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Australians for Animals Inc AFA was founded in l989 by former Fairfax investigative journalist, Sue Arnold, together with a small group of talented and motivated people who care deeply for animals and the environment.

AFA is an incorporated association and a NSW registered charity.

All campaigns are run with the support of an informal Advisory Board of highly skilled scientists, and lawyers who advise, review and guide the campaigns of the charity. Our Management Committee made a decision, all those years ago, that AFA would always remain a grass roots organisation, reflecting the importance of community and the amazing ability of dedicated people to make a difference. That the charity would work within community, aware that it takes more than a village to save wildlife populations and the environment.

Australians for Animals AFA believes in the guiding hand of Spirit. In over 24 years of campaigning, we have always worked our butts off and had faith in the knowledge that there are miracles. Some of our campaigns have been run on the smell of an oil rag. Huge campaigns which have required lawsuits in the United States against the Administration. Yet always, help arrives in the form of lawyers, scientists or funds that are entirely unexpected. Sometimes we lose. Sometimes we win. But theres lessons in loss and victory and sometimes, its the journey that counts. AFA knows that a small group of committed people can bring about extraordinary changes. As long as ego isnt involved, progress can be made. The charity has made certain over the years that we retain our status as a grass roots organization. AFA believes that grass roots communities are, in the end, the only reality.

AFA is now focused on protecting the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and in particular, highlighting the appalling management of the Gladstone LNG development which is a template for all resource exploitation around the Australian continent. Two years ago, we set up a blog on the Reef at This blog is an attempt to overcome the mainstream media shutdown on the catastrophic decline and mortality of dugongs, inshore dolphins, and turtles who are the victims of the developments. AFA respects Mother Earth and her magnificent gifts of life which are deserving of the best efforts of every human to ensure that future generations, human and nonhuman survive in a healthy environment.

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