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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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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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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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Dogs pass driving test!

Dogs pass driving test!

Posted 12 December 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: dogs, pet overpopulation, adopt, amazing, rescue

I've heard of teaching old dogs new tricks. But teaching dogs how to drive? You have to see it to believe it ...

Two months ago, the SPCA in New Zealand launched a super-creative campaign. Their plan was to teach three rescue dogs how to drive cars. They did this to increase adoption rates by proving that rescue dogs are in no way inferior to any other dogs. Under the slogan, "Dogs this smart deserve a home", our three hairy heroes began their lessons.

And this is how it went. Get ready to smile!

Pretty awesome, hey?

Both Porter and the SPCA deserve a huge round of applause for what they've achieved. Encouraging people to adopt a dog is such a great idea. With 1000s of dogs being killed in pounds every year, choosing to adopt could literally save a life.

Find out more about adopting a dog; then promise to be a lifesaver yourself by taking the pledge to always adopt rather than buy when it comes to companion animals. And if you do that, then I think you deserve a round of applause, too :)

Has your dog got any funny or impressive tricks? My cat's best trick is luring people close enough to bite them. Can you beat that?

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Amazing rescue stories.

Amazing rescue stories.

Posted 2 November 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Make it Possible, factory farming, Hope, Willow, rescue

Being trapped in a factory farm in Australia is a life sentence for countless numbers of pigs and chickens. That's why these two stories of determined survival against the odds are so amazing. Brace yourself for goosebumps!

This beautiful girl is Willow. "On cold evenings, she loves to stretch out her wings in front of the outdoor fire on the lush, green property that is now her home. For Willow, any memories of a cage so small she could barely move are thankfully only nightmares of the past.

She was thrown away like a piece of rubbish when she slipped into unconsciousness in that cage; no longer laying eggs and no longer valued. Featherless and emaciated, she lay dying on a manure pile..."

Read the rest of Willow's inspirational story.


And this is Hope. "Before escaping from a piggery, Hope's life looked very bleak. There, Hope's mum and other sows were kept in crates so small they couldn't turn around. The relentless boredom would have driven some insane. The pigs there would never feel grass beneath their feet, only concrete and metal.

It is from this nightmare that Hope escaped one night..."

Find out what happened to Hope next.

Every year, a handful of lucky chickens and pigs survive the horrors of factory farms, and go on to live with the freedom and protection they deserve. Unfortunately, millions of others don't. Instead, they are locked behind closed doors, where they experience treatment that would be called "animal cruelty" if it happened to a dog or cat.

Only by exposing what goes on in these places can animals ever hope to be freed from them. And that's how you can help. Share the story of Hope and Willow with your friends and family. Also, take the pledge to make kinder choices for animals. You'll be joining over 58,000 other Aussies who have committed to ending factory farms.

Behind the closed doors of factory farms there are millions of other individual animals with personalities and fears just like Hope and Willow. Each one of them is someone, not something - and their stories deserve to be told, too.

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Ironwoman brings dog back from the dead!

Ironwoman brings dog back from the dead!

Posted 26 October 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: dogs, pet overpopulation, adopt, amazing, rescue

We've all given a dog a kiss at some point in our lives, but have you ever thought you'd have to give one the kiss of life? That's exactly the situation Hayley Bateup (superstar ironwoman) found herself in on the Gold Coast this week.

Now, because it's Friday and you've probably been reading all week, you can just watch the drama unfold on YouTube. Thanks YouTube!

Pretty amazing, hey? Would you have it in you to react as well as Hayley did?? (NOTE: letting a dog lick your face does NOT classify as "mouth-to-mouth resuscitation".)

You can be a lifesaver for dogs yourself, you know. By making the Unleashed pledge to adopt, not buy dogs or other animals, you'll be saving a life. More than a quarter of a million beautiful dogs and cats are killed in Australia every year just because there aren't enough homes and families for them.

If you or your fam are looking to welcome a fur-friend into your home and heart, then please adopt! You'll know forever that you've personally saved a life when you do. And that would be the best feeling ever ... for both you and the animal you saved.

And while we're talking about helping animals - head here and tell me your best tip to help animals beat the heat this summer, and you could win in Unleashed's latest giveaway.

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Hero pig saves baby goat from drowning!

Hero pig saves baby goat from drowning!

Posted 27 September 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: pigs, rescue, amazing, goats

Can I just say straight off the bat, that I am constantly being amazed by pigs? It seems like not a week goes by when I don't hear a story of how impressive these little oinkers are. The latest one that had me shaking my head in wonder is the footage that shows a pig saving a goat from drowning! Yes - you read that right. Watch the drama unfolding in the clip below!

(Weird coincidence alert: Check out the Unleashed sticker to the right which predicted that this would one day happen! Whooo, spooky.)

What an amazing story. That pig is a hero in my books. And can I just say - thank Goat the pig was there, because the guy filming hardly covered himself in glory. Would it have killed him to put the camera down and help out?? But I'll move on.

So, we can add "heroic" to the list of things we now know about pigs. Did you also know that they are playful and will wag their tails like a dog when they're happy? And that they've been found to be smarter than dogs, and even as smart as 3 year old children!

 But did you know that pigs need some rescuing of their own? In factory farms, pregnant mother pigs can legally be confined between bars for four months straight, with no room to even turn around. Piglets can have their tails (and balls!) cut off with absolutely no pain relief. And the sad fact is, that for most factory farmed pigs in Australia, the day they are trucked to their deaths at an abattoir, their last day on earth - is the only day they will ever feel the sun on their back.

Pigs are amongst the most mistreated animals in the world. Their very intelligence and charm only makes the cruel treatment dished out to them in factory farms even worse. You're probably thinking that what is legal to do to pigs in the name of profit is pretty shocking. You'd be right. And when farmers break the rules, it can get even worse. You may remember the shocking conditions at Wally's Piggery in NSW last month, and the horrible deaths pigs faced at a Victorian abattoir in December last year.

Luckily, rescuing them from factory farms couldn't be easier -- simply choose not to eat them. Take the pledge to go veg, and save almost a hundred animals (not just pigs) every single year. With your kind choices at meal time, you can be the lifesaver that these animals so desperately need.

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Lives risked and life saved in rescue!

Lives risked and life saved in rescue!

Posted 17 June 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 9 Comments

Tags: sheep, lamb, rescue, heroes, Little Bo Peep is gonna be so relieved

Proving that real men are kind to animals, Norwegian mates Erik and Torvald put their own lives at risk to rescue a lamb that was close to drowning. Check out these amazing pics of the rescue!

Erik (20) and Torvald (19) were out and about with a mate taking photos with a new camera when Erik saw the lamb struggling in the waves. Immediately the guys leapt into action and ... well, the photos tell the story. The lamb was reunited with his flock, while Erik and Torvald probably spent the rest of the day rescuing babies from burning buildings and stopping supervillains from taking over the world.

If you reckon this kind of story is inspiring (it gave me goosebumps!) then bear in mind that your decisions every day can have the same impact on an animal's life as these two guys have. Decisions like going meat-free, pledging to not wear leather, or encouraging your oldies to not buy cage eggs (or better yet, try egg replacers!) all make a world of difference to the lives of countless animals.

By making compassionate decisions, you can be a hero for animals, too.

What are some other ways you can think of that Unleashed members can do to help animals?

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Helping animals affected by the QLD flood disaster

Helping animals affected by the QLD flood disaster

Posted 12 January 2011   by Karen         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: Queensland, floods, wildlife, rescue, donate

Like thousands of people in Queensland today I woke to an eerily quiet and sunny morning. Tragic floods are sweeping the state but today the rain had finally stopped. It was the driest day we'd seen in a week, but that didn't stop the waters from steadily rising and engulfing large parts of Brisbane, Ipswich, and the South-East throughout the day.

Sandbagging is well underway and neighbours are helping to move furniture, valued possessions and other "floatables" to higher ground. The emergency services are doing a great job to ensure residents in flood zones are prepared for when the water arrives. But what about all those animals who don't know what's coming?

At the end of our street the floodwaters had cut off traffic where I found two young boys poking and prodding the helpless critters who were all clambering for safety at the water's edge. I showed them how to rescue these tiny animals and to my delight they took it upon themselves to become a mini rescue team for stranded caterpillars, beetles and other harmless little critters who would all have otherwise drowned! Yes, even the teeniest, tiniest of creatures need our help in times of emergency.

Across town, RSPCA Queensland is doing a great job of looking after displaced cats and dogs, despite their head office at Fairfield being evacuated due to floods! But shelter is scarce and they are appealing for anyone in Brisbane who can foster animals to e-mail [email protected]

Wildlife carers have an even tougher job on their hands caring for injured and orphaned wildlife. But many are struggling to reach flood-affected areas to assess the extent of the devastation. One thing is for certain -- habitats have been destroyed and animals with nowhere to go will need a lot of assistance in the coming months. Animals Australia has donated $1,000 to the emergency wildlife rescue appeal. If you want to donate too, here's the direct link!

If you live in one of the flood-affected areas, please keep the local radio on, and stay safe and dry -- and remember to also look out for our animal friends who need an extra helping hand!

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