we can seek better protection for animals.

Voiceless’s Animal Protection Education (APE) encourages students to think critically about animal protection. We provide teachers with the information and tools to explore the human-animal relationship in our society. APEs are created by educators for educators and aligned with the Australian high school curriculum.

Our Name

We chose our name – Voiceless – because animals cannot raise their voice in protest or advocate for themselves in a court of law. We have a moral, ethical duty to speak up for them. But animals are not voiceless. They speak in languages we humans have failed to understand or have simply chosen not to hear.

Who we are

Managing Directors and Co-founders,  Brian Sherman AM and Ondine Sherman are a father-daughter team passionate about protecting animals.

Voiceless Patrons are internationally recognised individuals from the highest levels of science, law, business and the arts who are dedicated to raising awareness of Voiceless’ mission. Our Patrons include John M Coetzee, Dr Jane Goodall DBE, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMGProf. Charlie Teo AM, and Ai Weiwei.

Voiceless Ambassadors are influencers committed to ensuring that animal protection is the next great social movement.  Our Ambassadors lend their voices to speak on behalf of animals across all forms of media.

Voiceless Directors jointly oversee the activities of the organisation.  Drawn from a range of diverse backgrounds and experiences, Directors are united by their belief in animal protection and work collectively to guide the development of Voiceless.

Voiceless Scientific Expert Advisory Council (SEAC) is a group of academics from around the world who assists us in the production of quality research and publications which expose legalised animal cruelty and inform public debate.

Voiceless Legal Advisory Council (LAC) is a collection of Australian animal law experts who collaborate with Voiceless to provide their legal expertise and commentary on animal law education materials and initiatives.

Voiceless Education Advisory Council (EAC) is a collection of Australian education experts who collaborate with Voiceless to provide their expertise and commentary on animal protection education and animal law education materials and initiatives.