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The Voiceless hub of opinions, news and analysis covering key topics in animal protection, animal law, education and cruelty-free living.

09 October 2018
  • Animal Law
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Law & Policy
  • Sentience
Bearing Witness: the Australia-Israel Live Export Trade
Guest writer

By Yael Gabay, Founder, Israel Against Live Exports 

Why are politicians so reluctant to take a stand against live export, which most of their citizens support?

26 September 2018
  • Animal Law
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Law & Policy
Shark Culling: A Track Record of Failure
Harriet Spark, Voiceless

Over the past week, in response to two shark attacks, six sharks have been caught on baited hooks and shot as part of the Queensland Government’s Shark Control Program.  There is no conclusive evidence that culling sharks makes swimmers any safer.

19 September 2018
  • Dairy
  • Ethics & Philosophy
  • Factory Farming
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Law & Policy
  • Plant-based diet
  • Sentience
Is It Possible To Produce ‘Ethical’ Dairy?
Guest writer

By Anna Wotherspoon, law student

Growing awareness of the welfare concerns posed by animal use industries has ushered in a variety of ‘higher welfare’ products. Is exploitation escapable where animals are used to produce marketable goods consumed by the masses?

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.

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