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08 August 2018
  • Animal Law
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Law & Policy
  • Sentience
Indian Court Recognises Animals as Legal Persons
Guest writer

By Meghan Scolyer, law student 

In a landmark ruling last month, the High Court of the Indian state of Uttarakhand granted all animals within the state the status of legal personhood.

02 August 2018
  • Animal Activism
  • Animal Law
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Sentience
The Little Pig: An Extract From Brian Sherman's Memoir

This is an edited extract from The Lives of Brian by Brian Sherman with AM Jonson.

27 July 2018
  • Animal Activism
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Law & Policy
  • Plant-based diet
  • Sentience
U.S. Ranked as Second Worst Nation in the World on New Animal Cruelty Index
Ondine Sherman, Voiceless Co-founder

Yet animal protection is one of the fastest growing social justice movements of our time

26 July 2018
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Factory Farming
  • Sentience
Pigs and Dogs: Same Same, But Different?
Jeffrey Masson, Author

Pigs are very much like dogs in all the ways that count: they are intelligent, social beings, with very strong bonds to their young, to their friends, and even, when permitted, to us. So why are they treated so very differently? 

26 July 2018
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Farm Animal Welfare
Can Fashion Be Ethical If It’s Not Cruelty Free?
Gemma Davis, Naturopath, animal advocate and creator of The Compassionate Road.

The fashion industry does not use animal’s skins as by-products of the meat industry – they are co-products – if not industries of their very own, that have huge impacts on the planet and of course, the animals themselves.

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, Voiceless

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?
Guest writer

Jasmine McManus, 16yrs, advocate for ending 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?
Guest writer

Bee-Elle, wildlife photographer and conservationist.

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, Voiceless Co-founder

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, Voiceless Co-founder

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.

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