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5 reasons animals don't belong in tanks

5 reasons animals don't belong in tanks

Posted 27 June 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: marine parks, SeaWorld, dolphins, orcas, seals, sharks, entertainment

I'll admit, sometimes it's hard to tell if a shark is happy or sad. (Well, except for Bruce.) But I can tell you, that a tank is not nearly as much fun as the ocean for any marine animal. Here's 5 reasons to avoid marine parks and aquariums:

1. Because sad seals sucks.


2. Because if we love them we should leave them alone.


[Read enough? Make the pledge to never attend a marine park or aquarium now.]

3. Because it's just not natural.


4. Because orcas don't deserve to have their babies taken away from them.


5. Because by simply not attending a marine park or aquarium you can help end this cruelty!


These places only exist to "entertain" us. So if we don't go, they can't continue to exist. What's more, it's way cooler to interact with marine animals in their natural habitat. Check out these lucky tourists hanging out with a mother and baby whale :)

Do you know another reason not to attend a marine park or aquarium? Pop it in the comments below.

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5 awesome mums of the animal kingdom

5 awesome mums of the animal kingdom

Posted 9 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Mothers Day, mums, pigs, cows, orcas, koalas, seals

There's some pretty kick ass mothers out there in the animal kingdom and some of them could use a little helping hand. So here are 5 awesome animal mums and how you can show them some love:


1. Harp seals
Harp seal mums will spend the first 12 days of their pup's life feeding the bub and protecting them from danger without eating anything themselves! During this time, the pup will rapidly pack on the kilos while mum dutifully fades away.

But, once mum has to leave the ice to find food for herself, her pup is in extreme danger of being killed by hunters for his fur. Click here to find out more and how you can take action for baby seals.


2. Pigs
Did your mum ever sing you lullabies? Mother pigs have been known to 'sing' to their piglets :) This is believed to help let the babies know when her milk is flowing so that they can feed.

Sadly, mother pigs in factory farms are confined to tiny cages called 'farrowing crates' where they are barely able to move, let alone interact with their young :( You can help put an end to this suffering. Be a friend to pigs and take them off your plate.


3. Koalas
Koalas carry their babies around on their backs for six months. SIX MONTHS! I hope that baby koala gets his mum a massage voucher every year for Mother's Day for the rest of his life.

If your mum is pretty special, why not tell her with an awesome pressie that she'll love and will help to create a kinder world for ALL mothers :) Click here to shop cruelty-free gifts.


4. Orcas
Orca mums stay with their children for life! Personally, I'm not sure how I'd go living with my mum forever but it certainly shows a strong bond between mother orcas and their calves. In fact, female killer whales live a lot longer than males (up to 90 years!) and some research suggests that this is due to their never ending desire to care for their offspring. Nawww.

Knowing this, one of the saddest parts of watching the documentary Blackfish for me, was seeing baby whales separated from their mothers. It may be distressing to see these whales grieving for their calves but fortunately you can help end this cruelty by not supporting marine parks and deciding to never attend one.


5. Cows
Cows have very strong bonds with their calves. Like orcas, cows have been known to frantically call and search for their calves when they're separated. And most calves in the dairy industry are separated from their mums within days of being born.

A New York vet tells the story of one mother cow who proved the strength of her love, when she hid one of her calves after giving birth to twins. The vet suggests that she remembered losing her previous four calves, and probably guessed that if the farmer got his hands on them both, they would would be taken from her again :(

This intelligent and thoughtful mother managed to keep her baby hidden for 11 days before her secret was discovered. What was the giveaway? The farmer couldn't milk her because of course her calf was drinking all the milk she produced.

Sadly, like most mother cows in the dairy industry, she too was separated from her calf. All because her milk was to be bottled and sold for humans to drink. BUT you can help protect calves and their mums from this cruel cycle by giving dairy the flick. Click here to make the pledge today.

There are so many dairy free milk alternatives these days, that I'm like a kid in a candy store at the supermarket. Bonsoy is my fave in coffee, but almond milk tastes great on my cereal. And the best thing about them is that no cows lost their calves for these cartons of milk. Do you have a favourite dairy-free milk?

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Cruel Canadian seal hunt begins again :(

Cruel Canadian seal hunt begins again :(

Posted 23 April 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: seals, fur, Canada, Canadian seal slaughter, take action

Every Spring, large numbers of pregnant harp seals come together on the Canadian ice floes to give birth to their pups. Baby harp seals are born with soft white fluffy fur. This white coat will protect them for the first two weeks of their life ...

520-sealandmum.jpg(Image: bankoboev)

At around 12 days of age, a baby harp seal starts shedding his fuzzy white coat for a darker, sleeker one. However, he will still need to spend some time on the ice, saving his energy and losing his baby blubber before he can swim with the other seals. It's during this time that the annual Canadian seal hunt begins.

And I hate to be the one to tell you this, but that time is now.

Can you believe that as soon as baby seals start shedding their white coats, they can legally be killed by seal hunters? And as if killing helpless baby animals wasn't bad enough, the way they are killed is horrific. Seals are brutally beaten to death or shot by hunters. They will then be skinned for their furs.

520-sealhunt2.jpg(Image: Cape Breton Post)

520-sealhunt1.jpg(Image: OneGreenPlanet)

We can do something to help stop this cruel seal hunt. Please sign the petition to show Canada what Aussies think of this horrific slaughter, and most importantly – spread the word. The more people that know about this, and speak out against it, the greater impact we can have for seals.


But seals are not the only animals to be killed for their skins. You might be shocked to learn that millions of animals you would consider to be loved family members – cats, dogs and rabbits for example – are killed for their fur. What's more, a cow needs her skin just as much as a dog, cat, rabbit or seal needs theirs. Leather costs lives too :(

ALL animals killed for their skins need us to step up and refuse to buy products that deal in cruelty and suffering. And with so many cruelty-free options out there, there's no reason not to! If you're with me on this, take the pledge to wear your own skin and let animals keep theirs.

520-sealpup.jpg(Image: MarineScienceToday)

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Show Canadian Seals: Aussies Care Too!

Show Canadian Seals: Aussies Care Too!

Posted 18 March 2010   by Sim         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: Canadian seal slaughter, seals, fur, Canada, take action, petition

Hi! I'm Sim, I'm new to Unleashed and let me just say, the brutal killing of baby seals before they aren't even two weeks old really upsets me!

See, every year the Canadian government allows hundreds of thousands of baby seals to be killed by hunters on the ice floes of Canada. It's basically the largest mass killing of marine mammals anywhere in the world. But that's not the worst of it -- the way these seals are killed is absolutely horrific -- clubbed on the head or shot for their pelts -- and due to the carelessness of hunters, some are even skinned alive.

PHOTOS: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Last month Matt.Y had a great idea by suggesting we contact the Vancouver Olympic Committee and asking them to put pressure on the Canadian Government to stop the slaughter. But with the hunt about to start, and the Olympics now over, these seal pups still desperately need our help.

Here in Australia we can do something else to help end this killing. Please sign the petition to show Canada what Aussies think of this cruel slaughter -- and get as many of your friends as you can to also sign.

Most importantly, seals, like all animals killed for their fur, need us to step up and refuse to buy any products with fur on them. If you're with me on this, take the pledge to wear your own skin -- and let the seals keep theirs!

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This Olympic Snowboarder Saves Lives

This Olympic Snowboarder Saves Lives

Posted 24 February 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: Hannah Teter, sport, snowboarding, Winter Olympics, veg, Canadian seal slaughter, seals

So the Winter Olympics are coming to a close. I don't know about you, but I keep watching The Games thinking how much fun it would be to try some of those sports out. I think I've decided the skeleton is for me :-P

Anyway, with one very impressive run down the halfpipe and a gold medal around her neck, Torah Bright has become a household name. Not to mention scoring herself a place on a stamp. Top marks to her.


But I wanted to take a moment to tip my hat to the girl who won the silver medal in the halfpipe, Hannah Teter. This warm-hearted winter Olympian is a passionate vegetarian, and has said: "My plant-based diet has opened up more doors to being an athlete. It's a whole other level that I'm elevating to. I stopped eating animals about a year ago, and it's a new life. I feel like a new person, a new athlete."

And for this veggie powered athlete her compassion doesn't stop at her plate. When she's not busting out 360's on the halfpipe Hannah is busy endorsing eco-friendly sponsors, raising funds to help homeless AIDS victims in Kenya, donating her prize money to the Haiti relief appeal, and speaking out against the Canadian seal slaughter.

Way to go Hannah! I may not have a gold medal to give you, but you definitely deserve a gold star for your efforts.

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Help Save Seals' Skins!

Help Save Seals' Skins!

Posted 14 February 2010   by _Matt         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: Canadian seal slaughter, seals, fur, Winter Olympics, Canada, take action, guest blog

The Winter Olympic Games: It's an event scribbled in bold on every Australian's calendar, counted down to, day-by-day, from the closing ceremony 4 years ago. For 2 weeks straight, Australians sit glued to the television, with little on their mind other than the absolute excitement that is curling, being beamed from the other (and much colder) side of the world.

OK! So maybe it's not! But the location of The Games this year offers us, and more importantly animals, a potentially life saving opportunity.

Last year in Canada, over 60,000 baby harp seals were run-down by sealers and mercilessly bludgeoned to death on the ice, their parents watching on in terror and crying in horror. It's estimated that over 95% of the seals clubbed to death last year were less than 3 months old. These animals will never learn to swim and will never chew on their first solid meal.

PHOTOS: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

So what can we do about it?

Well, just like any major event, the organizers want it to run as smoothly as possible - and the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee is no different. One thing they don't want is for the good reputation of the Winter Olympic Games to be tarnished by this cruellest-of-the-cruel hunt, which already hangs over Canada's international reputation.

The Committee carries a lot of political clout, and with their pressure on the Canadian government, we'll be all the closer to having the seal fur industry right where we want them: off the ice for good!

Please write to the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee ( and urge them to help bring an immediate end to the seal slaughter by pressuring the Canadian government to end this brutal slaughter for good.

See you guys on the slopes,

Matt. (Guest blogger)

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How Much is a Fur Coat Worth?

How Much is a Fur Coat Worth?

Posted 24 June 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: namibian seal slaughter, seals, fur, take action, Africa

A lot to a seal, I'm willing to bet.

Or rather eight seals which is the number of seal pups that are killed to produce just one fur coat. And come 1st July this year, that's what is destined to happen to 91,000 seal pups on the coast of Namibia.

Just a warning, don't read on if you're easily upset. Just click here to help end this cruelty.

I only recently discovered just how brutal the annual Namibian seal cull is. People call it the 'cruellest in the world', and there's a good reason why. Most of the seals killed during this brutal slaughter are so young that they are still being nursed by their mothers. The defenceless pups are rounded up and separated from their mothers and many vomit their mother's milk in fear before being clubbed to death. Some seals who aren't completely knocked out are then stabbed and "bled out" while they are still fully conscious. Their mothers are left to watch on helplessly. It's one of the most disturbing sights you're likely to ever see (I don't recommend it, but you can find videos here of what has happened during previous 'hunts' if you think you can handle it).

Baby seals are rounded up

The clubbing begins

Pups are stabbed to 'bleed out', sometimes when conscious.

You might be thinking thank goodness we'd never support something so awful here in Australia! Well, it turns out that it's an Australian company that is directly linked to the annual Namibian slaughter. Last year, Sydney-based fur and skins company, Hatem Yavuz, purchased all of the dead seal pup skins from the cull. All of them!!

That's why we're publicly naming and shaming and demanding that Hatem Yavuz commits to never buying Namibian cape fur seal skins again. Never, ever again. If you think that a seal's fur coat is worth more to the seal than to Hatem Yavuz, then please take 1 minute to send this important message today. The seals need you!

Seal Pups Need Your Help!

Images courtesy of Seal Alert South Africa

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