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'Mayo Wars' proves <em>good</em> food is winning

'Mayo Wars' proves good food is winning

Posted 4 February 2016   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Just Mayo, Hampton Creek, egg-free, good news, mayonnaise

Have you heard the quote:

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

Gandhi said that and he was one smart bloke. As someone who believes in a kinder world for animals, I know what it feels like to be at every one of those stages, and I'm sure you do too. But today, my friend, we are winning! Here's why ...

You might remember when Unilever, parent company of Hellman's mayonnaise, filed a lawsuit against Hampton Creek for their egg-free mayonnaise 'Just Mayo'. Unilever said that the name 'Just Mayo' was misleading because traditional mayonnaise should include eggs.

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Image: Facebook/HamptonCreek

What was nicknamed the 'Mayo Wars' attracted massive media attention, with over 112,000 people signing a petition siding with Hampton Creek. In November 2014, Unilever dropped the lawsuit. At around the same time Hampton Creek secured $90 million in funding. Amongst the investors was Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook. Bill Gates also supports Hampton Creek.

Soon after, the FDA said that 'Just Mayo' could keep their name -- a victory for Hampton Creek, and for chickens everywhere. Because even 'free range' and 'organic' eggs can be bad news for layer hens and male chicks.

No chickens will be harmed for 'Just Mayo' :)

Before you start celebrating, it gets even better ... Hellman's has just launched an egg-free mayonnaise. I guess they figured if you can't beat them, join them :)

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When asked whether the new eggless mayonnaise was in response to the 'Just Mayo' debacle, spokesperson for Hellman's said they were simply catering to customers tastes.

This win for people and animals is a good reminder of the power of asking for stuff. If companies can see that there's a market for cruelty-free stuff, they'll want to get in on it. Why not ask your favourite local cafe to do some more meat-free options next time you're there?

A kinder world for animals gets closer every day :)

Oh, along with trying to stop a cruelty-free mayo from getting on shelves, there's something else you should know about Unilever -- they conduct cruel tests on animals. Along with Hellman's, Unilever owns Dove, Rexona, Lynx and more. It was people power who got Unilever to venture into egg-free mayo and my bet is it will be people power that gets them to stop testing on animals. Click here to ask Unilever to stop testing on animals.

And one last thing -- Hampton Creek also makes vegan cookie dough! Join me in politelty asking them to get their delicious products to Australia by posting on their Facebook page.

Header image: Facebook/HamptonCreek

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Toy company stops making orca toy. Makes sweetest ad to show why ...

Toy company stops making orca toy. Makes sweetest ad to show why ...

Posted 16 November 2015   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Munchkin, orcas, marine parks, SeaWorld, video, ad, good news

Munchkin have stopped making their popular orca bath toy. Why? "Because a bathtub isn't big enough for an orca."

YESSS Munchkin. Watch this heart-warming ad they made which shows the relationship children should have with animals ...



BYE FISHIE


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If, like the kid in this video, you know that the only place for an orca is in the ocean, join over a thousand others on Unleashed who've pledged to never visit a place that keeps orcas or other marine animals in captivity.

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Wondering what's wrong with marine parks and aquariums? Here's 5 reasons animals don't belong in tanks.

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Why is Liam Hemsworth eating vegan?

Why is Liam Hemsworth eating vegan?

Posted 30 October 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: Liam Hemsworth, vegan, adopt, good news

If you love Hunger Games as much as I do, you might be happy to hear that Liam Hemsworth who plays Gale alongside Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games trilogy, has ditched meat, eggs and dairy! (And there's more! Keep reading for another awesome thing Hemsworth has done for animals.)

When asked why he's eating vegan, Hemsworth told Men's Fitness:

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Image: One Green Planet

Look out Ryan Gosling, you've got some 'sensitive new age guy' competition.

Eating vegan is not only the kind choice for animals as Liam said, but it's also good for your health and has huge benefits for the environment. Which reason will it be for you?

For the animals

For the planet

For your health

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And as if we you needed another reason to love Liam Hemsworth -- he also recently adopted a mixed breed dog named Tani. Just look at them together.

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"I’m a big advocate of pet rescue," said Hemsworth. "If you’re going to get a dog, get a rescue."

And I couldn't agree more. By adopting a dog like Tani from a shelter, Liam has not only saved her life but he's also made room at the shelter for another homeless dog to get a second chance. Think that's awesome? Sign the pledge to adopt your next pet.

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Whilst Tani is the new love of Liam Hemsworth's life, ex-fiancé and singer Miley Cyrus is also a passionate animal lover. During their time together Miley adopted 5 shelter pets. She's also vegan and recently spoke out against cruel wolf culls in Canada.

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*Header image thanks to Getty Images.

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VIDEO: This is how you helped animals in 2014!

VIDEO: This is how you helped animals in 2014!

Posted 23 December 2014   by Jesse         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: video, Year in Review, good news, Make it Possible, live export, Animals Australia, Unleashed, puppy farms

Have I told you how amazing you are lately? Why? Because this is what you helped us achieve in 2014...

So thank you for every letter you sent, friend you informed, petition you signed, and rally you attended. You've helped transform the lives of countless animals this year. So I'm just going to leave this here...

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If you want to make 2015 even bigger for animals, here are 2 simple ways you can have a big impact:

1. Join the Unleashed Action Team so you can help stand up for animals with us.

Super hero cats.

2. Try vegan in January to save lives and stop cruelty.

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Benjy the bull having a gay old time in his new home

Benjy the bull having a gay old time in his new home

Posted 16 December 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: Benjy, bulls, Hillside Animal Sanctuary, rescue, good news

Remember Benjy the bull who was going to be killed because he was more interested in the other bulls than the ladies?

Well look at him now :) Safe and sound and smoozing on all the other bulls and cows at Hillside Animal Sanctuary.

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Yay :) Benjy gets to spend the Christmas holidays (and the rest of his life) with his new friends, feeling safe and loved.

I know you've been doing all sorts of amazing things this year to help us get closer and closer to a world where all animals are safe and happy just like Benjy. So to remind you how AWESOME you are, click here to relive some of the amazing achievement's we've made for animals in 2014. And I look forward to seeing you in 2015 for an even bigger and better year :) 

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Yay! Mean dog prison closed down!

Yay! Mean dog prison closed down!

Posted 24 September 2014   by Nelliepotatoes         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: puppy factories, Kerang, investigation, adopt, companion animals, victory, good news

I just heard some news that really made my tail wag! This really awful puppy factory place has closed down for good! That means no more dogs like the one in the picture will have to live in this sad, sad place at Kerang (Victoria).

They call it a puppy factory but I call it dog prison. I used to live in one and take it from me, it's not nice. Concrete walls and no love -- that's what dogs in a puppy factory get. And this one in Kerang was just like that. I don’t even want to think about how many puppies got taken away from their mums who had to stay in the prison.

But thank my lucky paws for caring people because somebody told Animals Australia about this puppy factory and do you know what they did? They showed everybody! And just like me nobody wanted dogs to have to live in that place anymore. And now, after being investigated for cruelty, the owners have decided to shut it down!

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One day I think all of the puppy factories will be closed down. Since I was adopted I have only met really nice people who want all the dogs to have waggly tails like I do now and so I think that with all these people in the world it won't be long before all the dogs are freed and getting so much love they can't even keep their paws on the ground because of all the waggling.

The way that you can help make this happy, happy day come true is by saying that you'll always adopt animals from a shelter when you are looking for a new best friend. Animals Australia has shown that puppy factories often sell puppies in pet shops and online so if you want to make sure that you aren't supporting puppy factories then adopt, adopt, adopt! And the best part is you will get a loving friend like me who needs a home for life :)

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G2g steal a toy off Buddy (my brother) now. Byeee!

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WOW! Subway to dump cage eggs too!

WOW! Subway to dump cage eggs too!

Posted 24 September 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Subway, cage eggs, factory farming, victory, good news

BOOM! Another cage bites the dust! Within days of McDonald's announcing that they're phasing out cage eggs, Subway has done the same thing!

This trend away from cage eggs is not slowing down and I couldn't be more excited! Before these epic announcements by Macca's and Subway, there was no end in sight to the suffering of the millions of hens in cages laying eggs for these fast food chains. But now, these two phase outs are underway and we are one huge step closer to the day when hens in cages is a thing of the past.

Missed the news about Macca's? Click here.

All there is to do now is to start placing bets on which big name company will be next to stand up against battery cage cruelty and announce a phase out. Hungry Jack's, I'm looking at you. (Click here to help nudge them over the line.)

But don't forget, you don't have to wait for companies to get rid of 'em. You can take the end of the battery cage into your own hands by simply pledging to never ever buy cage eggs. Or better yet, find out how eating less eggs, or going egg-free, can help save the forgotten victims of the egg industry ... male chicks.

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YOU DID IT! Macca's agrees to dump cage eggs!

YOU DID IT! Macca's agrees to dump cage eggs!

Posted 16 September 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: McDonald's, factory farming, cage eggs, Victory, good news, chickens, eggs

Oh my chickens! You did it! McDonald's has heard your call for an end to battery cage cruelty and has announced a phase out of cage eggs from all of of their 900 Australian stores.

Thank you!

As the fast food industry's biggest egg user, this is GREAT news for hens. And a big win for people power! Here's how you did it ...

Here's how you beat Macca's:

PEOPLE POWER!

After years of talks with McDonald's getting nowhere, Animals Australia recruited the help of the public (that's you) to help speak up for hens. This is what happened:

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For 87 DAYS STRAIGHT, the most common theme on the McDonald's Facebook wall has been concern for hens and encouragement for the fast food giant to free them from cages.

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Then we told a bunch of kids that McDonald's were using cage eggs and what happened next melted hearts.

This very adorable and very srs video was reported in national media and quickly went viral. So many of our supporters were touched by the messages from these kids that they chipped in to get it on national TV for 2 whole weeks! :)

THE MEDIA

As plans to deploy our not so secret weapon on to the telly drew closer, Channel TEN's The Project aired a story about consumers moving away from cage eggs, and the growing pressure on McDonald's to do the same ...

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That night, McDonald's announced that it would begin the process of phasing out cage eggs!

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BREAKING NEWS: Subway says 'no' to cage eggs too! (17th September) And the good news just keeps rolling in... After a flood of messages to Subway on social media, they have announced that they are phasing out cage eggs too!

What next?

McDonald's commitment (and now Subway's too!) shows without a doubt the impact that people can have when they speak up for animals. This news will make a HUGE difference for hens but there is still lots to be done to free all animals from cruelty! Here's four things you can do today to bring us closer to a world without animal cruelty:

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VICTORY: WA shark slaughter scrapped!

VICTORY: WA shark slaughter scrapped!

Posted 12 September 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: sharks, victory, good news, Western Australia

Have you ever seen a shark do a happy dance? No? Me neither. But the internet tells me it looks like this:

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Today is a great day for sharks as the Western Australian Government's plan to catch and kill sharks has been knocked back! That means no animals will suffer on cruel drum-line hooks off WA's coast!

And the best part is that it was caring people just like you speaking up for sharks that helped make this win for sharks possible!

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) said that there was too much uncertainty about how the killing program would impact on the south-western population of great white shark and so they were against it. They also said that they'd heard the voices of THOUSANDS of concerned people speaking up for sharks and opposing the drum lines.

Yay for people power! Thanks to the EPA's decision and people standing up for these amazing animals, there will be no more cruel drum-lines in WA waters this summer :)

If you spoke out against the WA's shark cull plans, then thank you!

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Unfortunately sharks are not safe from cruelty altogether. To help protect sharks today sign the pledge to never buy shark fin soup and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Later!

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Restore your faith in humanity in 4 mins flat!

Restore your faith in humanity in 4 mins flat!

Posted 28 July 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: rescue, video, good news

Is anyone else feeling a little broken by all the tragic world affairs of late? I know I'm prone to getting a bit down and out about the stuff human beings can be capable of ...

So this is for you and me -- a reminder that kindness exists everywhere and is happening every day ...

Bring on the happy tears!

Feel good? Good :) But there's one more person who should've been in that video -- you! Every day, people like you are making the world a kinder place. Did you choose a meat-free meal today? Or cuddle your rescued companion animal? Or help spread the word about kindness to animals? If so, you are one of the everyday heroes making a world of difference. So here's a big high five from me to you.

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P.S. Got another good rescue story? Share it in the comments below.

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Goat reunited with donkey BFFL

Goat reunited with donkey BFFL

Posted 30 June 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: goats, donkeys, friendship, video, rescue, good news

When Mr. G was rescued from an animal hoarder and taken in by Animal Place sanctuary in California, it became clear to everyone that he was not a happy goat. Mr. G stopped eating and lay in the corner of his stall for days.

Watch Mr. G's amazing transformation when he is reunited with his best friend Jellybean the donkey:

Nawww. Do you have a best friend? I reckon I'd get pretty sulky if I didn't get to hang out with my bestie anymore, (she's not a donkey but she's still pretty cool). Many animals form strong bonds with others, just like humans. Cows too have best friends; pigs are excellent mothers and sheep make great teachers. Each and every animal has a unique personality and a desire to feel love and be happy :)

Do you have a favourite story about animal love and friendship? I'd love to hear about it :)

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Lucky Larry lobster gets to live!

Lucky Larry lobster gets to live!

Posted 3 June 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: lobsters, rescue, good news, fishing, go veg

"Let Larry live! Let Larry live!" a group of kids chanted as Larry, the 80 year old lobster, was carried to safety. And I would've been chanting right alongside them if I was there :)

Poor Larry had been dragged from his home in the sea and ended up in the The Dock Restaurant in Waterford, Connecticut ... destined to be ... *gulp* ... someone's dinner :(

BUT, lucky for Larry, Don MacKenzie came to his rescue! He said that Larry would have to be at least 80 years old to be the size he was and that he deserved to live. So he bought Larry, and released him back into the ocean.

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He picked a secret location that he thought would be almost impossible for fishermen to drag their nets, in order to give him the best chance at life.

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You know some scientist believe that Larry and other lobsters can live forever! Of course, they can die from illness and predators, but getting older doesn't increase their risk of dying. How cool is that? Imagine all the things that might still happen in Larry's lifetime ... hoverboards? Artificial meat?

Personally, I hope Larry lives on to a time where all living creatures get to live out their lives in peace, just like he will thanks to Don.

Unfortunately, commercial fishing takes billions of animals from the sea to be killed every single year. Lobsters like Larry, crabs and other crustaceans who are caught can be kept in overcrowded tanks in restaurants awaiting their death. They may have their claws bound to keep them from pinching anyone. (Well you would want to pinch people too wouldn't you?)*

What's worse, lobsters are sometimes boiled alive and have been known to thrash violently and try to escape :(

The good news is that there is a very easy way that you can save the lives of animals just like Larry (without having to spend a fortune and hire a boat!) Simply don't eat them. Pledge to take animals off your plate and start saving lives today!

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What change would you like to see in the world in your lifetime (and Larry's)? Let me know in the comments.

*Cute sidenote: Larry's rescuer Don kept the two thick rubber bands that had been wrapped around Larry's claws as a memento of setting him free.

P.S. Did you know that lobsters hold hands? More incredible lobster facts here

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Surf Coast Shire proposes ban on cruel animal circuses!

Surf Coast Shire proposes ban on cruel animal circuses!

Posted 30 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: circuses, elephants, entertainment, good news, exotic animals

The good news for animals is rolling in thick and fast lately! And the latest is that Surf Coast Shire Council has proposed a ban on circuses with caged exotic animals from performing in their local area :) This will make them the 36th council in Australia to take a stand against cruel animal circuses!

And good on them because animal circuses stink! (In more ways than one.) The life of a tiger or an elephant in a circus is a crappy one. They'll spend most of their time confined to small enclosures, often in isolation, being trucked around from place to place. What's more they can even be abused to get them to perform unnatural tricks. It's just not cool.

One of the Surf Coast Shire Councillors said that the local community was outraged about the treatment of a circus elephant in Torquay several years ago. The elephant was tied to a pole in extreme heat, and was seen swaying back and forth – a sign of psychological distress.

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We had animal circuses come to town regularly where I grew up and I was always horrified to see elephants and tigers tied up or locked in cages in my neighbourhood. But back then I didn't realise that it was up to each individual council to decide whether or not animal circuses can set up tent on council land. So if you care about animals, and you're living in a place that still allows animal circuses to perform, you're in a unique position to be a strong voice for animals still forced to perform!

If you want your local council to be next to ban animal circuses send them an email today and explain to them why you think keeping animals in cages and making them perform for 'entertainment' is cruel and unnecessary. Click here to find contact details for your local council.

The other good news is that no matter where you live you can help make a difference for animals simply by deciding never to attend a circus which exploits animals for entertainment.

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RESCUED: Ex lab chimps walk on grass for first time

RESCUED: Ex lab chimps walk on grass for first time

Posted 28 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: chimps, rescued, animal testing, video, good news

This:

The bit where the chimp sees the sky for the first time!

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Me:

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More than 100 ex-lab chimps have started their brand new life at the sanctuary, Chimp Haven, in the US. Locked up for years only to be tested on, some of these chimps had never felt grass under their feet before. Some had never even had the chance to meet other chimps without bars between them :(

Thankfully, in late 2012, the National Institutes of Health announced that it would be retiring all the chimps from a research facility in Louisiana. And with the support of the Humane Society of the United States these chimps have at last been relocated to their forever home at Chimp Haven. Finally, they will get the chance to discover what it means to be free :) They'll spend the rest of their days soaking up the sun, climbing trees and hanging with their new chimp friends, just as all chimps should.

In many parts of the world, chimpanzee research is on its way out – thank goodness! Thankfully, more and more people are starting to realise that animals don't want to be tested on. We recently celebrated another victory when New Zealand banned animal testing for party drugs :) Yay!

Got a good news story for animals that you've heard lately? Tell us about it in the comments.

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STA Travel says NO to cruel animal attractions

STA Travel says NO to cruel animal attractions

Posted 23 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: STA Travel, tourism, exotic animals, good news, elephants, tigers, orcas, SeaWorld

Great news for animals :) STA Travel has stopped booking tours that include THIS;

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THIS;

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OR THIS:

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Yep! STA, a major international travel agent for students and young people, has ditched any tours that go to Tiger Temple, SeaWorld (US) or which include elephant rides. Why? Because animals should be like this;

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this;

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and this:

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Big cats, elephants and orcas have all been known to suffer when kept in captivity and denied a natural environment. An investigation into Tiger Temple revealed that tigers were kept in small cages for 20 hours a day with practically nothing to do. These crappy living conditions meant that many of the tigers suffered severe behavioural problems such as pacing back and forth and chewing their own paws :(

The life of an elephant kept for tourist rides is just as cruel. Elephants in the wild may walk over 40km a day and will form life-long bonds. But captive elephants will be chained for many hours a day and often deprived of social contact with other elephants.

And as for SeaWorld in the US, well imagine living your entire life in a bathtub and you might get an idea of what it's like for an orca in captivity. (I think Jason Biggs expresses his thoughts about this better than I could.) So it probably won't come as a surprise to hear that animals in marine parks can suffer from stress and depression living in captivity. Just recently SeaWorld in Orlando was busted giving anti-anxiety drugs to whales.

Sooooooo... a HUGE high-five to STA Travel for taking a stand for animals and refusing to take part in this cruelty any longer :) This will make a WORLD of difference for animals. You can let STA Travel know how awesome you think they are for leading the way in ethical tourism by leaving a message on their Facebook page.

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Earlier this year, Intrepid Travel also took a stance for animals by taking elephant rides off their travel itinerary :) Want to see other travel companies getting on board the responsible tourism for animals train? Click here to get in touch with Flight Centre today and ask them to cut cruelty from their travel itinerary too!

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And if you're an animal lover like me you might be wondering how you can get up close and personal with animals without having to take their freedoms away. Click here for 5 ways to interact with animals without cages. Or leave a suggestion of your own in the comments :)

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VICTORY! NZ bans testing party drugs on animals

VICTORY! NZ bans testing party drugs on animals

Posted 15 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: victory, animal testing, dogs, New Zealand, good news

I'm SO happy to tell you that the New Zealand Prime Minister has said a big fat 'NO' to testing party drugs on animals! Seems like a no-brainer right? But around 18 months ago, the NZ Health Department was considering a plan that would see legal 'party pills' and synthetic cannabis tested on animals. Now that plan has been scrapped!

And the best part is that YOU helped! Thousands of individuals from right here amongst the Unleashed community took action to urge the Health Minister to put a stop to this. *High five!* Thanks to the intense campaigning of animal groups, including our friends at SAFE, and compassionate people like YOU speaking up, countless dogs, rabbits and other animals will now be spared from cruel tests for legal 'party drugs'.

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Thankfully, more and more people are coming to realise that animals probably don't want to be tested on and are developing and adopting animal-friendly alternatives. In fact, it looks like India might soon become the first country to get rid of animal testing for drugs altogether!

Are you picturing animals running free right now? Because I sure am :) And I was reminded of a story from a few years ago where 9 beagles were rescued from an animal lab in the USA. What better way to celebrate this good news from NZ than with a video of dogs experiencing their first moments of freedom:

Feelin' those good rescue story vibes? Keep 'em rollin' with this one about FREE chimps :)

P.S. If you'd like to make sure you're a part of our next game-changing campaign to help animals, click here and join our ass-kicking Action Team!

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Zoos closed! Animals freed!

Zoos closed! Animals freed!

Posted 16 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: zoos, Costa Rica, good news, exotic animals, action

In my mind, this is what Costa Rica looks like:

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Why? Well, probably because I have no concept of geography whatsoever. But more importantly, because they’re charging ahead when it comes to animal-friendly reforms.

Costa Rica has just announced that they’re going to close two of their government-owned zoos. Why? Environment Minister Rene Castro says his decision was influenced by his grandmother’s pet parrot.

"One day, we took the parrot out to the patio, and a flock of wild parrots passed, and the parrot went with them," he says. "It made a big impression on me because I thought that we were taking good care of her. We fed her with food and affection ... all these things that we as humans thought she liked. And when she had the chance, she left."

So he’s setting all the animals free! Well, 400 altogether. The two sites will be converted into botanical parks, displaying biodiversity in a natural way. The animals will be relocated to rescue centres or shelters where they will then be rehabilitated to the wild or, if they are unable to return to their natural habitat, taken care of by professionals.

We don’t want any more captivity, any more caging of animals, unless it’s because they’re being rescued or saved,” says Environment Minister Rene Castro. You go Castro!

This awesome news comes within a year of Costa Rica banning hunting as a sport! At the time, politician Victor Emilio Granadas said “hunting is not a sport but a cruelty!” He said the law “will allow us to live in peace with other living things that share our planet.

What’s more, circuses with performing animals were banned way back in 2002. So now you know why I think of Costa Rica as a land of rainbows and happiness.

The best thing about all this news is that it reminds me that making the world a better place for animals is very achievable. It’s already happening! You can be a part of the movement for change here in Australia. It’s as easy as becoming part of the Unleashed Action Team. You will be among the first to hear about animal protection campaigns and be part of a dedicated group of individuals making a difference for animals. Click here to join the team.

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Levy the Lamb's amazing survival - UPDATE!

Levy the Lamb's amazing survival - UPDATE!

Posted 19 September 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 15 Comments

Tags: live exports, sheep, good news, interview, Levy

Levy the lamb had the odds stacked against him from the day he was born. Standing terrified by the side of a busy road, and refusing to leave his dead mother - things did not look good for Levy. His remarkable story of survival and his life now will amaze you. Read on for Unleashed's exclusive interview with Levy the Lamb!

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Hi Levy. Thanks for making time for the interview.
Well I am missing morning tea for this but I'm a fan of Unleashed, so that's ok.

What else have you got planned for today?
Later today I might go for a walk with the dogs, have a snack then maybe a snooze before I help mum with the farm chores.



And what would be the perfect day for you?
Well that's a pretty good day but for it to be perfect add more snacks, some electrical cords to chew and perhaps an arvo inside the house ... preferably the kitchen, that's where the humans hide the good stuff.

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You had a very tough start to your life. Can you tell us what your first memories are?
Wow! It's hard to go back there... Well, I remember I was on the side of a road with crows pecking at me. I wanted sheep-mum to wake up and tell them to go away but she was asleep. I was cold, lonely and hungry. I remember a nice man picking me up and looking after me. He mustn't have been able to wake sheep-mum up either so we had to leave without her. (INTERVIEWERS NOTE: Levy was born on the side of a busy road after his mum had fallen out of a sheep truck. She gave birth to Levy as she passed away, and so couldn't protect him from the crows.)

Do you know what would have happened to all those other sheep on the truck with you?
There is a lot of talk amongst my kind as to where those trucks go. Human-mum doesn't like them though so I'm guessing my mates didn't end up in a paddock full of delicious grass. I've heard horror stories about some humans killing and eating animals like me... I'll need therapy if I talk about that too much.

Levy2.jpgHow did you come to be living with your current family?
The nice man who picked me up from the side of the road took me to a nice lady who looked after me for a couple weeks but she didn't have any grass for me to eat. So she took me to another nice lady (human-mum) who has a lot of grass. At first she fed me milk and let me sleep in the bed with her but now I am all grown up and I really like all the grass.

Levy6.jpgDo you have many friends to spend the day with?
Oh yeah I have loads of friends. The three dogs are my BFF's, the horses are alright, the pig is cool as long as you are on her good side (don't mention her waist line and you should be right). The cats are a bit strange, there are chickens and other sheep like me but I'm a real people person, I like my humans the most.

I know for a fact that you're determined to help your fellow sheep. Tell us what you've been up to and who you've met?
Human-mum raised me right, it's important to help those less fortunate, you know! I've had photo shoots; I'm on the Stop Live Export website and signs; and I've been on the news and in newspapers. I enjoy helping at stalls and protests and I have been lucky enough to meet a lot of nice people who are doing some super awesome things to help animals. I've even met politicians like Lisa Baker, Lynn MacLaren and Melissa Parke.

Can you give any advice to young people who want to help animals but don't know where to start?
Don't be sheepish! The most effective way to help us 'farmed animals' is to stop eating us!! There are so many yummy cruelty free options out there that are easy to make (trust me ... I've seen human-mum trying to cook - if she can do it, so can you!) Start by finding out what we go through to end up on your plate. Another good place to start is volunteering for organisations that help animals, like I do.

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What's one interesting fact that people may not know about sheep like you?
Just one?! Hmm, ok ... I can remember 50 different faces for about two years. So that means if you get on my bad side I have two years to come after you! Mwah-ha-haaaa!

Can you give us three words to describe yourself?
Handsome, loving and cheeky.

Is there a final message you want to pass on to all the young people reading today?
Young 'uns! You are our hope for a better future. Every cruelty-free choice you make, every person you inform and every time you help an organisation in any way, it gets us closer to ending the abuse of my mates. Don't let people pull the wool over your eyes ... we don't want to go on trucks and ships, we don't want our babies stolen from us, we don't want to spend our lives in tiny cages, we want to be happy and live!

Oh, and add me on Facebook!

Thanks for telling us your story today, Levy! (And thanks to your human-mum Rachael for her help in translating, too).

Levy8.jpgLevy escaped the fate facing countless numbers of animals around Australia, who are either killed in Australia for meat, or live exported to other countries. Once they leave Australian shores they face voyages across oceans, and many die at sea. In the countries they are exported to, they are slaughtered in ways that most Australians would object to.

You can make a difference to sheep like Levy. Take the pledge to go veg, and get all the facts about Australia's baa-baa-barbaric live export trade.

BREAKING NEWS!!

Levy now has a girlfriend!! This is just very recent news, so details are sketchy at the moment. I can tell you though that Levy is very much in love, and wants to do nothing but spend all day with his new lady-lamby friend.

Unconfirmed reports state that Levy and his girlfriend have been "sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G." But seeing as how they are sheep, and sheep are not known for their awesome tree-climbing skills ... I find these reports to be highly doubtful.

There has been only one photo so far of the lovely couple. Judging by how close they're standing though, I would say that Levy is probably at second base. You go, Levy!!

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Live export sheep swims to freedom!

Live export sheep swims to freedom!

Posted 5 July 2012   by Karen         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: live exports, sheep, sheep, good news, FREEDOM!

In the calm waters of Eilat Bay in Israel, an unusual white figure was seen bobbing in the cold water. Was it a boat? A pelican? No. It was an Australian sheep, swimming for his life.

Sahar, as he became known, had jumped or fallen from the nearby pier where a live export ship was unloading. He was beyond exhausted, and struggling to stay afloat. His fleece was waterlogged, and his thin legs, ever intended for swimming, were paddling fast but failing to keep his head above water.

Were it not for the decisive actions of a 14 year old boy who jumped into the water and raised the alarm, Sahar's life may have ended then and there. But instead, a remarkable rescue operation ensued. The pictures say it all...

The image of a 50 kilogram sheep swimming off the coast of Israel might seem like an odd sight. But in reality, thousands of Australian sheep pass these waters every year. Sahar was just one of tens of thousands of stressed and confused sheep packed onto a live export ship in Australia, bound for slaughter in the Middle East.

Not all of Sahar's companions even survived the boat trip. Some died of starvation onboard as they couldn't get used to eating the unfamiliar pellet feed given on the ship. The sheep that did make it to Israel faced an even more horrible fate: a knife cut to the throat while fully conscious, before bleeding to death on the floor of an Israeli slaughterhouse.

This brutal death is not a one-off or some accident. This practice is accepted by Australia's live export industry without question. Yet it was clear to the people who helped Sahar that he deserved better. "Our thought was that the sheep deserved freedom, that it would be unfair to lead him to slaughter." said one of Sahar's rescuers.

The rescue team was forced to fight for Sahar's life a second time when the sheep importer learned of the rescue and demanded that Sahar be slaughtered along with his shipmates. Fortunately Sahar's rescuers were able to persuade the importer to surrender the sheep into their care.

After veterinary checks and a lot of TLC, Sahar regained his strength and was given sanctuary at a nearby Kibbutz (like a community-run farm). His gentle nature and amazing story made him a favourite with local kids who affectionately describe him as a "celebrity"!

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Sahar's extraordinary story is one in a million. Yet he was no more deserving of compassion than the thousands of individual animals who began his journey with him. While we cannot save animals who have already met a cruel fate, we can save others from similar suffering.

With just a minute of your time, you can help rescue other animals from the pain and suffering of live export - click here to help end live exports.

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The Great Rabbit Rescue!

The Great Rabbit Rescue!

Posted 25 May 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: bunnies, rabbits, factory farming, FREEDOM, video, good news

Meet Olivia. Not only is she absolutely adorable in a way that only bunnies can be, she is also extremely lucky. She was recently rescued from a rabbit factory farm with 300 of her friends, who are probably right now having the mother of all parties at Big Ears Sanctuary.

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Olivia has taken to exploring the nooks and crannies of the sanctuary.

Olivia and the other rescued rabbits had been confined in tiny wire cages, similar to the ones battery hens are kept in. In these conditions rabbits suffer from all kinds of health problems and injuries. They're eventually then killed and sold as meat. They're not given the space or opportunity to do rabbit-y things like exploring, making friends, digging, eating fresh grass and annoying Elmer Fudd.

When news spread earlier this year that a rabbit farm in Tasmania was for sale, Big Ears Animal Sanctuary, Radical Rabbit and Freedom for Farmed Rabbits hatched a plan to save the rabbits from slaughter or being sold onto another farm. They teamed up to purchase Olivia and her 300 bunny buddies. Then began the huge task of treating the sick and injured and getting them all to their new home at Big Ears Sanctuary.

Olivia and her floppy-eared friends are now experiencing the great freedom of the outdoors. They're also enjoying nestling into the laps of anyone who visits them. Yep, I'm thinking the same thing as you - what's the absolute quickest way to get myself to Big Ears Sanctuary!?

Factory farmed rabbits in Australia suffer much of the same cruel treatment as their carrot-loving cousins in Europe. Compassion in World Farming (a colleague group of Animals Australia) recently completed their investigation into the reality of rabbit farming across Europe. It doesn't make for pleasant viewing.

While you and your mates perhaps can't scrape together enough dosh to buy up old rabbit farms, you can make a difference to rabbits stuck in the same situation as Olivia was. By being kind to bunnies, rejecting factory-farmed, and choosing cruelty-free alternatives you can help ensure rabbits like Olivia live a natural, happy and full life.

If you think Olivia's story is better than Peter Rabbit's and Brer Rabbit's COMBINED, then you'll probably wanna head straight to this website (www.bigearsanimalsanctuary.com/rabbit-rescue.php) where you will spend the next half hour having your heart melted by adorable photos of fuzzy bunnies. Fact.

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