The award comes following an unprecedented year in animal advocacy. In May 2011, shocking footage obtained by Lyn of Australian animals being brutalised in Indonesia aired on the Gold Walkley award winning Four Corners story, 'A Bloody Business'. For the next five months, some 40,000 media stories followed, sparking massive public opposition to the live export trade, and awakening the consciences of a nation to the plight of animals. As one senior rural reporter put it, animal welfare is now 'the new black'.
The 'overwhelming win', as voted by ABC NewsRadio listeners, reflects the growing public awareness and concern for animal welfare across the country. Importantly, this recognition will further encourage the Australian media to report on more stories that have the potential to help expose cruelty to animals in 2012.
Listen to the announcement made live on radio on New Year's morning:
This latest endorsement of Lyn's work comes after she was voted 'Person of the Year' by readers of the online news publication Crikey. Lyn has also been named one of Victoria's 100 most influential people of 2011 by The Age, as well as being a state finalist for the 2012 Australian of the Year.
Lyn extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported Animals Australia's work — not least of all our members and donors — without whom the milestones we were able to achieve on behalf of animals in 2011 would never have been possible.
Join us for an evening with Lyn White
In February/March 2012, you are invited to share in Lyn's extraordinary experience and journey into animal protection first hand. We look forward to meeting many of our treasured supporters in person as Lyn travels across the country for an inspiring speaking tour. For dates and cities, please click here.