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    Guardianz Animal Law Specialists

    Dealing with any legal issue that involves an animal

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    New Zealand's law firm dedicated to the practice of animal law

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Animal welfare and animal-related Biosecurity
Animal Products, Food Safety and Trade
Board and Senior Management meeting input


The subject of "animal law" broadly refers to the laws that apply to any use, practice or product that involves an animal.

  • Too many times we're aware of people following well-intended advice to "negotiate", "mediate" or "just pay the fine" and they end up with a criminal record when they really didn't have to.
  • We've also seen corporates incur costly outcomes from overlooking legal obligations and opportunities involving animals in their planning, marketing and strategies.

Guardianz Animal Law specialises in the niche area of animal law and provides the deep knowledge, understanding and insights that often make the difference between a win or lose in the courtroom or the marketplace.

Our experience on the farms and abattoirs, in addition to the courtrooms and the negotiation tables, means Guardianz Animal Law is uniquely positioned to provide pragmatic insights and effective solutions to:

  • corporates, organisations or individuals who own, use or engage with animals, and to
  • lawyers seeking specialist overview and input to matters that involve animals.

We assist in resolving animal-related legal issues and provide preventative risk management input where plans, strategies or initiatives involve animals, food safety, biosecurity or trade. For example:

  • CRIMINAL: Are you being investigated or prosecuted by the Ministry for Primary Industries, the Police or some other organisation for animal-related welfare, products, food safety or biosecurity offences? (Penalties include fines, seizure of your assets, disqualification and more).
  • CIVIL: Are you facing a problem involving a contract, control or dispute involving an animal?
  • COMMERCIAL: Is your business at risk with its animal-related activities or objectives?

Legal representation inside and outside of the courtroom
Input to food businesses on compliance and proposed expansions
Working alongside lawyers on files involving animals

Conflicting interests and agendas of industry, enforcement, advocates, political and consumers regarding animals can create complex legal issues.

Making a wrong decision about animals, animal products or our borders' risks you losing money and much more.

We help clients and lawyers safely and cost-effectively navigate these complexities by providing specialist advice, representation and assistance including:

  • legal representation in and out of the courtroom
  • collaborative input alongside lawyers on animal-related files
  • working with an organisation's established legal teams to identify animal law risks and opportunities in plans, strategies and objectives
  • assistance with compliance in policies and practices
  • in-house training programmes
  • providing multi-disciplined insights to legal issues and business objectives that involve animals
  • effective advocacy and lobbying government.

Our strategic alliances and network of experts mean gives us the skills and resources to meet every aspect of clients’ needs.

Why do you, or your lawyer, want to involve an animal law specialist?

Tell us, and then let's see how Guardianz Animal Law might help you.

All the animal law services you need, in one place.

Policy, Practice and File Reviews

Advice and Representation

Strategy and Governance

Advocacy and Lobbying

Training and Education