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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 | 9 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 | 28 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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What would 7 year old you say?

What would 7 year old you say?

Posted 9 February 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: vegetarian, vegan why veg

I want to do a little experiment. I'm hoping you'll help me out ...

Think back to the first time you were asked whether or not you wanted to eat animals ...

Have you got one? 

I don't know about you, but I'm coming up with nothing. I was never asked.

As kids we do as we're told. We don't really get a choice. (Maybe because when we do get a choice, this is what happens ... )

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#fashun

While we mightn't have the best ideas about fashion when we're younger, (those yellow pants though), I believe there's something that kids understand that often gets lost ... or pushed aside ...

One of my favourite quotes is, "You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I'll buy you a new car." (Harvey Diamond)

I reckon I'm about 7 years old in this picture. If I imagine myself sitting down with the 7 year old in that picture, and explaining to her that the animals we call 'food' are no different to her bunny rabbit Peter or her dog Chelsea, and telling her that she had a choice to make ... I know with 100% certainty the choice she would've made. She would have stopped eating animals that very day.

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(Image thanks to our friends at Mercy for Animals.)

I'd like to challenge you to have that conversation with 7 year old you right now. Let them make the choice they were never given the opportunity to make ...

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These are my sisters Hannah (left) and Tilly (right) at around 4 and 5 years old. (With the ever adorbs Chelsea dog.) At around this time we got a postcard from my Aunty in India who said that she'd been eating a lot of chickpeas. Tilly burst into tears. We eventually worked out that she'd got chickpeas mixed up with chimpanzees in her head. Tilly stopped eating animals at 17 and Hannah at 16. They both love chickpeas.

Sometimes I struggle with words like vegan or vegetarian. Those labels make it sound like I'm doing something or being something. But I'm not being anything. I'm just being me. And I am a person who doesn't eat animals. Always was. Even when I was eating animals I was a person who doesn't eat animals ... I just didn't know I had a choice yet.

We have a choice about our religious beliefs. We have a choice about who we love. We have a choice about what football team we support. And we have a choice about what, or who, we eat.

Growing up, our biggest influencers are our parents. If I had never realised that it was me who had to make choices for me, I might be a straight, meat-eating Sydney Roosters supporter right now. I can proudly say that I am none of those things.

We can't go back in time. But what we can do, starting from now, is whenever we notice ourselves doing something, or thinking a certain way just because it's what we've always done, or what our family has always done, or what society has always done ... that we stop ... think about it ... and make a choice ... the choice that makes sense to the person you already are.

Can you imagine what a different place the world could be if everyone did this? Are you willing to give it a try? Start with the question you asked your 7 year old self today ... are you a person who eats animals? Or are you a person who doesn't eat animals?

If you come to the conclusion that like me, you're a person who doesn't eat animals and just hadn't made the choice yet, firstly, yay :D and secondly we have everything you need to know about making the switch right here.

Thank you for taking part in my experiment. Before I go, I'm just going to leave 3 year old Luiz here ... who was about 17 years quicker than me to realise that he had a choice ...

P.S. Have you watched Lyn White's talk yet? It really got me thinking about how we have inherited our choices ... but that we don't have to! See what you think.

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Be part of history

Be part of history

Posted 3 February 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Make it Possible, factory farming, pigs, chickens, hens, TV

With every historical movement there is a group leading the charge -- the rally-goers, the protesters, the bra-burners ... the ones who speak out and make a change for the better.

One day, I'm going to write a blog that says factory farming in Australia is officially extinct. Truth. We are getting closer and closer to that day every day. And you can be part of it.

Thousands have already joined the movement to free hens from cages so small they can't stretch their wings ... to free pigs from stalls so small they can't even turn around ... and to end chickens being fattened so fast that they can't even stand up.

And flying the flag for this historical shift is one brave little pig:

I'm excited to tell you that this little pig will soon be flying across televisions in millions of homes across Australia. On her journey so far she has helped inspire everyone from huge supermarket chains to the little old lady down the street to take steps to help end factory farming.

Just imagine what she will achieve as she is seen by millions more people on their TV screens ...

Change is coming ... and being a part of it couldn't be easier. It's as simple as refusing factory farmed products, eating fewer animal products or going meat-free. How will you take a stand for animals today?

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CHECK THIS OUT :D

CHECK THIS OUT :D

Posted 27 January 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 12 Comments

Tags: live export, bulls, Animals Australia, Ban Live Export

Yep. You saw right. That's a big ass Ban Live Export bus wrap! How cool is that?

Here it is again:

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Recognise that face? This bull's story is one that I will never forget and if you've heard about him I'm sure you feel the same way. His face said more than words ever could. He was helpless and terrified and awaiting a cruel death :( His suffering was unnecessary.

Live export is a crime against animals. Fact. And we're determined to make sure that animals like the weeping bull never get forgotten by making him SUPER visible. You'll be able to spot his face on buses in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and on taxis in Canberra and Adelaide as of RIGHT NOW.

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And he'll be popping up all over the country in no time on more taxis and buses aaaaand even billboards!

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How bout that :) I'll keep you posted on where you can spot these as they go up. Where would you like to see one? We're hoping that this campaign will force the big decision makers in our country to open their eyes to the cruelty of live export. Because the truth is that we know that caring Australians like you already support an end to this awful trade. And our Government should reflect what Aussies want right?

You can help send home the message that live export is a crime against animals and we need to end it by taking the time today to write to your local politician. You might like to include our 'Ten reasons the world won't end when live export does' (because politicians can be a bit dramatic about these things.)

Let me know if you spot a Ban Live Export bus, taxi or billboard in your hood. We won't stop fighting for him!

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