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15 reasons to try vegan this January

15 reasons to try vegan this January

Posted 16 December 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Veganuary, vegan, food

I don't know about you but January always kind of creeps up on me. Like, where did that year go? But not this time! Because January is now Veganuary ... and I am so excited!

The Veganuary team have asked us to be their Aussie partner and we'd love you to join us to kick off 2015 in a big way for animals. Veganuary is all about giving vegan food a go for the month of Jan – no pressure, just yummy, cruelty-free food.

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If that's not enough to get you pumped, here's 15 more reasons to try vegan this January :)

1. So that you can swap recipes with Ellen when you meet her.

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2. To protect animals.

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3. And the planet.

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(Because less cows for meat and dairy equals less harmful gases in the atmosphere.)

4. To see your grandma's face do this when you tell her.

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5. And your vegan friend do this.

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6. To save calves from becoming a 'waste product'.


WARNING: This video contains cruelty to calves :(

7. So that you can experiment with cashew cheese.

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8. And cashew cheese cake! (Like this lime and mango one.)

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9. Because it's like giving a chicken a virtual hug.

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10. To stop day old male chicks from being killed by the egg industry.

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11. Because tofu scramble.

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12. To reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

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13. Because there is a delicious cruelty-free alternative to all your favourite foods. Srsly, vegan sausages, pizza, chocolate, pies ... even 'fish' fingers!

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14. You'll get to lol hard at things like this:

15. And last but not least ... so that you can find out what it really means to be in love ... with hummus.

Mmmmm ... hummus ... So what do you reckon? Can I count you in for Veganuary 2015?

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P.S. Know another good reason to try vegan that I've missed? Share it below.

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Benjy the bull having a gay old time in his new home

Benjy the bull having a gay old time in his new home

Posted 16 December 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Benjy, bulls, Hillside Animal Sanctuary, rescue, good news

Remember Benjy the bull who was going to be killed because he was more interested in the other bulls than the ladies?

Well look at him now :) Safe and sound and smoozing on all the other bulls and cows at Hillside Animal Sanctuary.

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Yay :) Benjy gets to spend the Christmas holidays (and the rest of his life) with his new friends, feeling safe and loved.

I know you've been doing all sorts of amazing things this year to help us get closer and closer to a world where all animals are safe and happy just like Benjy. So to remind you how AWESOME you are, click here to relive some of the amazing achievement's we've made for animals in 2014. And I look forward to seeing you in 2015 for an even bigger and better year :) 

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Get ready for ALL THE FEELS

Get ready for ALL THE FEELS

Posted 5 December 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: cows, cute, video, go veg, vegetarian

This little girl loves her cow so much she sneaks her into the house for a cuddle sesh and it is SO CUTE! Watch ...

I was desperately wanting to cuddle a cow after I watched this, were you? I had to make do with our office dogs Blue and Oscar. (They are excellent cuddlers.)

Not all of us are as lucky as the girl in the video and get to spend quality time with cows. But it's pretty clear that they can be just as affectionate and loving as the animals that we do share our home (or office) with, wouldn't you say?

If you reckon cows deserve to be treated with kindness there's something you can do today that will make a huge difference for them -- and all animals. By taking animals off your plate you'll be sparing the lives of around 100 animals per year! (Not to mention helping the environment as well). Like the mum in the video seems to realise, these gentle creatures deserve much more than to be killed for their meat.

Make the pledge to go veg today or click here to find out everything you never knew about cows.

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A WIN for cats and dogs :)

A WIN for cats and dogs :)

Posted 3 December 2014   by Nelliepotatoes         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: puppy factories, companion animals, adopt, election, politics, Victoria, pet shops, dogs, cats, Nellie

Normally when there's talk about politics I'm all like:

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But I heard some news that made me go like:

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Last weekend was the state election in Victoria. And the new Labor government has promised that they will make sure that NO cats and dogs are sold in pet shops UNLESS they're from an animal rescue group :) 

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So not only will more animals like me get a second chance and a comfy bed and walks and cuddles, but it means that people can be sure that their new friend doesn't come from a horrible puppy factory. (Yup, it's true. Most pet shop puppies come from puppy factories :( See for yourself.)

I reckon this should be the rule in ALL Australia don't you? Maybe you could write to your local politics person and ask them to do the same in your state. I would but ... I'm a dog.

The best news is you don't have to wait for any rules to be changed to be a friend to dogs and cats and help stop puppy factories. By pledging to always adopt, rather than buying from a pet shop, you will be a hero for someone just like me :)

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WIN THIS. And eat it. (So yum!)

WIN THIS. And eat it. (So yum!)

Posted 1 December 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 54 Comments

Tags: Suzy Spoons, vegetarian, vegan, go veg, cruelty-free, food win, competition, contest, giveaway

Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher is giving away a festive roast that is so delicious it will make your eyes water. Simply tell us why you're leaving animals off your plate this Christmas for your chance to win!

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This festive roast is the yummiest thing you will eat this Christmas. (And maybe ever!) I had one of Suzy Spoon's roast's for Christmas last year, and I swear I was defending my plate from green-eyed relatives the whole time. Jokes. Christmas is about sharing and my whole family tried this roast and LOVED it.

Of course the best thing about this mouth-watering roast is that no animals were killed to make it. It is completely cruelty-free. (I've put the ingredients list below.) Sadly, for millions of animals, Christmas is anything but a time of celebration. Most pigs and chickens in Australia will spend the 'holiday season' in factory farms, with no fancy feast and no love or kindness.

But by choosing to have a cruelty-free Christmas feast, you and your family can help spare animals from a life of sadness.

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Leave a comment below saying why you're leaving animals off your plate this Christmas for your chance to win the festive roast from Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher. (Or if you'd prefer, you can order one right away by clicking here.)

COMP CONDITIONS:

Comp closes: Sunday 14 December. (Roast will be posted on the 17th.)

Roasts can be delivered to the following areas ONLY:

NSW: Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, Northern Rivers, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Albury, Campbelltown, Windsor, Penrith, Berowra

QLD: Brisbane metro, Gold Coast

VIC: Melbourne metro, Wodonga

Roast ingredients: Tofu, gluten flour, onion, water, bread crumbs, mushrooms, plain flour, olive oil, dried cranberries, walnuts, soy sauce, yeast flakes, garlic, miso, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, black pepper. 


UPDATE 15/12/2014: This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winner - Caterina from NSW with this entry: 

Last Christmas was my first as a vegan, and this year the whole family is joining in. When we celebrate love, gratitude, family and life, we don't discriminate. What better way to live the values of Christmas, and indeed humanity, than by an active refusal to cooperate with injustice? That's why I choose a cruelty free Christmas.

Thank you to everyone who entered and to everyone celebrating a cruelty-free Christmas this year :) 

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VIC: Make your vote count for animals.

VIC: Make your vote count for animals.

Posted 26 November 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: politics, election, Victoria

If you're a Victorian, and have turned 18, you'll be rocking up to the voting booths at some point this Saturday. I know you care about animals and want them to be heard in Government. So we've put together a handy guide which shows which parties have which policies for animals. (Phew. That was a lot of whiches.)

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Sorry. Tangent. Back to politics.

Click here for the lowdown on where parties in the
Victorian election stand on animal welfare.

If you're not yet old enough to vote, no probs. There are 4 animal issues that are in the political spotlight at the moment and your voice can make a huge difference. I've listed the issues and how you can take action below :)

Thanks for being a voice for animals!

Puppy factories
Discover the truth about where pet shop puppies come from ...
Make the pledge to always adopt rather than buy companion animals

Duck shooting
Ask the SA, Tas, Vic and NT Governments to ban duck shooting

Jumps racing
Urge SA and Vic to ban cruel jumps racing
Pledge to never bet on racing while horses die

Factory farming
Ask Hungry Jacks to join Macca's and Subway and ditch cage eggs
Pledge to save animals every day by taking them off your plate

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