Animal Liberation Queensland (ALQ) is an independent animal rights organisation, founded in 1979, which advocates the rights of non-human animals so that they may live free from abuse, cruelty, and exploitation. ALQ is a not-for-profit organisation in the state of Queensland, Australia, and a registered charity with the ACNC.
A world where all nonhuman animals live free from abuse, exploitation, and suffering. Speciesist attitudes are rejected by society and veganism is accepted as the norm.
To protect all animals from abuse, exploitation and suffering; to foster respectful and compassionate community attitudes towards animals; and to promote veganism as the most ethical and ecologically sustainable lifestyle.
Animal Liberation Queensland Limited (ALQ) achieves its mission by:
- Exposing animal abuse and exploitation to bring widespread public attention to animal issues
- Campaigning to increase consumer awareness of animal rights issues
- Providing free educational resources to the community
- Pursuing legislative change at local, state and federal levels
- Collaborating with other state and national animal advocacy organisations where there are opportunities to undertake joint campaigns and share resources
- Maintaining its political independence by actively seeking to raise its own funds for ongoing growth and development
- Adhering to a policy of non-violence, inclusiveness and collaboration.
As well as our ongoing reporting obligations to the ACNC and our newsletters to our members, since 2019 we have started publishing our annual report. Our annual reports outlines our programs and campaigns for the financial year, as well as a snapshot of our board and staff, financial data, and more.
Why you should support us
Our hardworking and passionate team ensures that overhead costs are minimised and allows us to direct the majority of funds towards campaign activities, investigating animal cruelty, and educating the public on animal rights issues, including the production of booklets and fliers. We are politically independent, free of corporate sponsorship or influence, and we are focussed on getting lasting results for animals.
- In mid-2020 we launched Vegan4Life - a new vegan website full of information, tips, recipes, and a 30 day challenge to assist people in making the transition to veganism. The launch was accompanied with digital billboards throughout Brisbane and a brand new 24-page booklet.
- Investigated, publicised and lobbied for prosecution as a result of cruelty and neglect of more than 30 horses at a property in Charlton near Toowoomba. The owner was eventually charged with animal cruelty in August 2020.
- Following the ABC 7.30 report into the slaughter of ex-racehorses at Meramist Abattoir in Caboolture, we used this opportunity to magnify animal welfare issues in the horse racing industry. We also made a comprehensive submission to the Martin Inquiry which was referenced in the final report that recommended significant improvements to animal welfare regulations.
- We have fought back against ag-gag laws at the state and national level which resulted in the most draconian Queensland ag-gag Bill being rejected in 2019. We have raised awareness through the media and engaged with Parliamentary Committees regarding key issues with these type of bills.
- Exposed the plight of ‘Boe’ and other boars at a semen collection facility in Wacol, Brisbane, reaching well over 700,000 people through our videos online.
- We were part of the Choose Cruelty Free alliance (which included a large number of groups including the Humane Society International, Animals Australia and Humane Research Australia) that led to a ban of animal testing for cosmetic purposes in Australia (which comes into effect July 2020).
- Fought alongside other local activists and successfully campaigned for Brisbane City Council and sponsors to remove deer from the annual Christmas Parades from 2018.
- We have submitted several animal cruelty complaints that have led to prosecution by the RSPCA Queensland.
- In February 2015 ALQ (together with Animals Australia) exposed the cruel practice of live baiting in the greyhound racing industry in Australia, via a high profile 4 Corners special. This led to a shake-up and overhaul of the industry Australia-wide, an end to industry self-regulation in Queensland and dozens of animal cruelty prosecutions.
- Our greyhound racing investigations have resulted in a number of inquiries across several states in Australia. In NSW the inquiry influenced Premier Baird to announce a ban on greyhound racing in NSW by July 2017, which unfortunately he rescinded after the backlash that followed. Our efforts to end this cruel ‘sport’ continue.
- As a result of the fallout of the live baiting exposure, greyhound racing was banned in the ACT in 2017 and the ban came into effect in April 2018, and remains in effect today.
- We have reached hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders through our educational leaflets, stalls, film screenings, live talks, workshops, and media coverage to raise awareness about a range of pressing animal protection issues, to help show the public how they can ‘be the change’ for animals through their daily choices.
- Our rodeo campaign has shone a light on the cruelty inherent in this ‘sport’ and to date, our campaign for a ban on calf-roping has garnered over 50,000 supporters who have signed our petition or emailed their MP and the Minister. We will not stop until rodeos are a thing of the past in Qld.
- In October 2013 we launched Chickadee, Australia's first animal rights magazine aimed at teen and pre-teen girls.
- End to exotic animal circuses in Australia. Our long-term campaign against the use of exotic animals in circuses helped achieve bans by Ipswich City Council (2009) and Gold Coast City Council (August 2009). Gold Coast City Council did reverse the ban in 2013 but then reinstated it in September 2016. In 2021, Stardust circus retired the last wild exotic circus animals in Australia (its lions and monkeys). After 40 years of campaigning, Australia now has no more wild animals used in circuses!
- Duck and quail hunting was officially banned in Queensland in 2006. We were part of a successful campaign against the recreational shooting of native ducks and quail, as part of an alliance with wildlife and environment organisations.
- We have assisted many University students in veterinary and life sciences courses to conscientiously object to harmful and outdated animal tests.
- Our lobbying has helped bring about several positive changes in animal welfare codes and the Animal Care and Protection Act (Qld).
As well as the above successes, we have helped bring animal rights issues to the public's attention through media, TV exposure, community stalls, events, flier distribution, as well as through our web site and social media. We have educated, influenced, and supported countless individuals to adopt a vegan diet and move towards a more ethical way of life.
* ALQ is grateful for the assistance of other animal protection and environment groups that have also contributed to these wins. It is very rare that any win for animals is dependent only on one group or individual, and we certainly never want to claim credit for the work of others. We regularly collaborate with a number of these groups. It is only by working together with a broad range of groups, with a variety of tactics over a period of time that many of these wins for animals have been possible.
How you can support us
- Become a member with a small monthly donation
- Make a one-off donation
- Volunteer your time and skills
- Leave a gift in your will