Magda has always had an inborn respect and care for animals, the natural environment, and anyone who is vulnerable. Following her passion in helping others, she completed a Diploma in Health Science (Counselling), but now works as a Business Analyst in IT within the Emergency Management sector. She has spent most of her adult life as a vegetarian/vegan, after finding out about the horrors of vivisection in the 90’s. Long term animal activist and advocate, she is a member of many animal protection groups, including Wildlife Victoria, for whom she was a volunteer rescuer for some time.
For over 30 years, Katrina has been advocating for animals in a variety of capacities in both Australia and Japan including, but not limited to, fundraising, event management, lobbying, direct action, protests, street activism, emergency support and administrative support. Katrina firmly believes that no matter how insurmountable the challenges we face appear to be in improving the lives of animals, it is imperative that we keep our goals in mind, even when it feels like we are not making much progress. If not us, then who? This is what motivates her to keep speaking up for animals.
In the early 1990s, Diana became president of Anti Vivisection Union, South Australia, and continued in that role until 2016. During those years she collaborated with HRA as well as with other state, national and international groups on campaigns of public awareness and legal and ethical issues, including the campaign to maintain the moratorium on xenotransplantation in Australia.
These days as an individual member of several groups, she remains committed to working towards the abolition of cruel, wasteful and unscientific animal-based research and testing procedures.
Since Hugo’s medical studies in 2008, he has been strongly opposed to the use of animals in laboratory and in scientific research more broadly. He believes that promoting alternatives to animal experimentation, educating people and introducing young scientists to new technological devices is the best way to make rapid changes toward better science.
Hugo previously completed a Bachelor of Psychology, a Bachelor of Neuroscience, and a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience, and feels his extensive study in the medical field, as well as his experience in clinical research, will help HRA in its endeavour to phase out and stop animal experimentation in Australia.
Corey has over 10 years’ experience volunteering with a number of not-for-profit associations.
He has been involved in community organising as the lead organiser of protests within a small team and volunteered with campaigns such as the 30-day Vegan Easy Challenge and Bendigo Saleyard Shade and Shelter Campaign.
Corey has 3 years committee experience with Lamb Care Australia as a founding member filling various roles. He is a member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia and has qualifications in bookkeeping. Corey recently completed the online ANZCCART ComPass Animal Welfare Training and Animal Ethics course.