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The new dairy experiment that will leave you dumbfounded

The new dairy experiment that will leave you dumbfounded

Posted 10 September 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: dairy, cows, bobby calves, milk

As if it wasn't enough that the dairy industry impregnates a cow and sends her calf to slaughter to profit from her milk, now they're doing this too ...

It's been given the nickname 'cow mootel,' though it's certainly not a place I'd want to check in to. Rather than being allowed to graze in a paddock, cows are put into individual 'chambers' approximately four metres by five metres in size and three metres high. Each cow is isolated, with only the view of another cow suffering in the same way through a glass window. She's harnessed and made to wear what has been described as a nappy and then the temperature is turned up.

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Cows produce less milk in hot weather. (Let's be honest, we all get a little bit sluggish in the heat.) But this is bad news for the dairy industry as it means that their most important asset is suffering. Their $$, that is.

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Media were asked not to take pictures of cows at the centre. Photo: Laura Poole/ABC.

The 6 'mootel' rooms are part of a science experiment at the National Dairy Centre in Victoria to study the impacts of heat stress on cows. The Victorian Government spent $2.5 million to help build these hot isolation chambers. Cows will be milked and have their 'nappies' changed regularly -- their faeces and urine collected for research. Scientists will study a cow's productivity and emissions with the temperature at 32 degrees for days at a time, which is like being exposed to a heatwave for the cows inside.

Dairy research scientist, Dr Jacobs, said they had the ability to 'dial these up higher' at any time but that it would have animal welfare concerns to take temperatures up to 40 degrees and then put cows back outside to 14 degrees. (Sadly, the Australian live export industry doesn't have the same concerns about subjecting animals to a jump to 40+ degree temperatures. Find out about heat stress on live export animals.)

Dr Jacobs says that the glass windows between these oven-like chambers are also a deliberate animal welfare consideration. "The ability for a cow that's in one of these calorimeters for three or four days to be able to see her neighbour is very much part of keeping her happy," Dr Jacobs said.

Cows are very social animals who not only have best friends, but can get stressed when separated. In these chambers they are powerless to do anything more than suffer in solitude and watch their herd mate be subjected to the same thing on the other side of the glass.

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Cows seek out and nurture relaionships with other members of the herd. Find out more about the secret lives of cows.

Not surprisingly, the media was asked not to take photos of the cows in their nappies and sweltering hot chambers on the opening day of this facility. Dr Jacobs said that it might be confronting for some people to see the animals in this situation and that the centre did not want to attract "unnecessary" attention from animal welfare bodies.

The fact that the dairy industry is a) doing something that they suspect will upset people and b) wants to keep it hidden should be great cause for concern for the public. But this is far from the first time that the dairy industry has been involved in practices that would concern the public.

In fact, central to the dairy industry's business model is something they'd rather milk drinkers didn’t know, or rather -- someone. This someone is the young calf who is born to keep his mother producing milk. Each year, roughly one million unwanted calves are separated from their mothers and sent to slaughter as 'waste products' in their first week of life -- all so that their mothers' milk can be bottled for human consumption.

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When exposed to the truth of what happens to these calves, people are understandably shocked and more and more caring people are looking to make kinder choices for calves.

Fortunately, there are many ways to get milk without any animal suffering whatsoever. Coconut, almond and soy are just some of the plant-based milk varieties that are widely available on supermarket shelves. What's more, plants don't need nappies, many are resilient to temperature changes and they don't need to be continuously impregnated to produce milk. (Someone ought to tell the dairy industry.) To find out more about the range of options available check out our deliciously dairy-free shopping list.

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4 words that simply shouldn't exist

4 words that simply shouldn't exist

Posted 21 July 2015   by Thomas         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: factory farming, chickens, pigs, cows, dairy

If you could choose 4 words to describe your companion animals I'm 100% sure these would NOT make the list.

For most of us, the animals we share our homes with are not something -- they are someone. We know their quirks, their likes, their dislikes. We talk about them as part of the family. But this isn't how most animals in human 'care' are talked about.

You won't believe these 4 words are used to describe living, breathing, thinking beings.

'Livability'

Livability (noun): The likelihood that a chicken who is bred for meat will survive long enough to be sent to slaughter.

For the chicken meat industry, the bottom line is how much meat they can produce. So chickens have been bred to grow as fast as possible. As a result of this unnatural growth, many birds do not even survive the 35 days or so before they are sent to slaughter.

These baby birds --who still chirp and have soft feathers -- often become crippled by the weight of their overgrown bodies. Some starve when they can no longer stand up to reach food or water. For others, their organs shut down, unable to cope with their body's rapid growth.

But for the industry the math is simple -- if the extra weight on birds who make it to slaughter brings in more profit than what they lose in dead birds then it's good for business.

'Chopper cow'

Chopper cow (noun): A dairy cow whose body can no longer produce the high volumes of milk needed for her to be profitable, and so she is sent to slaughter – usually to be turned into ground beef.

Like humans, to produce milk cows need to have a baby. So cows who fail to get pregnant or who don't produce enough milk don't have value to the dairy industry and are trucked to slaughter.

But it's not only older animals who face this fate. The moment calves are born they have often served their purpose -- to make their mothers produce milk. So every year an estimated 1 million calves are separated from their mothers and killed in their first week of life as waste products of the Australian dairy industry.

'Service date'

Service date (noun): The date on which a mother pig is impregnated — either by mating or artificial insemination.

Pigs are clever animals who will often seek out company and affection. Yet factory farms talk about them like they were machinery or 'units' on a production line. When a pig fails to get pregnant she will 'return to service' to be 're-served'.

Sometimes farmers will think a pig is pregnant but after a full term she won't produce piglets. If this happens, she is labeled a "NIP" (not in pig). And, like faulty machinery, if she keeps failing to get pregnant she will be 'destroyed' and sold as low-grade pork.

'Spent'

Spent (adjective): Used to describe an animal who can no longer produce enough milk, eggs or babies to be profitable, and so is sent to slaughter.

Like dairy cows and mother pigs, there is no retirement plan for egg-laying hens. For all of these animals, when they don't produce enough to make a profit, they are disposed of like garbage.

Most dairy cows are considered 'spent' by roughly 6-7 years of age and mother pigs at just 2-3 years of age. Egg-laying hens in Australia are sent to slaughter from as young as 18 months of age.

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In the language we use -- and in the eyes of the law -- farmed animals are so often treated differently to the animals we share our homes with. But in their capacity to feel pain, and in their desire to be treated with kindness, they are the same.

If you agree that all animals deserve kindness, the power is in your hands. By making simple, kind choices, you can help protect animals, save lives and inspire others to do the same. Take the first step here.

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Compassionate 5 year old doesn't want to eat animals anymore

Compassionate 5 year old doesn't want to eat animals anymore

Posted 8 July 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: pigs, cows, chickens, vegetarian, video, Indie-Rose

I wish I was this wise when I was 5 ...

I don't think I could put it any more eloquently than Indie-Rose has.

"Animals are very nice."

Pigs are nice

Chickens are nice

And cows are nice

If you don't want the "animal-people" to be chopped up, you can be a vegetarian.

In case you're a bit unsure, like Indie-Rose was, this is what a vegetarian does:

Eat this

Love this

Sounds pretty awesome right?

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P.S. Indie-Rose's mum told The Mirror that she hasn't eaten meat since this moment 3 months ago :) Share some love for Indie-Rose in the comments below, and for her family for being so supportive of her choice.

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5 mothers who only want 1 thing this Mother's Day

5 mothers who only want 1 thing this Mother's Day

Posted 22 April 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: cows, calves, Mothers Day, dairy

These 5 mothers all want the same thing this Mother's Day:

She wants to see her baby grow up

Cows are well known for the strong bonds formed between mother and calf.

She wants to see her baby grow up

One study found that the strong bond between mother and calf was formed in as little as five minutes.

She wants to see her baby grow up

In a natural setting, cows will drink from their mother for several months, up to a year.

She wants to see her baby grow up

Mother cows have been reported to bellow and call out for their calves if they're separated.

She wants to see her baby grow up

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.

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If you're ready to help mother cows (and their calves) every day and ditch dairy for good, sign the pledge today.

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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.

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7 Easter treats that taste as nice as they are to cows

7 Easter treats that taste as nice as they are to cows

Posted 31 March 2015   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Easter, chocolate, dairy, cows

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.

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Look for the brown ribbon and you're golden! Get them at Woolies/Safeway and Coles.

2. Choices Easter egg and choc-orange discs.

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Yum. Choc + orange = yum. Get these at Aldi for cheap!

3. Alpha chocolate eggs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

  • 1 packet Chang's original fried noodles
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • 200 grams dairy-free chocolate. (I use Sweet William Original.)

And 4 steps:

  • Put the chocolate and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and zap for 30 seconds. Mix.
  • Add the crunchy noodles and coat them in chocolatey mixture.
  • Put spoon sized portions on to a tray covered in baking paper and chuck them in the fridge.
  • Wait patiently until they're set and then eat them.

How easy is that? And to make it even easier, the recipe is on the back of the Chang's noodle packet!

7. Nestar chocolate macadamias.

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These are little balls of bliss and you can get them from our online shop. There's quite a few other yummy sweets to choose from too.

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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Happy holidays!

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Get ready for ALL THE FEELS

Get ready for ALL THE FEELS

Posted 5 December 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: cows, cute, video, go veg, vegetarian

This little girl loves her cow so much she sneaks her into the house for a cuddle sesh and it is SO CUTE! Watch ...

I was desperately wanting to cuddle a cow after I watched this, were you? I had to make do with our office dogs Blue and Oscar. (They are excellent cuddlers.)

Not all of us are as lucky as the girl in the video and get to spend quality time with cows. But it's pretty clear that they can be just as affectionate and loving as the animals that we do share our home (or office) with, wouldn't you say?

If you reckon cows deserve to be treated with kindness there's something you can do today that will make a huge difference for them -- and all animals. By taking animals off your plate you'll be sparing the lives of around 100 animals per year! (Not to mention helping the environment as well). Like the mum in the video seems to realise, these gentle creatures deserve much more than to be killed for their meat.

Make the pledge to go veg today or click here to find out everything you never knew about cows.

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5 awesome mums of the animal kingdom

5 awesome mums of the animal kingdom

Posted 9 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Mothers Day, mums, pigs, cows, orcas, koalas, seals

There's some pretty kick ass mothers out there in the animal kingdom and some of them could use a little helping hand. So here are 5 awesome animal mums and how you can show them some love:

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1. Harp seals
Harp seal mums will spend the first 12 days of their pup's life feeding the bub and protecting them from danger without eating anything themselves! During this time, the pup will rapidly pack on the kilos while mum dutifully fades away.

But, once mum has to leave the ice to find food for herself, her pup is in extreme danger of being killed by hunters for his fur. Click here to find out more and how you can take action for baby seals.

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2. Pigs
Did your mum ever sing you lullabies? Mother pigs have been known to 'sing' to their piglets :) This is believed to help let the babies know when her milk is flowing so that they can feed.

Sadly, mother pigs in factory farms are confined to tiny cages called 'farrowing crates' where they are barely able to move, let alone interact with their young :( You can help put an end to this suffering. Be a friend to pigs and take them off your plate.

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3. Koalas
Koalas carry their babies around on their backs for six months. SIX MONTHS! I hope that baby koala gets his mum a massage voucher every year for Mother's Day for the rest of his life.

If your mum is pretty special, why not tell her with an awesome pressie that she'll love and will help to create a kinder world for ALL mothers :) Click here to shop cruelty-free gifts.

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4. Orcas
Orca mums stay with their children for life! Personally, I'm not sure how I'd go living with my mum forever but it certainly shows a strong bond between mother orcas and their calves. In fact, female killer whales live a lot longer than males (up to 90 years!) and some research suggests that this is due to their never ending desire to care for their offspring. Nawww.

Knowing this, one of the saddest parts of watching the documentary Blackfish for me, was seeing baby whales separated from their mothers. It may be distressing to see these whales grieving for their calves but fortunately you can help end this cruelty by not supporting marine parks and deciding to never attend one.

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5. Cows
Cows have very strong bonds with their calves. Like orcas, cows have been known to frantically call and search for their calves when they're separated. And most calves in the dairy industry are separated from their mums within days of being born.

A New York vet tells the story of one mother cow who proved the strength of her love, when she hid one of her calves after giving birth to twins. The vet suggests that she remembered losing her previous four calves, and probably guessed that if the farmer got his hands on them both, they would would be taken from her again :(

This intelligent and thoughtful mother managed to keep her baby hidden for 11 days before her secret was discovered. What was the giveaway? The farmer couldn't milk her because of course her calf was drinking all the milk she produced.

Sadly, like most mother cows in the dairy industry, she too was separated from her calf. All because her milk was to be bottled and sold for humans to drink. BUT you can help protect calves and their mums from this cruel cycle by giving dairy the flick. Click here to make the pledge today.

There are so many dairy free milk alternatives these days, that I'm like a kid in a candy store at the supermarket. Bonsoy is my fave in coffee, but almond milk tastes great on my cereal. And the best thing about them is that no cows lost their calves for these cartons of milk. Do you have a favourite dairy-free milk?

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BREAKING: More Gaza bull cruelty exposed!

BREAKING: More Gaza bull cruelty exposed!

Posted 15 April 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: live export, bulls, cows, Gaza, action

I hate being the bearer of bad news, so I promise there's a silver lining at the end of what I have to tell you ...

Australian bulls are being abused in Gaza ... again :(

You might remember in November last year we uncovered dozens of videos online of cruelty in the Gaza Strip during the Festival of Sacrifice. Sadly, our local investigator has found not only that this cruelty is still happening but the same exporter is implicated ...

In fact, in the last 10 months, this exporter (Livestock Shipping Services), has been reported for breaking the rules 10 times. 10 times in 10 months! And yet they're still exporting animals. It just doesn’t make sense, right?

For animals, these broken rules have meant terrible suffering ... like this:

WARNING: This video is very graphic, so if you don't need to see it to know that it's cruel, I suggest giving it a miss and scrolling on down to see how you can take action for animals.

How can a company that is responsible for ^this be trusted with more animals? Bulls having their eyes stabbed, leg tendons slashed, throats sawn at again and again with blunt knives. Animals watching on as their mates are brutally slaughtered, knowing that this same fate will soon befall them. No one deserves that.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? The system is not working. The Government simply can't guarantee that animals in the live export trade will be protected from brutal treatment.

The good news is ... (here's that silver lining I promised you) ... every time we expose cruelty to animals in live export we give politicians another reason to oppose this terrible trade ... and more and more politicians are becoming a voice for animals in Parliament.

Will your MP be the next to speak out against the live animal export trade? Click here to send a strong message to your representative to support an end to the trade on your behalf.

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5 reasons to have a dairy-free Easter

5 reasons to have a dairy-free Easter

Posted 7 April 2014   by Lucy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: Easter, chocolate, dairy, cows

Easter is coming – and that means it's almost time to stuff ourselves silly with chocolate eggs!

But before you rush to the shop, spare a thought for what's inside those eggs. Because whether you care about the survival of the planet, ending cruelty to animals, looking after your health, or whether you just enjoy really good chocolate, you may want to consider choosing dairy-free. Here's why:

Because dairy-free dark chocolate is healthier.

As if we needed another reason to eat chocolate, right? :P Dairy-free dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and can even help protect your arteries – meaning in moderation it is good for your heart! Sound too good to be true? Read more here.

Because we only have one planet.

>Dairy cows are responsible for approximately 3% of all global greenhouse gas emissions! PLUS the industry consumes a massive 12% of all the water used in Australia. So going dairy-free is kind to cows AND the environment. Find out more about dairy's environmental footprint here.

Because bobby calves don't deserve to die.

This may shock you but over 700,000 dairy calves (called 'bobby calves') are discarded and killed as 'waste products' of the dairy industry every year. These calves are born for one reason – to keep their mothers producing milk. But what happens to them? Most are separated from their grieving mums and killed before they are a week old. Going dairy-free means chocolate doesn't need to be a death sentence for dairy calves. Click here to learn more about dairy's dark secret.

Because you don't need dairy for strong bones.

Don't let the dairy industry pull your leg over healthy bones. Not only is dairy not the only source of calcium — other sources may be healthier for you. Surprised? Click here to get the low-down on calcium from the experts, and find out which foods are great for your bones, and kind to calves....

Because dairy-free chocolate is amazing.

No need to take my word for it (although I am kinda an expert) ��� try Bonvita's rice milk chocolate (including dairy-free white chocolate) – it's mind blowingly good. Most good quality dark chocolates are naturally dairy-free too, like Whittaker's Dark Chocolate Block, Noble Choice, and Lindt 70%. Click here for a list of the best dairy-free chocolates on the market!

So are you celebrating a deliciously dairy-free Easter this year? Let me know what goodies are in your Easter hamper in the comments below :)

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The Gaza Files

The Gaza Files

Posted 12 December 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: live export, bulls, cows, Gaza, action

#8 ...two men kicked and shoved him, trying to knock him over...

#18 ...as he tried to run, he tripped and fell forward, landing heavily on his head...

#9 ...the slaughterman paused, whilst cutting into his throat, to pose for a photo...

Each of these stories of Australian bulls were filmed by local people in Gaza during the 2013 Festival of Sacrifice and uploaded to YouTube. They, along with 19 others, make up the 22 cases of live export cruelty exposed by Animals Australia this week.

Read enough? Click here to take action for Australian animals.

The live export industry would prefer you didn't see these images. But these animals deserve to have their stories told. Because none of this should ever have happened.

The suffering of these animals show how easily live export regulations – which are supposed to protect them - can be disregarded. The two major political parties in our country still support live export. BUT they also say that regulations must be met and animals must be treated 'humanely'.

The Gaza files clearly show that the system is failing to protect animals from cruelty. That's where you come in. We need your help to get this critical evidence into the hands of your political representative and urge them to stop live exporters from putting animals at risk of such horrendous abuse. Do you accept this mission? Click here to deliver the stories of these 22 Australian bulls to your Federal MP.

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No words.

No words.

Posted 8 November 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 13 Comments

Tags: live export, bulls, cows, Mauritius, action

This bull couldn’t move. He couldn’t speak. But in his last moments, he said more than words ever could:


(What happens to the bull next has been edited out of this version, but you can watch it here.)

Helplessness... desperation... fear... it’s difficult to imagine what was going through this bull’s mind as he lay bound, on the gravel, awaiting his fate. His last moments, in a backyard in Mauritius were captured by Animals Australia's investigators. What he endured won't be forgotten, and it will be exposed.

Sadly, countless other Australian bulls also suffered violent and tragic deaths during the Festival of Sacrifice, this October, in Mauritius. (You can watch the full investigation here).

None of this should’ve ever happened. Our investigators witnessed Australian bulls being sold illegally for private slaughter direct from the importer’s feedlot. They had been abandoned to suffer.

Animals like the bull in this video need your help to make sure their suffering does not go unnoticed. Click here to help share this bull’s story.

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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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Green ooze taking over the world

Green ooze taking over the world

Posted 28 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: factory farming, go veg, cows

Check it out. This is in Texas. And so is this:

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I know what you’re thinking ... stock up on the canned beans because the apocalypse is coming. These satellite images look like something out of a sci-fi movie don’t they? If only. In fact, this is what humans are doing to the world.

These pictures show big factory farming operations in the US. The giant pools of multicoloured grossness in the middle -- they’re the waste pits for animal excrement.

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Now, I know nobody likes talking about poop but I just want to take a slight tangent and tell you about my day volunteering at Edgar’s Mission farm sanctuary on the weekend. I spent a good couple of hours shovelling the do-do of Hansel and Gretel (pictured right). These two are lucky enough to be able to live out the rest of their lives in the care of people who love them for who they are, not what they can produce.

So what do Hansel and Gretel eat? Grass, hay and, as a special treat Weet Bix. So, their number 2’s are ... just that. It gets used to fertilise the surrounding land, thanks to the volunteers who go home with sore muscles from scooping it up. ;) (But seriously, great day. If you live in Vic and want to be a vollie at Edgar’s click here.)

So, my point is, why on earth does the kaka of factory farmed animals turn into toxic sludge? Well for starters there's the sheer number of animals... Farm animals now produce about 130 times more waste than humans. :/

But the man who discovered these images, Mishka Henner, dug a little deeper. And he learned that these waste pits contained “elevated levels of ammonia, nitrogen and phosphorous, as well as pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptosporidium, and fecal coliform, plus antibiotics expelled in the animals' waste.”

Henner’s satellite photographs serve as a vibrant reminder of not only what factory farming is doing to animals, but to our environment as well. These images are from the US, but millions of animals are in factory farms right here in Australia as well. And this cruel industry is having a devastating global impact.

Thankfully, the solution to this global problem is very simple. And it starts with you. Click here to take the first step to changing the world.

What would Captain Planet do?

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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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Good mooove Hughesy!

Good mooove Hughesy!

Posted 21 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: dairy, Dave Hughes, video, cows, milk, bobby calves

Meet Dave Hugs, aka Hugsy.

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He is Dave Hughes’ newest number one fan. Why?

First this: (Heads up: there’s a little bit of language in this clip.)

And now this:

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Hughesy is giving up cow’s milk! This morning he said he’d have a go at giving up dairy for the calves, saying “I do believe that milk is for baby cows.” Hugsy did this face:

Why is Hugsy so excited about this news? Well, what happens to calves in the dairy industry is pretty grim. To produce milk, cows need to have a calf. And like most mums, cows form very strong bonds with their babies. Yet, most calves born into the dairy industry are separated from their mums within days of their birth, and what happens to them next is something the dairy industry doesn't want you to know:

The good news is that it is so easy to eat dairy-free these days. And health experts are starting to realise that cow’s milk might not even be all that good for us. If you’ve been thinking about going dairy-free, why not “chuck a Hughesy” and try it out? You might feel better for it and you’ll be saving lives!

The other good news is that Hugsy is on his way to meet his favourite Aussie comedian right now! We’ve sent him over with a bag of delicious dairy-free goodies to NOVA 100 to say a big thanks to Hughesy on behalf of all the ‘baby cows’.

If you’d like to send some love to Hughesy for being such a good bloke, head here for ways to get in touch with him.

P.S. If you want to get your hands on some dairy-free choccies as well, head over to our 3 minute chocolate challenge for a chance to win some for free! 

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Truth or dairy?

Truth or dairy?

Posted 23 July 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: dairy, milk, cows, bobby calves, soy milk

When I was little we were only allowed milk or water with dinner. (No Nesquik or anything! Tough times, right?) That’s because my mum wanted us to be healthy and strong and the word was that milk is the best thing for calcium.

But the word seems to be changing. In the last few weeks, doctors and nutritionists have started speaking up and saying ‘you know, maybe milk isn’t the best way to get calcium.’ Dr David Ludwig got the ball rolling when he said that humans have no nutritional need for animal’s milk. Then more health experts had their say. And this is what they said:

Humans are not cows:

At least 75% of people are lactose intolerant. Put simply, this is because humans are not cows and we don’t have the digestive system of calves. Naturopath Hayley Stockbridge says, "it makes no sense that we’d be the only animal to drink the milk of another animal and then expect it to be digested properly."

Nuts, seeds and leafy greens will do the job:

Almonds, broccoli, bok choy, calcium-fortified soy milk, chick peas, dried fruits, firm tofu = calcium, calcium, calcium. In fact, Osteoporosis Australia says firm tofu is the food with the highest calcium content. And it goes great in a stir-fry with your broccoli and bok choy. You can call it the high-calci-yum stir-fry.

Dairy might be making us sick:

A number of studies have found that the growth of cancer cells may have a direct link to casein - the protein found in cow’s milk. Also, the countries with the greatest dairy intake (Australia, the US and the UK) are the countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis.

Milk increases the chances of a bunch of nasty stuff:

Melvyn Korman, Director of Gastroenterology and a Professor of Medicine at the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, (aka the guy with the longest professional title ever), says he avoids milk to keep his cholesterol down. Many dairy products are high in saturated fat, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Dairy consumption has also been linked to an increased risk in ovarian cancer for women and prostate cancer for men.

Milk is mucus-y:

I’m going to go light on the detail here but many people get mucus from drinking milk. Mucus can cause respiratory problems digestive problems and skin problems. What's more, I've never heard anyone comment on someone’s 'sexy mucus voice.'

It’s just a little bit weird:

UK food publisher Michelle Berriedale-Johnson says, "humans are the only mammalian species which not only continues to drink milk after it is weaned, but, from birth, drinks the milk of other mammals." P!nk thinks it’s weird too.

And finally,

Dairy-free is kindness-full:

In Australia over 700,000 baby animals are killed each year as "waste products" of the dairy industry. These calves were born just to keep their mothers producing milk and sadly, they are slaughtered within a week of their birth. These are the calves who the dairy industry doesn’t want you to know about.

The good news is, there are so many awesome alternatives to dairy. There are more than 70 different varieties of dairy-free milk available at supermarkets these days. CHOICE has made a really easy comparison tool to help you pick the one that’s best for you. Or you can do what I do and buy the one that comes in a carton of your favourite colour. They’ve got yellow, purple, blue, green, red ... (Click here to pledge to go dairy-free.)

Which dairy-free milk is your fave?

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You're sorry for what?

You're sorry for what?

Posted 24 June 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: live export, cows, action

I've got to be honest with you, most of the time I find politics kind of a snore. Words like chambers and constituencies make my brain go into Homer Simpson mode. (Although, if you say 'caucus' ten times over it’s bound to make you giggle).

However, my ears pricked up at some political news I heard today. The Coalition leaders want to apologise to Indonesia, on behalf of the Australian people, for the temporary suspension of live exports in 2011. Excuse me? I'm an Australian person. Don’t be apologising on behalf of me, thank you very much.

There were very good reasons for stopping the export of cattle to Indonesia. First up, animals were being abused and brutally killed.

Secondly, the Australian people called for a ban. After Four Corners exposed the shocking cruelty to cattle in Indonesia, people rallied across the country and politicians' inboxes were flooded with emails from people calling for an end to live export.

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The Coalition leaders appear to have forgotten this. (Which is why I think the world should be run by elephants. Elephants never forget.) Tony Abbott, Julie Bishop and Warren Truss -- three big-wigs in the Federal Coalition -- have all expressed the 'need' to apologise to Indonesia.

Hold up, 4 out of 5 Australians support the campaign to end live export altogether. So how the Coalition government imagines that this apology is representative of the Australian people is beyond me. They would effectively be apologising for trying to end some of the worst animal cruelty ever documented in the live trade. And we should NOT be apologising for trying to prevent animal abuse.

In my opinion there is someone else they should be apologising to: the millions of Australian animals who have, and continue to, suffer in the live export trade. Despite 'safeguards' introduced by the Australian government, since 2011, cruelty to exported animals has continued to be exposed -- in Indonesia (again), Kuwait, Qatar, Pakistan, Israel, Mauritius, Egypt and Malaysia.

I think our pollies need a reminder that Australians care about the treatment of our animals and we should not be apologising for trying to protect them from cruelty. Click here to send a message to the leaders of the Coalition that they won't be representing you if they apologise to Indonesia.

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An unnatural life.

An unnatural life.

Posted 16 January 2013   by Anthony         Permalink | 9 Comments

Tags: Go Veg, slaughter, pigs, cows, bobby calves, rescue, sanctuary

This one simple (non-gory) image will change the way you think about animals who are born to be slaughtered in Australia. Prepare to have your mind blown.

Nearly every animal in Australia born to be eaten or have their eggs or milk taken, will not live their full natural life. This chart shows to scale how much of their life they experience before they are killed to be eaten, or because they are no longer 'productive' enough to be kept.

An Unnatural Life Span

To give it some perspective: the average life expectancy for an Australian is almost 82 years. If you were a 'dairy cow', it would mean you shouldn't bother planning your 21st b'day. If you were a veal calf, you wouldn't even reach 2 years old.

That's a really grim way to look at it - but the sad truth is that most animals in Australia are killed as babies.

There are some lucky ones, though. They find their way to sanctuaries, rescue shelters and into the care of kind individuals and families. Pigs like Hope who ended up at Edgar's Mission, and calves like Esther at Brightside Farm Sanctuary.

Hope & Esther

You don't have to rescue a pig and have her live in your backyard to be a lifesaver for these animals. All you have to do is decide not to eat them. It's such a simple change in your life, but it will make the world of difference to animals you no longer eat. Take the pledge to be veg, now!

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Cows fight back!

Cows fight back!

Posted 21 November 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: dairy, milk, cows, calves, soy milk

Two mums in NZ proved recently just how far they were willing to go to protect their babies, pushing and even biting a man that threatened them. Oh, did I mention that these mums were cows?? Find out more...

To summarise: a farmer tried to separate calves from their mums ... but the mums fought back to protect their babies! It's a good thing those cows didn't know "MOO Thai"!! Man, I love puns.

Like most mums, cows form very strong bonds with their young. One study suggested that this bond is formed within 5 minutes of giving birth! After birth the mum licks her calf all over, in a process that helps her learn the sight and smell of her baby. If they are separated, the mum will bellow frantically, and the calves appear frightened and confused.

Unfortunately, the separation of mum and baby happens on dairy farms all the time. See what happens right here in Australia for yourself. WARNING: this isn't easy to watch.

A TV show in England recently caused an uproar by showing the horrible truth, too - right during prime-time.

WARNING: this clip is really sad too :(

In Australia every year, over 700,000 bobby calves are killed as "waste products" of the dairy industry. Some are shot, but the majority are taken from their mothers and put onto trucks with other calves, bound for the slaughterhouse. There they will be killed ... after being alive for less than a week. That's the secret the dairy industry would rather you didn't know.

If you want to take action for bobby calves and their grieving mums - it's easy. You can simply ditch dairy. Delicious alternatives are in supermarkets and delis everywhere - milks, chocolates, yoghurts and icecreams. Have fun exploring and finding your fave!

p.s. my pick for best non-dairy ice-cream: Coco Luscious. Prove me wrong by telling me your pick below!

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Thousands rally against live exports!

Thousands rally against live exports!

Posted 8 October 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: live export, cows, sheep, rally, action

Check these pics and clip out! People power in action...

On the weekend, countless numbers of people, young and old, took to the streets to call for an end to live exports. Simultaneous rallies were planned for capital cities across the country, speakers were confirmed, banners were made, and friends were invited. On the big day, a tidal wave of compassionate Aussies swept into the streets calling for an end to live exports.

See more rally photos from around the country!

You might already know that live export shipments from Australia have ended in a series of tragedies for animals over the last few weeks. Mother cows and calves have died from heat exhaustion and neglect in Qatar, and thousands of sheep have been stabbed, clubbed and buried alive in Pakistan.

The worst part is that these last few weeks haven't been some bizarre out-of-the-ordinary experience in the live export industry. Since the trade began, there has been no way that anyone can protect Australian animals once they leave our shores. This has seen them become victims of horrific treatment at their final destination.

Investigation after investigation by Animals Australia has shown the terrible fate that awaits Australian sheep and cows who have been exported. And with each investigation, opposition to the cruel trade grows among the Australian public. More and more people are calling for a ban on live exports, including members of the current government!

From east to west a collective voice was heard very clearly - Australians want an end to live exports. It really was an awesome day with a great atmosphere. How could it not have been though, when you get thousands of animal lovers together in one place :D

If you went along to a rally - thank you! Now we need you to keep the rally going. If you're 18 or over, let your local politician know that you're over live exports. If you not quite 18 yet, then you can still get a message to the PM telling her what you think about this cruel trade. Together, we have to speak up for the animals - because they can't do it themselves.

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Ban Live Exports National Rally!

Ban Live Exports National Rally!

Posted 2 October 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: live export, cows, sheep, rally, action

Important dates during the year: your birthday ... and this Saturday!! This Saturday is the Ban Live Exports National Rally - when people all across Australia will join together to show their opposition to the cruelty that is live exports. It's time to get your rally on!

Find out what's happening and how you can help in your capital city!


Ban Live Export National Rally

When?

Saturday October 6

Where?

Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart.

Details:

for times & locations in your city and more info visit animalsaustralia.org/live-export-rally


The horror stories coming out of Pakistan even as you read this blog are just the latest in a long history of animal cruelty cases which can be pinned on the live exports industry. In case you don't know what's been happening in Pakistan lately - here's the basics.


After weeks stuck on a ship in sweltering heat ... and then being confined in mud-filled pits with hardly any access to water and food and barely enough room to lie down ... Australian sheep have been killed en masse in the most brutal way. Workers have been stabbing and clubbing the harmless sheep and even burying them alive in the same pits dug for the dead sheep.

Of the original 21,000 sheep who left Australia there are now just 10,000 survivors. They have endured heat, hunger and brutality while watching thousands upon thousands of their woolly friends die.

This type of pain and fear can never be justified. The steady stream of horror stories as a result of live exports proves that it can never be fixed. That the trade continues sends a message to the rest of the world that Australians accept animal cruelty. If that's not what you're about this is your day to stand up to live export!

This Saturday thousands of people around Australia will be speaking up for the victims of live exports - because the victims can't speak up for themselves.

Tell your friends, tell your family ... tell your friends' families! This Saturday is going to be huge. Grab this opportunity to speak up for the animals, and demand an end to live exports. A kinder world is possible if you want it to be.

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Live exports - Australia's shame.

Live exports - Australia's shame.

Posted 21 September 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: live export, cows, sheep

You may have heard a lot in the news recently about the live export of Australian sheep and cattle to overseas countries. The amount of animals involved and the amount of suffering they have to go through makes live exports one of the most serious cases of animal abuse in Australia. If you love animals, it's definitely an issue you'll want to know all about.

Live exports is in crisis at the moment, with tragedy after tragedy unfolding. It might be a bit confusing keeping a track of what is happening where, but hopefully this map will help make it clear for you. (Sorry North and South America - there just wasn't enough room for you! NZ, you missed out, too.)

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BAHRAIN: 21,000 sheep were stranded aboard a ship in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, in soaring temperatures for 2 weeks(!!) after Bahrain refused to accept them. Every extra day stuck on a ship results in more animal suffering and more deaths.

The sheep on this ship were eventually offloaded in PAKISTAN. There they are being held in overcrowded mud-filled pens and their ability to lie down or reach food and water is severely restricted. Authorities there are supporting a plan for a mass kill and for their bodies to be thrown into large pits.

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KUWAIT: A similar situation to Bahrain unfolded in Kuwait, with Australian sheep left in limbo out at sea for a week, suffering through high temperatures and confined spaces. Eventually these animals were unloaded. But sadly, that wouldn't have been the end to their suffering. They then would have been killed fully conscious.

dairy-suffering-in-qatar-4.jpgQATAR: Of 250 dairy cows sent to one property, over 60 of them died in one week from thirst, hunger and heat stress. One vet technician said that these gentle animals "were frying from the inside out". Of 10,000 sheep sent to the same property ... only 3000 are left. To make this tragedy even worse - the property owner is planning to import another shipment of dairy cows later this year. Lend your voice to help stop this plan immediately.

EGYPT: 2 shiploads of cattle face an uncertain future as the Egyptian govt is refusing to allow them to be slaughtered. These cows have been stuck in sweltering heat and cramped feedlots for weeks now.

INDONESIA: 11,000 cattle are stranded in Indonesian feedlots after the govt there "rejected" them. These cows cannot come back to Australia because of our quarantine laws, so they are stuck in limbo, some of them since May! This is despite the fact that 94% of them are pregnant or have given birth since arriving.

The cruelty of live exports cannot be denied. The misery for animals begins from the moment they step onto boats at the port. They have no idea what will happen to them - BUT YOU DO! You can help protect sheep and cows in Australia by demanding an end to live exports. Join Animals Australia's campaign to shut down this terrible trade. Take action now!

UPDATE 27th SEPTEMBER:

"Like a giant mass of wool, bloodied and filthy, they lay in trenches, slit open, stabbed or clubbed to death, while many still wriggled with some life left in them, soon to be buried alive."

This is the scene emerging from Pakistan, where stranded Australian sheep now face an unimaginably horrible death.

Footage from Pakistan shows confused and scared sheep being stabbed and clubbed and their bodies being dumped into trenches. Some of them are still visibly alive when they are pushed into the pit.

This is what the boss at an exporting company said of the scene."I have watched the video and let me tell you that ever since I have seen those gruesome visuals, I haven't eaten or slept." And that's coming from the guy who sent the sheep there in the first place!

There is a tragedy of immense size unfolding in Pakistan and it can be traced directly to the cruel industry of live exports. Help end this cruel trade forever!

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Why milk will leave a bad taste in your mouth!

Why milk will leave a bad taste in your mouth!

Posted 21 August 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: dairy, milk, cows, calves, soy milk

Herbie the bull is living what I would say is my dream life. He gets to run around outside on the grass all day ... and play with a ball. If you thought dogs were the only animals that loved playing with toys, then check out the love affair Herbie is having with his new ball!

Just like cats and dogs, cows have their own individual personalities. Rosamund Young (author of The Secret Lives of Cows), points out that cows "can be highly intelligent, moderately so, or slow to understand; friendly, considerate, aggressive, docile, inventive, dull, proud, or shy." They form friendships with other cows, and mother cows form strong bonds with their calves.

But what you may not know is that dairy cows live a life far different to what you might remember from your picture books. Like all mammals (including humans!) cows will only produce milk after they have been pregnant - the milk obviously being meant for their babies. But newborn calves are taken from their mums less than a day after birth. And the milk intended for them makes its way into cartons and then the supermarket fridge.

You may be wondering, "Where do the calves go? Do they get a ball like Herbie?" As much as that would make my day, the reality couldn't be any more different. After separation, the mother and the calf will cry out for each other for days but their chances of a reunion are next to none. Most calves will be killed as a "waste-product" of the dairy industry at just 5 days old. This includes all male calves because they can't produce milk, and any young females not needed to restock the herd of milking cows. Every year in Australia, 700,000 calves are killed like this as part of the system that puts milk and cheese on supermarket shelves.

Not a "feel-good" kinda story is it? The good news for you and for cows though, is that there are alternatives to dairy available in supermarkets and delis across Australia. So Good ice-cream, Tofutti Cuties, oat milk, and Notzarella cheese are all items you can sub into the fridge to replace dairy products. And those are just my faves. Not only do they taste good, they also help save cows and their calves from suffering. That's win-win for everyone!

When it comes to milk, are you Team Oat or Team Soy (or even Team Rice)? And what about desserts - So Good or Tofutti? Tell all in the comments below!

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Puma says leather's got to go!

Puma says leather's got to go!

Posted 26 June 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: leather, cows, environment, Puma, go veg, sports, vegetarian, athletes, soccer

Sportswear giant Puma have scored some big points on the 'animal friendly' score board with news that it's considering giving leather the boot!

Usain_Bolt.jpg In an interview on the weekend, Puma's chairman, Jochen Zeitz said that given the environmental damage caused by raising cattle, "I think eventually we'll have to look at alternative materials, there's no question about it. We should eat less meat, all of us, and we should use less leather, I mean that's reality."

This move would save millions of animals from being abused and killed in the leather industry, not to mention cutting down on greenhouse gases and the toxic chemicals used to preserve dead cow's skin. Hopefully the other big shoe companies will come to the party soon too!

soccer.jpgLuckily, Puma isn't the only one in the sporting world that is kicking out cruelty. From sports companies to sports teams ... Last year, the English football team, Forest Green Rovers lived up to the 'green' in their name and went vegetarian! The club announced that "on nutritional advice, it was decided to no longer feed our team red meat for health and performance reasons". But they didn't stop there: "If red meat was not good enough to feed our players, then it wasn't good enough for our staff, fans and visitors too". And so meat pies and hot-dogs were shown the red card, substituted by mushroom pies, polenta chips and felafel wraps.

I don't know if the new menu at the club can take all the credit, but the Rovers improved from 20th in 2011 to finish 10th in the 2012 season (after meat had been cut)! Even if the new menu can't take credit for all the points on the pitch, the players and fans can take heart in knowing that vegetarians are less likely to be obese or have high levels of artery clogging cholesterol, and enjoy a range of other health benefits - simply by choosing not to eat animals.

Ever go to the footy? What do you think of the food on offer at the games? (Apart from the fact that it's overpriced, I mean). What do you think they should be serving?

ps. When you've got a sec, please send Puma a supportive message to let them know that you think getting rid of leather would be a slam dunk for animals and the environment: [email protected]

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Live exports: 1 year later

Live exports: 1 year later

Posted 30 May 2012   by Jesse         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: live exports, cattle, cows, one year on, achievements

It was one year ago today that Four Corners aired footage from Animals Australia's first investigation in Indonesia, and shocked the Australian public with the brutal and undeniable cruelty of the live export industry. It's amazing to think just how far we've come in 12 months. Check out what's been achieved...

  • Tens of thousands of people across Australia taking to the streets. (Maybe you were one of them?)
  • Hundreds of thousands putting the heat on pollies to stop the trade through emails, letters and phone calls.
  • A whopping 60,000 media stories about live exports (here and overseas!) in 2011.
  • Not to mention four historic proposals in Parliament to end live exports.

People power has brought us this far and has made live export an issue no politician can ignore! Together, we've shone a spotlight on this cruel trade! Not only have our efforts forced animal welfare improvements across numerous countries, sheep exports have also dropped to a ten year low, meaning that hundreds of thousands of sheep have been spared from a gruelling journey and brutal slaughter. (Want to see the full checklist of what's been achieved? Click here.)

After the investigation aired, we heard from so many people who made the choice to take animals off their plates. It seems I wasn't the only one getting all choked up watching the heartbreaking story of Tommy the steer, shivering with fear as he awaited his death.

While some victories have been won, the larger campaign to end all live exports from Australia continues. And this is where you can do your part for the animals!

  • Share the campaign with your friends! It's so simple but so important. Facebook, Twitter, wherever - get the message out there that live exports need to be stopped.
  • If you're voting age: Tell the PM what you think! She's there to serve Australians, right? So tell her exactly what you want to see done.
  • Get published! The letters page in the paper is one of the most read sections. Your letter will speak for the millions of young Australians who want an end to live exports.
  • Gather signatures! Easier than you'd think. Print off a petition to end live exports. Take it to class or to a lecture; the canteen or the cafe and get other people involved.

Thanks to the amazing support of people like you, this campaign has already had a huge impact! With your continued help, the entire ugly trade can be banned for good. What's the next step you're going to take?

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What's going on behind closed doors?

What's going on behind closed doors?

Posted 21 May 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: slaughter, cows, meat, investigation, pigs, NSW, go veg, Earthlings, abattoirs, some kind of nightmare

If you've ever seen Earthlings, then you'd already know that what happens in slaughterhouses is pretty horrific. Really, if most people could see what happens to the animals that end up as meat on their plates, they'd seriously reconsider whether they want to eat meat.

Here's another reason why people would rethink their dinner plans: The NSW Food Authority has just finished a review of all the domestic slaughterhouses in NSW. Guess how many of those places needed to be told to clean up their act?
a) none of them
b) some of them
c) most of them
d) ALL of them!

If you guessed "All of them" ... you were right! Animals were observed being mistreated in every domestic abattoir across the state. The review found that slaughtering staff didn't always know what they were doing (what the...??!) and that some animals were not being stunned properly before being killed. That means they may have still been conscious when their throats were cut :(

The review started after nightmarish footage was taken at Hawkesbury Valley Meat Processors by Animals Australia member society, Animal Liberation. But hey, this is hardly the first shocking footage to come out of a slaughterhouse recently ... remember the pigs being stabbed in the eyes at a Victorian slaughterhouse late last year? If you've already seen it then I'd say you probably do remember it.

The reality is that what goes on in slaughterhouses on a daily basis is ugly -- even when no laws are being broken. And it's so well hidden from public eyes that we can never really be sure how an individual animal on the supermarket shelf was treated. The only way to be certain that animals aren't suffering for our food is also the simplest way: take meat off the menu. The animals will thank you for it ;)

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50 cows make a break for it!

50 cows make a break for it!

Posted 11 May 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: cows, live export, cattle, video, FREEDOM

As Australians, we love the underdog. We cheer on the unlikely hero, hoping they'll overcome all odds, and get the happy ending they deserve. When I heard of the mass cow breakout in Broome earlier this week, there was part of me that couldn't help but cheer the heroes on.

Of course, I realise that when cows are on the loose their own welfare is at risk. But sadly, where they were headed before they escaped was likely to be much worse. And their dash for freedom was a little reminder that if animals had a choice, there would be no live exports and no slaughterhouses.

Broome is an absolutely beautiful place. Unfortunately it's also a loading port for Australian cattle being sent overseas. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that animals who are exported don't have much to look forward to. The journey is stressful enough, but even that doesn't compare to being slaughtered fully conscious in a country with no animal cruelty laws. (btw, you can help end the trade with just 30 seconds of your time).

Now, cows aren't dumb, so it's no big surprise that some of them made a daring moo-ve (awful pun, sorry) to escape. In a stirring moment, around 50 of the bovine rebels made a break for it! Some dashed inland, some headed to the coast.

This story of animals making a break for freedom is one that occurs many times throughout the year. Sometimes the lucky escapees even get to live full, contented lives on sanctuaries. This particular incident is tinged with sadness though. Of the cows that escaped, 16 headed out to sea, with only seven able to be rescued. The rest drowned.

On the flip side, around 20 of the "Friesian Fighters" (a nice pun for the cow fanciers out there) are still livin' large, roaming the scrublands around Broome! How long they'll be free for is anyone's guess, but I've got my fingers crossed that they never again see the inside of a truck, ship or slaughterhouse.

Maybe the Broome escapees had found inspiration in this song?

n.b. Of course, I'm not suggesting that cows be armed with rifles. That would be ridiculous -- like suggesting that 12 year olds be allowed to go hunting by themselves (or tbh ... at all!). That'd be nuts! Oh wait ...

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Live export cow cruelty exposed again!

Live export cow cruelty exposed again!

Posted 29 February 2012   by Jesse         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: live export, video, investigation, ABC, cows, Animals Australia

So did you see the live export story on ABC last night? If not, let me fill you in...

They aired shocking footage from a new Animals Australia investigation in Indonesia. (btw, you can check out the story here) I don't know how many times pollies need to see animals being packed on ships, sent to countries with no laws to protect them, and brutally killed before they'll get it. It's pretty obvious to the rest of us: live exports = animal cruelty

Last year, the government introduced a new system and promised we wouldn't see these horrible images on TV again. Minister for Agriculture, Joe Ludwig has been saying today that "What this actually demonstrates is that the system does work." But I'd like to get a second opinion: Does this look like a system that's working to you?

P.S. If you want to pester your pollie about banning this bloody business, drop in here.

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The Scary Face of Dairy
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The Scary Face of Dairy

Posted 7 February 2012   by         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: dairy, milk, cows, bobby calves, advertising, soy milk

You know the dairy industry is on the defensive when they stop trying to sing the praises of their product and just scrape the bottom of the barrel for reasons not to drink dairy-free milk (like soy, oat or almond milk).

Check out this ad from the American dairy industry -- it's pretty funny in its desperation to sell milk.

But the dairy industry will never feel the desperation of Bobby, a male calf born to keep his mother producing milk, while he is discarded as a 'waste product' of milk production.

So I'd rather shake and save lives than drink milk stolen from a doomed baby cow, and seriously I've never had to shake my milk that much anyway! Have you?

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Check out our Year in Review video!

Check out our Year in Review video!

Posted 13 December 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: video, Animals Australia, year in review, live export, factory farming, milk, wool, sheep, cows, chickens

Gosh, what a year it's been! Animal rights hit the mainstream in a big way in 2011. Check out this inspiring vid by Unleashed's big sister, Animals Australia for some of the highlights:

We just want to say a big 'thank you' to you for everything you've done to support our campaigns this year. If you attended a rally, wrote emails or letters, took action on our website, or did anythign else to support our work, then thank you for helping us have such a big impact for animals in 2011.

Here's to another great year in 2012!

p.s. Don't forget to share this video with your friends on facebook and twitter to show them what you've been a part of achieving in 2011.

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You made that dress out of what?

You made that dress out of what?

Posted 23 November 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 16 Comments

Tags: leather, cows, un-wishlist, fashion, celebrities

Sometimes "gross" is just not strong enough a word! Apparently this outfit, made entirely of cows' and yaks' nipples recently sparked outrage at Paris's fashion week.

If you ask me, it's udderly disgusting! (sorry couldn't help myself) I can completely understand why people would be outraged by a ridiculous dress made of cows' nipples. What I still struggle to understand is why people aren't equally outraged when coats are made out of the rest a cows' skin -- which she needs just as much as her nipples.

The designer has defended her work saying, "I create fashion using material that would otherwise end up on the scrap heap. What I am doing is recycling. The people criticising are clearly clueless about the amount of leather wasted on a daily basis."

What is a real waste is the fact that animals have their lives cut short for the sake of leather at all -- especially with so many alternatives! And fortunately we're not alone in thinking this. While in Sydney recently, Toby Maguire (a vegan -- woo!) sent back his complimentary Mercedes (with leather interiors) because he didn't want to drive around, sitting on the skin of a dead animal during his stay in Australia.

They say cows have a great memory and can even hold a grudge for years. What a grudge they must hold for the way many of their bovine buddies are killed for their skin. For example, did you know that in India (where much leather comes from) poor families may sell their cows on the agreement that they be properly looked after, only for the animals to then be forced to march for huge distances -- their tails broken and chilli rubbed in their eyes to keep them moving -- to get to slaughterhouses where they can be killed.

This one's going on my 'un-wish list'. When you're deciding what to get me for Christmas, you can rule out anything made from cows' nipples, or any other part of a cow.

Have you seen any outfits that can match this cow nipple dress for being ridiculous and obscene?

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Do you want to know a secret?

Do you want to know a secret?

Posted 4 November 2011   by Karen         Permalink | 16 Comments

Tags: dairy, milk, cows, bobby calves, advertising

I've met lots of smart people. At least, they are smarter than me! But it's amazing how even among some of the smartest people I know there are some really basic things that seem to slip through the cracks.

Like, here's where most people think milk comes from:

1) The fridge
2) The supermarket
3) Magical fairy cows that automatically lactate for our convenience
4) All of the above (this was me)

I think these options pretty much sum up the images that you see in ads for cows' milk. Well, next week Animals Australia is going to do some advertising of their own, only this time, they're letting people in on a little secret -- the dark side to dairy that they *won't* tell you about in their ads. Click here to download the new ad, or sit back and watch this video to discover the truth:

Did that leave a sour taste in your mouth? Don't stress, there are stacks of cruelty-free milks, yoghurts, ice creams and chocolate to help you get your creamy fix without the cruelty.

If you think animals shouldn't be treated like 'waste products' then please share this vid on your Facebook and Twitter. And if you're cashed up you can even make a donation to help get Animals Australia's new ad in the newspaper next week!

What's the most disturbing thing you've discovered about where food comes from? We wanna know -- leave a comment!

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Proof Cows Are Jazz Cats!

Proof Cows Are Jazz Cats!

Posted 7 October 2011   by JessB         Permalink | 9 Comments

Tags: cows, dairy, cattle, music, video

Who said cows don't have an ear for fine music?! An American jazz group put this theory to the test when they recently performed in front of a crowd of captivated, music-loving French cows. Check out the video below, very cute!

I especially like how all the cows stand to attention side-by-side, their ears honed in on the music, seemingly twitching in curiosity and pleasure! Adorable! Just a sunny afternoon of grass munching and jazz - what better way to pass the time?

If only dairy cows, who sing their own songs of sorrow, when their new born calves are taken from them only hours after birth and are trucked off to be killed as 'waste products' of the dairy industry; and steers, castrated, de-horned and branded without pain relief in the beef industry could all experience a little less human cruelty and a little more human kindness and creativity.

Cows are intelligent and inquisitive creatures that form strong social bonds with their bovine buddies, and according to scientists, even enjoy solving mental puzzles! This video just goes to show these amazing animals are every bit as intriguiing and deserving of our respect as dogs, cats or any other animal...

Have you got any cute or funny cow stories/videos to share?

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Ban Live Export National Rally a Huge Success!

Ban Live Export National Rally a Huge Success!

Posted 16 August 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 16 Comments

Tags: live export, video, rally, protest, cattle, cows, sheep, ban live export

Were you one of the thousands who came out to voice their opposition to live exports at the Ban Live Export National Rally on Sunday? What an amazing turn out and what an amazing atmosphere!

Thank you to everyone who helped send a strong message to politicians that Australians want this cruel trade stopped. If you made it along to the rally, leave a comment below. We'd love to hear about your experience of the day!

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Let's Get Ready to RAAAALLLYYYYYY!
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Let's Get Ready to RAAAALLLYYYYYY!

Posted 5 August 2011   by         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: Live export, activism, rally, cows, sheep

I'm so excited for the Ban Live Export National Rally I could burst!
Sunday 14th August is the day that legendary people all over the country can rally together to Ban Live Export.

The rallies in each state are shaping up to be huge, with stacks of people clicking "Attending" on the Facebook events. And if you're in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra or Hobartyou can help us make this even bigger!

And I know there's heaps of people everywhere that were horrified by the footage out of Indonesia that might not be able to make it to a rally but still want to get involved, and you can help too! Here's how:

Spread the word on Facebook. Post this rally page to your wall. Make sure you RSVP there and to your city's Facebook event page (click on your city above). Then invite everyone on your friend list! Get crafty and make some banners! Click here for some ideas on slogans and pictures to use. Be as creative as you want! (Just keep in mind that kids will be there, and that the focus of the rallies needs to stay on banning live export ;) Here are some our of faves:

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Last (but absolutely not least), know where to go! Click here for all the rally deets to make sure you've sussed out the location and how you're going to get there in time for all the action to start. (Parking might be limited so you may need to take a bus, train, tram, helicopter :-P)

Oh! And just to get you in the mood (or maybe this is just my excuse to rock out) check out this clip by The Black Spurs. All about the live export trade, I reckon "It Ain't Right" will be #1 before we know it. First person to learn all the words gets ... um, massive Unleashed cred!

See you on Sunday August 14! Don't be late!

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Australia Rallies Against Live Export (& You Can Too!)
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Australia Rallies Against Live Export (& You Can Too!)

Posted 20 June 2011   by         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: live export, video, rally, protest, cattle, cows, sheep, ban live export

On the weekend, thousands of people attended rallies in cities nationwide with one very clear message for Prime Minister Julia Gillard -- Ban Live Export!

If you missed the rally (or even if you did make it!), the animals still need you to make voice heard: Take part in the Virtual Protest to ban live export. Check it out!

Head here to upload your own protest video now and tell Julia Gillard "If you can't hear the animals, hear us!"

Tonight the campaign train visits the Australian Parliament with Independents Andrew Wilkie and Nick Xenophon and Greens' Adam Bandt introducing bills that, if passed, would finally see an end to live export.

We'll keep you posted on that news. In the meantime - Lights. Camera. Action to ban live export! We can't wait to see your video :)

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Get Active to Ban ALL Live Export!

Get Active to Ban ALL Live Export!

Posted 10 June 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: live export, cattle, cows, take action, Animals Australia

It's amazing to think that since 4 Corners exposed those shocking images of Australian animals being brutalised in Indonesia, that hundreds of thousands of Australians have spoken out for the animals, and as a result the trade to Indonesia has been suspended. Who would've thought we could achieve that in just over a week!

This is a big win in the campaign to end all live animal export and just goes to show what we can achieve when we work together. But the campaign is not over yet! This suspension will do nothing to protect millions of Australian animals from having their throats slit whilst fully conscious in other countries that Australia exports animals to.

If ever we needed all hands on deck, then it's now! You might have heard... Just over a week from now (on 20th June), two bills will be submitted to Parliament, which if passed will end live animal export for good. Let me say that again... FOR GOOD!

Tbh, there has never been a better chance of stopping this trade than these bills. Which is why it's sooooo important that we keep up the pressure in this campaign and send the message loud and clear to the big wigs in govt that Aussies want an end to this cruelty.

Animals Australia has just launched a National Week of Action, to put pressure on pollies to support a ban on live export. So if you're old enough to vote, get your arse over to Animals Australia and get active ;)

And if you're not old enough to vote, then we've got another important project for you:

Send a message to Julia Gillard to tell her that you want to grow up in a country that cares about animals -- and doesn't send them to be brutalised in other countries. Click here to write a personal message to the PM on her webform.

This is fast becoming the biggest campaign for animals in Australia's history! And this is your chance to be a part of it!

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Massive News! Live Export Suspended!
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Massive News! Live Export Suspended!

Posted 8 June 2011   by         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: live export, campaign, animals australia, sheep, cattle, cows

This morning the campaign to Ban Live Export scored a massive win for the animals! The Gillard Government announced they have suspended the entire live trade to Indonesia.

For the moment, this means cattle like Bill, Dudley, Brian, Arthur and Tommy are safe from being shipped to brutal slaughterhouses in Indonesia, but this campaign ain't over yet!

Despite evidence of cruel treatment to Australian animals in other countries, such as throughout the Middle East, Julia Gillard's government has done nothing to prevent Australian animals from being sent to these destinations. The only solution to protect Australian animals from the cruelty of live export, is a total ban on the trade. And on 20th June, Tassie MP, Andrew Wilkie, and SA Senator, Nick Xenophon, will be submitting a bill that, if passed, will do just that -- ban live animal export!

Writer Margaret Mead once said "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Unleashed members and Animals Australia supporters have certainly proved this true in the last week!

Over 235,000 people have signed a petition to Ban Live Export, and Julia Gillard has received more than 100,000 emails in her inbox from shocked Aussies urging her to end the cruelty. People are continuing to donate to get television and radio ads to air. And the Animals Australia and Unleashed Facebook and Twitter pages have been running hot all week with posts, comments and tweets from caring people who have simply refused to let the government to turn a blind eye to animal cruelty.

Perhaps the most surprising result of the campaign so far, has been that the Meat Industry Council has reported a 10-15% DROP IN MEAT! Not only is the government rethinking it's support of this terrible industry, but the Australian public is questioning whether they can trust an industry that knew about the abuse in Indonesia more than a decade ago and yet was still willing to send animals to that terrible fate.

Thank you to everyone who has spoken out and been a part of this campaign so far!

With just over a week to go until the bill to ban live export is tabled in Parliament, it's time to ramp up the campaign! Don't let Julia Gillard and your local MP off the hook until they Ban Live Export for good!

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Save this date: Live export exposed!
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Save this date: Live export exposed!

Posted 25 May 2011   by         Permalink | 37 Comments

Tags: live export, investigation, Animals Australia, sheep, cattle, cows

Mark this date in your diary, because you won't want to miss this! Everyone is talking about the story that will air on Monday night (30th May) on Four Corners! The program will feature never-before seen footage from Animals Australia's recent investigation into the treatment of Aussie cattle exported live to Indonesia.

Check the countdown now -- www.BanLiveExport.com!

Every year, millions of animals born into Australian care are exported live, to be killed in countries where there are no laws to protect their welfare.

Over the past seven years, Animals Australia has carried out investigations into the treatment of animals exported live to the Middle East. Footage from past investigations has repeatedly shown the live export industry is happy to export animals to countries regardless of how badly they will be treated. When exposed on national TV, evidence provided by Animals Australia led to a ban on live sheep exports to Egypt, and created massive public opposition to the cruel trade.

This coming Monday night, ABC1's Four Corners will air exclusive footage of exported Australian cattle filmed by Animals Australia investigators in Indonesia.

So tune in and tell all your friends and family to watch this groundbreaking story!
Four Corners airs at 8:30PM, Monday 30th May on ABC1.

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Breast Milk Ice Cream, Anyone?
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Breast Milk Ice Cream, Anyone?

Posted 10 March 2011   by         Permalink | 17 Comments

Tags: Ice cream, dairy, lady gaga, cows, milk, breast milk

There's a daring ice cream maker in London whose latest offering is made from human breast milk. Yep, you can now buy Baby Gaga icecream for 15 pound a scoop...

Eternal attention seeker, Lady Gaga (yes, she of the disgusting meat bikini) calls it "nausea-inducing". I can't quite see how she wasn't nauseous getting ready to attend the Grammys in a dress made of muscles from dead animals, but there you go!

I wonder if Lady Blah Blah has ever thought about how nausea-inducing drinking cows' milk really is. I know she's done some pretty crazy things but surely it's not natural to suckle from the udder of a cow who has recently given birth and is producing milk for her baby.

I'm sure dairy cows would agree -- because cows don't automatically produce milk. In fact in order to milk cows for the massive dairy market, the industry sends bewildered newborn baby calves to their deaths by the hundreds of thousands. Watch their story.

So call me crazy, but ice cream using breast milk from perfectly willing mothers who get to keep and nurture their children, who don't get killed, sounds a whole lot better to me!

Although for now, I might just stick to the So Good Soy Ice Cream. It's soooo gooood after all :)

What kind of ice cream would you rather be eating?

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Japan Ends Whaling Season - Woo!

Japan Ends Whaling Season - Woo!

Posted 22 February 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: whales, factory farming, pigs, cows, sheep, intelligence

So by now you've probably heard the good news: Last week Japan called an early end to their whaling season. Woot! Here's hoping this is the end to Japan's whaling program for good! (btw you can sign the petition to call for a permanent end to Japanese whaling here)

I'm glad to see Aussies so passionate about whales. They're amazing animals and harpooning them is just plain awful.. but also, it seems to me that people caring about whales is a sign of hope for other animals. I mean, if people can feel such a strong connection to whales then surely they could feel that same compassion for other animals, right? Sure not all animals weigh 40 tons, live in the ocean and eat krill, but really they're not so different. For example...

They say whales are smarter than your average bear (sorry, for the Yogi reference, I couldn't help myself)... not unlike pigs, who have proven themselves to be quite the clever creatures. In fact, pigs have even been trained to play computer games! Yup... with specially designed joysticks pigs can pick up on how to play intelligence testing games just as quickly as chimpanzees!

Whales are also well known for their strong bonds between mother and calf. Mother and calf... hmm... sounds just like another familiar furry, doesn't it? Mother cows also form a strong bond with their calf within hours of being born, and this bond only strengthens over time.

As for their songs...? Scientists suspect that some species of whales sing to their young - something mother pigs are also known for (not to mention hens clucking to their eggs). But perhaps even more surprisingly, the author Jeffrey Masson tells the story of a pig who liked to sing to the full moon. Now that's something I'd like to see!

But the thing that I think really captures people's imaginations with whales is their playfulness - the way they leap out of the water, often for what seems like the sheer joy of it. I'd like to think that if more people saw footage like this playful kid goat, then the Aussie public would be as concerned about the treatment of farm animals as they are about the hunting of whales. wdyt?

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The Ad the Dairy Industry Didn't Want You to See

The Ad the Dairy Industry Didn't Want You to See

Posted 27 January 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 13 Comments

Tags: Dairy, Milk, Vegan, Campaign, Newspaper, Cows, Calves, Bobby Calves

Most people wouldn't stop to ask, as they pour milk into their morning coffee, what went into producing that milk. But this morning, as people take a sip and open today's paper, they'll find out, because of this campaign ad.

It'll come as a shock to most Aussies to learn that every year in Australia over 700,000 calves are killed as 'waste products' of the dairy industry. What may come as even more of a shock is that the dairy industry is now pushing for legislation that would allow calves to be starved of feed for the last 30 hours of their lives, before being killed at the slaughterhouse!

This proposed new standard is under 'public consultation' at the moment. Did you know you were being consulted? No? Neither do most people, because the government and industry conveniently neglected to let the public know!

But just because they don't want to tell the public the truth, doesn't mean we can't do that for them! After all, people have a right to know what they are buying into if they drink dairy.

So today Animals Australia is running the above ad in major newspapers across the country. Make sure you grab a copy of one of these papers and show the ad to all your family and friends:

  • Daily Telegraph
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • Herald Sun
  • The Age
  • Courier Mail
  • West Australian
  • The Advertiser
  • Hobart Mercury
  • Canberra Times

Want to make your voice heard too? Great! Click here to check out the video that exposes dairy's dark secret, and to get tips on how you can make a difference for calves - including the chance to win delicious dairy-free chocolates!

Have you already spotted our ad in your local paper? What did you think?

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Dairy's Dark Secret
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Dairy's Dark Secret

Posted 26 January 2011   by         Permalink | 27 Comments

Tags: dairy, milk, calves, cows, video, campaign, laws, vegan, chocolate

Want to be let in on a secret? Here's one the dairy industry would rather you didn't know...

Pretty bad, right? Can you believe the dairy industry is now quietly trying to make it perfectly legal to deny a bobby calf any feed for 30 hours before he is killed. Even criminals on death row get a last meal!

Outraged? Good! If you want to stop this awful cruelty, then the most important choice you can make is to go dairy-free! It's simple, healthy and as an added bonus, good for the planet! To make things even easier, we've already prepared a dairy-free shopping list for you!

And now it's time to make your voice heard!

  • Click here to tell the dairy industry how much you think their treatment of bobby calves sucks.
  • Then click here to share this video on Facebook and let all your friends in on dairy's dark secret.
  • Then go here to find out how you could win some delicious dairy free chocolates!

And keep an eye out in major papers this week for something else we've got cooking up for this campaign ;)

Personally, I can honestly say that since dropping dairy, I've never gone without. I mean - have you tried a Tofutti Cutie? Heaven! I still drink 'milk', eat 'cheese', chocolate, yoghurt and ice cream but I leave the cows out of it.

Tell me... what's your favourite dairy-free treat?

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Raise Your Glass to P!nk
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Raise Your Glass to P!nk

Posted 9 November 2010   by         Permalink | 21 Comments

Tags: Pink, Cows, milk, dairy, bullfighting

WOW! I just saw the video for P!nk's latest (sure to be) hit! And it's made me love her even more :) Never one to shy away from controversy she has hit the nail on the head with this film clip, tackling topics that really tick her off! (And me! And you!)

It starts with P!nk giving a bull fighter a taste of his own medicine, with a magnificent bull watching on. Good thing places like Catalonia in Spain are waking up to the disgusting cruelty of this 'tradition'.

But the scene that's going to expose a few home truths to millions of pop fans watching this video might seem a little absurd at first...

But it really does outline the crazy hypocrisy of a society that thinks it's ok to drink milk that cows are producing for their own babies. While P!nk lovingly bottle-feeds a beautiful newborn calf litres and litres of milk, we then see what the milking machine is hooked up to:

If you think that's strange, don't you also think how weird it is that humans drink the milk of another species? (Gross!) And in doing so, support an industry that considers newborn calves as 'waste products'; tearing one million innocent babies away from their grieving mothers to be slaughtered. I know I think that's strange, and unjustifiably cruel!

Unjustified because, like P!nk, soy milk rocks! And almond milk, rice milk, oat milk and all the other cruelty-free dairy alternatives on the supermarket shelves. Why would anyone even want cow's milk?

A friend of mine recently said "Milk is stealing from babies." So true! And nice of P!nk to give a little of it back!

Join me in raising your glass to P!nk! What's in your glass right now?

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VICTORY! Catalonia Bans Bullfighting!

VICTORY! Catalonia Bans Bullfighting!

Posted 28 July 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 23 Comments

Tags: bullfighting, Catalonia, Spain, bulls, cows, victory

Three cheers for Catalonia, which today became the first major region in mainland Spain to ban bullfighting! Cheers broke out in the assembly as the vote was passed 68 to 55. Phew!

Thanks to the inspiring campaigning of Catalonian animal advocates and all those who supported the campaign, thousands of bulls in Catalonia will be spared a cruel and gruesome death in the name of 'entertainment'.

In the lead up to the vote, the Catalonian Parliament receieved thousands upon thousands of petition signatures, letters and emails from caring people in Spain and all across the world (including nearly a thousand Unleashed members) in support of a ban. If you signed a petition, wrote a letter, or helped in any way to achieve this historical victory, then thank you!

Time for a fiesta!

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WMD: World Milk Day or Weapon of Mass Destruction?
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WMD: World Milk Day or Weapon of Mass Destruction?

Posted 31 May 2010   by         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: milk, dairy, cows, environment, soy milk, World Milk Day, WMD, banner

Did you know that June 1st is 'World Milk Day'? Or, as I think it should be called, WMD? I think this acronym is more than suitable because milk is a Weapon of Mass Destruction -- for cows, calves and the environment.

On WMD, let's remember the 1 million bobby calves who were taken from their grieving Mums, only to be slaughtered as 'waste products' of the dairy industry -- so that the milk nature intended for them could be fed to humans...

On WMD, let's spare a thought for the struggling Murray Darling Basin. It takes 200 litres of water to get one glass of milk. Not only is this the driest inhabited continent in the world -- our river systems are at record lows. But I'm taking shorter showers while the dairy industry is draining our waterways!

On WMD, let's think about how we can change things for the better. What better day than World Milk Day to mark the day you ditch dairy?

Going dairy-free is easier now than it's ever been. Every time you choose soymilk, rice milk, soy ice creams, dairy-free cream cheese, whipped 'cream', yoghurts, or any other dairy alternative, you're helping the cows, the environment and yourself!

Here's an amazing recipe to get you started... a non-dairy cheesecake (it's a Weapon of Mass Deliciousness!)

P.S. Did I mention, "Milk is for babies"? Check out our new WMD-inspired banner! Show you care by slapping it on your Myspace, or uploading it to Facebook :)

Milk is for babies! | unleashed.org.au
Click here to download the banner, or copy and paste this code to your Myspace:
<a href="http://www.unleashed.org.au?tr=1026"><img border="0" src="http://www.unleashed.org.au/images/banners/280_dairy.gif" alt="Milk is for babies! unleashed.org.au" title="Milk is for babies unleashed.org.au" height="250" width="280" /></a>

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Win Free Tix To See Food, Inc!
Posted By Jane

Win Free Tix To See Food, Inc!

Posted 25 May 2010   by         Permalink | 18 Comments

Tags: veg, health, film, giveaway, food, factory farming, environment, cows

So I just went out and saw a great movie. I didn't feel much like eating the popcorn though (I'll tell you why in a sec). Believe me, you MUST see Food, Inc. SO it's lucky that we've got 5 double passes to give away!

I don't think I need to tell you how cruel factory farms are. In fact, I'm sure you tell other people about this all the time. And no doubt you've come across at least one person who seemed not to care. Well, maybe they'd care if they knew they might literally be eating sh!t!

I've had the misfortune of visiting a feedlot. I saw how they pile up the dung in the middle of each pen to provide - get this -"enrichment for the cows"! Many of the cows I've seen in feedlots were caked in each others faeces from nose to tail, so it's really no surprise that some of that finds its stinky way into the meat people eat. I know... YUCK! It sounds like I'm making this up, I wish I was. But this is actually a reality! In fact, Food, Inc. features a 2 year old, who died after eating a hamburger infected with E.coli from traces of cow dung in the meat.

Oh yeah, the popcorn. I learnt today that if the massive amount of corn grown isn't used for livestock, it's used for nearly everything else. As high-fructose corn syrup, you can find it in cakes, cheese, yoghurt, Coca-Cola, bread, orange juice, even in batteries and charcoal. They grow too much corn, because of government subsidies and so they end up putting it in charcoal?!? Don't they realise there are people starving in Africa!? And here we all are wondering why people make corny puns, we can't help it - there's an excess of corn to go round!

Even if you've already made the healthy switch to being veg or vegan, there is still so much to learn about the food you consume. There are moments in this film that will have you throwing that popcorn at the screen in frustration, but it's an excellent film and well worth checking out!

If you care about animals, people, the environment or yourself, this film is a must see. And here's how you could WIN a free double pass: Leave a comment below to tell us what makes you hungry for change and you could win! The competition ends next Monday (31/05/10), so be quick if you don't want to miss out!

UPDATE: Congrats to the winners who each get a double pass to see this amazing movie. Well done to sarahwithanh27, Carly, Sammy, Sabavana and Nikkikats. Enjoy watching Food, Inc. (with or without the popcorn)!

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A Sure Way to Spoil Bath Time

A Sure Way to Spoil Bath Time

Posted 14 April 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: un-wishlist, gifts, leather, cows, rant

Every once in a while, I come across something online that just seems too ridiculous to be true (I'm sure you're no stranger to such discoveries either.). Sometimes I think "Whoa! That's awesome!" But today it wasn't one of those days. Today, all I could do was cringe...

And that's when I decided to start an un-wishlist. Just like many people keep a wish list for what they want for their birthday, Christmas, etc this will be the perfect guide for what not to get me! And "Why?" you might ask, would I want to start such a list? The answer is simple, because of a cow-hide covered bath!

I'm sorry, but who in their right mind would ever want to clean themselves in a bath covered by the skin of a slaughtered animal? To me that just seems like a sure-fire way to ensure you step out feeling dirtier than when you got in!

The last thing I want to be thinking about when I climb into the bath is the image of cows being forced to climb into trucks to be shipped off to slaughter. And as I rub in the shampoo, I definitely don't want to be thinking about cows in India having chilli rubbed into their eyes to stop them from collapsing during the long, gruelling walk to slaughter.

Don't get me wrong, I think cow patterns look great (when they're not taken from a skinned corpse). I just don't think that we need to kill cows to decorate bath tubs!

Now on the otherhand, I definitely wouldn't say 'No' to a Cowch! *hint* ;-) This one's just hilariously cool:

But Helga's Cowches win extra points for the fact that not only do proceeds go towards her cow sanctuary, but every one of the Cowches is modeled after a real cow in the sanctuary. Here's Beatrice Cowch and Beatrice cow:

Got any cool or cringe-worthy web-discoveries to share?

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Milk: A Rather Sickening Story

Milk: A Rather Sickening Story

Posted 8 April 2010   by _Matt         Permalink | 22 Comments

Tags: guest blog, milk, dairy, cows, environment, health, soy milk, video, 7:30 Report

This week the 7:30 Report ran a story on the dangers of milk. According to the program, regular milk may be linked to a long list of diseases including: heart disease, diabetes, autism and even schizophrenia!

Should we really be surprised that a drink intended for baby calves isn't ideal for adult humans? As Dr. Michael Klapper said: "The human body has no more need for cows' milk than it does for dogs' milk, horses' milk or giraffes' milk."

So milk might make you sick. But what the report didn't mention is that it's also making the environment sick. It takes about 200 litres of water to produce just one glass of milk. That's almost as much water as many people use for all their household activities in a day!

But perhaps the darkest side of the dairy industry is what happens to the animals. Cows do not automatically produce milk. Just like humans, first they need to have a baby. So what happens to the calf? Every year in Australia, 1 million baby calves are slaughtered as 'waste-products' of the dairy industry. Their flesh may be sold as pink veal, their bones may be crushed-up and made into designer dog biscuits, and the lining of their stomachs may be used in the process of making cheese.

Now that's enough to make anybody sick!

Fortunately, enjoying milk without such sickening side effects is a breeze! Next time you're at the shops, why not try one of these fantastic cruelty free milks?

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Soy milk: My personal favourite. It's high in protein and fibre. My recommendation? Try out Sanitarium's So Good Lite if you like that milky taste. But then if you asked Karen, she'd tell you that Vitasoy's Soy Milky Lite is the way to go.

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Rice milk: A favourite for some in cooking. If you've got a sweet tooth, this may be the option for you as it's known for its sweeter taste compared to other milks. Vic Unleashed Street Team Co-ordinator Rochelle's recommendation: go get yourself a carton of Vitasoy.

Almond milk, Oat milk, and the list goes on... If you're feeling really adventurous you can even make your own, for example this recipe for cashew milk.

The neat thing with all of these is that not all soy/rice/almond/oat milks taste alike. So there's one to suit everyone's taste. On the flip side, it might take you a little exploring to find the one that suits you. So if at first you don't succed, try another brand ;)

And don't forget to comment below and share which one's your fave?

Ps. The story doesn't stop there. You can also find delicious non-dairy cheeses, creams, cream cheeses, ice creams, and most importantly chocolates!

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Mad Cows or Just Mad Eating Habits?

Mad Cows or Just Mad Eating Habits?

Posted 1 April 2010   by _Matt         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Mad Cow Disease, factory farming, health, environment, effluent, veg, cows, pigs, chickens, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, guest blog

So, you may have seen in the news that Australia is lifting its ban on beef imports from mad-cow countries. Let me tell you why this makes me mad:

Mad-cow disease is an illness affecting cattle - caused by feeding cows to cows. Nasty stuff!

But it gets even nastier! If humans eat this infected meat, it can cause the fatal disease, called Variant Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (you know with a name that long it's gotta be bad!). Sure, these countries claim to have the all clear from mad-cow disease now, but any country that used to feed cows to cows doesn't sound like a smart place to import beef from (not that killing cows sounds like a good idea to begin with). Anyway, while turning cows into cannibals before eating them sounds pretty mad, we've got some home-grown nastiness to worry about - a not-so-little thing called factory farming.

Packing animals into overcrowded sheds, where they may have to live in their own filth without fresh air, natural light or exercise is bound to make them sick. So animals in factory farms are often fed a diet of antibiotics just to keep them alive long enough to be killed. The problem with this? Viruses evolve and antibiotics don't. Factory farms are the perfect breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant super bugs. That's right; diseases not even modern medicine can cure - *cough* Bird Flu *cough* Swine Flu *cough*

And while it's gross - what goes in must come out. The major problem: The huge amount of waste produced by factory farms is not treated, like human waste is. In the case of pigs, it is channelled into massive, open-air cesspits. These "lagoons" (as the industry calls them) can pollute the soil and underground water supplies, and run-off can wreak havock on local waterways - not to mention the health risks to the local community!

But, no need to worry! Like a wizard, I have the perfect solution for you! And while you're at it, you'll be helping heaps of others in a big way. What is it, I hear you chanting? What do I have to do? What must I eat? No, no, no! It's much simpler than that! It's what you don't have to eat - animals!

Not eating animals reduces your risk of getting heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Don't eat animals - get a longer life expectancy - it's that easy! Your Mum's been telling you to eat your vegetables forever, so what better way to make her happy?

Sound good? Great! Then click here to take the pledge to be veg and give the cows one less reason to be mad ;)

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Best Cruelty-Free Easter Treats Revealed

Best Cruelty-Free Easter Treats Revealed

Posted 20 March 2010   by Karen         Permalink | 26 Comments

Tags: Easter, Chocolate, Dairy, Cows

I think Easter is a pretty sweet deal -- holidays and a chocolate supply big enough that I have some to spare after a whole week of stuffing my face. Sadly Easter isn't quite such a sweet deal for the cows who have to produce all that milk for dairy Easter eggs. Not only have they been selectively bred to produce a whopping 10 times the amount of milk their calves would naturally need, but to add insult to injury their calves (who are born just to keep the mums producing milk) are taken away from them within 24hours and most are trucked off to slaughter. Hmm... that's enough to kill that sugar high.

But once you know the dirt on dairy, the big question is how to be sweet to yourself and the cows at Easter...? Well let me tell you, this used to be a challenge! But these days there are so many amazing cruelty-free, dairy-free chocolates around that you probably don't need a blog to point them out. But since you're here...

Our top 5 Must-Have-Eat Vegan Easter Treats!

Lindt Dark Choc Bunny

5. Lindt Dark Choc Bunny
Why? 'Cause these cute little guys are smooth, delicious and available pretty much everywhere (Note only the dark bunnies are vegan, but they're the best, anyway ;)).

Alpha Chocolate Eggs

4. Alpha Chocolate Eggs
Something to get eggxcited about (first and last egg pun, I swear)! Alpha have a range of fine dairy-free chocolates including large and small eggs. Look out for them at DJ's or TheCrueltyFreeShop.

Sweet William Chocolate Easter Bunnies

3. Sweet William Chocolate Bunnies
All Sweet William do is make chocolate. And all Sweet William chocolates are vegan! This Easter they've brought out Easter bunny multi-packs available at Coles, Darrell Lea, Franklins, Independent Groceries and Health Food Stores.

Vegan Chocolate Bars by Go Max

2. Vegan Snickers, Bounty, Milky Way and Mars Bar Doppelgangers
These delights are new to Australia and are to die for. If you're lucky your local health/specialty store will stock them, or pick them up from TheCrueltyFreeShop.

Home made chocolates

1. DIY Vegan Chocolate Treats
My favourite 'cause there's nothing quite like getting your hands dirty and making your own chocolates! Grab a bar (or five) of your favourite dairy-free chocolate*, melt in a bowl sitting in a pot of shallow boiling water, then scoop the melted chocolate into chocolate moulds and place some roasted nuts (macadamias are my fave) in the centres. Cover with sprinkled nuts or desiccated coconut. You don't need to hold out for Easter -- these make great gifts at any time of year actually! *Here are a few of the brands to look out for:

  • Whittaker's Dark Chocolate Block (confectionary isle of supermarkets)
  • Tropical Source (fair trade, and lots of yummy varieties! At some supermarkets and heath food stores)
  • Bonvita Rice Milk Chocolate (also fair trade. Words can't express how amazing Bonvita is. Their white chocolate is incredible. At health food & specialty stores)
  • Sweet William (their range of chocolate bars are in most supermarkets. They now have vegan white chocolate bars too!)

So now you know what to get me for Easter :) If you have any favourites to add to the list please comment below!

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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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49 Die at Running of the Bulls

49 Die at Running of the Bulls

Posted 14 July 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: Running of the Bulls, sport, tourism, cows, bullfighting, entertainment, Pamplona, Spain

Last Friday a man was killed during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. The 27 year old man, Daniel Jimeno Romero, died after being gored in the stomach by a disoriented bull during the run.

As the annual festival wraps up today, the total death toll will near 49 at this year's brutal event. But unlike Mr Romero, the 48 bulls who are tormented and killed during the festival did not volunteer to take part.

While the people in this race may be running for their lives the bulls are litertally racing towards their deaths. After being poked with electric prods and sharp instruments and a terrifying and hazardous run through the slippery cobblestone streets, the bulls' run ends in a bullfighting arena.

Once the bulls are in the ring, the odds are heavily stacked against them. In bullfights, the bull may be drugged or even have the muscles on the back of his neck cut to prevent him lifting his head during the 'fight'. Men on horse back thrust barbed sticks into the bulls back until he is weak and drained of blood. Then the matador enters the ring to taunt the injured animal until he collapses. Finally the matador sticks a blade into the bulls heart to kill him.

Sometimes the matador misses the bulls heart and the animal doesn't die. When this happens, another person comes in to finish off the animal, usually with a knife. It can sometimes take as many as another 30 stabbings to finally kill the bull.

This is not my idea of a festive occasion, or a must see tourist event. I can understand the thrill of cheating death, but not at the expense of someone else's life! If people really want to face their fears and take on a challenge, perhaps they should take a few pointers from Steph Davis. Steph is a vegan free-solo climber (ie. she climbs cliffs without any safety gear and then base jumps off the top). Now that's a thrill without the carnage!

If you're disgusted by the running of the bulls, you might like to write to the Spanish Ministry of Tourism ([email protected]) to let them know you wouldn't consider visiting Spain whilst they continue to abuse and kill bulls.

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Are Cows Drinking Australia Dry?

Are Cows Drinking Australia Dry?

Posted 28 April 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 15 Comments

Tags: global warming, environment, cows, dairy, water, veg, vegan, rant, posters, Donn Pattendon

I think I've just found my new favourite cartoon! This brilliant illustration was sent to us by the insightful and very talented Donn Pattenden (thanks Donn!).

Cows are Drinking Australia Dry

This is one issue that really stirs me up. The meat and dairy industries are huge water guzzlers. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that one glass of milk takes roughly 200 litres of water to produce. That's almost 3 days worth of showers! But that's nothing compared to the 100,000 litres of water that David Pimentel, a water resource specialist, says is required to produce just 1 kilo of beef!

In a country as dry as Australia, this sort of squandering of water just doesn't make sense. I live in Brisbane, where water shortages are a real threat (just like many of our other cities). We've been told to keep our domestic water usage below 140L of water per person per day...

I'm all for water conservation at home. In fact, we've just installed a new rain water tank :-) ... but when 70% of global water usage is for agriculture, it seems like what we eat and drink would be a smart place for us to start looking at how we can save water.

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Easter Show Hides the Truth

Easter Show Hides the Truth

Posted 9 April 2009   by Angie         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: Royal Show, easter, rant, pigs, chickens, cows, dairy, factory farming

So Easter is coming and I'm getting pretty excited about all the dairy-free easter eggs, hot-cross buns and faux fish I've stocked my pantry with. But one thing that does really get me worked up at Easter, as a Sydney-sider, is the Sydney Royal Easter Show! (for those of you from interstate it's the equivalent of the Melbourne Show, Brisbane Ekka, etc...)

As a child I adored the Easter Show. My Dad used to even let me have the day off school so we could beat the weekend crowds. My absolute favourite part was visiting all the farm animals. Combine this with fairy floss, roller coasters and show bags and it was truly kid-heaven.

Despite being a sensitive, animal-loving child, all the cruelty surrounding the housing, transportation and ultimate slaughter of these animals never clicked. And why would it? The show is set up in a magical, fairytale way with all of the cute animals and none of the horrors that they must endure.

First you might go to the nursery stalls where you see happy piglets, chicks and ducklings playing and snuggling up to their mothers. Then in the dairy stalls they explain the "nutritious benefits" of dairy and make the whole milking process seem totally natural. Moving onto the adult pigs, cows and chickens you stop to pat them, make a connection with them and admire their ribbons. Everything is clean, there is lots of space and the animals look healthy and well groomed.

Then in the next room, there's a diagram explaining which cut of meat comes from which part of the animal. It is here that you might feel a moment's guilt at the fact animals are slaughtered, but you think "well, they obviously have happy lives up until the end, and this nutrition panel says I need meat to be healthy... gee, I think I'll go have a dagwood dog". You then walk off, feeling on top of the world, singing "Old McDonald" in your head ... thinking everythings ok.

What they forget to mention is that baby animals are taken from their mothers in factory farms and that they have painful surgical procedures performed without aesthetic in their first fragile days of life.

Nor do they tell us that a mother cow isn't just milk making machineshe is forced to give birth every year to continue lactating, only to have her baby taken away from her and slaughtered.

Oh and of course they don't mention the fact that these animals are a tiny few of the 500 million Animals in Australia who, back on factory farms, are kept in prison-like conditions, denied freedom of movement, that would be illegal if they were a cat or a dog!

No wonder we grow up with a warped and romanticised view of the animal farm, when even as kids we have the wool pulled over our eyes at shows like these!

And don't even get me started on the utter cruelty of the rodeos, and the awful leather and skins shops.

So you won't find me at "The Greatest Show on Earth" this year. I'll be spending time celebrating a cruelty-free Easter with my family, friends and ferrets.

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