2013 Voiceless Grants Program

Do you have an idea to reduce the suffering of animals in industrialised farms? The 2013 Voiceless Grants Program is accepting applications until Friday 12 July.

I share the Voiceless vision of a world where animals are treated with compassion and respect. Voiceless is a strong defender of animal rights. It closely monitors existing law and enforcement and proposes changes.

Animals feel physical and emotional pain and as a civilised and just society we should aim to remove that pain. Our animal protection laws are filled with loopholes to promote profit over welfare. Most cruelty is sanctioned and institutionalised and animals suffer immeasurably because of our actions.

Since the Voiceless Grants Program was launched in 2004, over $1.3 million has been awarded to organisations working at the forefront of animal protection. The grants provide financial support to applicants with the ideas, passion and expertise to create meaningful change.

To be successful your idea must aim to improve the lives of animals in Australia. Your ideas need to work to change attitudes or increase awareness about animal suffering, encourage community action for animals or modify or create new laws or policies to improve animal protection.

While in Parliament I repeatedly called on governments to ban sow stalls, battery hen and broiler chicken farming, kangaroo hunting, pet shop sales and the use of wild animals in circuses, and to make CCTV mandatory in abattoirs.

I submitted petitions, moved motions, asked questions, gave speeches, introduced private members bills and amendments to government bills.

Reform only happens when there is a strong community and media pressure and understanding about what changes are needed and I encourage you to contact Voiceless about your ideas.

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