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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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Where is that turkey?

Where is that turkey?

Posted 7 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: turkeys, factory farming, rescued, video, veg, go veg

The chickens in Chicken Run ain’t got nothing on the turkeys in Alex’s imagination. Best blueprint for an escape plan I have ever seen:

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(Image: pleated-jeans.com)

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Unfortunately, most turkeys will never get the chance to run free. Turkeys born into factory farms are often crammed into sheds by the thousands, and are forced to live in their own waste. They will be slaughtered at around 10-12 weeks old. A turkey’s natural life span is around 10 years.

(Image: bigbirdsbigcruelty.org)

Thankfully, every now and then, a turkey gets a happy ending. Here’s the story of 8 very lucky ones:

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These birds were born into horrible conditions in factory farms but they will live out the rest of their lives happily at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary. There is a way that you can prevent more turkeys from living out their lives in cramped and miserable conditions, and save the lives of up to 100 other animals as well. Be a lifesaver and pledge to be veg.

P.S. Did you notice the turkey’s names? laugh Who would you like to name a turkey after?

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A happy ending for a great year!

A happy ending for a great year!

Posted 30 December 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: dogs, video, inspiring, animal testing, New Year, rescued, year in review

I love happy endings! Don't you? I can't think of a better way to finish the year than with a happy ending.

We've shared a few rescued animal videos with you recently. First there were apes, then turkeys (those videos are a must watch btw) and now ... check out the amazing first moments of freedom for 9 beagles who were rescued from an animal lab in the USA earlier this year:

Quite the tear-jerker, isn't it!

2011 has been a pretty amazing year all round. If you don't know what I'm talking about then check out our year in review video and you'll soon get the picture: animal rights has never been such a hot topic in Australia as it is right now. What a way to start the new year!

Here's to making an even bigger impact for animals in 2012, and giving even more animals a happy ending, like these beagles! (Needing a few ideas for new year's resolutions to help animals: click here.)

So what have you got planned for 2012?

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Rescued! Turkeys celebrate freedom

Rescued! Turkeys celebrate freedom

Posted 23 December 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: turkeys, veg, factory farming, Christmas, video, investigation, rescued

Do you want to know what the first moments of freedom look like? Check out this amazing video of 8 lucky turkeys, who were rescued from a factory farm, seeing their new home at Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary for the first time.

Isn't that just gorgeous! And to think these birds started their lives in factory farms. I hate to say it, but these sorts of happy endings don't happen for most birds. Just check out how most turkeys in Australia have to live.. (these photos from Animal Liberation ACT were from a recent investigation at a turkey factory farm):

Like chickens, turkeys in factory farms are crammed into sheds by the thousands and have to live in their own waste for all of their short and miserable lives. Can you believe that the birds served up on Christmas tables across the country this weekend were likely to be less than 17 weeks old when they were killed?! (to put that in perspective, turkeys would naturally live for about 10 years)

I read this amazing story a little while ago about, Lydia, a turkey at Farm Sanctuary in the US, who was nicknamed the 'hugging turkey'. If she saw you sit down, she'd race over and before your bum had even hit the ground she'd be in your lap with her neck stretched over your shoulder for a cuddle.

Surely there's something a little wrong about eating someone who just wants a hug?!

That's why I'll be cooking up this delish tofurkey for Chrissy! My mouth's watering just thinking about the cruelty-free feast we've got planned :D

What cruelty-free recipes have got planned for Christmas?

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Happy Ending for Ex-Lab Chimps!

Happy Ending for Ex-Lab Chimps!

Posted 12 September 2011   by JessB         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: animal testing, apes, chimps, video, rescued

Imagine going decades without seeing the outside world -- spending many of those years confined in a laboratory, bright lights and metal bars a staple of your daily environment. Then finally being able to experience the sunlight on your skin and the simple joys of walking freely and interacting with your friends...

This is the sad but uplifting story of ten chimpanzees, held in captivity for 30 years in Austria. Yes, you heard correctly, 30 years... And for more than half of those years, these unfortunate animals were confined in a medical testing laboratory. Check out this amazing video as the chimps step into the sunshine for the first time:

Isn't that moment when the two chimps turn and hug each other in joy so touching to see!

What do you think -- should pharmaceutical companies find better, safer ways to test drugs, that don't involve animals? I mean, when you see the joy of these chimps at finally being safe and free, it makes you wonder how we can justify locking them away and testing on them for decades, doesn't it?

As Prof. Charles Magel put it: "Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals and the answer is: 'Because animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction."

This footage not only brings home the sad reality of animals being used in pharmaceutical testing, but the chimps' reactions to being set free shows just how similar they are to us. Share this video on facebook (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDgo6ee6uas) and show others just how touching a moment it can be to give animals the safety and freedom they all deserve.

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