ALERT: Izzy’s High Court appeal

Izzy’s appeal to the High Court of Australia is to be heard in Canberra tomorrow, 14 April 2015. It will be recalled from previous posts that Izzy’s owner was unsuccessful at first instance in the Supreme Court of Victoria on complaints of procedural fairness about the City of Knox Panel hearing convened to determine whether Izzy…

The Panel takes its fight on Ag-gag laws to Parliament

Last Friday the Panel dispatched lengthy and detailed letters opposing Senator Chris Back’s Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015 to all Federal Labor MPs and relevant Senate cross-benchers. A copy of the panel’s submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport may be found here (submission 240): http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Rural_and_Regional_Affairs_and_Transport/Animal_Protection_Bill/Submissions. The…

Senate ban cosmetic testing

Senate Passes Cross-Party Motion to End Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Earlier this week brought good news from the Australian Senate for animals involved in cosmetics testing. On 27 November 2014, the Senate has passed a cross-party motion in support of ending animal testing for cosmetics: http://www.humaneresearch.org.au/interview/australian-senate-motion-against-cosmetics-animal-testing-welcomed-by-becrueltyfree-campaigners Earlier this year, the Panel made verbal and written submissions to the national ALP Cosmetics & Animal Testing Policy Consultation,…

Sonny

Panel Intervenes to Save Sonny

Earlier this month in Wodonga, Victoria American Staffordshire Sonny was impounded by Wodonga City Council and declared a restricted breed. The Panel has intervened to appeal the declaration, which is due to be filed in VCAT by 16 October. The Panel extends it’s grateful thanks to Daniel Beecher of Phoenix Legal Solutions and barrister Simone Bailey for their assistance in preparing the VCAT appeal application.

Panel intervenes on behalf of ASK to protect Agile Wallabies

On 11 August 2014 the Panel intervened on behalf of the Australian Society for Kangaroos to prepare and file on its behalf an application in the Supreme Court of Queensland to review decisions by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to grant damage mitigation permits for the taking of Agile Wallabies in the Mission Beach area…

CHANGING OF THE GUARD AT THE PANEL

Founder and inaugural Chair (2006 to 2014), Graeme McEwen, has stepped down as Panel Chair so that he may focus on Counsel for Animals International, a new group with lawyer support in 17 countries. A CAI website is under construction: counselforanimalsinternational.org. Graeme remains as a director of the Panel board and will still act as…

BONNIE

Panel intervenes to rescue Bonnie

Earlier this year, Bonnie was surrendered by her owner to an outer-Eastern Sydney pound.  Bonnie was then administered a temperament test.  She failed.  Hearing of her plight, the Panel approached the relevant Council and asked if it would agree to a program of rehabilitation / retraining for Bonnie with an appropriate animal behaviourist arranged by…

Mylo

Mylo files fresh VCAT Application

Today VCAT President, Garde J, granted leave to the owner of Mylo to file a fresh application out of time challenging the City of Brimbank’s declaration on 17 May 2012 that he is a restricted breed dog. The fresh application was directed to be filed by 29 July: it was in fact filed today soon…

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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…