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5 places it's awesome to be an animal

5 places it's awesome to be an animal

Posted 3 April 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: rabbits, pigs, kangaroos, Costa Rica

1. Rabbit Island:

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Imagine an island almost completely inhabited by cute fluffy bunnies ... Oh wait, it exists! Okunoshima is a small island in the Sea of Japan. It has become popular amongst tourists because of the friendly rabbits that roam freely about the place.

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Sadly, Okunoshima wasn't always a paradise for bunnies. During the first and second world wars, it was used by to manufacture and test poisonous gases. Maybe you can guess why the bunnies were there to begin with :(

It's not known for sure how the bunnies came to pretty much own the place but some sources say that when World War II ended, workers set them free! Regardless, now they are cuddled and given treats and loved and kept safe. Like all bunnies should be :)

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Unfortunately, not all rabbits are so lucky. Millions of animals still suffer every year from cruel tests. You can help protect them from cruelty by making the pledge to refuse products that have been tested on animals. Click here to sign your name today.

2. Pig Beach:

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Just when you thought it couldn't get any better than Rabbit Island ...

The story goes that sailors left pigs on this tiny uninhabited island in the Bahamas intending to come back for them but never returned. And now they swim and surf and sunbathe all day every day.

Jealous? Me too!

But only a little bit because it makes me super happy to see pigs super happy. They'll never have to go through the incredible suffering that millions of animals in factory farms experience right here in Australia. Not only may pigs in factory farms never see sun or sand, but the mothers are confined to crates so tiny that they can't even turn around, whilst pregnant!

You can help free pigs from cruelty by pledging to refuse factory farmed products. Or better yet, by taking them off your plate altogether.

3. Kangaroo Island:

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A neat place to be an animal right here at home :) Kangaroo Island in SA is a massive wildlife sanctuary. So roos can just be roos – grazing in the morning, snoozing in the arvo and maybe some more grazing at night.

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Sadly, night time can mean an awful fate for kangaroos in other parts of Australia. If you love our native wildlife, the truth about kangaroo shooting might shock you. Click here to learn more and take action.

4. Costa Rica:

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Yep, the whole of Costa Rica. That place has got it going when it comes to positive change for animals. Check out this brief timeline of Costa Rican awesomeness:

2013: Closes zoos and frees animals
2012: Outlaws hunting for sport AND bans shark finning
2002: Bans circuses with performing animals

I love hearing about stuff like this from across the globe as it reminds me how achievable it is to make a kinder world for animals right here in Australia. Click here to take part in our latest campaigns and help make Australia the awesome-est place to be an animal :)

5. The Unleashed office:

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Srsly.

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Nuff said.

Know any other places where animals rule the roost (so to speak)? Let me know about them in the comments :)

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Happy Ending to a Wicked Story...

Happy Ending to a Wicked Story...

Posted 11 February 2011   by Karen         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: kangaroos, wicked campers, victory

In just days, hundreds of Unleashed members let Wicked know that stickers telling motorists to 'run down' roos were, well, not funny, and not cool. Good news -- Wicked got that message loud and clear, and posted on their website today the following statement:

Following a week of intense protesting from Animal Rights Activists around the world, we have decided to remove the controversial Kangaroo stickers from our fleet of vans. We have come to realise that this is a sensitive issue for many people and have taken their arguments into consideration. Whilst there was never any malicious motive behind the design of the sticker, we can appreciate how some groups could be offended. (more here)

Kangaroos need all the help we can give them. Millions of these amazing animals are hunted and killed every year by shooters for their skins and meat. Collateral damage -- baby joeys -- are often flung against tow bars or decapitated. The last thing these vulnerable need are ill-informed motorists thinking they need to run them down with their vans too.

Fortunately for roos, Wicked's change of heart will help to encourage tourists to treat our amazing wildlife with what they deserve -- respect. Please drop by Wicked's facebook page and thank them for swiftly removing these stickers form their vans!

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Kangaroos Should Not be Boxed In!
Posted By Jane

Kangaroos Should Not be Boxed In!

Posted 2 August 2010   by         Permalink | 9 Comments

Tags: entertainment, kangaroos, boxing, Texas, rant, circuses

When I think of boxing kangaroos I think of enormous male red roos, fighting each other in truly awe inspiring displays of dominance.

Unfortunately, the words 'boxing kangaroo' make too many people think of the cartoonish image of a roo wearing boxing gloves. In Texas, the Rocky Show Circus has taken this image way too far, by not only making a real kangaroo wear boxing gloves, but also boxing shorts, and then forcing him into an actual boxing ring to spar with people. How demeaning to such a magnificent animal!

Long suffering 'Rocky' the roo, frightened audiences recently by knocking over a woman, crazy enough to get in the ring with him, before trying to mount her. In one news article about the incident, an expert said that Rocky was displaying 'natural' behaviour!

Hmph! If you ask me, there is absolutely nothing natural about a rambunctious roo being kept in captivity! Kangaroos are highly social animals but Rocky never even gets to lay eyes on another hopper. Roos are also shy by nature, yet Rocky is expected to box strangers in front of a crowd. Rocky could reach speeds of up to 70km/hr in the wild, but in this farcical circus, his muscular hind legs, adapted for marvellous jumping, are wasted because of his restrictive environment. It's no surprise that he's showing some frustration.

Too many animals used for human entertainment display abnormal behaviours. A beautiful elephant rocking back and forth in boredom; a massive killer whale swimming round and round in circles in his tank; a caged bird, never allowed to fly, pulling out her feathers ... You get the idea.

Rocky should be in a mob happily bounding around the open plains of Australia. Not wearing a costume in a boxing ring in Texas!

Once you get past the many spelling mistakes on their website, I'm sure you'll agree the Rocky Show Circus actually looks way more exciting when Rocky isn't even on stage! Please click here to send the organisers a message to let them know their circus would be so much better if they cut out the cruelty, and binned the boxing!

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Why I Won't Eat Skippy

Why I Won't Eat Skippy

Posted 2 September 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 15 Comments

Tags: hunting, kangaroos, conservation, Anna Bligh, QLD, Codes of Practice

So if you took part in our recent action calling on Qld Premier, Anna Bligh, to protect roos instead of encouraging Queenslanders to eat them, then you might have received the same lame response from the Qld Govt that I did. If you haven't here's a few snippets:

The kangaroo is an iconic Australian animal. It is also the foundation of an important commercial industry ... and contributes approximately $270 million annually to regional economies.

Kangaroo numbers in Australia have increased substantially since European settlement…

The commercial harvesting of kangaroos in Queensland is strictly monitored and controlled by the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

The National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Commercial Purposes 2008 has been produced to ensure that all harvesting of kangaroos is undertaken in a way that minimises pain and suffering. The Code also provides for the humane euthanising of pouch young and young at foot.

In other words: "Don't worry, we've got it under control. There's plenty of kangaroos, and bucket loads of cash to be made. So what are you worried about?"

What the Premier neglects to mention is the fact that severe droughts have seen roo numbers in shooting zones across WA, SA, NSW and QLD drop by more than half since 2001. She also doesn't mention the fact that the 'humane euthanising of pouch young and young at foot' recommended by the National Code of Practice is for joeys to be killed by decapitation or a blow to the head from a blunt object (like a towbar).

But the part of her letter that really rubbed me up the wrong way was this bit:

The working group that produced the Code included representatives from Commonwealth, State and Territory Government authorities responsible for kangaroo management and welfare, the kangaroo industry, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and Animals Australia.

Animals Australia was on that working group - to represent the animals' interests - but unfortunately the final product did not reflect our recommendations. So to suggest we supported the final recommendations is about as far from the truth as you can get. It's bad enough that the Queensland Premier is planning to hock slaughtered Aussie wildlife to Queenslanders as food! But to suggest that an animal protection group gave a tick of approval to codes that permit joeys to be decapitated is not cool.

We were so appalled by this gross misrepresentation of Animals Australia's stance that we had to respond. If you want to check out the response from Animals Australia's Executive Director, Glenys Oogjes, to Anna Bligh's letter click the image below. And please take a moment to let the Premier know that she should be looking out for our national icon, not supporting it's slaughter.

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