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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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You're all winners!

You're all winners!

Posted 4 December 2013   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: competition, contest, giveaway, win, cute, sanctuary, winner

OMG. Picking a winner for the Give A Stuff competition was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. Because in truth, everyone who entered this comp is a winner for having such wonderful, compassionate people in your lives.

I absolutely loved hearing your stories but in the end there is only one prize to giveaway and this lovely entry by the The Kind Cook has taken the vegan cake (so to speak):

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Congratulations to The Kind Cook! You and your 4 year old son will be receiving two new Give A Stuff family members :).

However, there were SO many beautiful entries (click here to read them all) so here are a few special mentions:

  • Iaserrenagade78's friend Stef, who attends all the Ban Live Export rallies and looks after abandoned cats.
  • Meli's friend Emily who has set up an elephant sanctuary in Thailand! (Wow!)
  • Vegan91's mum who is making cruelty-free choices and has rescued battery hens and given them a happy home, AND
  • BreeOD's 'brother' Max the seeing eye-dog who wasn't cut out for the job, but was luckily adopted by BreeOD's family :)

I couldn’t have said it better than RebeccaC did in her comment - it's so powerful to have an ally to stand alongside you when it comes to making a difference for animals. So everyone is #winning in my books :) 

If you'd still like to get a Give a Stuff animal for your loved one, you can! Click here to order from their website. Otherwise, we'll have some more free stuff to giveaway VERY soon so stay tuned!

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Give A Stuff giveaway!

Give A Stuff giveaway!

Posted 15 October 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 147 Comments

Tags: competition, contest, giveaway, win, cute, sanctuary

“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.” -- Ben Carson

I’m so excited to tell you about our latest giveaway! It’s possibly the cutest, cuddliest prize that we’ve given away yet. And even better, we’re giving away TWO! Meet the Give A Stuff family:

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The best thing about Give A Stuff stuffies is that for every one you adopt, a donation goes to an Australian animal sanctuary. So a little furry munchkin gets a safe and happy home with you, AND you help provide safe and happy homes to animals who might have nowhere to go if it weren’t for these sanctuaries. :) Click here to read about the awesome organisations Give A Stuff supports.

So, because it feels so good to give, we’re giving you the opportunity to give one of these gorgeous stuffed animals to someone you know who gives a stuff about animals. AND we’ll throw in one for you as well. :) TWIN STUFFIES!

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Just like you, animals form strong bonds with friends and family members. Sheep, for example, are friendly, social and make great companions.

All you have to do to enter is let us know in the comments below about someone you know who deserves this gift and why. Entries must be less than 150 words and competition closes 1 December 2013.

Good luck!

Psst! Can’t wait that long to get your arms around a Give A Stuff animal? You can purchase your new furry friend 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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Last Minute Xmas Gift Ideas
Posted By Ward

Last Minute Xmas Gift Ideas

Posted 23 December 2009   by         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: Christmas, gifts, cosmetics, animal testing, vegan, advertising, Edgar's Mission, Brightside Sanctuary, Macbeth, Lush, Aesop, Kisschasy, chocolate

If you're like me and haven't even started your xmas shopping yet, you might like the idea of suggestions for presents to take all of the hard work out of it. So here are my top 10 tips for xmas gifts:

  1. Buy a TV Ad (or have one bought for you): Remind your family that Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, and giving kindness to those who are stuck in factory farms. By donating an ad, you can make their Christmas by keeping our ads on television to give animals a voice.
  2. Aesop gift packs: All of Aesop's products are vegan meaning you don't have to worry about your products being used in cruel animal experiments. They have gift packs for both men and women (perfect for Mum and Dad) that range from $30 to $150. This is what my mum's getting for chrissy.
  3. LUSH Handmade Cosmetics: While also on the topic of cosmetics you cannot go past LUSH, one of the coolest and conscious companies around. These guys have decadent smelling hand-made cosmetics, with a great range of vegan options, that are all natural and perfect for gifts for mum, dad, bro or sis. Just find your closest store.
  4. Macbeth's vegan line of shoes: Macbeth shoes are pure style. And a pair of cow friendly kicks is enough to put a spring in anyone's step.
  5. The Cove: One of the biggest animal films of the year, which shone a light on the secretive dolphin slaughter in the small town of Taiji in Japan. Definitely one of the best films I have ever seen. It's very much like Animal Planet meets James Bond. So if you're Dad likes espionage films, then this is definitely for him. Available from JB Hi Fi around Australia.
  6. Sponsor a needy animal: Adopting a family companion is a big decision and one best left to the person who will be looking after him/her. So giving an animal as a present usually isn't a good idea. But that doesn't mean you can't help a needy animal and make your friend or family member fall head over heals in the process. Sponsoring an animal at a sanctuary (such as Edgar's Mission or Brightside Farm Sanctuary) on behalf of a friend/family member will leave the recipient feeling proud that their helping to give a needy animal a home. And that experience can be all the more rewarding if you can visit the sanctuary!
  7. Cook a delicious vegan supper: Remember that old saying "it's the thought that counts?" Well whoever coined the phrase was right. Why not save Mum/Gran the time slaving away in the kitchen this xmas by whipping out your vegan masterchef skills with one of our Christmas recipes. In doing so, you'll give animals the kindest gift of all - not eating them, and show your family how great vegan food is!
  8. Music: Really, who doesn't love music! And of course it's 100% animal friendly. And you could make this gift even more animal friendly (110% animal friendly?) by supporting a band that helps animal **cough Kisschasy cough**. Their new album Seizures is currently at all good music stores.
  9. Tart n Round: These Melbourne based cake pioneers have a range of delicious chocolates, cakes and sweets that would make a great small gift for someone such as in a Kris Kringle/Secret Santa. They are open Thursday 12-6pm so you'd better be quick. If you don't live in Melbourne, just pick up some other vegan treats from a local vegan store in your area.
  10. Stella McCartney perfume: Perfect for mum or your lady friends, Stella McCartney is vegan so you can rest assured that her products aren't tested on animals and that they don't contain any animal by-products. A little bit pricey, but definitely worth what you pay. Available at most Myers around the country.

If you can think of any other last minute Xmas ideas, post your ideas below!

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