(Community Recognition Statement, 19 June 2019, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I congratulate Paddington-based organisation Voiceless on 15 years of service to animal protection. Voiceless was founded by father and daughter team Brian and Ondine Sherman, with a vision for a world that treats animals with respect and compassion. Voiceless works towards this goal by empowering the animal protection movement through grants; producing reports that expose cruel industry practices like battery hen farming and sow stalls; raising public awareness through the media; and increasing animal protection in science and technology. Education is a major part of its work, helping to make people agents of change for animals. A key focus for Voiceless is to educate and work with the legal profession by engaging lawyers in animal protection through our legal systems and running programs in law schools. I thank the Voiceless team for its tireless work and advocacy on behalf of our voiceless friends and hope to see its vision for a more humane society realised one day.