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Yay! Mean dog prison closed down!

Yay! Mean dog prison closed down!

Posted 24 September 2014   by Nelliepotatoes         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: puppy factories, Kerang, investigation, adopt, companion animals, victory, good news

I just heard some news that really made my tail wag! This really awful puppy factory place has closed down for good! That means no more dogs like the one in the picture will have to live in this sad, sad place at Kerang (Victoria).

They call it a puppy factory but I call it dog prison. I used to live in one and take it from me, it's not nice. Concrete walls and no love -- that's what dogs in a puppy factory get. And this one in Kerang was just like that. I don’t even want to think about how many puppies got taken away from their mums who had to stay in the prison.

But thank my lucky paws for caring people because somebody told Animals Australia about this puppy factory and do you know what they did? They showed everybody! And just like me nobody wanted dogs to have to live in that place anymore. And now, after being investigated for cruelty, the owners have decided to shut it down!

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One day I think all of the puppy factories will be closed down. Since I was adopted I have only met really nice people who want all the dogs to have waggly tails like I do now and so I think that with all these people in the world it won't be long before all the dogs are freed and getting so much love they can't even keep their paws on the ground because of all the waggling.

The way that you can help make this happy, happy day come true is by saying that you'll always adopt animals from a shelter when you are looking for a new best friend. Animals Australia has shown that puppy factories often sell puppies in pet shops and online so if you want to make sure that you aren't supporting puppy factories then adopt, adopt, adopt! And the best part is you will get a loving friend like me who needs a home for life :)

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G2g steal a toy off Buddy (my brother) now. Byeee!

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WOW! Subway to dump cage eggs too!

WOW! Subway to dump cage eggs too!

Posted 24 September 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Subway, cage eggs, factory farming, victory, good news

BOOM! Another cage bites the dust! Within days of McDonald's announcing that they're phasing out cage eggs, Subway has done the same thing!

This trend away from cage eggs is not slowing down and I couldn't be more excited! Before these epic announcements by Macca's and Subway, there was no end in sight to the suffering of the millions of hens in cages laying eggs for these fast food chains. But now, these two phase outs are underway and we are one huge step closer to the day when hens in cages is a thing of the past.

Missed the news about Macca's? Click here.

All there is to do now is to start placing bets on which big name company will be next to stand up against battery cage cruelty and announce a phase out. Hungry Jack's, I'm looking at you. (Click here to help nudge them over the line.)

But don't forget, you don't have to wait for companies to get rid of 'em. You can take the end of the battery cage into your own hands by simply pledging to never ever buy cage eggs. Or better yet, find out how eating less eggs, or going egg-free, can help save the forgotten victims of the egg industry ... male chicks.

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YOU DID IT! Macca's agrees to dump cage eggs!

YOU DID IT! Macca's agrees to dump cage eggs!

Posted 16 September 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: McDonald's, factory farming, cage eggs, Victory, good news, chickens, eggs

Oh my chickens! You did it! McDonald's has heard your call for an end to battery cage cruelty and has announced a phase out of cage eggs from all of of their 900 Australian stores.

Thank you!

As the fast food industry's biggest egg user, this is GREAT news for hens. And a big win for people power! Here's how you did it ...

Here's how you beat Macca's:

PEOPLE POWER!

After years of talks with McDonald's getting nowhere, Animals Australia recruited the help of the public (that's you) to help speak up for hens. This is what happened:

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For 87 DAYS STRAIGHT, the most common theme on the McDonald's Facebook wall has been concern for hens and encouragement for the fast food giant to free them from cages.

SECRET WEAPON (ie. cute kids)

Then we told a bunch of kids that McDonald's were using cage eggs and what happened next melted hearts.

This very adorable and very srs video was reported in national media and quickly went viral. So many of our supporters were touched by the messages from these kids that they chipped in to get it on national TV for 2 whole weeks! :)

THE MEDIA

As plans to deploy our not so secret weapon on to the telly drew closer, Channel TEN's The Project aired a story about consumers moving away from cage eggs, and the growing pressure on McDonald's to do the same ...

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That night, McDonald's announced that it would begin the process of phasing out cage eggs!

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BREAKING NEWS: Subway says 'no' to cage eggs too! (17th September) And the good news just keeps rolling in... After a flood of messages to Subway on social media, they have announced that they are phasing out cage eggs too!

What next?

McDonald's commitment (and now Subway's too!) shows without a doubt the impact that people can have when they speak up for animals. This news will make a HUGE difference for hens but there is still lots to be done to free all animals from cruelty! Here's four things you can do today to bring us closer to a world without animal cruelty:

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VICTORY: WA shark slaughter scrapped!

VICTORY: WA shark slaughter scrapped!

Posted 12 September 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: sharks, victory, good news, Western Australia

Have you ever seen a shark do a happy dance? No? Me neither. But the internet tells me it looks like this:

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Today is a great day for sharks as the Western Australian Government's plan to catch and kill sharks has been knocked back! That means no animals will suffer on cruel drum-line hooks off WA's coast!

And the best part is that it was caring people just like you speaking up for sharks that helped make this win for sharks possible!

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) said that there was too much uncertainty about how the killing program would impact on the south-western population of great white shark and so they were against it. They also said that they'd heard the voices of THOUSANDS of concerned people speaking up for sharks and opposing the drum lines.

Yay for people power! Thanks to the EPA's decision and people standing up for these amazing animals, there will be no more cruel drum-lines in WA waters this summer :)

If you spoke out against the WA's shark cull plans, then thank you!

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Unfortunately sharks are not safe from cruelty altogether. To help protect sharks today sign the pledge to never buy shark fin soup and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Later!

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VICTORY! NZ bans testing party drugs on animals

VICTORY! NZ bans testing party drugs on animals

Posted 15 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: victory, animal testing, dogs, New Zealand, good news

I'm SO happy to tell you that the New Zealand Prime Minister has said a big fat 'NO' to testing party drugs on animals! Seems like a no-brainer right? But around 18 months ago, the NZ Health Department was considering a plan that would see legal 'party pills' and synthetic cannabis tested on animals. Now that plan has been scrapped!

And the best part is that YOU helped! Thousands of individuals from right here amongst the Unleashed community took action to urge the Health Minister to put a stop to this. *High five!* Thanks to the intense campaigning of animal groups, including our friends at SAFE, and compassionate people like YOU speaking up, countless dogs, rabbits and other animals will now be spared from cruel tests for legal 'party drugs'.

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Thankfully, more and more people are coming to realise that animals probably don't want to be tested on and are developing and adopting animal-friendly alternatives. In fact, it looks like India might soon become the first country to get rid of animal testing for drugs altogether!

Are you picturing animals running free right now? Because I sure am :) And I was reminded of a story from a few years ago where 9 beagles were rescued from an animal lab in the USA. What better way to celebrate this good news from NZ than with a video of dogs experiencing their first moments of freedom:

Feelin' those good rescue story vibes? Keep 'em rollin' with this one about FREE chimps :)

P.S. If you'd like to make sure you're a part of our next game-changing campaign to help animals, click here and join our ass-kicking Action Team!

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VICTORY! Whale hunt banned in Antarctica!

VICTORY! Whale hunt banned in Antarctica!

Posted 1 April 2014   by Jesse         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: whales, victory, oceans

GREAT NEWS! Whales may finally be safe from slaughter in Antarctic waters. Japan has been ordered to stop its whaling. *happy dance*

At long last! No more harpoons. No more slaughter for 'scientific research'. These amazing animals can finally swim free without fear of hunters in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary!

Australia has won an international legal battle at International Court of Justice.  The court has decided that Japan's slaughter of whales is not scientific and must stop IMMEDIATELY. And thankfully, Japanese officials are saying they'll respect the decision.

The long campaign to save the world’s gentle ocean giants has been fought by so many people. Now, all those who have ever taken action for whales can share in this incredible victory. On behalf of the whales, THANK YOU to Sea Shepherd and to all of the groups and individuals who have played a part in this historic win for animals!

This victory goes to show what we can achieve when we work together and never give up. So if you're feeling inspired by this great news, here are some other simple ways you can make a difference of marine animals today:

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ACT says NO cages and NO crates. Ever!

ACT says NO cages and NO crates. Ever!

Posted 27 February 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: factory farming, victory, chickens, battery cages, pigs, crates, Make it Possible

The ACT has officially become the first state/territory to ban three of the worst practices of factory farming. For good!

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Woo hoo! I have often wondered, if we had a chance to do it all over again, would we do it differently? The ACT Government is standing up and making sure that animals in the ACT are protected from having to endure some of the worst cruelty of factory farming ever again. Its last battery egg facility has shut down and no pigs are currently factory farmed there. Now a Bill has just been passed to make sure that it stays that way! They've outlawed three of the cruellest factory farming practices ever inflicted on animals:

  • Pig crates – Imagine living your whole life in your bathtub. Every day countless pigs suffer in this level of confinement, unable to even turn around. ACT SAYS NO WAY!
  • Battery cages – A battery hen in Australia lives in a space smaller than an A4 piece of paper, crammed into a wire cage with several others. ACT SAYS NO MORE!
  • DebeakingFactory farmed hens often have the tips of their beaks cut off, to stop them from pecking at other birds. (You would too if you were suffering from severe stress.) NEVER AGAIN IN ACT!

This is a MAJOR WIN in the campaign to make a world without factory farming possible. And if it weren’t for caring people like you speaking up for animals, their voices may not have been heard in parliament :)

The best news is that we don't need to wait for other states to catch up. We can help end animal cruelty by simply showing that there's no demand for factory farmed products with the choices we make. Find out more at www.MakeitPossible.com.

Which state/territory do you hope will be next to ban the cage?

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Woolworths is breaking free of cage eggs!!

Woolworths is breaking free of cage eggs!!

Posted 4 October 2013   by Lucy         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: factory farming, Make it Possible, eggs, chickens, battery cages, victory

How's this for a good Friday? Not only is it World Animal Day today, but one of the country's biggest supermarket chains has announced it is getting rid of ALL cage eggs from its stores!

This MASSIVE news will mean millions of Aussie hens freed from life in cages so small they can't even stretch their wings. Excuse me but I just have to hashtag this......... #winning #YES #omg

And Woolworths' plan even includes eggs used as ingredients in their home brand products! Yup, that's right: by 2018 NO hens will be suffering in cages to provide Woolies with eggs.

Go on, why not give Woolworths some love for this kind choice on their facebook page – or share this image on yours!

This decision was made thanks to the growing number of caring people (like YOU) who are taking action to help animals in factory farms.

This is seriously a historic day. But if you want to go all the way to help hens, the living conditions in egg factories are only half the story. You see, all laying hens are exactly that: hens (meaning they're female). What about the boys?

This is the super sad part.... :-(

Each year millions of day-old male chicks hatched for the egg industry are gassed to death or ground up alive -- just because they will never grow up to lay eggs.

But you can help protect them! The simplest way to stop the suffering of hens and male chicks is to go egg free. That's it! And it's EASY, too: just check out all these delicious egg free recipes.

Do you have a favourite cruelty free dish? Share it in the comments!

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ACT KO's FF

ACT KO's FF

Posted 23 September 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: factory farming, victory, chickens, battery cages, pigs, crates, Make it Possible

Something amazing happened in the ACT last week. Legislation was tabled that would make three of the cruellest factory farming practices ILLEGAL throughout the territory -- debeaking (cutting bits of a chick's beak off without pain relief), battery cages and pig crates.

And the best news? This bill is expected to pass!

This groundbreaking bill shows that an informed community won't tolerate cruel and inhumane practices, and sets an important precedent for all states to follow.

Help speed along the day when ALL animals are freed from factory farms, by making kind choices today. Join the movement at www.MakeitPossible.com.

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VICTORY! Tassie to ditch battery cage!

VICTORY! Tassie to ditch battery cage!

Posted 17 May 2012   by Jesse         Permalink | 20 Comments

Tags: victory, factory farming, pigs, chickens, battery cages, take action

Wow wow wow! I've got some amazing news to share: Tasmania has just become the first state in Australia to commit to completely phasing out battery cages!

After years of campaigning by Animals Australia and Brightside Farm Sanctuary, hens in Tassie will finally be free from those dreadful cages!

And if that weren't enough reason to jump for joy, there's more...

The Tassie Minister for Agriculture has also announced that they are going to fast track the phase out of pregnant sow crates. You might remember a couple of years ago they committed to getting rid of these cruel crates by 2017... well now they are promising to have 'em gone for good by the middle of next year!

If you've ever written a letter, shared a campaign video or spoken out for battery hens and mother pigs, then give yourself a pat on the back. You've been a part of making history today!

That's one state down, and just a few more to go (don't worry, the first one's always the hardest)...

Across the rest of Australia mother pigs can still be locked in cramped crates, where they can't even turn around. And get this: an estimated one in every six battery hens lives in chronic pain with a broken bone.

When Tassie first announced their phase out of pregnant sow crates in 2010, the pig industry soon followed (with a little 'encouragement' from Animals Australia's campaigns) with promises of a voluntary national phase out of sow crates, by 2017.

Don't you think it's about time the egg industry voluntarily phased out battery cages?!

Here's the deal.. if you want to help hens and pigs around Australia, there are two important emails you can shoot off asap:

  1. Tell Australian Egg Corporation Ltd (AECL) that the writing is on the wall! Tassie is phasing out battery cages, so it's about time they do the right thing and commit to a voluntary phase out of battery cages. Email AECL here: [email protected]
  2. Tell Australia Pork Ltd (APL) to hurry up! If Tassie can get rid of pregnant sow crates by next year, why can't the rest of Australia? Email APL here: [email protected]

Once you've sent those off it's time to celebrate!

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Brits Score a Win for Circus Animals!
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Brits Score a Win for Circus Animals!

Posted 29 June 2011   by         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: circuses, exotic animals, victory, England, entertainment

Have you heard the good news? Last week British MPs voted to ban exotic animals from circuses from next year! Hip Hooray!

Facing opposition as fierce as a lion's roar from the British Prime Minister, the people power of the backbenchers won out in the end, with a unanimous vote to end circus cruelty.

Just why the PM was trying to block a ban is a mystery. After all, animals in circuses live a pretty depressing life; being carted across country in small barren travelling cages, being forced to live in tiny enclosures when the circus is in town. Often these animals revert to swaying from side to side or biting the bars of their cages - behaviour that signals stress and boredom.

The circus life is a far cry from their natural habitat, and gives wild animals virtually zero chance of expressing their natural behaviours. So it's a good thing the pollies in the UK seem to be on the ball (and not a balancing ball!).

England will follow progressive countries like Portugal and Bolivia in banning exotic animals from circuses. In Australia, several councils have imposed their own bans while they wait for the federal government here to catch up. Ipswich, Ku-Ring-Gai and the Gold Coast are just a few of the councils that would rather see truly talented acrobats performing tricks than miserable monkeys or tormented tigers.

Hands down, the best circus I have ever seen is Cirque Du Soleil and not one animal in sight! They're gonna be around next month, and I highly recommend you check them out. But if you can't see one of those shows you can still pledge to protect animals from circuses and only attend animal-friendly circuses. You could even write to your local council and ask them to join the growing list of animal-free circus destinations.

What's the best circus you've ever seen? Or, the worst?

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YOU DID IT! Nova pulls cruel animal stunt!

YOU DID IT! Nova pulls cruel animal stunt!

Posted 15 March 2011   by Karen         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: entertainment, scorpion, radio, victory

...why the happy dance? I'll tell you why! Thanks to a flood of messages from Animals Australia and Unleashed supporters who know animal cruelty when they see it, Nova FM Sydney has agreed to abandon a week-long stunt involving animals who would be brought into the studio to bite or sting show host Merrick Watts!

A video posted on the radio program's website yesterday showed an agitated rainforest scorpion provided by Sydney Wildlife World being poked, prodded, screamed at and dropped onto the studio floor -- all in the name of 'entertainment'!

We are pleased that on this occasion Nova FM has listened to public concern and has since reconsidered the this ill-conceived stunt. Nova today informed Animals Australia not only that plans to torment animals on air for the remainder of the week have been shelved, but also that pictures and video of the cruel stunt will be removed from their website. What a relief!!

All animals deserve to be treated with kindness, whether they're fluffy, scaly, or even scary.

Please send a brief message to Nova FM either on their Facebook page, or via Twitter to thank them for their decisive action!

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Happy Ending to a Wicked Story...

Happy Ending to a Wicked Story...

Posted 11 February 2011   by Karen         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: kangaroos, wicked campers, victory

In just days, hundreds of Unleashed members let Wicked know that stickers telling motorists to 'run down' roos were, well, not funny, and not cool. Good news -- Wicked got that message loud and clear, and posted on their website today the following statement:

Following a week of intense protesting from Animal Rights Activists around the world, we have decided to remove the controversial Kangaroo stickers from our fleet of vans. We have come to realise that this is a sensitive issue for many people and have taken their arguments into consideration. Whilst there was never any malicious motive behind the design of the sticker, we can appreciate how some groups could be offended. (more here)

Kangaroos need all the help we can give them. Millions of these amazing animals are hunted and killed every year by shooters for their skins and meat. Collateral damage -- baby joeys -- are often flung against tow bars or decapitated. The last thing these vulnerable need are ill-informed motorists thinking they need to run them down with their vans too.

Fortunately for roos, Wicked's change of heart will help to encourage tourists to treat our amazing wildlife with what they deserve -- respect. Please drop by Wicked's facebook page and thank them for swiftly removing these stickers form their vans!

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The Good News Just Keeps Coming!

The Good News Just Keeps Coming!

Posted 18 November 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: pigs, chickens, factory farming, APL, Coles, victory

If you thought last week was full of good news for animals, that was just the beginning ... the good news has just kept coming this week!

Yesterday Australian Pork Limited announced that they were "pursuing a voluntary phase out" of sow stalls by 2017. Now we all know that 2017 really isn't soon enough - I mean Coles has committed to doing the same by 2014 - but this still marks a major victory and means ultimately millions of mother pigs will be spared a miserable life of solitary confinement.

But wait, there's more! This morning Coles added another to their recent streak of animal welfare improvements. They've announced they will be completely ditching their own brand of cage eggs by 2013. I don't think I need to tell you that this is good news for those who care about animals and bad news for animal abusers.

I'm gonna say it... this is the beginning of the end for factory farming! Supermarkets and industry (or at least the pig industry) are seeing the writing on the wall. Factory farming's days are numbered. Really, once the public realises that piglets have their tails cut off without pain relief, or that chickens raised for meat are crammed into sheds by the thousands only to marinate in their own waste for 42 days before slaughter, will they want to support those practices? I think not!

At this rate we'll be out of a job in no time (ok maybe that's wishful thinking). But really, if you want to help put us out of a job and give animals the ultimate protection they deserve then the answer's simple - don't eat 'em.

Tell me, what factory farming practice would you like to see put into the history books next?

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It's Good News Week!!
Posted By Jane

It's Good News Week!!

Posted 10 November 2010   by         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: Victory, possums, pigs, coles, circuses

This has been an AWESOME week for animal victories! And what makes these wins that much sweeter is that they wouldn't have happened without us! That is Unleashed members like YOU!

First we found out that the brutal plan to trap, transport and slaughter Tasmanian possums at a notoriously cruel abattoir has been rejected by the federal Environment Minister. Tony Burke couldn't ignore over 500 emails from us outlining that there would be no way to carry that out humanely. Now no possum has to face the shear terror of a slaughterhouse for the export market!

Next up, Coles announced that they will phase out any products from piggeries using sow stalls from their own range of pork, ham and bacon (side-note -- yuck!). This means that by 2014, Coles won't be supporting any pig farmer who, cruelly yet legally, confines mother pigs in cages barely bigger than their bodies while they are pregnant. Less pigs trapped in sow stalls means more pigs with space to do simple things like turn around. There's still a long way to go before Coles can call themselves cruelty-free, but these changes are coming about through pressure from consumers (and of course from gorgeous Lucy Pig!).

And finally, last night the Ku-Ring-Gai Council voted 7-3 to ban cruel exotic animal circuses! This ban was actually already in place until the circus industry applied enough pressure for the council to backflip in August and overturn the ban. This outraged the public, but one thing Unleashed members know how to do is make their voices heard. Thousands of signatures on the Animals Australia online petition -- or as I like to call it -- the deafening roar, convinced councillors that lions (and tigers, and monkeys...) don't belong in the circus!

I just have to say thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the incredible Unleashed members that have played a massive part in improving the lives of these beautiful, innocent animals.

We are their voice -- this shows how powerful we are when we speak up!

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Circus Has to Swallow Goldfish Ban

Circus Has to Swallow Goldfish Ban

Posted 9 September 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 15 Comments

Tags: victory, circuses, fish, Animals Australia, exotic animals, video

When you think of animals in circuses, what comes to mind? ... Elephants, lions, monkeys, goldfish ... hold up! ... goldfish?

Yes, you read right - goldfish. The Moscow circus was this week banned from performing an act in which a woman swallowed 3 live goldfish and then regurgitated them, after Animals Australia reported the act to the NSW Govt.

It's bad enough that elephants and other exotic animals suffer miserable cramped and inadequate lives in circuses, but how could anyone imagine that swallowing a live animal would make for wholesome family entertainment? Mind you, if you ask me, swallowing dead animals at the dinner table hardly makes for a wholesome family activity either.

Anyway, if you're thinking "But they're just goldfish, don't they have a 3 second memory?", then to dispell this myth I'll refer you to that amazing fountain of knowledge that is Japanese Novelty TV:

I bet you didn't expect to see synchronised swimming goldfish when you woke up this morning ;)

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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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Victory for Pigs!!!

Victory for Pigs!!!

Posted 10 June 2010   by Sim         Permalink | 9 Comments

Tags: victory, pigs, tasmania

Anyone feel like celebrating?! We have every reason to! For the very first time in history one of Australia's state governments has recognised that mother pigs imprisoned in sow stalls for months on end, don't deserve to suffer. Sow stalls will be banned in Tassie!

Sow stalls are a seriously cruel business! They are literally tiny metal cages that are so small that mother pigs trapped inside can't even turn around or walk more than one step. Thousands of pigs in Australia are forced to stand in these cruel cages, with nothing to do all day, often for months at a time.

Imagine if we were forced to endure this? No wonder most of the pigs are depressed and stressed out! They are after all one of the most intelligent species on the planet!

Tassie will phase out sow stalls and totally ban them by 2017. This sets the rest of Australia a great example as well as applying pressure for them to do the same.

We all know that the quickets and simplest way to help pigs is simply not to eat them ... but whilst we're waiting for the rest of the country to catch up and go vegetarian, today's decision will help alleviate some of the worst animal suffering caused by cruel meat industries.

I don't believe this could have happened without the support of thousands of Unleashed/Animals Australia supporters who care about animals. It's their support that's made it possible for Factory Farming TV and Radio Ads to air and to make a big impact.

So it seems that we do have the power to make a difference when it counts! It feels so good to be involved in directly helping animals, who without us would continue to suffer in silence, day in and day out. Now let's get every other state to follow!

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Jumps Racing Put Down in Victoria!

Jumps Racing Put Down in Victoria!

Posted 27 November 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 21 Comments

Tags: jumps racing, Victoria, Victory, horse racing, horses, Coalition for the Protection of Race Horses, activism, demonstration, entertainment, South Aust

Today marks the end of an 'era' in horse racing. Or should I say an error! Yes, definitely an error - forcing horses to jump over hurdles at full speed was always a bad idea. But the good news this morning is that Racing Victoria has announced they will cease to run jumps races at the end of the 2010 season! *sigh of relief*

This decision will spare horses the miserable fate of broken legs, broken necks, and other injuries from falls during jumps races. So after a brilliant campaign by the Coalition for the Protection of Race Horses, the racing industry has finally faced up to the fact that jumps racing is cruel (not that an industry that kills thousands of horses every year just for being too slow has much to be proud of!).

Hats off to the Coalition; hats off to all those who attended demonstrations; and hats off to you, if you're one of the nearly 8000 Animals Australia and Unleashed supporters who sent letters calling for an end to jumps racing!

If you've got a moment today, you might want to send Racing Victoria an email ([email protected]) congratulating them for getting rid of cruel jumps races. For Victoria to end jumps racing is a huge milestone! They were the largest of only 2 Aussie states that still permitted this cruel 'sport'. And so onward and upward! Now it's time for South Australia to step up and ditch jumps racing!

You might also like to let the Racing Minister for SA, Michael Wright ([email protected]), know that they're letting down the team and should ban jumps racing too!

And if you live in Adelaide, next Tuesday (1st December) is your chance to join a demonstration to put the heat on SA to end jumps racing! There will be a peaceful protest happening on the steps of Parliament House to coincide with the submission of a petition, signed by 4,000 SA residents, calling for an end to jumps racing. Here are the details:

Where: Steps of Parliament House North Terrace Adelaide
When: Tuesday December 1 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Wear: Smart/casual (preferably black/dark colour)

Hope you can make it along!

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The Show is Over in Portugal
Posted By Jeroen

The Show is Over in Portugal

Posted 22 October 2009   by         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: exotic animals, animal circuses, Portugal, entertainment, victory

Don't you just love culture! It brings the best out of humans. Bullfighting, horse racing, rodeos, fox hunting, pig wrestling, bear baiting, anything goes as long as it is 'culture'!

Another well preserved cultural form of animal cruelty is the animal circus. Ever been to one? I have many times (for work) and it breaks my heart every time to see the animals living in such disgraceful conditions. Elephants chained by two legs most of the day, standing in their own excrement; lions, tigers, monkeys locked in cages where they can do nothing more than walk a few steps.

But this cruel excuse for 'entertainment' is increasingly becoming banned around the world and the latest country to show some progressive thinking is ... Portugal. ... huh? The same Portugal where they still love their bullfights? Yes, that Portugal! After long running campaigns such as this brilliant advertising campaign (see bottom this blog for more of the ads), the Portuguese Prime Minister last week signed a law which immediately bans the use of great apes in circuses and makes it illegal for circuses to breed their exotic animals or acquire new ones. This in effect means that exotic animals in circuses will soon be history in Portugal. Way to go Premiero Ministro!

That might leave you wondering: What's happening in Australia? Well, some councils have finally introduced bans on exotic animal circuses. But state and federal governments are still stuck in the middle ages. In fact, they even promote them on their website, saying: "Australia is a world leader in the care of circus animals". I can assure you the world would be in a pretty sad state if all animals were treated as 'well' as Australian circus animals!

If you've got a moment to spare, you might like to write to your local council, or your local MP to urge them to follow Portugal's compassionate lead and ban animal circuses.

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Kiss Me - I'm Irish!

Kiss Me - I'm Irish!

Posted 19 October 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: fur, ireland, victory

Top o' the mornin' to ya!

*Ehem!* Well just like the many Australians who like to pretend that Russell Crowe and Crowded House are "fully Oz", today I'm liking the idea that I'm "fully Irish". Alright, alright... so I haven't been there in a while, and I probably can't tell you who the current President of Ireland is*, but the truth is I was born in Ireland, and today I'm going to (soy)milk that for all it's worth. :-) Why..?

'Cause this month the Green party in Ireland has achieved a huuuuge victory for our furry friends - they banned fur farming! Yep, you heard right: Ireland has banned fur farming!! But that's not all - campaigners in Ireland are now setting their sights on banning imports of cruel fur products! Noice Wan!

Fur factory farms are a special type of hell for animals like foxes, raccoons and minks. These and other animals are locked in tiny cages and are often driven insane from the stress and frustration of unnatural confinement. These traumatised animals have been known to gnaw at their own flesh and even cannibalise their cagemates. Those that survive the 'farm' are destined to be anally or vaginally electrocuted, gassed or drowned before having their skin ripped from their small bodies.

Mink in Fur Farm

Unfortunately almost all fur in Australia is imported from Europe, the U.S. and Asia, where animals are treated just like this. Pretty sickening huh. We hope that other countries wake up and follow Ireland's compassionate lead in realising that animals need their fur more than ugly people do!

Meanwhile, you can help these little guys by signing the pledge to wear your own skin, and don't hesitate to remind any fur wearers where their coat or 'trim' really came from!

* My apologies to President Mary McAleese.

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Time to Put Down Jumps Racing
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Time to Put Down Jumps Racing

Posted 26 August 2009   by         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: jumps racing, demo, victory, activism, Liv Nixon, entertainment, horses

Jumps racing is BIG news down here in Vic at the moment. It has been splashed across newspapers and evening news bulletins throughout the year, with some pro-jumps people threatening to cut off their horses' heads if the sport is banned! Talk about losing your cool, butchy.

Just a quick rundown on the issue:

  • 13 horses have already died in jumps racing this season, many more have fallen and been seriously injured.
  • Despite a review and yet more 'safety' measures, this jumps racing season has had the highest death rate on record.
  • 3 out of 4 horses that raced in 2008 have not reappeared in 2009 and are presumed dead.

So now for some good news: After writing to self-noted animal lover Livinia Nixon about owning a jumps horse, she has withdrawn her support of the controversial sport. The channel 9 weather presenter (who has also been the face of a host of programs such as Getaway and Temptation) relinquished her share in a jumps horse after I wrote a letter to her alerting her that the horse fell during a trial. Her withdrawal of support for this so-called 'sport' is yet more proof that jumps racing has no future and will send a strong message to those responsible. Good onya Liv!

So my message to you: Speak up! You just never know how much weight one letter can carry. Hell, you might even get a celebrity to withdraw their support from jumps racing ;)

And if you live in Vic and want to see jumps racing 'put down' as much as I do, then you will want to keep yourself free this Sunday (August 30th) for the biggest day in jumps racing for the whole year. It's the Grand National (ie. The 'Melbourne Cup' of jumps racing) and you can be sure we won't let this one go by quietly. A huge crowd of demonstrators will be outside the event to send a strong message that jumps racing must be banned - it's gonna be mammoth. If there is one rally you go to this year, this is it this will be a day you will look back to and tell your grandchildren about it! :P

Click here to get the full low down on the demo. And if you're not in Vic then please write to Minister Hulls to call on him to ban jumps racing.

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Broome Severs Ties with Dolphin-Killing Capital of the World!

Broome Severs Ties with Dolphin-Killing Capital of the World!

Posted 23 August 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 15 Comments

Tags: Japan, dolphins, dolphin slaughter, take action, victory

This just in! After receiving thousands and thousands of emails from outraged Animals Australia and Unleashed members, Broome Shire Council held an emergency meeting where they agreed to suspend their sister-city ties with the Japanese town of Taiji, where next month thousands of dolphins will be brutally butchered as part of an unspeakably cruel mass annual dolphin slaughter.

During the slaughter, which every year kills 23,000 dolphins, authorities erect barricades and prohibit photography and videotaping of the brutal event. Not even the Japanese public are aware of the scale or cruelty that goes on in Taiji, or that dolphin meat is often mislabelled and consumed by unknowing Japanese citizens!

This move by Broome sends a strong message to Japan that the international community will not tolerate this dark, bloody secret. With more pressure, we hope that the Japanese government will soon wake up and realise that along with the dolphins, Japan's reputation and appeal as a tourist destination is being bludgeoned to death by callous Japanese fishermen!

Thanks to everyone who took action recently by writing Broome and asking them to sever ties with Taiji! Please also take a moment to write to the Ambassador of Japan to Australia and express your disgust at Japan's annual mass slaughter of dolphins. Let them know that you will not consider visiting Japan whilst this gruesome slaughter continues!

H.E. Mr Taka-aki Kojima
Ambassador of Japan to Australia
[email protected]

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Ipswich Bans Cruel Animal Circuses

Ipswich Bans Cruel Animal Circuses

Posted 2 July 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 9 Comments

Tags: exotic animals, animal circuses, bull hooks, posters, entertainment, victory

Some great news came out of Ipswich this week. Ipswich City Council voted to ban exotic animals from being used in circuses on council land. That makes Ipswich the first council in Queensland to take a stand against cruel animal circuses. Woot!

And it's about time! The lives of wild animals in circuses is the pits. They are tormented and abused to instill fear, so they will perform tricks for the audience. (Have you notice that it's a whip not a reward that they use?) Elephant 'trainers' often use a bullhook (a stick with a sharp metal hook on one end) to control or punish elephants. This hook is dug into senstitive parts of their body such as behind their ears, in their mouth or the bottoms of their feet.

When not performing, these animals, who might wander tens, if not hundreds of kilometers in a day in the wild, are confined in tiny barren cages. They spend months on the road carted from town to town, to be brought out on stage to perform in bright, loud tents for onlookers.

So a big hoorah to Ispwich Council for taking a stand against animal cruelty. Here's hoping a few more councils follow suit. If you have a moment, please write to Ipswich to congratulate them on the ban ([email protected]). And you might even like to write to your own local council and encourage them to ban exotic animal circuses too!

While I'm at it, I thought I'd also share these brilliant campaign posters from a collaboration between two portuguese animal advocacy groups, Aco Animal and Liga Portuguesa dos Direitos do Animal. They really sum it up well:

"Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls for the crack of the whip against the animal's stinging wounds. A big round of applause for the flaming hoops, the injuries and the electric shocks. Come and see the famed number of cages and tightly binding chains allowing no escape from endless training sessions. Laugh, applaud and join in with the repetitive choreographed routines typical of depressed animals under great stress. All the fun of the circus travelling from city to city exhibiting animals as human caricatures. Clowning around that's no fun at all. Animal circuses, don't be part of the show."






(If you're keen to check out some other clever NGO campaigns, I found these at: osocio.org)

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