About us

Voiceless envisions a world where animals are treated with respect and compassion.

Voiceless Co-founders Ondine Sherman and Brian Sherman

What we do

Voiceless is currently in the process of transitioning, launching an exciting new Grants Program.

From January 2022, we will strive towards our vision of a world in which animals are treated with respect and compassion with a new strategy and organisational model.

Please take a look at our Grants plans and stay tuned for an updated website and further information in 2022.

Voiceless has been at the forefront of the animal protection and animal law movements since 2004.

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.

From 2017-2021, we were proud to be the home of animal law and animal protection education; developing the crucial skills of critical-thinking in youth, our next generation of influencers and decision-makers.

Our free, online resources include:

Voiceless Animal Law Education (ALE) resources provide animal law teachers and students with the tools they need to understand key animal law topics and concepts, including materials exploring the moral and legal status of animals, animal law reform and policy and comparative animal law.

Voiceless Animal Protection Education (APE) resources provide secondary school teachers and students with the knowledge they need to consider, analyse and debate differing perspectives on thought-provoking animal protection topics, as well as the tools to question for themselves what it means to act with kindness, respect, integrity and compassion in our ever-changing world.

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’s mission. Our Patrons include John M Coetzee, Dr Jane Goodall DBE, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMGProf. Charlie Teo AM, and Ai Weiwei.

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

Voiceless Grant Advisors will be comprised of some of Australia’s most prominent animal lawyers, scientists and advocates. Grant Advisors will be announced in 2022.

Who we work with

Education Perfect Logo      High Resolves Logo     SAFE NZ logo

Center for Animal Law Studies logo       Bond University Centre for Professional Legal Education Logo     Composer Logo

Eurogroup for Animals

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