Join with World Animal Protection and help bring about animal welfare to the national agenda

What’s happening?

The Australian community wants better animal welfare standards and wants to see them progress and move forward. As a nation of farmers, producers and animal lovers, our awareness and expectations of good animal welfare are ever growing. Business, retailers and consumers are demanding, and recognising the benefits of better animal welfare standards.

We need national leadership and coordination to implement change and better protect Australian animals. To do this we need an Independent Office of Animal Welfare, to put animal welfare back on the national agenda.

We have an opportunity to create a better life for the millions of animals in our care in Australia: but we need the government to step up with much needed leadership, to drive progress and reform.

World Animal Protection’s efforts

In 2013, the government defunded the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy and disbanded the advisory body for consulation on animal welfare policy. A lack of national leadership on animal welfare results in the direct suffering of animals.

There is no forum for community consultation on animal welfare at the national level. Without national leadership, community consultation and balanced dialogue, progress on animal welfare will not only stall, but could go backwards.

World Animal Protection needs your help to call for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare, to lead the way for animals. They are lobbying for change: asking every major party leader in Australia to support the introduction of an Independent Office of Animal Welfare.

Supporting World Animal Protection

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

How you can help

You can join with World Animal Protection to call for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare.

“A dedicated, Independent Office of Animal Welfare would focus on the improvement of welfare standards and practices for all Australian animals. It would provide a forum for debate between the community, producers and government in the setting of new standards to prevent animal cruelty. Australia needs to turn things around and offer a better future for our animals.”

World Animal Protection


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