Did you know that we can make the world a better place? It's true! And it's easy as.
Imagine if everyone knew this?
In November last year I went to see Lyn White's talk 'Becoming the best we can be'. Lyn is the Campaign Director here at Animals Australia and (don't tell her I said this) but she's also the person who first inspired me to get active for animals :)
She's no doubt helped inspire countless others who came to see her and now her talk is online for you to see as well :)
Here's the trailer to give you an idea of why I'm so excited to share this with you:
I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that thousands of people have already jumped on to watch this online. I don't think I need to say any more. Go get some popcorn and a willing cat to cuddle and click the enormous link below to watch the full deal.
Today I heard that the 2015 duck shooting season has been declared. I'm writing to you because I'm just a bit concerned about your choice of hobby. It seems really ... hard. I mean for one ... don't take this the wrong way, but surely you must've noticed that no one really likes you :/
Anyway, I was wondering whether you'd ever thought about taking up a different hobby instead of duck shooting? Like what about bowling? Everyone likes bowling. Which pretty much sums up my first point.
Why it's time to stop killing ducks and get some balls. Bowling balls.
1. You don't make friends with dead ducks.
No. No you don't.
You do however make friends with big shiny balls. The proof is in this genuinely candid and not-at-all staged photograph of bowling friends.
This could be you.
2. Bowling season never ends!
Duck shooting season is what, 3 or 4 months of the year? Maaaate ... bowling season is all year round!
This champion knows it.
3. No early starts.
Not only is bowling all year round it's ALL DAY LONG too! Some bowling alleys are even open late into the night. So forget the early morning wake ups to go out and cruelly and needlessly shoot ducks out of the sky. Sleep in, (don't be a douche) and spend your leisure time smashing pins instead.
4. Balls are provided.
Great news for anyone who doesn't have any balls of their own. (i.e. anyone who shoots a defenceless bird out of the sky for fun.)
5. No one gets hurt.
No one gets hurt at bowling. Well, unless they're super bad at it. But even then at least they're willing participants. Unlike ducks. What kind of 'sport' forces participants to 'play' against their will? And by 'play,' I mean get shot dead, or wounded until they bleed to death. Seriously, duck shooting is done. It's no good. Move on. It's time for a new, non-cruel, hobby.
Click here to leave duck shooting behind and join the other 99% of us who don't shoot ducks.
(If you're already a non duck shooter and you reckon it's rubbish that people are still allowed to shoot ducks, there's something you can do about it right now. Click here.)
What do Peter Siddle and Portia de Rossi have in common?
They won't be eating lamb on Australia Day.
And they're not the only ones. Check out these 11 Aussies who reckon eating meat has no place on Aus Day. (Or any other day).
1. Peter Siddle
"[M]y girlfriend told me about factory farming, and how brutal it was to animals ... so that's when I decided to become vegetarian" says Aussie cricketer Peter Siddle. There'll be no lamb (or any other animal) on his plate this Australia Day.
2. Abbie Cornish
Actress Abbie Cornish first heard the word 'vegetarian' when she was 13. And on the same day she decided she wanted to be one :)
Imagine a 5 year old Chris Lilley. Then imagine 5 year old Chris Lilley telling his mum that he wouldn't eat animals ever again.
Aussie singer/songwriter Sia announced that she was now vegan in a tweet last year. YUS! Sia at my place for some cocunut/mango icy poles this Aus Day?
6. Ash Grunwald
Blues musician and long-time vego Ash Grunwald will no doubt be nomming on some meat-free goodness on January 26th. Maybe some sesame tofu sticks ... or some BBQ seitan ribs ... mmmmm
7. Dave 'Rasta' Rastovich
Surfer dude Rasta was once saved by a dolphin! He now does all he can to return the favour by campaigning to protect marine life. He also does his bit for all animals by not eating them :)
8. Portia de Rossi
Portia hasn't eaten animals in over 6 years. "I feel happier, like I'm contributing to making the world a less violent place." She and Ellen are both vegan. (Because couples who eat legumes together, stay together.*)
*Based on no evidence.
9. Harley Bonner & 10. Ariel Kaplan
Everybody needs good neighbours. And neighbours who leave animals off their plates are the best kind IMHO :) These two, who play Josh and Imogen on Neighbours, are more likely to be cuddling a lamb than eating one on Australia Day.
Australia Day (like every day) will be meat-free at my place. Maybe my housemates and I will have burritos again. They were yum.
I know what you're thinking ... 'I want to be cool like these people this Australia Day.'
Good news. It's easy as. Just don't eat baby animals (or any animals) on January 26th. Or if you want to be super cool everyday, make the pledge to go veg for life.
Have I told you how amazing you are lately? Why? Because this is what you helped us achieve in 2014...
So thank you for every letter you sent, friend you informed, petition you signed, and rally you attended. You've helped transform the lives of countless animals this year. So I'm just going to leave this here...
If you want to make 2015 even bigger for animals, here are 2 simple ways you can have a big impact:
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.
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.
We’re supposed to let you know that the ideas expressed here are the views of the individual authors, and may not necessarily reflect the views of Animals Australia or Animals Australia Unleashed. So now you know.