This milk ad beats all other milk ads in my opinion. Watch and see if you agree :)
Milkman: "You sure don't look like a baby cow."
Mustard shirt: "I'm not a baby cow."
Milkman: "Could've fooled me!"
Unfortunately we don't get Silk milk here in Aus but we do have other yummy almond milks.
So if you don't want to be mistaken for a baby cow, get on to some milk with nuts ... or another dairy-free option. There's heaps to choose from.
If you're sitting there thinking "what happens to the baby cows whose milk humans are drinking?" I have the answer for you, but you're not going to like it. Here's the truth you never knew about dairy:
Don't want to be part of an industry that kills baby animals? Make the switch to dairy-free today.
My workmate Damien and I recently took to the streets of Melbourne with a camera and a one minute video. We asked people to watch the video and filmed their reactions. Here's what happened:
How would you have reacted to the truth that most puppies in pet shops and online come from horrible puppy factories like the ones in the video? I know what my first thought was -- did my family dog Chelsea come from a place like this? If you're thinking the same thing, you can take the quiz to find out.
We got Chelsea from the Trading Post when I was in Year 5. I had never even heard about puppy factories then and I probably wouldn't have believed it even if I had. I hate to picture Chelsea's mum living in a concrete pen, not getting any of the love that we showered Chelsea with. I can't ever really know what life was like for her, but I now know that I have the power to stop other dogs from being treated like breeding machines. And so do you.
By getting your next pet from a shelter or rescue, you can make sure that your money is not going to a cruel puppy factory, you'll be saving a life, and you'll get a lifetime of love guaranteed :)
Shelter dogs and cats make just as good pets as ones bought from pet shops and online. In fact, in one experiment in Brazil, shoppers couldn't even tell the difference. [Watch it here.]
Have you known an awesome rescue dog? Tell me about them in the comments below :)
There's something different about the dogs and cats in this pet shop. Shoppers didn't spot the difference. Would you?
What's wrong with these dogs and cats? Not a thing :) When an organisation in Brazil -- Quatro Patinhas -- swapped out animals in pet shop windows with rescues, buyers still fell in love with them as hard and fast as they would've a purebred puppy. And I think I can safely say that the feeling was mutual :)
I love the tag line on this video -- better than buying a life is saving one. If you'd like more people to hear this beautiful message, please share this video. And make the pledge today to be a lifesaver and always adopt your pets.
P.S. Have you seen our latest ad exposing the truth about puppy factories in Australia on national TV? Click here to watch it.
SeaWorld trainer Barbie is out of a job. Mattel has decided they will no longer produce the SeaWorld trainer Barbie range. Growing public awareness that a tank is no place to keep an orca has seen a drop in SeaWorld's popularity and this news would suggest that Barbie has decided she too no longer wants to be associated with SeaWorld cruelty. You go Babs.
Sadly however, this means Barbie is out of a job! So I've taken it upon myself to come up with some opportunities for Barbie to consider where she can make a positive difference for animals :)
Marine biologist Barbie
Because working with FREE whales is heaps cooler.
Animal shelter-hand Barbie
Local shelters are always in need of an extra hand. And the countless cats and dogs that find themselves there are always in need of a little extra love.
Vegan cupcake chef Barbie
Delicious and cruelty-free. Foster kitty sous chef optional ;)
Minister for Animal Welfare Barbie
A professional voice for animals topped with stylish business bob.
Animal sanctuary volunteer Barbie
Probs wouldn't wear that dress to pick up elephant poo but that's Barbie I suppose.
Wherever Barbie's future takes her, I hope she finds happiness in a career that doesn't involve exploiting animals. If any of Barbie's animal-friendly jobs appealed to you, perhaps a career in animal protection is up your alley :) You might like to check out EthicalJobs.com to discover the range of opportunities available. (We post job opportunities here at Animals Australia on there too.) Alternatively, volunteering is always a good way to get started in animal protection so try seekvolunteer or get in touch with animal groups or shelters in your area.
P.S. Want to know more about why SeaWorld is no place for a marine animal? Click here.
These 5 mothers all want the same thing this Mother's Day:
Cows are well known for the strong bonds formed between mother and calf.
One study found that the strong bond between mother and calf was formed in as little as five minutes.
In a natural setting, cows will drink from their mother for several months, up to a year.
Mother cows have been reported to bellow and call out for their calves if they're separated.
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.
If you're ready to help mother cows (and their calves) every day and ditch dairy for good, sign the pledge today.
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.
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.
Look for the brown ribbon and you're golden! Get them at Woolies/Safeway and Coles.
2. Choices Easter egg and choc-orange discs.
Yum. Choc + orange = yum. Get these at Aldi for cheap!
3. Alpha chocolate eggs.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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