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Voiceless researches and publishes quality reports and briefings on animal industries and the law. These reliable resources have prompted debates in both Federal and State Parliaments and received coverage in key national media outlets. 

28 June 2018
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Plant-based diet
The Meat Industry Has No Right To Have Beef With Plant-Based Alternatives
Harriet Spark

Plant-based meat has taken off in a big way.  Meat-free mince can now be found alongside animal counterparts in the chilled section of Woolworths, causing controversy among those in the meat industry who believe labelling plant-based products as ‘meat’ is misleading to consumers. 

19 June 2018
  • Animals in Entertainment
Do Dolphins Belong In Captivity?

By Jasmine McManus, 16 years old. Jasmine is a high school student who is passionate about dolphins and their welfare. Last year, Jasmine started a change.org petition asking for the abolishment of dolphin captivity in Australia.

Dolphins are so much more than what most people know of them.

19 June 2018
  • Animal Law
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Sentience
Kangaroos: Pest or Precious?

By wildlife photographer and conservationist, Bee-Elle

In the dead of the night, somewhere in the native grasslands of Australia, kangaroos are shot. Australia has culled 31.5 million kangaroos in 10 years, which makes for the largest commercial killing of land-based wildlife in the world.

06 February 2018
  • Animal Law
  • Dairy
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Sentience
A Dog Is a Cow Is a Pig
Ondine Sherman

This opinion piece was first published on AlterNet on 6 February 2018.  We witness our beloved pet pooches and feline friends experiencing moments of joy, pain, fear and even grief. We accept that they feel, they have an emotional world of their own. With this understanding, comes a moral imperative and legal framework to protect them from suffering.

26 January 2018
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Plant-based diet
What parents should be doing if their teen decides to go vegan
Ondine Sherman

This opinion piece was first published on Mamamia on 26 January 2018.  I was a sensitive kid, my brother always said over-sensitive. And highly anxious about the suffering of animals.

22 October 2017
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Plant-based diet
Saving the environment with your fork
Ondine Sherman

This opinion piece was first published on Your Zen Life on 22 October 2017.   Do you sometimes feel, like me, overwhelmed and disempowered by the enormous problems in our world?

17 October 2017
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Plant-based diet
The rise of veg*ans, veganish and what is a VB6 anyway?
Ondine Sherman

This opinion piece was first published on Mamamia on 17 October 2017.   Do you believe in kindness and compassion towards animals? A majority of us do, so the statistics show. 

29 May 2014
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Hunting
Voiceless - Ten Year Anniversary
Ondine Sherman

It’s been a whopping ten years since my father Brian and I founded Voiceless and an anniversary is a great moment to pause and reflect on what we’ve done. Personally, it’s been a period of enormous change. I’ve had three children, published a memoir, moved house five times and countries three times. Phew! Voiceless has been a foundation rock for me throughout; a vessel in which to pour my passion, ideas and idealism for a better, more compassionate, world.

12 October 2012
  • Dairy
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
A Life of Quiet Suffering: The dairy cow
Deidre Wicks

Life for the dairy cow here in Australia and in other developed countries is not what most people would imagine it to be. Indeed, dairy industry bodies have carefully cultivated images of contented cows grazing in green pastures over many decades despite the industrialised market telling a very different story. Read an exploration into the reality of dairy cow production by Voiceless Council member Dr Deidre Wicks.

01 May 2012
  • Animal Law
  • Hunting
Cute baby seals and kangaroo pests
Deidre Wicks

In her latest column Voiceless Council member, Dr Deidre Wicks, has written an excellent essay on the subject of the 2012 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series. She writes: "While Australians and others throughout the world are protesting against the vile Canadian seal hunt now taking place, the never- ending, but largely hidden slaughter of our own native icon animal, the kangaroo, goes on unabated and largely ignored. "

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