A resident of the electoral district of Monaro since 1985, Frankie Seymour is a life-long animal advocate and activist, an author, and an environmental scientist. She served on the Animals Australia executive committee from 1996 to 2006, and on the ACT Animal Welfare Advisory Committee from 1996-2013.
As president of Animal Liberation ACT (1988-1992 and 1994-1998), Frankie spear-headed the ultimately successful campaigns to shut down the ANU monkey-breeding facility, and to ban the battery cage and end the use of exotic animals in circuses in the ACT. She has prepared numerous papers, submissions, press releases and critiques of legislation. Dozens of her letters on animal issues have been published in The Canberra Times.
In the early 1980s, Frankie served on the Sea Shepherd and published a book about her experiences. She has continued putting herself in harm’s way for animals: protesting against duck shooting and rescuing waterbirds; protesting against battery cages and rescuing dozens of sick and injured hens; and protesting against the wanton slaughter of kangaroos.
After a lifetime of working for animals, Frankie believes that the only way of pushing through the bottleneck between the will of the majority of Australians who care about animals, and the governments which continue to allow, promote or dictate a holocaust of cruelty to animals, is through the political system. Frankie stood for the Animal Justice Party in the Federal Electoral Division of Eden Monaro in the 2016 Federal Election.