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Knuckles fights on

  By a Supreme Court injunction to stop Knuckles (and Zeus) being killed on the day he was scheduled to be put down last year by Geelong City Council, and subsequently by consent orders of VCAT revoking the Council’s declaration that he was a restricted breed dog, the Panel intervened to save Knuckles’ life: view our…

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The rescue of “–CC 178″

Several weeks ago a dog was brought into an outer Sydney Council’s pound, and impounded as ‘ -CC 178′. She was considered aggressive and so, at the end of a pole, was consigned to the pound’s dangerous dog cage for the safety of staff. -CC 178 had no known owner so that after the lapse…

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Major breakthrough in China on bear farms

“In what’s being described as a major victory against abusive animal practices in China, a government-owned company that has bred bears for traditional medicines has agreed to convert itself into a sanctuary. Animal welfare advocates hope the agreement, signed on Tuesday at a news conference in Beijing, will prompt the government to phase out other…

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ACCC concludes lengthy investigation after the Panel and others urged it to investigate claims that cosmetics are not tested on animals.

In July 2013, the Panel wrote to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) raising concerns about cosmetics companies misleading Australian consumers by marketing their products as not being tested on animals when, in fact, a report by consumer group ‘Choice’ suggested they were tested on animals.  The Panel urged the ACCC to investigate…

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Australia wins whaling case against Japan

The International Court of Justice has found for Australia 12 to 4, ruling that Japan must cease whaling in the Antarctic. The UN court found that Japan’s whaling hunt in the Southern Ocean is not a scientific program, despite what Tokyo has always claimed. Watch the SBS report here. Click here for the ICJ Judges Opinions.

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ACT bans factory farming practices

In a legislative first, the ACT House of Assembly last night banned battery hens, debeaking and sow stalls. The ACT has no factory farms, but the enactment provides a national legislative precedent and a moral beacon for other parliaments to follow. Tasmania’s government flagged in 2012 that it would phase out such practices but failed to…

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ACCC institutes proceedings against free range egg producers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed separate proceedings in the Federal Court against egg producers in WA and NSW alleging that each of the producer’s use of “free range” was misleading. The ACCC alleges that Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd (Snowdale) in WA and Pirovic Enterprises Pty Ltd (Pirovic) in NSW, through the use…

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The Fight For Zeus, Part V

Senior Member I. Proctor of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal today set aside the declaration by the City of Greater Geelong that Zeus is a restricted breed dog. VCAT’s decision today hopefully concludes a long battle by the Panel to rescue two dogs, Knuckles and Zeus, wrongly declared by the City of Greater Geelong…

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The Fight for Zeus, Part IV

Panel counsel appeared for Zeus’ owner at VCAT on 17 and 18 December  2013 in an application challenging the declaration by the City of Greater Geelong that Zeus is a restricted breed dog. Judgment has been reserved, and may be handed down before Christmas. See previous posts about The Fight for Knuckles and Zeus: the declaration…

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Live export to Gaza under scrutiny

A seven-minute video released by Animals Australia shows Australian cattle being abused in Gaza. The graphic footage from October this year shows a man armed with a rifle knee-capping an Australian bull. Other bulls are seen being stabbed in the eye or having their throats cut open on the streets of Gaza. Livestock Shipping Services…

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Michael Kirby becomes the Panel’s Patron

The Panel is delighted to announce that former High Court of Australia justice, Michael Kirby AC CMG, has been appointed as the Panel’s Patron. His advocacy on behalf of animals is well-known, and illustrates the gathering weight and momentum of the animal cause. A separate page on our website has been created for him as…

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KERSER WINS APPEAL: VCAT RE-HEARING DIRECTED.

BREAKING NEWS… Croucher J of the Supreme Court of Victoria has allowed the appeal by Kerser’s owner. A re-hearing before a differently constituted VCAT has been directed. Panel counsel will appear for Kerser’s owner at the VCAT re-hearing. The Panel gratefully acknowledges the advocacy and work in particular of Noel Magee QC and extends its grateful thanks in addition to Anthony…

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The Fight for Knuckles and Zeus Part III

Knuckles: by orders made today with the consent of the parties the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ordered that the restricted breed dog declaration of the City of Greater Geelong dated 7 November 2012, be set aside. Originally, as Knuckles owner could not be found to challenge the restricted breed declaration, the Council believed it…

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Legal personhood sought for chimps

The Nonhuman Rights Project has filed the first lawsuit in the US to establish the legal personhood of chimpanzees. The animal rights group has asked a New York state court to declare Tommy, a 26 year old chimp, “a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned”. President of…