Hot topics in animal protection

Factory Farming

On factory farms, animals experience numerous impacts to their welfare.


The commercial killing of kangaroos is a multi-million dollar meat and skin industry and the largest slaughter of land-based animals in the world.

Battery Hens

Between 11 – 12 million ‘battery’ hens are confined to small cages in Australia, unable to perform even their most natural behaviours.

Broiler Chickens

Each year 600 million chickens are produced for meat in Australia and most are factory farmed, with up to 60,000 chickens living in a single shed.


Confined in crowded, concrete-floored pens with no natural materials or natural light, research shows factory farmed pigs can suffer prolonged depression.

Animal Sentience

Animals are conscious beings with rich experiences of the world. They suffer from pain, feel emotions and build strong relationships.

Live Export

Every year, around three million live animals are exported from Australia for slaughter overseas.

Truth in Labelling

Consumers should be protected from misleading words and images on food packaging so that they can make informed ethical choices.


In Australia, most ducks are raised on factory farms where they are permanently confined in sheds without access to water.


Ag-gag laws seek to hinder or ‘gag’ animal protection advocates by limiting or preventing them from recording the operations of commercial agricultural facilities, or from making those recordings public.

Dairy Cows

Each year around 450,000 calves, considered ‘wastage’, are taken from their mothers and either killed on-farm or sent for commercial slaughter within just five days of being born.

Animal Welfare Office

Australia currently lacks government leadership in the animal protection space, resulting in an animal protection framework which is failing animals.


The Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index (VACI) ranks the animal welfare performance of fifty countries selected among the largest livestock producers in the world.