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Top 10 Movies For Your Summer Holidays

Top 10 Movies For Your Summer Holidays

Posted 11 January 2012   by Jesse         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: movies, holidays, activism

One of my favourite ways to spend holidays (along with speaking up for animals -- of course) is to catch up on some movies. When it's too hot even to hit the beach, there's nothing like kicking back and watching a great movie.
So to help you through the rest of your summer holidays (I know, it's tough work isn't it :P), I've put together a list of movies with animal themes for you to check out:

  1. Earthlings (doco)
    Many people call Earthlings THE animal rights movie. And if you haven't seen this hard hitting doco yet, then it's a must watch. You can watch the full film online for free, here.
  2. The Cove (doco)
    An awesome doco that is like a real life "Mission Impossible". This is the story of a film-making team attempting to document and expose the annual bloody dolphin slaughter in the Japanese town of Taiji. It's equal parts thrilling, saddening and inspiring, as you watch this team using high tech surveillance gear and evading local police to expose this shocking slaughter.
  3. Gorillas in the Mist (drama)
    Movies don't get much more incredible than this true story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who traveled to Africa to study endangered mountain gorillas in the wild, and ended up campaigning to protect them. They actually shot this film in Rwanda, where Dian had done her research, amongst wild gorillas. They were only allowed 6 crew members near the gorillas for one hour each day. The experience inspired star, Sigourney Weaver, to join the campaign to protect these amazing animals.
  4. Chicken Run (animation)
    The fact this was made by the same people who made Wallace and Gromit should be reason enough to check it out. Locked up on a gloomy farm, where hens have their heads chopped off if they don't produce enough eggs, Rocky the rooster and Ginger the hen lead the other chickens on a great escape.
  5. Princess Monoke (anime)
    This movie may be a few years old, but it's still one of the most beautifully animated movies ever. The mysterious Princess Mononoke fights to protect the forests from a local mining village. I have a feeling Avatar was inspired by this movie.
  6. Marley & Me (comedy)
    A newspaper columnist gets more than he bargained for when he brings home an over-enthusiastic puppy, Marley, for his wife. Anyone who's lived with dogs will have plenty of "Oh that happened to me." moments in this funny and adorable film.
  7. Babe (comedy)
    Who could go past the story of Babe, the piglet who doesn't want to be sent to the slaughterhouse and so hatches a plan to save himself from becoming dinner.
  8. Year of the Dog (comedy)
    Peggy's life is unexpectedly transformed after her dog dies. This quirky film is funny and uplifting. Peggy's relationship with her sister-in-law is particularly hilarious.
  9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (sci-fi)
    When an experimental drug gives Caesar the lab chimp super-intelligence, he starts to question the way humans treat other animals. Seeing the world through his eyes: from animal experiments, to a dodgy ape park, you start to get the picture that animals can often get a raw deal when they're used by humans. What makes this movie particularly awesome is the fact they didn't use any real apes in the film. Instead human actors played the apes, and the CGI they used to transform these actors into apes is just incredible!
  10. Planet Earth
    We live on a pretty amazing planet, full of incredible creatures. No one does a better job of telling their stories than David Attenborough, and this has got to be one of his best docos. Exploring everything from deserts to jungles to ice worlds to the ocean deep and everything in between, this series is full of some of the most curious and unusual animals on the planet. Check it out, it's awesome stuff!

That should keep you busy for a while! Once you've checked these out, let me know what you think. And if you've got any great animal films to recommend leave a comment.

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Be an Animal Hero Just By Conquering Boredom!
Posted By Jane

Be an Animal Hero Just By Conquering Boredom!

Posted 8 January 2011   by         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: holidays, activism

School holidays are awesome, but it's usually around about this time in the proceedings that you really feel the need to actually DO something? And unless you have a crystal clear swimming pool with cool fresh water to dive into for a refreshing burst of icy cold ... sorry got a bit carried away there "ahem" you may even be relegated to the couch to escape the heat (or torrential downpours depending on which part of Australia you're in!).

Either way there's heaps of things you can do in your holidays that will not only conquer your boredom but will be a huge help for animals who need you to use your voice (or keyboard, or facebook account) for them.


OK, there's so much stuff you can do with the click of a mouse it's incredible.

  • You can sign online petitions or send instant emails to key decision makers to ask that they help animals too. This live export advocacy is ultra important right now, and will get you started.
  • If there's an issue that is really important to you, you could write a letter to the editor of your local paper, or even a national paper. This is a great way to make sure people become of aware of issues that may not be hitting the news daily, but go on constantly (like testing cosmetics on animals, or the killing of calves in the dairy industry, for example). The more letters you write the more chance you'll get one printed (that will massively impress your mates too!)
  • Twitter and Facebook are so much more than fabulous time wasters. By posting links on your page, you loudly spread the word about animal cruelty and how it can be stopped without even clearing your throat. Back in August, Unleashed members posted a link to a petition to ban circuses. It generated thousands of signatures and by November, the ban was in place! Kitten-Mouse.jpg&x=300&y=199Ok, so a little more went into that campaign than the petition, but every little bit helps! (Like a letter in a newspaper, online links keep issues in people's minds whereas they may have forgotten about them otherwise).

Not Raining? Not scorching?

Then get out there and let everyone see your beautiful face!

  • Handing out leaflets in a friendly manner in a busy area can generate a lot of interest from passers by and more importantly, raise awareness on issues that are usually hidden from view (like factory farming!). Unleashed members are great and proactive when it comes to things like this, so if you want to get involved, join the Action Team or jump on the forum to see what's coming up in your area (or arrange your own leafleting session!)
  • This time of year the shelters for homeless dogs and cats are, unfortunately, bursting at the seams. So it's a good thing you have some time on your hands to volunteer and help out. Dogs need to be walked, cages need to be cleaned, and tummies need to be tickled. So contact your local shelter now and see how you can help.

That should keep you busy until (gulp) school goes back. But why break new habits? You can keep these things up for as long as you want!
Do you have any other cool ideas? How are you gonna spend the rest of your holidays?

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Top 5 Ways to Make Your Holidays Count!

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Holidays Count!

Posted 1 July 2010   by _Matt         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: guest blog, advocacy, activism, holidays, school

So it's holidays... Hol-lee-dayzzzz!  Alright, alright - enough celebrating for now.

OK one more: HOLIDAYS!!!! 

Time to forget about school for 2 weeks (for most of us). No more 7am wake-ups, no more smelly canteens and smellier canteen men... and no more dissections (YES!).

I'm sure your schedule is already packed with movies to see, friends to visit, and shops to shop, food to eat... and maybe even a date? ;) But remember! The animals still need our help! And hey, is there a better time to be a hero for the animals than during the holidays? happy.gif

So let's get down to business... Here are 5 great ways to make your holidays count:

  1. Organise/join a leafleting session. (hit me up if this interests you!)
  2. Take your friends out for a great veggie lunch.
  3. Volunteer at a local animal shelter.
  4. Write a letter to someone (eg. PM, local member of parliament, editor of a newspaper, etc) about an issue that concerns you.
  5. Organise a movie night with your mates to watch Earthlings, or Meat the Truth.

So tell me, what are you doing for the animals these holidays? Don't forget to drop a line here and tell us all about it.

Stay loud!

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