Every year, around three million live animals are exported from Australia for slaughter overseas.
Animals are sentient beings with their own rich, complex emotional and social lives. Through science-based research, law and education, Voiceless explores the key issues in animal protection.
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.
About 90% of chickens in Australia are raised in intensive factory farms. Current industry codes allow chickens to be stocked at densities as high as 20 birds per square metre.
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.
'Battery' hens are confined to small cages, unable to perform their most natural behaviours. They stand permanently on sloping wire causing chronic pain in their feet.
Piglets are taken away from their mothers prematurely causing stress and a high incidence of clinical disease and diarrhoea.
Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index (VACI)
The VACI is the first interactive Index to evaluate and rank countries according to farm animal cruelty. This global education resource is grounded in research and data analysing the nature, extent and intensity of cruelty associated with farm animal production and consumption. Fifty countries have been evaluated, accounting for almost 80% of the world's farm animal production.