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A WIN for cats and dogs :)

A WIN for cats and dogs :)

Posted 3 December 2014   by Nelliepotatoes         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: puppy factories, companion animals, adopt, election, politics, Victoria, pet shops, dogs, cats, Nellie

Normally when there's talk about politics I'm all like:

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But I heard some news that made me go like:

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Last weekend was the state election in Victoria. And the new Labor government has promised that they will make sure that NO cats and dogs are sold in pet shops UNLESS they're from an animal rescue group :) 

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So not only will more animals like me get a second chance and a comfy bed and walks and cuddles, but it means that people can be sure that their new friend doesn't come from a horrible puppy factory. (Yup, it's true. Most pet shop puppies come from puppy factories :( See for yourself.)

I reckon this should be the rule in ALL Australia don't you? Maybe you could write to your local politics person and ask them to do the same in your state. I would but ... I'm a dog.

The best news is you don't have to wait for any rules to be changed to be a friend to dogs and cats and help stop puppy factories. By pledging to always adopt, rather than buying from a pet shop, you will be a hero for someone just like me :)

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VIC: Make your vote count for animals.

VIC: Make your vote count for animals.

Posted 26 November 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: politics, election, Victoria

If you're a Victorian, and have turned 18, you'll be rocking up to the voting booths at some point this Saturday. I know you care about animals and want them to be heard in Government. So we've put together a handy guide which shows which parties have which policies for animals. (Phew. That was a lot of whiches.)

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Sorry. Tangent. Back to politics.

Click here for the lowdown on where parties in the
Victorian election stand on animal welfare.

If you're not yet old enough to vote, no probs. There are 4 animal issues that are in the political spotlight at the moment and your voice can make a huge difference. I've listed the issues and how you can take action below :)

Thanks for being a voice for animals!

Puppy factories
Discover the truth about where pet shop puppies come from ...
Make the pledge to always adopt rather than buy companion animals

Duck shooting
Ask the SA, Tas, Vic and NT Governments to ban duck shooting

Jumps racing
Urge SA and Vic to ban cruel jumps racing
Pledge to never bet on racing while horses die

Factory farming
Ask Hungry Jacks to join Macca's and Subway and ditch cage eggs
Pledge to save animals every day by taking them off your plate

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Tanya 'hopping mad' about animal testing

Tanya 'hopping mad' about animal testing

Posted 2 September 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: politics, election, Tanya Plibersek, animal testing, cosmetics

“Animals shouldn’t suffer in the quest for better mascara or lipstick,” says Health Minister Tanya Plibersek. She’s not talking about bunnies getting blisters from traipsing around the mall trying to find make-up to make their eyelashes pop. She’s talking about the millions of rabbits, rats, dogs and cats that are still used today to test chemicals on for the sake of cosmetics.

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However, Plibersek has announced that, if elected, the Labor Party will crack down on the sale of cosmetics which have been tested on animals and phase them out of Australia completely. Yay! Although cosmetic testing has not been done in Australia for many years, big companies such as Unilever, L’Oreal and Colgate-Palmolive still conduct cruel animal tests overseas before shipping their products down here to sell to us.

The Health Minister’s timing couldn’t be better, as just last week L’Oreal decided to expand their business into China meaning that even more bunnies will have chemicals dripped into their sensitive eyes.

But they won’t be selling them here! Uh uh. No way. Tell ‘em Tanya!

I reckon Ms Plibersek deserves a high-five for speaking up for animals in labs. Click here if you’d like to send her a nice message of support or a picture of a cute bunny or something. :)

It’s so great to hear animals being represented by our political leaders. Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has plans for marine animals ... but ... well ... see for yourself.

What do you think of Ms Plibersek’s announcement?

P.S. A big shout out to our friends at Choose Cruelty Free who have been lobbying the Government for over 20 years on this issue!

P.P.S. Did you know that at least two other parties already support a ban on the import of products tested on animals? Yup: the Greens and the Animal Justice Party. And you can check out where the parties stand on plenty of other animal issues here.

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Abbott's promise a little 'fishy'

Abbott's promise a little 'fishy'

Posted 30 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: politics, election, vote, Tony Abbott, fish, turtles, dugongs

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Sometimes I feel that the election campaign is a lot like riding a rollercoaster. (Except that, let’s be honest, rollercoasters are way more fun.) The week before last I was so excited to hear that the Liberal Party had announced plans to provide $5 million to protect dugongs and turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, if elected. Yay! Since these beautiful, gentle animals are considered vulnerable to extinction, they need as much help as they can get.

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However, my celebration was short-lived as, this week, Tony Abbott has declared that he will re-open marine protected areas for recreational fishing if he is elected. Ummm ... what? Tony, researchers have predicted that there will be no fish left by 2048 due to overfishing. By that time this election will be a thing of the past, and your friends from the Australian Fishing Trade Show will have long forgotten about your promise, but future generations of Australians will not forgive us for handing them an empty ocean.

Imagine a world without fish? Not only are they vital to the ecosystem, there is a lot more to fish than people realise. Australian crimson spotted rainbowfish are even able to learn to escape from a net, and still remember how to do it 11 months later! So much for fish having short memories. That’s the equivalent to a human remembering something they were taught 40 years ago. (I can’t even remember how to do high school algebra!)

And now Abbott wants to remove some of the very little protection that fish get. You can help fish, and all other animals, by knowing which political parties are promising to put animal welfare on the agenda this election. There’s a really handy guide here. You might like to follow it up with a visit to Dennis the Election Koala to find out exactly how to make your vote count most for animals.

Still got questions? Maybe I can help. Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best :)

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Koalas are so smart!

Koalas are so smart!

Posted 23 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: live export, politics, election, vote, koalas

What do all the boxes mean? How can I make my vote count most for animals? Why aren't 'hugs' on the election agenda? Everything I know about preferential voting I learnt from Dennis the Election Koala and Ken the Voting Dingo.

(Note: There's a few rude words in this, and a cartoon dingo gets slapped, so if that's not your cup of tea you might want to click here for something lovely instead.)

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(Hmm ... 'ban live export' must've slipped off the bottom of the page there. Do you know where your MP stands on important animal welfare policies? Click here to help put animals on the political map by submitting a report for your local member.)

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(Source: chickennation.com)

Thanks Dennis! (Want to do your bit for koalas like Dennis? Click here to help stop the tragic suffering of koalas in Vic and SA due to the carelessness of timber companies.)

What other policies do you think Plom should look into?

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How to make the election campaign more fun than reality TV.

How to make the election campaign more fun than reality TV.

Posted 6 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: live export, politics, election, vote

07.09.2013 = election day. Which means for the next month, there is going to be one question on everyone’s mind: which of Australia’s Next Top Prime Ministers has the X Factor to win Project Election Runway? To help us get through a month of non-stop ads with politicians holding smiling babies and super-fast-authorisation-messages at the end, I’ve come up with four 2013 election games to make this season of federal campaigning the funnest yet!

This Is The Voice Chart:

Let’s face it, when all the pollies wear the same shade of blue, it can be tough to figure out the difference between the lot of them. ABC’s Vote Compass gives you a chance to turn away from the faces on the screen and really figure out which one has the ‘it factor’ for you. Hit your buzzer on the issues that matter to you and the Vote Compass will clearly map out which of the three major political parties is the best match for what you care about. Click here to find out who is your perfect (political) match.

My favourite part of The Chart is this question: ‘Live animal exports should be banned.’ Live export has officially made it through the battle rounds and in to the top 30 issues on the political agenda. Why? Thanks to you! Which brings me to my next favourite 2013 election campaign game ...

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The Amazing BLE Race:

Last month we reached one million actions taken against live export! That’s one million times that people have spoken up for the victims of this cruel trade, such as Jacob, Dudley, Tommy, Brian, Bill and Arthur.

But the race is not over! (And the action counter has certainly not slowed down.) You can join the amazing race to ban live export by heading here to complete challenges and track your progress. (Don’t forget to get your best race buddy in on it too!)

Minute To Get In It:

Normally in Minute To Win It the challenges are a lot harder than they seem. Well, Minute To Get In It is actually as simple as it sounds! ‘Get in what?’ I hear you asking. Get in the greatest game of all time – the game of Australian politics. Ok, that might be slightly OTT but if you haven’t done so already, click here to register to vote. Voting is the easiest way to have your say about the things that are important to you. You need to enrol before Monday 12 August in order to win. What’s the prize? The opportunity to be heard at tribal council in Australian politics! Yay!

And last but not least,

Who wore it better?

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NOTE: Animals Australia now has a neat political map to help you find out how animal-friendly your electorate is. Click here to write a ‘report card’ for your MP and put animals on the political map.

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