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We're going to Soundwave!

We're going to Soundwave!

Posted 13 February 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Soundwave, music, stalls, volunteers, Unleashed, gigs, tabling

In case you missed it, here are some of the best bits from our Big Day Out tour:

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Rabbunzel let down her hair.

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Volunteers smiled :)

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Hannah photo-bombed a polar bear.
#greenpeace #savethearctic

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And a bunch of photo booth action took place :)

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Not to mention all the awesome people we met and the great bands that played.

In fact, we had such a good time, we're doing it all over again! Soundwave 2014 here we come:

Brisbane – Sat 22 Feb
Sydney – Sun 23 Feb
Melbourne – Fri 28 Feb
Adelaide – Sat 1 March
Perth – Mon 3 March

Will we see you there?

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We're going on tour!

We're going on tour!

Posted 13 January 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 9 Comments

Tags: Big Day Out, music, stalls, volunteers, outreach, Unleashed, gigs, tabling

It's safe to say that we're festival junkies here at Unleashed. Going on tour with Big Day Out was such a blast last year that we're doing it all over again! This time, bigger and better :)

You won't want to miss our Unleashed photo booth with awesome animal props and messages of kindness. We've also got BRAND NEW merch and a 'Heartcore' festival pack full of festival survival goodies :) (Follow us on Instagram for sneak peeks of our new stuff.) So if you're a festival head like me, check out when we'll be in your city and make sure you pop by, support our campaigns, get a photo booth pic, high-five our awesome vollies and score a free sticker!

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Gold Coast – Sunday 19 Jan
Melbourne – Friday 24 Jan
Sydney – Sunday 26 Jan
Adelaide – Friday 31 Jan
Perth – Sunday 2 Feb

Who's your fave band at BDO this year?

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Unleashed on tour!

Unleashed on tour!

Posted 23 January 2013   by Anthony         Permalink | 12 Comments

Tags: Big Day Out, Soundwave, music, stalls, outreach

Unleashed is going on tour!! We'll be rocking out at the Big Day Out and Soundwave around the country over the coming weeks. Find out when we'll be in your town ... then make it a date to come and see us!

Our "Unleashing Unleashed Tour 2013" has already kicked off in style. Our enthusiastic and friendly vollies on the Gold Coast started the party on the weekend, getting the word out about compassion and kindness at the Big Day Out there.

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That's just the start, though! We're going to be criss-crossing this wide brown land, bringing good vibes and a pro-kindness message to music festivals everywhere. It's going to be a long and hot few weeks, but our amazing volunteers are hyped and ready for the challenge.

Check out the "Unleashing Unleashed" tour dates below ... and if you've got tickets to the Big Day Out and/or Soundwave (or if you're just going to jump the fence), make sure you come say hello, support our campaigns and grab some cool merch!

BIG DAY OUT

Adelaide 25th January
Melbourne 26th January
Perth 28th January

SOUNDWAVE

Brisbane 23rd February
Sydney 24th February
Melbourne 1st March
Adelaide 2nd March
Perth 4th March

Which band would you most want to see at BDO or Soundwave this year?

BDO crowd

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Where People and Pigs Become One
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Where People and Pigs Become One

Posted 10 May 2011   by         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: Miru Kim, pigs, sow stalls, factory farming

You may not have heard of the artist, Miru Kim before. Even when you look at these photographs of her, you may have a hard time seeing her at first. It's almost like an overly artistic "Where's Wally?" and when you finally spot her, it may shock you as to how well she blended in to a herd of pigs!

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"Pig eyes are remarkable. They see right into the eyes of a human being. When they were looking at me, exposed before them, surrounded by them, I could not read their gazes, but they were somehow shockingly familiar. There was no language to bridge that disparity - the mysterious gap between the gaze of a pig and that of mine. But when I mingled with them with my skin, the gap momentarily closed in, as if I had forgotten my own language. My words were lost, and I felt the swinish grunts resonate inside me."

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The close up images of the skin on skin are striking, aren't they? It's difficult to see where Miru ends and the mother pig begins. There are so many similarities between us and pigs, and not just in skin. Like us they each have unique personalities. Pigs are also considered one of the most intelligent animals outside the primate family - as smart as 3 year old children. And like us they can be affectionate and playful.

While there may be many similarities between humans and pigs, our lives could not be more different. In a couple of the photos you can see the barren single pens that mother pigs are often locked in during their pregnancy. In Australia, these clever pigs can be kept in those cruel sow stalls for as long as 16 weeks - their entire pregnancy! Imagine not even being able to turn around for 4 months!

Even the group pens for younger pigs are a crowded affair. Miru can barely fit in there! And those pigs have had to endure much more than just the stress of a crowded pen. At just a few days of age they would have had their teeth cut right back, their tails cut off and the boys may have been castrated - all without pain relief!

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Sadly, unlike Miru, who left the farm after finishing her photo shoot, these pigs will only leave their life of confinement on their last day of life - in a cramped truck on the way to the slaughterhouse.

To see the rest of these incredible photographs go to www.mirukim.com

I love that these photos challenge people to see pigs in a new light. What do you think of these pictures?

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Coles Comes to the Pig Party!
Posted By Jane

Coles Comes to the Pig Party!

Posted 21 July 2010   by         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: victory, pigs, Coles, sow stalls, factory farming

Some days it is just so exciting to be a part of the Animals Australia Unleashed team I can't even tell you!

After years of campaigning against factory farming, we were excited to hear Coles announce today that they are committed to having a completely sow stall free homebrand pork range by the end of 2014. What does this mean..?

Locking mother pigs inside 'sow stalls' is one of the cruellest things ever done to animals in Australia. The stalls themselves are not much bigger than the pigs' bodies, meaning they are stuck in one spot and can't even turn around for up to months on end.

Pigs are smart, curious individuals - much like dogs! - and it's shocking to think that for the sake of pork, bacon and ham, this type of cruelty is still legal in Australia. Fortunately, Coles has started to use their power to help end some of the worst abuse suffered by pigs on factory farms.

What's even more fortunate is that you don't have to be a massive company like Coles to make a big difference for animals. You can be a friend to pigs (and other animals) simply by taking them off your plate. It's easy! And -- you'll be saving the lives of 100 innocent animals every year. Now THAT's something worth celebrating :)

I wonder who else we can invite to the pig party next :)

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