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WIN THIS. And eat it. (So yum!)

WIN THIS. And eat it. (So yum!)

Posted 1 December 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 15 Comments

Tags: Suzy Spoons, vegetarian, vegan, go veg, cruelty-free, food win, competition, contest, giveaway

Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher is giving away a festive roast that is so delicious it will make your eyes water. Simply tell us why you're leaving animals off your plate this Christmas for your chance to win!

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This festive roast is the yummiest thing you will eat this Christmas. (And maybe ever!) I had one of Suzy Spoon's roast's for Christmas last year, and I swear I was defending my plate from green-eyed relatives the whole time. Jokes. Christmas is about sharing and my whole family tried this roast and LOVED it.

Of course the best thing about this mouth-watering roast is that no animals were killed to make it. It is completely cruelty-free. (I've put the ingredients list below.) Sadly, for millions of animals, Christmas is anything but a time of celebration. Most pigs and chickens in Australia will spend the 'holiday season' in factory farms, with no fancy feast and no love or kindness.

But by choosing to have a cruelty-free Christmas feast, you and your family can help spare animals from a life of sadness.

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Leave a comment below saying why you're leaving animals off your plate this Christmas for your chance to win the festive roast from Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher. (Or if you'd prefer, you can order one right away by clicking here.)

COMP CONDITIONS:

Comp closes: Sunday 14 December. (Roast will be posted on the 17th.)

Roasts can be delivered to the following areas ONLY:

NSW: Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, Northern Rivers, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Albury, Campbelltown, Windsor, Penrith, Berowra

QLD: Brisbane metro, Gold Coast

VIC: Melbourne metro, Wodonga

Roast ingredients: Tofu, gluten flour, onion, water, bread crumbs, mushrooms, plain flour, olive oil, dried cranberries, walnuts, soy sauce, yeast flakes, garlic, miso, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, black pepper. 


UPDATE 15/12/2014: This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winner - Caterina from NSW with this entry: 

Last Christmas was my first as a vegan, and this year the whole family is joining in. When we celebrate love, gratitude, family and life, we don't discriminate. What better way to live the values of Christmas, and indeed humanity, than by an active refusal to cooperate with injustice? That's why I choose a cruelty free Christmas.

Thank you to everyone who entered and to everyone celebrating a cruelty-free Christmas this year :) 

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WIN a spot at the Animal Activists Forum!

WIN a spot at the Animal Activists Forum!

Posted 22 September 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: Animal Activists Forum, giveaway, competition, contest, win

Want to be a strong voice for animals? The Animal Activists Forum is where it's at for becoming a super-skilled animal advocate. And we're giving away a ticket!

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I went to the Animal Activists Forum last year and I left feeling so inspired. The forum is a 2 day event full of speakers and workshops covering a huge range of animal issues. 

Event details:
When: 18th & 19th October
Where: The Portside Centre, 207 Kent Street, Sydney
Full details and ticket purchase.

You'll get heaps of tips and tactics to help you create real change for animals from some of the big names in animal protection including:

  • Bruce Friedrich (Farm Sanctuary, USA)
  • Dan Matthews (PETA, USA)
  • Mark Hawthorne (author, USA)
  • Hans Kriek (SAFE, NZ)
  • James Wildman (The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, USA) and more
Click here for the full program.

The best news is that you could win your ticket right now! All you have to do is comment below and tell me why you want to attend the Animal Activists Forum in Sydney. The most thoughtful or inspiring entrant will win :)

Entries close Sunday 28 September.

Good luck!

P.S. You will need to be able to make your way to Sydney should you win the prize. 

Admin note: This competition has now closed. Congratulations to the winner - Little Wing. We hope you have an awesome time at the forum! For those who missed out, it's not too late to purchase a ticket online. Click here to get yours now. 

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Best/saddest school project ever?

Best/saddest school project ever?

Posted 24 June 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: factory farming, pigs, Make it Possible, Activist Challenge, contest, winner

Assignments can be a drag no doubt but 14 year old Madi found a way to use her school project to create awareness about animals in factory farms :) And for that, she's our latest Activist Challenge winner!

Check out the picture book she made called 'Freedom':

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What did you think? It's sad to think of all those animals in cages isn't it? And the one day that they see the outside world is when they're trucked to slaughter :( But it doesn't have to be this way! Which is why this is my favourite page in the story:

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There is a happier place for animals. And you can help free them all from cages simply by making kind choices. Watch this 2 minute video to find out how we're going to end factory farming together:

Seems a pretty simple solution to the number 1 cause of animal cruelty today huh? By taking one (or all) of these steps you can start making a massive difference for animals in factory farms:

'Freedom' author Madi is not only getting active by spreading the word for animals at her school she is also speaking out against factory farming at rallies! Are you doing something awesome to help animals? We want to hear about it! Enter our Activist Challenge comp and like Madi, you could win an Unleashed prize pack and a sweet rep for helping animals.

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How to make a BAG difference for animals :)

How to make a BAG difference for animals :)

Posted 30 April 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Activist Challenge, contest, winner, factory farming, live export, activism

"If we don't do something now, when will we?" – Jasmine Roney, age 16

Can you remember when you first learned about the terrible things that happen to animals? I remember feeling disbelief and wondering what I could do to help. When Jasmine learned about cruelty, she felt empowered to act.

In 2012 Jasmine started making calico bags with original designs on them to raise funds to help animals in factory farms and in the live animal export trade. These might seem like big issues for a 15 year old to tackle but as Jasmine quickly learned, we are not alone in wanting to help animals :)

Fast forward to now – here is a picture of Jasmine and Costa from ABC's Gardening Australia at the launch party for her Bags for Change project in Richmond :)

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Jasmine raised a whopping $1800 for animals by selling her fair-trade, reusable bags. (You can still purchase a bag for yourself at the Bags for Change Facebook page.)

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There was also a raffle with donated prizes from companies who supported Jasmine's cause AND an art competition with an awesome 60 entrants!

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It all started with the decision to make a difference. As Jasmine says, "for one second be bold enough to think that you can change the world because the ones who are brave enough to think that are the ones that do."

Is there an issue of cruelty that really gets to you? Do you have an idea to help change the world for animals? You can start your very own fundraising page by clicking here and filling out the details about your project. Or you can choose one of the challenges suggested :)

Jasmine wrote to us after her bag launch and said, "you all inspire me every day." Well Jasmine, I can speak for all of the Unleashed team when I say that you inspire us!

We were so moved by Jasmine's passion when we heard about her project. And we just can't get enough of hearing about the awesome things that people get up to to be a strong voice for animals. So if you're doing something awesome, get the credit for it you deserve by entering our Activist Challenge comp.

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P.S. If you'd like to leave a message of support for Jasmine, you can do so in the comments below :)

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WIN tickets to a vegan cooking demo!

WIN tickets to a vegan cooking demo!

Posted 6 March 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 45 Comments

Tags: vegan, food, giveaway, competition, contest, win

Three of the world's most exciting vegan chefs are coming to Australia! And as hard as it is not to keep them all for myself, I've got double passes to their cooking demonstrations in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to giveaway!

If you want to know how to make pancakes fluffy enough to sleep on; pie that's out of this world; and pad thai that will have your friends worshipping Seitan, then you'll want to check this out!

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The line up:

Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Post Punk Kitchen) (USA)
Terry Hope Romero (USA)
Vegan Black Metal Chef (USA)
AND special guests!

BONUS: The lucky Sydney winner (and their mate) will also be able to use their passes for the whole Sydney Vegan Festival.

Click on your city for the full event details:

Melbourne – Wednesday 26 March – Corner Hotel, Richmond
Sydney – Saturday 29 March – Factory Theatre, Marrickville
Brisbane – Sunday 30 March – Crowbar, Brisbane

"SO HOW DO I WIN?"

Ok, I hear ya. All you have to do for a chance to win these passes is comment below with which chef you're most excited to see and why. (Comp closes Wednesday 19 March, with 1 double pass to win for each event.)

Eating more plant-based foods is one of the easiest ways to help the environment, improve your health and protect animals from cruelty. What's more, it's delicious! Watch Vegan Black Metal Chef whip up a killer lasagne:

UPDATE: This comp has now closed. Congratulations to our winners – hellojazmyn, Vegan-metal-Amy and Missy KeyClick here to follow Sydney Vegan Festival on Facebook to get updates for next year's event. Or click here for some delicious inspiration and have a vegan cook up of your own :)

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Winning activist speaks up for horses

Winning activist speaks up for horses

Posted 5 February 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: Activist Challenge, contest, winner, horses, horse racing, activism

Seventeen year old Cianah (Unleashed member freehorses) has been a horse lover for as long as she can remember. When she discovered what happened to racehorses who aren't 'good enough' she had to make a stand. "I realised I couldn’t just sit back," says Cianah. "I want everyone to know what really happens." What she did next is why she is our latest Activist Challenge Winner. :)

If you're anything like me, the thought of speaking in front of a bunch of people in high school is enough to make you pull the doona up over your head and throw a sickie. Not Cianah! She recently got up in front of the WHOLE senior assembly on a mission to reveal the truth about the racing industry. "I realised that so many of my class mates and even family members liked horse racing," Cianah says, "so I became determined to do something about it."

Her speech included everything from excessive whipping to the premature training of young horses and concluded with the unnecessary slaughter of thousands of horses every year. :( You can see for yourself by watching the video below, but please be aware that the content is graphic:

The best news is that several students came up to Cianah after the speech and said that they never knew about the cruelty in the racing industry and pledged to never bet on horse races. (Click here to make the pledge yourself.)

Cianah is now looking to find some horse-loving, musically talented buddies to create a group dedicated to helping more horses. What a great idea!

Have you been getting up to something awesome to help animals? If so, we want to hear about it. Click here to read about our other Activist Challenge Winners and to enter for yourself. You could win an awesome prize pack like Cianah. :)

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Cianah and her horse Trillian.

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Thong winners anounced!

Thong winners anounced!

Posted 24 January 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: malc&andi, competition, contest, winner, winners, thongs, giveaway

Have you been biting your nails waiting to hear who won that thong th thong thong thong competition? Well, the results are in.

The four lucky winners of Malc&Andi organic rubber thongs are JanetA, moo, Sammy and Jembolina, who are all going out of their way to help protect animals. :) Check out their awesome comp entries:

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Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered. It's so awesome to hear about all you champions for animals doing your thing :)

If you missed out this time around, you can still purchase Malc&Andi thongs online. They also have hats, sunnies and other cool cruelty-free accessories. AND they donate 5% of all profits to animal charities, including us :) Check out their range here.

We'll have a new comp up and running soon. In the meantime, click here to go in the draw to win free Unleashed stickers. We give away 50 packs every month!

What other cruelty-free fashion labels are you loving at the mo?

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Bird is the word. And thongs are the prize :)

Bird is the word. And thongs are the prize :)

Posted 13 December 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 53 Comments

Tags: birds, environment, rubbish, thongs, giveaway, contest, competition, win, malc&andi

Thong weather is here. And I could not be happier! If you're a lover of good thong weather - like me - you'll know the importance of a good pair of pluggers.

And we just so happen to have 4 pairs of malc&andi organic rubber thongs to giveaway!

Yep, you read that right. They're organic. AND they're biodegradable. Which means you could pretty much eat them if you wanted to. (But don't.)

This is great news because while you and I know that plastic isn't food (except for that one time I bit into a decoration apple), birds sometimes don't. And the plastic that we humans use can cause serious problems for birds, when it's not thrown away properly. Check this out:

This trailer is a good reminder of how the choices we make everyday are powerful. Something as simple as litter is having a massive impact on the lives of animals. So by making sure you chuck rubbish in the bin and by choosing biodegradable options you can ensure that you're helping to keep both animals and the environment safe.

So, to win yourself a super soft pair of biodegradable natural rubber thongs (in the colour of your choosing) I want to hear about one choice you've made to help protect animals from suffering. Pop it in the comments below and you could be one of 4 winners :)

Comp closes: Sunday 19th January. Winners can choose any pair from available stock.

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P.S. malc&andi have an awesome range of hats, sunnies and accessories as well so you can be fully decked for summer in ethical goods. AND, you'll be happy to know that they donate 5% of all profits to animal charities, including us :) Check out the range here.

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You're all winners!

You're all winners!

Posted 4 December 2013   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: competition, contest, giveaway, win, cute, sanctuary, winner

OMG. Picking a winner for the Give A Stuff competition was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. Because in truth, everyone who entered this comp is a winner for having such wonderful, compassionate people in your lives.

I absolutely loved hearing your stories but in the end there is only one prize to giveaway and this lovely entry by the The Kind Cook has taken the vegan cake (so to speak):

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Congratulations to The Kind Cook! You and your 4 year old son will be receiving two new Give A Stuff family members :).

However, there were SO many beautiful entries (click here to read them all) so here are a few special mentions:

  • Iaserrenagade78's friend Stef, who attends all the Ban Live Export rallies and looks after abandoned cats.
  • Meli's friend Emily who has set up an elephant sanctuary in Thailand! (Wow!)
  • Vegan91's mum who is making cruelty-free choices and has rescued battery hens and given them a happy home, AND
  • BreeOD's 'brother' Max the seeing eye-dog who wasn't cut out for the job, but was luckily adopted by BreeOD's family :)

I couldn’t have said it better than RebeccaC did in her comment - it's so powerful to have an ally to stand alongside you when it comes to making a difference for animals. So everyone is #winning in my books :) 

If you'd still like to get a Give a Stuff animal for your loved one, you can! Click here to order from their website. Otherwise, we'll have some more free stuff to giveaway VERY soon so stay tuned!

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WIN 2 tix to see Blackfish!

WIN 2 tix to see Blackfish!

Posted 7 November 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 42 Comments

Tags: whales, orcas, SeaWorld, entertainment, Blackfish, win, competition, contest, giveaway

OMG. I saw Blackfish during the Melbourne International Film Festival and when Madman Films offered us some free tix to giveaway we jumped at the offer. Blackfish is a doco about a performing killer whale named Tilikum who lives in captivity in SeaWorld, Orlando. It is sooooo ... well it’s very sad but also GREAT that Tilikum’s story is being told. Check out the trailer here:

This movie is already having a massive impact in the U.S. A poll by CNN found that 86% of people said they wouldn’t go to SeaWorld after learning about the cruelty of keeping killer whales in captivity. Orcas are highly social and active animals and keeping them in small tanks (in Tilikum’s case) in isolation is unacceptable.

Loads of celebrities are also speaking out against marine parks including Ellen Page, Leona Lewis and Russell Brand. Blackfish also inspired Pixar to change the ending of Finding Dory (to be released next year)!

It’s so exciting that this film is coming to cinemas on November 21, so that Tilikum’s story can continue to reach people. And what’s even more exciting is that YOU get the chance to see it for FREE!*

There's 10 freebie tix all up so we’ll be giving 2 tickets to 1 winner from each of the following states/territories – NSW, QLD, SA, ACT and Vic. (Sorry if you live in WA, NT or Tas but no cinemas are showing Blackfish as yet :( Why not get in touch with your local cinema and let them know that you’d love them to screen it?)

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SO, here’s how to win: Comment below with the coolest fact you know about killer whales. The ones that make my eyes pop out the most will be the winners :) The competition closes on Sunday 17th November so DON’T MISS OUT!

*The movie is only screening in 5 states/territories so please check the full list of venues below to make sure there’s one near you before entering the comp.

Screenings:

ACT Dendy Canberra
NSW Chauvel Cinema
  Dendy Newtown
QLD Gold Coast Arts Centre
  Palace Barracks
SA Palace Nova Eastend
VIC Cinema Nova

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Congratulations to the lucky winners of our Blackfish ticket giveaway! 

Have you seen the film? What did you think

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And the winner is ... bobby calves!

And the winner is ... bobby calves!

Posted 22 October 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: dairy, cows, bobby calves, milk, competition, contest, giveaway, win, winner, chocolate, dairy-free

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Congratulations to the five winners of the 3 minute chocolate challenge. Your yummy prize packs are on their way. I know the sensible advice to give would be ‘don’t eat them all at once’ but in this case I would recommend eating them all as fast as you possibly can! And then acting like it never happened ... This kid knows what I’m talking about.

Why? Because since exposing the truth about bobby calves in the dairy industry, there’s a whole lotta people with a taste for dairy-free choccies. In fact, an awesome 96% of people who watched the 3 minute video picked the dairy-free option over cow’s milk. Which means the big winners in this are bobby calves! Every time you choose a dairy-free alternative, you are taking a stand against cruelty to the ‘unwanted’ calves of the dairy industry.

If you’ve been on the look-out for new dairy-free recipes, Whyveg.com has a bunch of my personal favourites – apple cinnamon muffins, raw chocolate SUPERFOODS brownie, and mac ‘n’ cheeze! Yep! All dairy-free :)

What’s more, if you missed out on a choccie prize pack this time around, you can get your hands on them ANYTIME you want in our online store. Try the chocolate coated cranberries. They’re new! And delicious.

And, because we just can’t get enough of giving stuff away for free, we’ve got a new comp up and running already! Click here to win a cute Give A Stuff stuffed toy – also dairy-free laugh

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Give A Stuff giveaway!

Give A Stuff giveaway!

Posted 15 October 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 147 Comments

Tags: competition, contest, giveaway, win, cute, sanctuary

“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.” -- Ben Carson

I’m so excited to tell you about our latest giveaway! It’s possibly the cutest, cuddliest prize that we’ve given away yet. And even better, we’re giving away TWO! Meet the Give A Stuff family:

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The best thing about Give A Stuff stuffies is that for every one you adopt, a donation goes to an Australian animal sanctuary. So a little furry munchkin gets a safe and happy home with you, AND you help provide safe and happy homes to animals who might have nowhere to go if it weren’t for these sanctuaries. :) Click here to read about the awesome organisations Give A Stuff supports.

So, because it feels so good to give, we’re giving you the opportunity to give one of these gorgeous stuffed animals to someone you know who gives a stuff about animals. AND we’ll throw in one for you as well. :) TWIN STUFFIES!

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Just like you, animals form strong bonds with friends and family members. Sheep, for example, are friendly, social and make great companions.

All you have to do to enter is let us know in the comments below about someone you know who deserves this gift and why. Entries must be less than 150 words and competition closes 1 December 2013.

Good luck!

Psst! Can’t wait that long to get your arms around a Give A Stuff animal? You can purchase your new furry friend here.

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Free dairy-free choccies. For free!

Free dairy-free choccies. For free!

Posted 22 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: dairy, cows, milk, bobby calves, Dave Hughes, competition, contest, chocolate, dairy-free, giveaway, win

Dairy is a bit of a hot topic lately. Did you hear that Dave Hughes has taken up a milk free challenge? “Milk is for baby cows,” Hughesy said. (Click here to send him a message of support.)

What's more, just recently health experts declared that there is no nutritional need for humans to drink cow’s milk. Which makes sense since after all, I’m not a calf. Are you?

I’ve known for a long time that I wasn’t a cow but I’m so pleased that doctors are finally figuring it out too. So I’m celebrating in the best way possible -- by eating LOADS of dairy-free chocolate. (Skip to the bottom of this blog to find out how you can get your hands on some too.)

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Harvard professor Dr Ludwig has said that you can get more calcium from kale than you can from cow’s milk. That means one bowl of this kale and avo salad and you’ll have calcium coming out your ears! But if you’re like me and the thought of eating kale makes your face do this, --> don’t fret because you can also get calcium from nuts, seeds, beans and green leafy vegetables, including my personal fave: broccoli (Check out what else the experts are saying about dairy by clicking here). (That’s not really me in the picture by the way. Although I did have that fringe in primary school.)

The best part about getting calcium from plant sources is that there are no casualties. A lot of Aussies don’t realise that over 700,000 dairy calves (called bobby calves) are killed as ‘waste’ every year.

Thankfully it’s easy to save the lives of dairy calves. Simply give dairy the flick. There are so many great dairy-free alternatives out there these days! Have you been to the milk aisle in your local supermarket lately? Soy milk, oat milk, rice milk, almond milk ... it’s a dairy-free smorgasbord.

And what’s the most delicious use of cruelty-free milk? Cruelty-free chocolate! So let’s get on with it, shall we?

The prize: I have 5 heavenly dairy-free chocolate packs to give away. I don’t use the word ‘heavenly’ lightly. I promise that after one taste you will want MOOOOOOre. (Classic cow gags. Couldn’t help myself.)

How to win: Easy - click here and take the 3 minute chocolate challenge. (Ends 30 September.) Good luck!

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Young girls fight to free pigs.

Young girls fight to free pigs.

Posted 20 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Make it Possible, Coles, factory farming, pigs, chickens, video, Activist Challenge, contest, winner

This put a HUGE smile on my face!

When I was ten years old, I thought that being active meant getting out of bed on athletics carnival day. (Somehow mum always saw straight through my carnival day sickies.)

But Tess and Phoebe from Summer Hill (doesn’t that sound like a magical place?) have a whole different idea about what it means to get active. They have been using their karate craft-making skills and butt-kicking baking abilities to campaign for animals!

“We want to see a world without factory farming because animals deserve so much more than to spend their whole life cooped up in a tiny cage,” say Tess and Phoebe. And they are not alone... More than 150,000 people have made the Make It Possible pledge to help end factory farming:

Thankfully there are activists out there like Tess and Phoebe who are speaking up for animals. Which is why they are Unleashed’s latest Activist Challenge Winners. And if you're feeling inspired by Tess and Phoebe's efforts, you can head here to start raising funds for animals as well.

Have you been getting active for animals? Tell us what you’ve been up to and you could be the next Activist Challenge winner. (Psst psst ... there’s an awesome prize pack in it for you ;) ).

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New Activist Challenge winner!

New Activist Challenge winner!

Posted 13 June 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: Activist Challenge, contest, winner

Our latest Activist Challenge winner, Sarah, has found a really neat way to not only make Election Day fun, but make it count for animals. She has used the last four polling days as opportunities to get the word out about kindness to animals. She puts together fun information packs with stickers, flyers and veg-friendly restaurant menus and hands them out to voters and electoral volunteers at her local polling booth.

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I thought it was such a cool thing for Sarah to do, that I told these turtles about it and they were also pretty psyched.

Sarah has been an animal lover for many, many years but in 2010 she started looking into the cruelty in factory farms, and really got proactive about speaking up for animals. 

This year will be her third year leafleting on election days. "It's fun because nobody expects it," she says. "And I'm quick like a cat."

It's a tough world for animals, because their voice doesn't get heard in parliament. (Although this horse has managed to make his political views pretty clear ;)). So with so many people passing by the voting booth on election day, it's a great place to remind people that we need to be the ones to speak up for animals. Keep it up Sarah!

Think you might want to follow Sarah's inspiring lead this coming election? Send her a PM and I'm sure she'd be happy to offer some tips.

What awesome thing have you done to be the voice for animals? Tell us about it and you could be our next Activist Challenge winner and win a bunch of cool stuff!

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Activist Challenge winner meets the PM!

Activist Challenge winner meets the PM!

Posted 26 March 2013   by Jesse         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: Activist Challenge, live exports, go veg, contest, winner

If you had a chance to sit down with Prime Minister what would you talk to her about?

Unleashed member ecochick (or Leah to her mates) was faced with just that question recently, when Julia Gillard paid a visit to her school. Check out what Leah and her best buds had to say to the PM, and you'll understand soon enough why she's our latest Activist Challenge winner.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Aberfoyle Park High SchoolSpeaking to the PM about factory farming and live animal exports is fantastic. But the cherry on top is that Leah and her friends challenged the Prime Minister to go veg for two weeks. And she accepted!

I'll be crossing my fingers that Julia tries out my mum's vegan lasagne recipe in her two weeks of meat-free meals.

Mum's lasagne + a few vegan cupcakes to sweeten the deal, and with any luck Ms Gillard could become the next cruelty-free world leader. Bill Clinton and the ex-President of Slovenia (yup - random fact of the day - he was vegan), would be proud.

But now I'm getting off topic... We were talking about future leaders (I'm looking at you Leah). You can find out more about Leah's meeting with Julia Gillard here and show her some love for her efforts here!

Have you been getting active for animals too? Tell us your story and go in the running to be an Unleashed Activist Challenge winner, just like Leah :-)

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New Activist Challenge winner!

New Activist Challenge winner!

Posted 22 January 2013   by Anthony         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: Activist Challenge, contest, winner

There's a saying that goes: "Saving one animal won't change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal." Find out how Unleashed member rhi_jenkins has changed the world by rescuing abandoned and unwanted animals - some of them destined to become pet meat. For her efforts, Rhi is the latest winner of the Unleashed Activist Challenge! This is her story...

There must be something good in the water down in Tasmania because there are some amazing and compassionate people down there. First it was Emma Haswell and all the team at Brightside Farm Sanctuary, and now there's Rhi.

It doesn't matter whether it's lizards, pigs or horses, Rhi is there to help. After a life-changing experience at high school, Rhi decided to put her energy and passion into saving animals. Here's just one of her rescue stories:

Read the rest of Rhi's story, and discover past Activist Challenge winners here. If you've been getting active for animals - you can also submit your story there! And to sweeten the deal, Activist Challenge winners receive an exclusive Unleashed prize pack. Score!

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New Activist Challenge winner!

New Activist Challenge winner!

Posted 24 August 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Activist Challenge, contest, winner

Do you remember primary school? Every day was a paradise. There was nap-time and you got a scratch-and-sniff sticker just for being a neat writer! And then you hit high school and everything changed. No more Show-and-Tell to start the day. It was replaced by massive homework assignments and a calculator with a thousand different buttons.

High school can get pretty overwhelming, and sometimes it's hard to find time to help animals when you're buried with school work. That's why Lea's efforts to make her school a more compassionate place are so impressive. And that's also why she's the latest winner of Unleashed's Activist Challenge!

Despite battling through the heavy workload of Year 11 and 12, Lea still found the time and energy to get involved in a number of projects at her school. One highlight was hosting a vegan BBQ pool party for 200 hyped-up Year 8 kids. Another highlight - getting someone else to clean up after them.

When Lea finished Year 12, she left her school a more open-minded and animal-friendly place. You can find out just how she achieved this by reading the full story here.

For her efforts Lea has scored an Unleashed prize pack and much good karma. I even heard a rumour that Justin Bieber is writing a song about her! (I started the rumour though, so it may not be true.)

If you're getting active for animals, we want to hear about it. Tell us your story and you could be the next Activist Challenge winner! Good luck!

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New Activist Challenge winner!

New Activist Challenge winner!

Posted 23 July 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Activist Challenge, contest

An old saying once went: "Young people should be neither seen nor heard". As you can imagine, that saying doesn't get much play around Unleashed. Every day young Aussies are making a massive effort to be seen and to have their voices heard as they speak up for animals. And that's exactly the way it should be!

Unleashed's Activist Challenge competition is designed to recognise and encourage young people who are making a difference for animals. Last month's winner was Shanii (read her story here), who was chosen from heaps of nominees who are out there making the world a kinder place for animals.

Our newest Activist Challenge winner is ... AllyCat! Ally has been getting active for the animals in more ways than I can possibly count on my fingers (and without them I'm lost). Her story shows how easy it is for anyone to get themselves into gear and start making the world around them safer for countless animals. Leafleting, email campaigning, tweeting for the cause, raising awareness with a powerpoint presentation - even just helping friends make compassionate decisions - every bit helps.

For being a bundle of energy and empathy - Ally is our latest and very deserving Activist Challenge winner! *whistles* *claps until hands are sore* Ally scores an Unleashed prize pack to celebrate the good news.

If you've been out there changing the world for the animals, then we want to hear about it! Tell us what you've been up to, and you could be the next Unleashed activist snagging the prize and the applause!

And remember, young people most definitely SHOULD be seen and DESERVE to be heard!

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New Activist Challenge Winner!

New Activist Challenge Winner!

Posted 21 October 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: Activist Challenge, factory farming, school, contest

With so many inspiring animal activists in the Unleashed Community, it's high time we announced another Activist Challenge winner and there have been many worthy nominations!

So without further ado, congratulations to our most recent Activist Challenge winner, HannahJane for informing and inspiring others in her community to make a difference for animals.

A passionate vegetarian, Hannah has been busy spreading the word about how to combat cruelty. She's convinced her bestie to go veg, did a powerful powerpoint presentation to her school on factory farming (with plans to do the same at other schools), has gotten Animals Australia's petitions into local busniesses and collected hundreds of signatures, and more...

We take our hats off to Hannah for making a big difference for the animals. For her superb efforts, Hannah has scored herself an Unleashed prize pack.

I can't wait to see more of the excellent entries to the challenge! Tell us your story now to be next in line to score kudos and goodies ;)

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New Unleashed Activist Challenge Winner: jack

New Unleashed Activist Challenge Winner: jack

Posted 25 August 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 24 Comments

Tags: Activist Challenge, dissection, school, cage free campus, contest

Congrats to Jack for being the second winner of the Unleashed Activist Challenge. At 13 he may be young, but he's already having a huge impact. Not only has Jack successfully campaigned his school to give students the choice not to dissect, he has also helped developed class content for a term in animal ethics, which is now taught in years 5 - 12 at his school. And now he's got his sights set on getting his school to stop using cage eggs. Top work Jack! I can't wait to hear about your next victory!

If you're inspired by Jack's efforts and want to let us know how you're helping animals, why not enter the Unleashed Activist Challenge. You could be the next winner of our activist prize pack, not to mention much kudos.

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Only 2 Weeks Left to Nab Free Shoes!

Only 2 Weeks Left to Nab Free Shoes!

Posted 18 July 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Macbeth, leather, cows, shoes, contest

Have you heard? Our Macbeth comp is in its last days... While we're all sitting back and wondering who is going to be one of the 4 lucky winners to nab a free pair of Macbeths what are you doing?

a) Huh? Macbeth comp?
b) Wondering why I'm reading this blog instead of entering the comp already.
c) Going back to enter the comp again to increase my chances of winning!!

If you answered A, or B, then there's only one thing to do: click the fuzzy wuzzy cute widdle cow below and you'll be well on your way to scoring a sweet new pair of the Hunter Burgan Studio Project Shoes vegan for "my footwear kicks ass". And if you're wondering why you need these awesome leather-free shoes...? Then just check this out.

Win free shoes!

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Help Us to Win for the Animals!

Help Us to Win for the Animals!

Posted 2 July 2009   by Angie         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: contest, photography, donation, canon

You might remember that we've been nominated in Canon's "Creative for a Cause" photography comp, where we could win $60,000 to help animals... Well, with only one week left in the competition, now is the time to cast your votes! Please take a moment to click on the photos below and vote for both of these leading photos.

Please also consider placing a vote for any or all of these amazing images:

You can only vote once per image, but you can vote for as many different images as you like. And don't forget to ask all your friends to vote, and of course to post a link on Facebook!

Thanks for all your votes!

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Calling all Photographers!

Calling all Photographers!

Posted 29 May 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 18 Comments

Tags: contest, photography, donation, canon

UPDATE! The pics are in and your votes are needed NOW!
Click here to cast your vote!

Canon and Unleashed wants you to get creative with your camera in a sweet new photography competition: Creative for a Cause.

The idea is simple: upload one or more of your favourite photographs that represent the cause you're most passionate about (it's animals isn't it?), nominate your favourite cause (Animals Australia right?) and if your photo wins, you get a Canon prize pack, and Animals Australia gets a $60,000 donation to help fight animal cruelty!

So what are you waiting for??

  1. Sign up here for a free MyCanon Account.
  2. Submit a photo that represents animals and/or Animals Australia's work
  3. Select the Cause Category "Environment", then select the Cause Recipient "Animals Australia AU".
  4. Describe what your photo represents and why animal issues are important to you.
  5. Don't forget to vote for your own photo!

Finally, make sure you post a comment below with link to your photo when you're done so we can vote for it too!

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