Animals have traditionally been overlooked in politics, resulting in laws that fail to protect them from exploitation, abuse and neglect. This Federal Election year, the Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series will look at the rapidly growing global movement to represent animals in politics, and use political processes to achieve positive change for animals.



Peter John Chen DipMR, BComm(Hons), PhD is a lecturer in Australian politics, media and policy at the University of Sydney.  He is the author of Electronic Engagement: A Guide for Public Managers (ANU E Press, 2007), Australian Politics in a Digital Age (ANU Press, 2013), and the forthcoming Animal Welfare in Australia: Politics and Policy (Sydney University Press, 2016).

Peter will be presenting at the NSW lectures.

Animal activism in Australia today is experiencing a period of considerable impact on the policy and public landscape.  The number of animal welfare and protection organisations continues to grow, and landmark campaigns around exported, entertainment, and production animals have resulted in increased public awareness of animal use and misuse.

Linear growth is not a given, however, and similar movements can and have been demobilised and neutered.  This presentation explores the shape and nature of the animal welfare and advocacy sector in Australia today, critically examining the effectiveness and sustainability of key strategies: the establishment of institutional state welfare units, legal activism, and inter-movement collaboration around the anti-activist legislation.