Munchkin have stopped making their popular orca bath toy. Why? "Because a bathtub isn't big enough for an orca."
YESSS Munchkin. Watch this heart-warming ad they made which shows the relationship children should have with animals ...
If, like the kid in this video, you know that the only place for an orca is in the ocean, join over a thousand others on Unleashed who've pledged to never visit a place that keeps orcas or other marine animals in captivity.
If you love Hunger Games as much as I do, you might be happy to hear that Liam Hemsworth who plays Gale alongside Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games trilogy, has ditched meat, eggs and dairy! (And there's more! Keep reading for another awesome thing Hemsworth has done for animals.)
Look out Ryan Gosling, you've got some 'sensitive new age guy' competition.
Eating vegan is not only the kind choice for animals as Liam said, but it's also good for your health and has huge benefits for the environment. Which reason will it be for you?
For the animals
For the planet
For your health
And as if we you needed another reason to love Liam Hemsworth -- he also recently adopted a mixed breed dog named Tani. Just look at them together.
"I’m a big advocate of pet rescue," said Hemsworth. "If you’re going to get a dog, get a rescue."
And I couldn't agree more. By adopting a dog like Tani from a shelter, Liam has not only saved her life but he's also made room at the shelter for another homeless dog to get a second chance. Think that's awesome?Sign the pledge to adopt your next pet.
Whilst Tani is the new love of Liam Hemsworth's life, ex-fiancé and singer Miley Cyrus is also a passionate animal lover. During their time together Miley adopted 5 shelter pets. She's also vegan and recently spoke out against cruel wolf culls in Canada.
You may be aware that male chicks born into the egg industry are killed since they can't lay eggs. But did you know that countless chicks born into the meat industry are also killed on their first day of life, if they are deemed 'unsuitable' to join the 'growers'? And as for the 'growers' -- they're thrown into a life of fear, confusion, suffering and ultimately an early death.
In a world first, Anonymous for Animal Rights have shown us inside a broiler hatchery in Israel through the eyes of a chicken. Everything shown in this footage is common practice (and legal) in Australia too.
WARNING: This video contains graphic vision. Please watch at your own discretion.
Of the billions of chicks born into this world because of humans, almost none of them will ever meet their mothers. Mother hens, when allowed to live naturally, have been found to form a bond with and communicate to their young before they've even hatched! And scientists have found that chickens have the ability to share learnings from one generation to the next.
It saddens me to think that the path we have chosen as a society denies us the opportunity to really know some of the animals we share this planet with. For many humans the main interaction with chickens and other animals bred for meat is as body parts on a supermarket shelf. When we turn to the other animals in our lives -- our pets -- we cringe at the thought of killing and eating them. Many who have been lucky enough to get to know chickens have found them (like cats and dogs) to be infinitely unique in their personalities. Some are shy, some are social. Some are active while others prefer dozing in the sun.
But no matter their personalities, chickens born onto a meat farm have only one of two grim fates -- death by maceration or gassing in their first days of life, or death at a slaughterhouse 5-7 weeks later, when they're likely too big for their young legs to hold them up, thanks to breeding.
We need only to look to children to see that the way we treat animals on a mass scale today, is contrary to our true nature. One of my favourite quotes goes like this:
"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
We have come a long way down the path of cruelty, perhaps because we have had less opportunity to see the truth than we do now. But as more and more people see for themselves what happens to animals behind closed doors, (thanks to organisations like Anonymous) the trend towards kinder choices grows. If you're ready to join the movement and change direction, it all starts with what you're having for dinner tonight.
P.S. Chickens are just one of many species who humans have an impact on on a daily basis without ever actually getting to know any of them. Click here to meet the animals.
If you love horses, horse racingis nothing to celebrate. Sadly, a lot of people still don't know the shocking truth about horse racing ... what the industry refers to as 'wastage' -- the thousands of horses that are killed every single year simply because they aren't winning races and making money.
So I for one won't be celebrating the Melbourne Cup BUT there's plenty of other good reasons to celebrate -- It's a Tuesday? (Which means it's not a Monday.) The sun is shining? (Fingers crossed.) I get a day off while my mates in other states have to work? Yep. Yep. Yep! (Sorry guys).
So here's my top tips for how to celebrate November 3rd minus the cruelty of horse racing ...
Let's be honest, the best bits of Cup Day are the fancy clothes and hats. (And the company of course!) So host a Hat Day party! Get your mates together, put a fake feather in your hair, clink glasses and if you're the gambling type, here's 10 bets you can make with your friends that you'll never lose :)
A lot of workplaces and even schools have sweeps on race day or place bets in other ways. Why not convince your work or school mates to put their coin towards helping animals this year instead of supporting cruelty?
You could all pitch in a few dollars, draw a name out of a hat to win a box of chocolates or another prize, and then donate the rest to an animal charity of your choice.
It's pretty clear that there's heaps of ways to drop the cruelty of racing and still have an awesome day on Nov 3. So let your friends know too by sharing this silly hat cat on facey. Maybe with an invite to your cruelty-free party ;)
When a workmate told me that you can make meringues out of the water from a can of chickpeas (called aquafaba) I looked at her like she was loopy. Then she handed me one, and I've been a convert ever since.
For all my fellow kind eaters who love experimenting with egg-free baking, this is going to blow your mind. The water that comes out of a can of chickpeas (and other beans) whips up just like egg whites and has ENDLESS uses. Here's some of the best aquafaba recipes I've discovered so far.
To answer my own question, yes it does get better. Between the tahini and aquafaba you could almost convince yourself that you're eating salad. (#health). But it's so not salad. It's very much icecream. Creamy, sweet, delicious icecream.
It appears aquafaba can be whipped up into a yummy egg-free mayonnaise too. Is there anything this stuff can't do?
To answer my own question again, not really. It can pretty much do everything. If you're ready to join the aquafaba cult (it's a real thing) there's a Facebook group dedicated to aquafaba successes and failures. Join in here.
The best bit about this amazing discovery is that it's tapped into a world of possibilities for vegan baking. If I asked you what the essential ingredient to a good baked treat was I reckon that with a little twist of the arm you'd give me this answer -- sweetness. And for me that sweetness not only refers to sugar and spice and all things nice but to sweetness to hens and calves and all those who share this planet with us.
For every cage egg used in baking there is a hen suffering in darkness -- confined and stressed in a grim wire cage. For every hen in any laying system (be it free range, organic or otherwise) there is a male chick who was killed in the first days of his life because he couldn't lay eggs. The story for dairy cows and their calves is just as dark. (Find out the sad truth about dairy.)
Thanks to the magic of aquafaba we have another ingredient for a super easy recipe to ending animal cruelty and celebrating sweetness -- which is what good baking is all about :)
*Aquafaba pro tip: I've found the chickpeas with no added salt are the best.
Have you had enough of animals suffering at the hands of law-breaking live exporters? It's time to make your voice heard for animals.
This Saturday 17th October, caring Aussies across the country will demand justice for the Australian sheep who cruelly had their throats sawn open while fully conscious during this year's Festival of Sacrifice.
What our investigators uncovered during the festival was nothing short of criminal. Watch the latest proof that certain live exporters are acting like they're above the law ...
WARNING: This video contains distressing cruelty. Please choose not to watch if you feel you might find it too upsetting. You can find rally details below.
Our investigators found thousands upon thousands of Aussie sheep being illegally sold for sacrificial slaughter. In backyards and makeshift abattoirs they were killed by untrained slaughtermen. Often sheep stood by and watched others of their kind being brutally butchered.
And the Government continues to give offending exporters the okay to export more animals!
We're determined to make sure that live exporters who break the rules are charged for their crimes -- and to see an end to this cruel trade. Join us in demanding justice for Australian sheep on Saturday 17th October. Click on your city to RSVP to the Facebook event.
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.