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5 mothers who only want 1 thing this Mother's Day

5 mothers who only want 1 thing this Mother's Day

Posted 22 April 2015   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: cows, calves, Mothers Day, dairy

These 5 mothers all want the same thing this Mother's Day:

She wants to see her baby grow up

Cows are well known for the strong bonds formed between mother and calf.

She wants to see her baby grow up

One study found that the strong bond between mother and calf was formed in as little as five minutes.

She wants to see her baby grow up

In a natural setting, cows will drink from their mother for several months, up to a year.

She wants to see her baby grow up

Mother cows have been reported to bellow and call out for their calves if they're separated.

She wants to see her baby grow up

But she won't get to.

To produce milk for humans, a dairy cow must keep giving birth to calves, usually every year. Her calves are normally taken away in the first 24 hours of their life, so that the milk she is producing to feed her newborn can be bottled for human consumption.


This video shows a calf being separated from his mother on the first day of his life. It's clearly distressing for her, it's distressing for him and it may be distressing for you to watch so please give it a miss if you feel you don't need to watch it.

There are more than 1 million cows in the Australian dairy industry today -- every single one is a mother. If they could have one thing this Mother's Day, I can guess what it would be ...

As long as the demand for dairy milk continues, mother cows and calves will continue to suffer as a result. The most powerful thing you can do to help dairy cows is to make the switch to dairy-free milk. Do something nice for the mother of another this Sunday 10 May and try a dairy-free alternative. There are so many delicious dairy-free options these days it's never been easier.

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If you're ready to help mother cows (and their calves) every day and ditch dairy for good, sign the pledge today.

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P.S. Wondering what happens to the male calves after they're taken from their mothers? This video, filmed in Victoria, shows the sad fate for unwanted calves, called "bobby calves". Warning: some graphic footage.

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7 Easter treats that taste as nice as they are to cows

7 Easter treats that taste as nice as they are to cows

Posted 31 March 2015   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Easter, chocolate, dairy, cows

It's easy to justify stuffing your face with chocolate when you know that you're harming no-one with your choices. Not only is dairy-free chocolate better for you, but it's better for animals too! What's more, it comes in shiny, colourful packaging, just like all good Easter treats should! Here's my top 7 recommends for dairy-free goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth this weekend:

1. The old fave -- Lindt dark choc bunnies.

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Look for the brown ribbon and you're golden! Get them at Woolies/Safeway and Coles.

2. Choices Easter egg and choc-orange discs.

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Yum. Choc + orange = yum. Get these at Aldi for cheap!

3. Alpha chocolate eggs.

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Alpha have a range of dairy-free chocolates including large and small eggs. Get them online at the Cruelty Free Shop.

4. Sweet William Easter bunnies.

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All Sweet William products are dairy-free and delicious and you can get them at Woolies/Safeway and Coles. They also do yummy white chocolate things if that's your preference :)

5. Bonvita rice milk eggs.

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Rice milk chocolate is sooo good. If you haven't tried it, you need to get your hands on some Bonvita. Get their Easter eggs at the Cruelty Free shop or get their regular range from the Unleashed online shop.

6. Chocolate spiders.

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This is a D.I.Y treat but it's my actual favourite chocolate-y thing ever and it's so so easy. It has 3 ingredients:

  • 1 packet Chang's original fried noodles
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • 200 grams dairy-free chocolate. (I use Sweet William Original.)

And 4 steps:

  • Put the chocolate and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and zap for 30 seconds. Mix.
  • Add the crunchy noodles and coat them in chocolatey mixture.
  • Put spoon sized portions on to a tray covered in baking paper and chuck them in the fridge.
  • Wait patiently until they're set and then eat them.

How easy is that? And to make it even easier, the recipe is on the back of the Chang's noodle packet!

7. Nestar chocolate macadamias.

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These are little balls of bliss and you can get them from our online shop. There's quite a few other yummy sweets to choose from too.

Great. Now I'm going to be thinking about chocolate for the rest of the day. And there's loads more at the Cruelty Free Shop, Vegan Online and The Green Edge. I hope you're as excited for a dairy-free Easter as I am :) If you know of any other yummy vegan sweets, pop them in the comments below so that myself and others can try them. And on behalf of mother cows and their babies, thank you for choosing dairy-free.

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Happy holidays!

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Puppy factories exposed on national TV!

Puppy factories exposed on national TV!

Posted 27 March 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: Know Your Best Friend, dogs, puppy factories, adopt, TV, ad, Animals Australia

It's an exciting time here at Animals Australia because we have just launched our biggest puppy factory campaign EVER! Dogs in puppy factories will finally have a voice on national TV and on bus stops in Melbourne and Sydney.

Watch the 1 minute TV ad: [There's some sad footage of dogs in puppy factories in this vid so please don't watch if you think it will upset you.]

I can remember the very first time I learnt that most dogs sold online and in pet shops come from places where their mothers may spend their whole lives locked up and never know what it feels like to be loved. I was shocked. And saddened. The most shocking part -- it's actually legal to force dogs to live like this. 

I swore that I would never ever support puppy factories.

The best thing you can do to help end puppy factories is to adopt your future dog from a shelter. That way you not only give a dog in need the love he or she deserves, but you also help reduce the demand for puppies to be bred (which is what puppy factories thrive on).

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To find out more about puppy factories and how you can help end them check out Knowyourbestfriend.com. And keep your eye out for the TV ad and bus stop posters :)

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5 recipes that will change the way you think about vegan food (+ WIN a cookbook!)

5 recipes that will change the way you think about vegan food (+ WIN a cookbook!)

Posted 25 March 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 22 Comments

Tags: vegan, vegetarian, cruelty-free, go veg, food, Bed and Broccoli, giveaway, competition, win

No seaweed salads here! Not a kale and quinoa patty to be seen. (Not that I don't love those too!) These 5 mind-blowing recipes will change how you see vegan food and prove that there ain't no thang that can't be made deliciously cruelty-free :) (Click on the pics for recipes.)

[PLUS: Win a cookbook from Bed and Broccoli! See bottom of this blog for how to enter.]

Crème brûlée
I had to start with this one because holy moley. Vegan crème brûlée -- who knew?

Caesar salad with poached 'egg' and hollandaise
Poached eggs? And again ...

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Tofish and chips
Yesssss.

Caramellos
Zomg. Yum.

Carrot caviar
This made me chuckle a little. Well played vegetables.

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All of these recipes are completely free from animal products. The proof is in the crème brûlée that not a single animal has to suffer for us to be able to make crazy good food. The choice to protect pigs, cows, chickens and fish from harm is in your hands. To find out more about the benefits of leaving animals off your plate please click here.

All of the food above was made by the amazing Nikki Medwell who runs a little sanctuary/bed and breakfast called Bed and Broccoli in rural Victoria. Aaand she's recently released a cookbook, which is also amazing. Along with more mind-blowing recipes, the book is full of beautiful pictures of the animals who share her home near Shepparton.

Nikki and friends :)

Thanks to Nikki and JoJo Publishing, I've got TWO Bed and Broccoli cookbooks to giveaway (worth $49.99 each) and I'm going to give them to two people who can make my brain explode with an amazing vegan recipe. Post a link to a recipe or photo of amazing vegan goodness in the comments below for your chance to win one of these -->

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Comp closes 30/04/15. Cant wait to see your entries :)

[Images thanks to Bed and Broccoli's Facebook page.] [Thanks to JoJo Publishing for providing the books.] 

P.S. Can't wait to get your hands on the Bed and Broccoli cookbook? Click here to buy a copy online. Would make a great Mother's Day present :)

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7 horrifying truths about greyhound racing

7 horrifying truths about greyhound racing

Posted 16 February 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 30 Comments

Tags: greyhounds, racing, greyhound racing, dogs, investigations

What's wrong with racing greyhounds? Dogs love to run, right?

Sure. But do they love to race? Read these 7 shocking truths about greyhound racing and decide for yourself ...

4--5 dogs die every week on the track

If a dog breaks a leg or injures himself on the track (which is quite common), sadly his time is pretty much up. Not because he can't get better ... because of course he can! But because he is unlikely to ever win another race and therefore becomes 'worthless' to his owner. 4--5 dogs every week are killed on the track, or behind closed doors after the race, simply because they are no use to their owners anymore.

Thousands of pups never make it to the track
(Image thanks to Friends of the Hound)

The dogs who die on the race track are only part of the story. Racing is a competitive 'sport' after all and only the fastest dogs even make it to the track. What happens to the ones who aren't fast enough? Around 8000 pups every year are deemed unlikely to win races and most of those are killed.

Dogs are not the only victims

I'm about to tell you something that the people involved would prefer was kept secret because it is so horrific that it would surely disgust everyone. Not to mention that it's illegal! Recent investigations by Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Queensland have revealed that 'live baiting' is a widespread and routine practice for a significant number of greyhound trainers.

'Live baiting' is where a defenseless live animal -- a rabbit, piglet or possum for example -- is tied to a mechanical lure and flung around a race track at a high speed, chased, and eventually mauled and killed by dogs. Dogs are provoked and encouraged to attack the animals. It is truly sickening that this is happening. The RSPCA is investigating and you can help end brutal live baiting by signing the petition.

Your tax dollars could be supporting this

State governments have spent millions of dollars on greyhound racing. If you, or your family, pay taxes then sadly your money could be part of the huge amount of tax payer money that's used to encourage more people to go to the races, to build new tracks or other infrastructure, and even to encourage the industry to breed more dogs. (Breeding incentives?! When thousands of dogs are being killed every year. That's bonkers!)

I know that, like me, you'll hate the thought of your hard-earned dollars going towards animal cruelty. You can help end this by writing to your State MP and demanding an end to government support of greyhound racing.

This is what life looks like for many racing greys for most of the day

Racing greyhounds can be kept in pens, crates or kennels for up to 23 hours a day :( I can't imagine any animal being happy living like that, can you?

Most countries have either never raced dogs or have banned greyhound racing
(Image thanks to Friends of the Hound)

Australia has a problem. A gambling problem. Did you know that NSW is second only to Las Vegas when it comes to having the most poker machines? This might seem off tangent but it just goes to show that some things that might seem normal to us are really not that normal. Heaps of other countries have carried on just fine without greyhound racing. And the suffering caused to animals is simply not worth it. C'mon Straya!

4 out of 5 retired greyhounds are not rehomed
(Image thanks to Friends of the Hound)

Greyhounds are naturally very sweet and gentle and kissable animals. I should know, I work with one. Sadly, although there are plenty of shelters dedicated to rehoming greyhounds, there are just too many discarded by the racing industry to find homes for them all and about 10,000 young and healthy and lovable dogs are killed every year.

If you can offer a home to an ex-racing greyhound you could consider adopting or fostering one from your local rescue group. If you want to know more about the true nature of greyhounds, you might like to meet the boy who would be my favourite if I chose favourites but I don't.

Meet Blue

Did these facts surprise you? You're not the only one. Many Australians simply do not know the truth about greyhound racing. You can help change that. Start a conversation with someone today, share this post or even write something of your own to help spread the word that greyhound racing is cruel and if you love animals then don't bet on 'the dogs'.

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15 reasons #slacklyf beats #tracklyf, according to a rescued racer

15 reasons #slacklyf beats #tracklyf, according to a rescued racer

Posted 13 February 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: greyhounds, racing, greyhound racing, dogs, adopt, Blue

This is a story all about how Blue's life got flipped upside down.

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LAWL.

Blue was a race-winning greyhound. Then he broke his leg. Luckier than most greyhounds in this sitch, he ended up with a work-mate of mine. And his life is well ... here's 15 reasons rescue life beats racing life if you're a greyhound. (I know Blue would agree with me but that dog snoozin'.)

1. This.
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2. This.
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3. This.
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4. This.
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5. This.
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6. This.
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7. Friends.
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Friends who make funny faces together, stay together.

8. Tiny friends.
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9. Big friends.
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10. Dribbly friends.
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11. Nap-time friends.
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12. Hairy/huggy friends.
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13. This.
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14. This.
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And last of all ...

15. Because Blue gets to live the #slacklyf for the rest of his life.

Most dogs born into the racing industry will be lucky to get to live out their full lives :( Blue is one of the lucky ones. But there's no reason that all greyhounds can't live full, happy lives and feel loved just like Blue.

You can help make that possible by taking a pledge (or two) for dogs today:

If you'd like to keep up to date with Blue's busy schedule of napping and hoarding, you can follow him on Instagram @bluethgrey

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