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Animal welfare groups must be investigated: lawyer

8 September, 2011
Lawyers Weekly


Sydney Morning Herald,  (Good Weekend), “Animal Attraction” 12 May 2012, page 10 by Amanda Hooton.



Daily Liberal

By Lisa Minner

July 4, 2012


Claws out in kill rate debate

Daily Liberal


Oct. 4, 2012


RSPCA refuses debate

Daily Liberal


Oct. 24, 2012


Daily Liberal, 6 September 2012, page 10, article discussing donation of books relating to No Kill issues and strategies being implemented in America following a conference Ms Greenaway attended in August 2012 in Washington DC.


NSW LAW SOCIETY JOURNAL, September issue 2012, pages 25-27. Story covers issues Ms Greenaway is involved in her legal practice.


RSPCA criticised over claims test to decide fate of dogs is misused

The Sydney Morning Herald

October 9, 2012

Nicole Hasham


When fate depends on the wag of a tail

The Sydney Morning Herald

October 13, 2012

Nicole Hasham


South Coast Register

RSPCA cops a serve over two dead dogs


Nov. 5, 2012, 8:31 a.m.


YOUR SAY: Pet lawyer speaks out against domestic animal trapping
Preston Leader

20 Nov 12 @ 11:32am by Paula Maud


Lifting profile of advocates

Dubbo Daily Liberal


Dec. 29, 2012, 4 a.m.


Conference tackles animal cruelty


Dec. 30, 2012, 10:30 p.m.


Opinion pieces/Letters to Editor


8 July 2011, Daily Liberal, “Sad Truth of a pet hate” (deals with the problem of the high euthanasia rate of companion animals in Australia)


The bloody truth about live export

Daily Liberal


Dec. 1, 2012.


RSPCA approved farming labels challenged

Daily Liberal

By ANNE GREENAWAY Nov. 24, 2012. 


Letter to editor of Yass Tribune from Ms Greenaway on 16 February 2012 in response to an article about the Greyhound racing industry (see text below).



LETTERS: Some questions about animals By Anne Greenaway

Oct. 27, 2012.



Sydney Morning Herald

February 17, 2013

Little protection by Anne Greenaway

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Submissions have been written by Ms Greenaway on the following topics:


Victoria, April 2011, Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs

and Cats in Shelters and Pounds (Revision 1)


Independent Review into the Live Export trade, July 2011


NSW, July 2011, Companion Animals Taskforce. A generic submission was prepared with input from around 30 people working collaboratively very concerned with the high kill rates of cats and dogs in NSW.


In addition Ms Greenaway prepared her own more detailed submission to the Companion Animals Taskforce.


Federal, A review of the Fair Work Act, March 2012,


Queensland, March 2012, Regulation of dog breeders – Draft Regulatory Assessment Statement


Queensland, Management of Dangerous dogs in Qld, April 2012.


Tasmania, November 2012, Animal Welfare Act Review.$FILE/AWA_review_submission_64.pdf


South Australia, January 2013, Select Committee on Dogs and Cats as Companion Animals.


Tasmania, January 2013, Submission RSPCA Tasmania Incorporated.



SBS Insight, “The Tail End”, 25 September 2012 – lengthy discussion with producer. Ms Greenaway provided assistance (including contacts and information relating to high kill rate of cats and dogs in Australia, issues facing companion animals, companion animal Taskforce, failure of relevant agencies to adequately address issues, proliferation of rescue groups) to producer of this episode as well as audience member and panel member who provided footage relating to death of dog, Max.


SBS Insight, “Eradicat”, 9 April 2013 – provided assistance to producer of this episode (including Information on trap, neuter release – both here and overseas

·      Information on cat laws, how they affect an owned cat and how they change when the cat becomes classed as feral

·      Information on how unowned cats are treated both by the law, councils and animal protection groups.

·      Information on studies relating to feral cats and went to lengths to explain the regional differentials.

·      Information on community rescue groups, which seek to find homes for cats.

·      Information relating to the beneficial effect of cats for people with autism

and audience member who provided footage relating to TNR).


Channel 9 Melbourne, 6pm news, 7 September 2012 with regards to submissions Ms Greenaway made to the Fair Work Act Review. (available here

WIN TV, News, 5 November 2012 – Ms Greenaway voices concern that a horse is found dead in paddock across the road from Dubbo RSPCA despite previous complaints allegedly made about no water in the paddock


WIN TV, News March 18, 2013, – Ms Greenaway discusses opposition to forthcoming art exhibition that depicts young women involved in recreational hunting posing with dead animals.



3AW Melbourne  (morning show), 7 September 2012, Invited guest speaker to discuss submissions I made relating to the Fair Work Act Review. Comments also aired on 3AW news.

2GB, (Sydney), 9 October 2012, guest speaker discussing RSPCA NSW temperament test (including medical and behavioural reasons for killing)
ABC radio, 14 January 2013, discussing forthcoming companion animal rescuers and advocates conference with Dugald Saunders.


Conferences attended


Getting to Zero Conference Sydney
NSW Parliament House, Wednesday 18 May 2011.


Law Society of NSW – Voiceless Animal Law Lecture 2011

August 2nd, 2011


NO KILL CONFERENCE, Saturday, August 11, 2012 – Sunday, August 12, 2012 at George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC.


Ms Greenaway met some very inspirational people who have refused to accept the killing of large numbers of adoptable cats and dogs and who have been instrumental in making positive changes in their communities. 


“Tomorrows Law: The Future of Animal Law”, Sydney, 18 October 2012


Animal Activist Forum, Sydney, 13th and 14th October 2012.


The Australian Veterinary Forensics, Law and Animal Conference (Gold Coast Australia) December 12th and 13th December 2012.


Companion Animal Rescuers and Advocates Conference, 2 February 2013, Warners Bay.  Australia’s first Companion Animal Rescuers and Advocates Conference, was held on 2 February 2013 at Warner’s Bay (NSW). Organised by Ms Greenaway this conference sold out within two weeks. A range of topics were presented including How to set up a rescue group, pets and domestic violence, Trap Neuter Return, and veterinary and health problems facing animals rescued from pounds and how to overcome these issues.


Rallies/Invited guest speaker


Invited guest speaker at International Puppy Farm Awareness Day, Sydney, Sunday 18 September 2011 along with Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP, Tim Vasudeva (AWL), Monika from Doggie Rescue and Anne Greenaway of Lawyers for Companion Animals.


Invited guest speaker at The Anti-BSL Rally in Sydney, Dogs in the Community organised by CommunityK9, Saturday, October 22, 2011, (unable to attend, statement read out – see below)


My Human Family, Sydney (Pine St Gallery), Saturday 7 July 2012, Official Guest speaker at exhibition launch and judge of photography competition.


Invited guest speaker Rally: End Factory Farming organised by the Animal Rights Coalition, ,Sydney, 11 Nov 2012, Speakers includes,  Senator Lee Rhiannon, Mark Pearson, Emma Hurst, Phillip Hall, and Luke Sullivan.


The Australian Veterinary Forensics, Law and Animal Conference (Gold Coast Australia) December 12th and 13th December 2012, speaker.


Invited guest speaker at The Lost Dogs Home Protest (protesting high kill rates of cats and dogs) in Melbourne, organised by Pound Reform Alliance of Australia Sunday, 3 March 2013.





Full Media articles Below: NSW LAW SOCIETY JOURNAL, September issue 2012, pages 25-27. Story covers issues Ms Greenaway is involved in her legal practice. YOUR SAY: Pet lawyer speaks out against domestic animal trapping
Preston Leader20 Nov 12 @ 11:32am by Paula MaudDean Nicholson with Charlie, the son of Bubba, who was euthanised after being trapped in a neighbour’s cat trap. Picture: ANGIE BASDEKIS.THE practice of trapping cats on suburban blocks has been caned by a pet defender.Anne Greenaway, a principal with Lawyers for Companion Animals, said the accidental trapping of an elderly cat in Reservoir in September was an example of how the practice could go wrong.Dean Nicholson’s 15-year-old cat, Bubba, was desexed and had the tell-tale ear tattoo of a domestic pet, but was neither microchipped nor registered and was not wearing a collar when she was trapped in the yard of a neighbour on September 7.Mr Nicholson said when he rescued Bubba 15 years ago there had been no legal requirement to microchip pet cats.Mr Nicholson learned Bubba was collected by a council ranger a day after her disappearance and transported to the Lost Dogs’ Home where she was promptly put down.Should residents be allowed to trap cats? Tell us below.Darebin Council’s manager of economic development and civic compliance, Eddy Boscariol urged residents to microchip and register pets with up-to-date details to prevent such incidents occurring.He said the council had been advised that the cat had been euthanased for humane reasons as it had been found to be diseased.Lost Dogs’ Home general manager Sue Conroy said Bubba would have been assessed by two vets before a decision was made about her fate.“The last thing they (the vets) want to do is to put down someone’s pet,” Ms Conroy said.

But Mr Nicholson insisted his cat had been in good health at the time of her capture.

“She would sleep in my bed and wait for me when I got home,” Mr Nicholson said. “We were really connected.”

Mr Boscariol said cat trapping by residents was permitted in order to catch strays.

“Section 23 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 allows the owner or occupier of private property to trap cats that trespass on their property,” he said.

But Ms Greenaway said some people used baits to entice cats onto their property and both loved family pets and stray cats were being caught in the traps.

“There is no way of distinguishing between an unowned cat and a family pet which is what occurred in this case,” she said.

Lifting profile of advocates

Daily Liberal


Dec. 29, 2012, 4 a.m.

A CONFERENCE organised by local companion animals lawyer Anne Greenaway is to be held in Newcastle to share knowledge about animal welfare and rescue issues.

The aim of the conference is to lift the profile of animal advocates and to offer practical ways to start rescue groups with the aim of saving more animals from increasing euthanasia rates.

Ms Greenaway said other topics would include how to take high quality photos for rescue groups and shelter websites to increase the animals’ chances of adoption.

Other discussions will include breed-specific rescue groups, setting up animal welfare organisations with low-cost pet desexing, as well as looking at vets who work with rescue groups.

Organisations and individuals from around the state will speak about their experiences in their varying fields and share knowledge to assist other groups.

Guest speakers will include Sue Barker, Barb Steffensen, David Atwell, Olga Parkes, Barbara Trytko, Geoff Davidson and Anne Greenaway.

The lawyer encourages anyone in the region who is interested in gaining more insight into animal welfare and rescue issues to attend the conference which is to be held in Newcastle on February 2.

For further information contact Anne on


Conference tackles animal cruelty


Dec. 30, 2012, 10:30 p.m.


Conference tackles animal cruelty


Dec. 30, 2012, 10:30 p.m.



ANIMAL rescue groups from around the state will converge in the Hunter in 2013 to address what they believe are alarming rates of animal cruelty in the region.

The Rescuers and Advocates Companion Animal Conference will be held in February at Warners Bay and aims to educate people on how to participate in animal rescue, how to find foster families for pets and how to work with media, council and vets.

Dog Rescue Newcastle founder Sue Barker, who will speak on the day, said there was a big concern about overpopulation and euthanasia rates of animals in the Hunter.

‘‘Our councils aren’t doing anything to reduce rates, especially concerning backyard breeders,’’ she said. ‘‘We’re constantly busy. Sometimes we’re getting six to eight animals in a day.

‘‘It’s unacceptable and this conference is about figuring out how we can make change.’’

Ms Barker said they wanted a wide range of people to participate in the conference.

‘‘The Hunter is a huge problem area and I’m appalled by the neglect and ignorance here,’’ she said.

‘‘We need to make the public aware of what’s going on.’’ .

Other speakers will include Olga Parkes of Hunter Animal Watch, Dr Cathy O’Neil of Macquarie Road Veterinary Hospital and Barb Steffensen, from Animal Rights and Rescue.

Organiser and lawyer for companion animals Anne Greenaway said the conference was open to anyone, and that speakers would aim to teach people about animal welfare.

The conference will be held on February 2 at the Salas Function Centre, 298 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay. The cost for the conference is $20 and those interested can email Ms Greenaway at for more information.


Animal welfare groups must be investigated: lawyer

8 September, 2011
Lawyers Weekly


While animal welfare issues such as the live export of cattle have recently attracted the attention of the government, media and wider community, the poor management and harmful treatment of companion animals is being overlooked.

As the Getting to Zero Summit kicks off this week, which aims to save “surplus” cats and dogs from being killed, Anne Greenaway, principal of Lawyers for Companion Animals, noted the appalling management of companion animals by pounds across Australia.

“In Australia, it’s estimated that there are around 250,000 cats and dogs that get killed every year,” said Greenaway. “One of the issues that keeps rearing its ugly head is shelter staff who get very distressed by what they see in shelters and quite often speak out. And when they do speak out, they get bullied.”

Referring to the high “kill rates” of some animal shelters in Australia, Greenaway noted the increased effort by “no kill” groups to rescue animals from pounds that are likely to be killed.

“Those organisations with a high kill rate refuse to work with rescue organisations. There are people out there who are willing and able to go into such an organisation and be a foster carer, but a lot of these organisations just say no and that is what’s troubling,” she said.

“[Animal management] needs a Four Corners investigation because there are so many questions that haven’t been answered … There are all these animal welfare organisations that are meant to be helping animals but they’re not.”

The conduct of animal rescue organisations, as well as Victoria’s new breed-specific dangerous dogs legislation, are just some of the many animal welfare and management issues dealt with by Greenaway as one of just a few animal lawyers practising in Australia.

“I’ve had an interest in animal issues for more than 10 years … The reason I specifically focus on cats and dogs is that the issues affecting animals are so broad,” said Greenaway, who opened her companion animal law practice in June this year following a career in criminal law.

“I’m doing all this pro bono … I want to be a source of information that will help people make decisions which are in the best interests of their animals.”




Opinion pieces


8 July 2011, Daily Liberal Dubbo, “Sad Truth of a pet hate” (deals with the problem of the high euthanasia rate of companion animals in Australia)





South Coast Register

RSPCA cops a serve over two dead dogs


Nov. 5, 2012, 8:31 a.m.


A CLAIM by the Nowra RSPCA that two dogs in its care had found homes when in fact they had been put down has upset animal advocates.

On the RSPCA Nowra Facebook page a photo was posted of a group of people with six dogs on July 29.

At least two of those dogs had been euthanased by the RSPCA, bringing into doubt the organisation’s claims of the number of animals it adopts out.

The Facebook issue was raised by Tony Twining, a volunteer with the Nowra branch of the RSPCA shelter between February and May this year.

Mr Twining said the two dogs that he knew about, Reg and Max, had been put down in May.

“When the RSPCA published this on Facebook saying these dogs had found their forever homes they knew those two dogs were dead,” Mr Twining said.

“I’m upset that I’m in that photo, it’s quite offensive, I feel like I’m complicit in that lie.

“I am also concerned that it is still on their Facebook page.

“RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman claims to have investigated the issue but the page is still there,” Mr Twining said.

The Register contacted Mr Coleman who confirmed that photo did appear on the RSPCA Facebook page but believed it had been taken down.

“I understand where he [Mr Twining] was coming from,” he said.

“He’s obviously annoyed we’ve misled people. Some days later one of those dogs had been euthanased. It was never the intent to mislead or misrepresent anything at the time when that photo and caption went up.

“We’re an organisation that isn’t perfect and is striving to do better, but the energy needs to be channelled into reducing the number of animals brought to us,” Mr Coleman said.

Lawyers for Companion Animals principal Anne Greenaway is an animal welfare campaigner who believes the organisation is more concerned with making money than animal welfare.

“This is not the first report I am aware of that the NSW RSPCA has stated that an animal has found a home when in fact the animal has been killed,” Ms Greenaway said.

“RSPCA counselled Tony Twining on his comments on a Facebook page, yet they did not and still have not removed their false comments on that same Facebook page, despite being fully aware that the comments were false.”


Letter to editor of Yass Tribune from Ms Greenaway on 16 February 2012 in response to an article about the Greyhound racing industry.


I write to express my concern with regards to your recent story entitled “From the pool to the track” (15/2/2012). The story was biased in favour of greyhound racing and painted a misleading picture of the racing industry to the general public.

I was particularly concerned about this statement:

“They can really only race between the age of one and four so after that they are sold as domestic pets through a special program.”


I would like to present another not quite so “feel good” side to the greyhound racing industry.

Greyhound breeders puppy farm greyhounds extensively, in the hope of breeding fast dogs. One key difference is that puppies born in puppy mills are intended to be welcomed into loving family homes, whereas most greyhounds are bred, brought and sold, with all parties knowing if they don’t perform they face lethal injection or bullet. Industry viability rests on the over-breeding of dogs. Based on current estimates around 17,000 greyhounds are killed in Australia each year – as pups, due to injuries sustained during racing, or as surplus dogs at the end of their racing careers. These greyhounds are literally running for their lives, as there will never be 17,000+ permanent homes every year in Australia for all the greyhounds. Despite requests made of the greyhound racing industry, it will not release, to those who enquire, the total number of puppies born, only number of litters.

It is reasonable to assume that due to the oversupply of greyhounds certain “markets” have arisen, such as using greyhounds for research, for teaching in veterinary schools, and for export to China (where their welfare needs are not a priority and greyhounds which do not perform are killed). Recently, Animals Australia, Grey2K and RSPCA Australia have come on board to demand an end to the export of greyhounds to Macau and other countries with no animal welfare laws.

The “special program” to which Melissa refers I assume is the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP).  GAP was only brought about because there was growing public concern for the dogs’ welfare.  GAP is funded and run by the greyhound racing industry.  GAP Victoria only adopts out around 4 – 5% of greyhounds bred annually.  95% of greyhounds will not get to see their 5th birthday, either before or after their racing careers are over. Greyhounds can typically live from 10 to 14 years of age outside of the industry.

GAP conducts temperament tests on their greyhounds. Those that do not pass their temperament test are euthanased.  Their temperament test is stricter than anything any other breed has to pass at any other shelter, including the RSPCA.  Greyhounds have failed this test in the past for such ‘sins’ as crying when left alone in kennels, damaging their bedding, showing the potential to chase cats or being “too playful”.  They are also failed and killed for any physical imperfections, including racing injuries and a common, treatable eye condition called Pannus. Regrettably some greyhounds are trained using live lures including chickens and cats. This “training” will ensure that they fail the temperament test if they make it this far.

What a shame the writer did not seek input from a non-industry affiliated greyhound rescue group before writing this story.

Melissa certainly did get one thing right –  greyhounds are very affectionate and loving dogs. It is the ultimate betrayal that such loving sentient beings sustain injuries during racing, are killed in their thousands every year, are exported to china and, in short, are treated like disposable objects.


Some of the information contained in this letter was obtained from The Australian Animal Protection Law Journal, 2011, page 53. The article is entitled “The Welfare of greyhounds in Australian racing: Has the industry run its course?”



LETTERS: Some questions about animals

By Anne Greenaway

Oct. 27, 2012.






Invited guest speaker at The Anti-BSL Rally in Sydney, Dogs in the Community organised by CommunityK9, Saturday, October 22, 2011, (unable to attend, statement read out – see below)

Statement provided for the Breed Specific Legislation rally held in Sydney on October 22, 2011.

“Lawyers for Companion Animals accepts that dangerous dogs of any breed that pose a threat to the community should be destroyed.

With particular reference to the breed specific legislation (The Domestic Animals Amendment (Restricted Breeds) Act 2011) introduced into Victorian Parliament last month the main area of disagreement relates to the breed specific parts of the legislation, essentially the restrictions on Pit Bull Terriers.

The biggest problem is determining whether an animal is actually a Pit Bull or Pit Bull cross, or whether it is a cross involving other breeds. There are no reliable DNA markers for pit bulls (or Pit Bull crosses) and it is not possible to reliably identify a breed from a dog’s appearance.

There is no DNA test which can identify an animal as a Pit Bull or cross. Therefore under the new laws the determination can only be made on physical characteristics based on a visual assessment as outlined in the Standard. In effect, the legislation is targeting dogs of a particular appearance (rather than breed or temperament). Staffordshire bull terriers, and other dogs are being killed and will continue to be killed based on appearance alone. It would appear that the intent of the legislation is to target American Pit Bull Terriers, however other breeds are being adversely affected, in particular the American Staffordshire Terrier.

The problem with Breed Specific Legislation is where does it end? You wipe out the American Pit Bull Terrier and it’s crosses, what breed will be targeted next? There is nothing to stop the witch hunt from continuing with another breed when irresponsible dog owners don’t manage their dog correctly and another child is injured. Dog-bite prevention strategies should focus on public education and training of both dogs and owners. The problem of dog bites and dog attacks does not lie within a single breed or group of breeds. The problem ultimately lies with the individual owner, and that is where the focus of dangerous dog laws should be.

Lawyers for Companion Animals supports amendments to the Crimes Act so that dog owners are held responsible and accountable for the actions of their dogs. Dog attacks in the community are not a breed issue; they are a responsible dog ownership issue.
Lawyers for Companion Animals does not support breed specific legislation generally and has serious concerns about aspects of the Domestic Animals Amendment (Restricted Breeds) Act 2011.”

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