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"I WON’T EAT ANIMALS"

"I WON’T EAT ANIMALS"

Posted 15 September 2016   by Shannyn         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: vegetarian, video, pigs, chickens

Thousands of people around the world have watched this wonderful young girl come to the realisation that animals don't belong on plates.

5 year old Zada has just been told what a vegetarian is and she has made a teary pledge not to eat meat again. She says she will eat "anything on the table but not chicken or meat".

When asked why she won't eat animals she says, "they don't really like to be cooked in the oven". Zada has realised that to truly show her love for animals she can no longer have them on her plate.

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Animals are highly intelligent and sensitive creatures, all with individual characteristics and traits. Chickens have been known to recognise up to one hundred faces. (I know my chickens recognise me when I bring them their breakfast every morning.) And pigs are known to wag their tails and rub against the legs of those around them when they are happy and relaxed.

Are you ready to follow in Zada's footsteps and take animals off your plate? Whether it's for one day a week, or for a lifetime, every meal makes a difference. And we've got tips and recipes to get you started. Order your free vegetarian starter kit today.

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WATCH: Chickens winning at life!

WATCH: Chickens winning at life!

Posted 24 February 2016   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: chickens, video, why veg

Did you know that chickens are AMAZING? Here's proof ...

There's a lot more to chickens than a lot of people realise. Chickens are capable of solving maths problems and can recognise up to 100 other birds by their facial features.

You can help chickens win at life everyday by eating animal-friendly food. We've got tips and animal-free recipes in our FREE Vegetarian Starter Kit. Order yours today.

Order yours now

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Thousands of people are eating vegan in January. Here's why ...

Thousands of people are eating vegan in January. Here's why ...

Posted 14 December 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Veganuary, video, vegan

We wanted to know what you loved most about eating vegan. So we asked. And here's what you said ...

For me, I know that animals have a desire to live, just like I do. And I don't think an animal should have to have their life cut short just for me to have a burger. Especially when I can have a delicious burger without hurting anyone.

If you're vegan too, I'd love to hear what you love most about it :) And if you've ever considered eating vegan, now is the perfect time to try it -- along with thousands of others – for Veganuary. What is it? For the month of January, you and me (and everyone else) eat vegan food and together we start 2016 off in a powerful way for animals and the planet.

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15 reasons to try vegan this January

The Veganuary team have everything you need to make your month of cruelty-free food easy and delicious. Sign up to take part and help kick start 2016 in a big way for animals.

Try vegan for January!

P.S. Liam Hemsworth loves eating vegan too! Find out why.

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Ad shows where turkeys belong this Christmas

Ad shows where turkeys belong this Christmas

Posted 30 November 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Vodafone, video, ad, turkeys, Christmas, Kinder Christmas

This new ad from Vodafone UK shows exactly where turkeys at the Christmas table belong. I was smiling 5 seconds in and didn't stop :)

If you're anything like me, you're probably wondering where you can find a turkey like Terry to cuddle right now!

Sadly, Christmas is one of the worst times of year for many animals raised for their 'meat', particularly pigs, chickens and turkeys. It's nice to see that turkeys have a major corporation like Vodafone on their side.

This isn't the first time Vodafone has melted hearts the world-over by promoting kindness to animals. In recent months, Vodafone New Zealand's 'Piggy Sue and Postie Keith' ad went viral -- and when you see it for yourself, you'll understand why:

Looks like Vodafone have really cottoned on to the fact that people (and animals) love kindness :) And right now, our animal friends need kindness more than ever!

You can help spread a little love to turkeys and other animals this Christmas ... Join us for a Kinder Christmas -- and discover the delicious ways you can help bring compassion and peace to all beings this holiday season.

Join us for A Kinder Christmas

P.S. For more reason to love turkeys, you just have to watch this:

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Toy company stops making orca toy. Makes sweetest ad to show why ...

Toy company stops making orca toy. Makes sweetest ad to show why ...

Posted 16 November 2015   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Munchkin, orcas, marine parks, SeaWorld, video, ad, good news

Munchkin have stopped making their popular orca bath toy. Why? "Because a bathtub isn't big enough for an orca."

YESSS Munchkin. Watch this heart-warming ad they made which shows the relationship children should have with animals ...



BYE FISHIE


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If, like the kid in this video, you know that the only place for an orca is in the ocean, join over a thousand others on Unleashed who've pledged to never visit a place that keeps orcas or other marine animals in captivity.

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Wondering what's wrong with marine parks and aquariums? Here's 5 reasons animals don't belong in tanks.

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INCREDIBLE: Curious whales surprise paddle boarder

INCREDIBLE: Curious whales surprise paddle boarder

Posted 6 October 2015   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: whales, marine animals, video

So this guy just made paddle boarding seem like the best thing ever! Watch how close he gets to two curious whales.


Video: YouTube/Jaimen Hudson

Amazing. The pair of whales who popped up to say hello to paddle boarder Dave are Southern Right whales, of which there are only around 7,000 left! Dave's friend Jaimen jumped on the chance to film this incredible encounter on his drone camera, which is why we're lucky enough to be able to see it.

The best bit about this video is that Dave got to see these amazing animals where they belong -- in the ocean. Animals like whales deserve to live freely and happily, and it's this realisation that has helped many people come to the decision that a tank is no place to see a marine animal. (Here's 5 more reasons animals don't belong in tanks.)

Has this video got you hungry to see animals up close in the wild? Check out these 10 amazing places to see animals in their natural habitat.

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Compassionate 5 year old doesn't want to eat animals anymore

Compassionate 5 year old doesn't want to eat animals anymore

Posted 8 July 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: pigs, cows, chickens, vegetarian, video, Indie-Rose

I wish I was this wise when I was 5 ...

I don't think I could put it any more eloquently than Indie-Rose has.

"Animals are very nice."

Pigs are nice

Chickens are nice

And cows are nice

If you don't want the "animal-people" to be chopped up, you can be a vegetarian.

In case you're a bit unsure, like Indie-Rose was, this is what a vegetarian does:

Eat this

Love this

Sounds pretty awesome right?

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P.S. Indie-Rose's mum told The Mirror that she hasn't eaten meat since this moment 3 months ago :) Share some love for Indie-Rose in the comments below, and for her family for being so supportive of her choice.

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Woman finds 'meat' twitching

Woman finds 'meat' twitching

Posted 2 July 2015   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: meat, video, vegetarian

A woman in China was shocked to find a piece of beef she had just bought was twitching and pulsating. You have to see it to believe it:

Excuse me for one second while I ...

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An Aussie butcher has explained that when an animal is slaughtered there are sometimes involuntary spasms from the nerve endings.

We as a society seem to foget too easily that meat comes from a live animal so when this fact is brought into our focus, we are (understandably) turned off by it. The woman who bought this piece of meat was so disgusted that she chose to film it rather than eat it.

But all meat had pulsing nerves once. And veins. And a beating heart. In fact in my opinion this "beef" is not fresh enough. I prefer "meat" that has all it's nerves and veins pulsing and pumping.

Like this:
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And this:
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And this:
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And this:
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And this:
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If you're with me that animals should be playing and jumping and getting hugs, rather than dead and twitching on a plate, take the first step to being meat-free today.

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This little pig can do every dog trick you can think of

This little pig can do every dog trick you can think of

Posted 30 June 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: pigs, cute, video, why veg

Little Stefa, who lives in Poland, proves that pigs are every bit as smart as dogs. She can do all the tricks her dog friends can do with just as much skill and personality :)

She can jump through hoops

She can turn perfect circles

She can weave between her carer's legs

She can shake hands

She can leap over appropriate piglet sized hurdles

She can balance really well on these tricky wobbly things

She can balance on toes

She can do these adorable little piggy jumps on a ball

And she can hold a perfect pose in perfect lighting

Stefa wins my Best in Show award hands down :) It's no secret that pigs are incredibly smart and Stefa is a beautiful reminder of that. Knowing how smart they are makes it even harder to stomach the thought of millions of pigs suffering in concrete pens in factory farms, constantly being bred only to be slaughtered.

While watching little Stefa perfectly nail a series of dog tricks, I can't help but think about one of the biggest injustices in the way animals are treated -- if a dog was ever treated the way most pigs in Australia are there would be a riot. (Not to mention it would be illegal).

Only recently there was massive outrage about the Yulin dog eating festival in China. And among the outraged was myself! It's horrible to think of dogs being killed and eaten.

But I have to wonder, would anyone bat an eyelid at a hot dog eating festival right here in Australia? I would like to think that people would be outraged -- especially if they could see how they're treated. It's horrible to think of pigs being killed and eaten.

I often hear Aussies say that we need to fix the problems we have here at home before we start worrying about what's happening elsewhere in the world. I wouldn't say that I necessarily agree (I think we can achieve both) but I do know that the power to protect animals from cruelty here in Australia is entirely in our hands. While we couldn't save the animals who were killed as part of the Yulin dog eating festival, we can save the animals who are being slaughtered for their meat every single day in Australia.

It's as simple as choosing to value animals like Stefa the pig for who they are and taking them off your plate. And we've got meat-free recipes and handy tips to get you started.

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Stefa is a very lucky girl to be valued for who she is. Watch more of her incredible talents in this adorable video:

P.S. Though Stefa is adorable, pigs only make good pets for individuals who are well-researched and know what they're getting into. There are some big, big problems with the "teacup" or mini pig phenomenon, which you can read about here. And as always, if you're thinking about adding a new animal member to your family, adoption is the kindest option :)

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Amazing bond between girl and fawn (video)

Amazing bond between girl and fawn (video)

Posted 1 June 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: deer, video, cute, wild animals

When this tiny fawn stumbled into Maya's yard, the connection between girl and deer was instantaneous. But Maya knows straight away what the fawn needs most ... their mother.

Maya's dad, who uploaded the video, said they later saw the fawn and mother together in their backyard, safely reunited :) If only all humans were like Maya ... and knew that what baby animals need most is to be with their mothers.

Sadly, there are too many examples in the real world where we deprive animals of this ... young orcas are taken from their mothers to perform at marine parks, day old calves are taken from their mothers so that their milk can be bottled for humans, and baby harp seals are hunted and killed for their fur while their mothers are out finding food.

Maya can teach us a lot about how we should interact with animals in the wild ... to truly show our love for animals we should let them live out their lives in their natural environment with their own families and species.

To watch another incredible encounter with a mother and baby whale in the wild, click here.

Have you ever had an awesome interaction with an animal in the wild?

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What's wrong with these dogs?

What's wrong with these dogs?

Posted 6 May 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: dogs, cats, companion animals, adopt, Quatro Patinhas, video

There's something different about the dogs and cats in this pet shop. Shoppers didn't spot the difference. Would you?

What's wrong with these dogs and cats? Not a thing :) When an organisation in Brazil -- Quatro Patinhas -- swapped out animals in pet shop windows with rescues, buyers still fell in love with them as hard and fast as they would've a purebred puppy. And I think I can safely say that the feeling was mutual :)

I love the tag line on this video -- better than buying a life is saving one. If you'd like more people to hear this beautiful message, please share this video. And make the pledge today to be a lifesaver and always adopt your pets.

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P.S. Have you seen our latest ad exposing the truth about puppy factories in Australia on national TV? Click here to watch it.

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Imagine if everyone knew this ...

Imagine if everyone knew this ...

Posted 22 January 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Lyn White, Animals Autralia, video

Did you know that we can make the world a better place? It's true! And it's easy as.

Imagine if everyone knew this?

In November last year I went to see Lyn White's talk 'Becoming the best we can be'. Lyn is the Campaign Director here at Animals Australia and (don't tell her I said this) but she's also the person who first inspired me to get active for animals :)

She's no doubt helped inspire countless others who came to see her and now her talk is online for you to see as well :)

Here's the trailer to give you an idea of why I'm so excited to share this with you:

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I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that thousands of people have already jumped on to watch this online. I don't think I need to say any more. Go get some popcorn and a willing cat to cuddle and click the enormous link below to watch the full deal.

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Be sure to let me know what you think :) Enjoy!

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WATCH: Cute lamb plays hide and seek (not very well)

WATCH: Cute lamb plays hide and seek (not very well)

Posted 19 January 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: sheep, lamb, lambs, video, funny, cute

This little lamb looks like she loves a game of hide and seek (even though she needs lots of clues from 'Bea' :P)

Haha! She finally found Bea. Never give up little lamby :)

Did you know that sheep are known for their playfulness? They can also learn and respond to their name, just like dogs. Click here to find out everything you never knew about sheep.

Have you seen another cute lamb video? Share it with me in the comments :)

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VIDEO: This is how you helped animals in 2014!

VIDEO: This is how you helped animals in 2014!

Posted 23 December 2014   by Jesse         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: video, Year in Review, good news, Make it Possible, live export, Animals Australia, Unleashed, puppy farms

Have I told you how amazing you are lately? Why? Because this is what you helped us achieve in 2014...

So thank you for every letter you sent, friend you informed, petition you signed, and rally you attended. You've helped transform the lives of countless animals this year. So I'm just going to leave this here...

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If you want to make 2015 even bigger for animals, here are 2 simple ways you can have a big impact:

1. Join the Unleashed Action Team so you can help stand up for animals with us.

Super hero cats.

2. Try vegan in January to save lives and stop cruelty.

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Get ready for ALL THE FEELS

Get ready for ALL THE FEELS

Posted 5 December 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: cows, cute, video, go veg, vegetarian

This little girl loves her cow so much she sneaks her into the house for a cuddle sesh and it is SO CUTE! Watch ...

I was desperately wanting to cuddle a cow after I watched this, were you? I had to make do with our office dogs Blue and Oscar. (They are excellent cuddlers.)

Not all of us are as lucky as the girl in the video and get to spend quality time with cows. But it's pretty clear that they can be just as affectionate and loving as the animals that we do share our home (or office) with, wouldn't you say?

If you reckon cows deserve to be treated with kindness there's something you can do today that will make a huge difference for them -- and all animals. By taking animals off your plate you'll be sparing the lives of around 100 animals per year! (Not to mention helping the environment as well). Like the mum in the video seems to realise, these gentle creatures deserve much more than to be killed for their meat.

Make the pledge to go veg today or click here to find out everything you never knew about cows.

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Restore your faith in humanity in 4 mins flat!

Restore your faith in humanity in 4 mins flat!

Posted 28 July 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: rescue, video, good news

Is anyone else feeling a little broken by all the tragic world affairs of late? I know I'm prone to getting a bit down and out about the stuff human beings can be capable of ...

So this is for you and me -- a reminder that kindness exists everywhere and is happening every day ...

Bring on the happy tears!

Feel good? Good :) But there's one more person who should've been in that video -- you! Every day, people like you are making the world a kinder place. Did you choose a meat-free meal today? Or cuddle your rescued companion animal? Or help spread the word about kindness to animals? If so, you are one of the everyday heroes making a world of difference. So here's a big high five from me to you.

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P.S. Got another good rescue story? Share it in the comments below.

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Wool? What's wrong with wool?

Wool? What's wrong with wool?

Posted 18 July 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: sheep, wool, investigation, video

I stopped wearing wool a long time ago. I didn't really think about it much. I just figured I don't need it. I found some good warm socks made of bamboo and carried on with my life.

But people often ask "Wool? What's wrong with wool?" Well, a lot. Turns out sheep, just like animals in factory farms, routinely have bits of their bodies cut off without any pain relief whatsoever.

What's more, this investigation footage from PETA taken in 19 Australian shearing sheds, (aired on SBS), revealed more about the suffering of sheep in the wool industry than I ever needed to know :(

WARNING: This footage is bad. If graphic vision upsets you, skip the vid and take action now.

Sheep don't deserve this -- kicked, stomped on, punched, hit with shears, thrown ... one animal was even shown being beaten over the head with a hammer!

This horrific abuse has sparked an investigation by authorities and even the wool industry itself is calling for tough action. But here's the thing, even if the wool industry could stamp out those shearers who are hitting and throwing animals, there's at least 3 reasons I'm happy to leave wool out of my wardrobe:

First up shearing is stressful. Sheep can get stressed out just from being separated from the flock, let alone being pinned down and taken to with shears.

Secondly, even if a shearer is slow and careful, sheep can get cut. And with shearers getting paid per sheep, they're not going slow -- in fact, they're in a rush to shear as many sheep as quickly as possible.

And here's the clincher: If sheep are badly cut during shearing, they can have their gaping wounds sewn up using needle and thread, without any pain relief. *Shudder*. I can't even begin to imagine how painful that must be. And the wool industry accepts this practice :( Along with other painful procedures like mulesing and tail docking. (Again, with no pain killers!)

If you're thinking that this is an industry you'd rather not support, then I have some very good news for you. You can make the choice today to not buy into cruelty and give wool the flick. There are so many other things to make jumpers and scarves out of that don't involve any cruelty to animals at all that it's easy as to make the switch :) Make the pledge today.

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P.S. If the truth about wool came as a shock to you, you might be surprised to learn the secret behind leather too. Click here to expose what you were never told about leather.

Header image thanks to Freedom Hill Sanctuary

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Aww noo. He's dead az bro.

Aww noo. He's dead az bro.

Posted 2 July 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: whales, environment, plastic bags, rubbish, oceans, video

I've got some bad news cuzzie. The beached whale iz dead :( And what's worse, the whole ocean is getting dead too.

Poor seagull lost his mate to too much "plistuc". Did you know that at least a million sea birds, and a hundred thousand marine mammals die each year because of plastic pollution? That's no good.

But nineteen year old Boyan Slat has got a plan to make sure no more sea animals die from too much plastic. A few years ago, when diving in Greece, Boyan noticed that there were more plastic bags in the ocean than fish :( "Why don't we just clean it up?" he wondered. So, for a school assignment he came up with a plan to clean all the plastic out of the ocean without harming any animals. Check it out:

How amazing is that? Boyan says that the oceans could clean themselves of plastic in just five years! He's currently crowdfunding to get The Ocean Clean Up project up and running and has nearly reached half his target! You go Boyan.

Meanwhile, we can help protect our oceans and the animals in them by making sure no more plastic gets in the water. You can take action today by pledging to say NO to plastic bags. By choosing to carry reusable bags you'll help make the oceans a cleaner and safer place for animals.

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Do you have any other good tips for looking after our sea life? Pop 'em in the comments.

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Goat reunited with donkey BFFL

Goat reunited with donkey BFFL

Posted 30 June 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: goats, donkeys, friendship, video, rescue, good news

When Mr. G was rescued from an animal hoarder and taken in by Animal Place sanctuary in California, it became clear to everyone that he was not a happy goat. Mr. G stopped eating and lay in the corner of his stall for days.

Watch Mr. G's amazing transformation when he is reunited with his best friend Jellybean the donkey:

Nawww. Do you have a best friend? I reckon I'd get pretty sulky if I didn't get to hang out with my bestie anymore, (she's not a donkey but she's still pretty cool). Many animals form strong bonds with others, just like humans. Cows too have best friends; pigs are excellent mothers and sheep make great teachers. Each and every animal has a unique personality and a desire to feel love and be happy :)

Do you have a favourite story about animal love and friendship? I'd love to hear about it :)

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Wow. How would you react to this?

Wow. How would you react to this?

Posted 11 June 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: factory farming, video, Make it Possible, pigs, chickens, why veg

Watch the reactions of these people as they are faced with how they've been sold cruelty to animals:

Wow. Do you feel like those stunned audience members right now? It's a scary thought isn't it, that marketers can make terrible cruelty sound like a good idea.

Fortunately, as the lady in this video by Compassion in World Farming said, the secret weapon is YOU. You have the power to make conscious choices and not be conned by sneaky marketing. In fact, you have the power to free animals from factory farms for good. Here's how:

There are plenty of ways that you can take a stand against factory farming today:

What are you doing to help free animals in factory farms? Tell us about it below.

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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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What's the last thing this pig thought about?

What's the last thing this pig thought about?

Posted 21 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: Rivalea, pigs, video, investigation, go veg

What do you think is the last thing an animal thinks about in an abattoir? We might have an answer to that question thanks to recent footage from inside Australia's 'biggest' and 'best' pig abattoir – and the answer is pretty haunting.

I'll let this infographic begin to explain the situation ...

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I'm not going to lie, science was never my strong point, but there's something here that just doesn't add up. Let me run this by you and see what you think.

Most of the biggest pig abattoirs in Australia gas pigs with CO2 to render them unconscious, before they are killed and turned into pork, bacon and ham. This is considered the most 'humane' way to kill pigs.

Scientists say gassing isn't too distressing for pigs if the CO2 concentration is NOT more than 20%. Any higher and pigs get stressed – and at really high concentrations they experience panic, terror and may even have violent and painful reactions to the gas.

So that's the science ... BUT what are abattoirs actually doing? Before I tell you the concentration they are using, maybe you can guess. This footage, supplied to 'Aussie Farms', is from inside the 'biggest' and 'best' pig abattoir in Australia:

WARNING: This vision is distressing to watch.

It makes me wonder, if this is the 'best' what is the 'worst'? :( Pigs screamed and thrashed in terror as they tried to get out of the gas chamber. Those who were outside and next in line desperately tried to jump over the walls and escape, only to be jabbed with an electric prod to force them inside the chamber. And this is happening to both factory farmed and free-range pigs.

So here's the most disturbing part: If an abattoir wanted to gas pigs in a way that minimised their suffering they might lose their license for not meeting the Australian Meat Industry 'standards'. These 'standards' say abattoirs MUST use CO2 concentrations of 80% or more. (Yes, you read that right.) At this concentration abattoirs can kill more pigs quicker, but most of those animals are going to their deaths highly distressed or in a state of terror.

Want to help end this cruelty? Great, because the power is in your hands to protect pigs. One simple choice will make all the difference. Make the pledge to take animals off your plate and start saving lives today!

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And to help you get off to a great start, when you take the pledge, you'll receive tips on making the switch and some killer cruelty-free recipes from yours truly :)

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The true price of pet shop puppies ...

The true price of pet shop puppies ...

Posted 13 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: puppy factories, Kerang, investigation, video, adopt, companion animals

Do you know that song "how much is that doggy in the window?" My grandpa used to sing it to me. But I could never have imagined the real cost of pet shop window puppies ... the hidden suffering that goes on behind closed doors.

A new investigation has revealed the secret ties between one of Australia's biggest puppy factories based in Victoria, and a number of popular pet stores. If you love dogs, this will shock you:

This is the true cost of many pet shop puppies — a life of misery for the dogs left behind. Not just in Victoria either... Puppy factories are still legal across Australia, and the RSPCA estimates that most dogs sold in pet shops come from puppy factories.

I'm not surprised that some of the pet shops in this investigation were caught misleading customers when they were asked where their dogs came from. Who would want to own up to supporting a puppy factory?

The dogs who are used for breeding in these places will never get to chase a ball, run along the beach or get a belly rub. They will never feel the love of a family. Most of them are forced to have puppies over and over again until they can't any longer. Then they're killed.

As someone who has always had dogs in my family, this breaks my heart. It's sadly ironic, don't you think, that the animals in these places have been bred to be "man's best friend" but they are deprived of any human love :(

But there's some good news! It's easy to make sure that you never ever ever ever EVER support puppy factories. Simply make the choice to always adopt your furry family members from an animal shelter.

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Animal shelters are overflowing with dogs and cats who desperately need loving homes. Be a lifesaver and make the pledge to always adopt today.

You might even give an animal the love of a family that they've never known! Unleashed's very own Nellie was adopted from a shelter and she had spent the first five years of her life as a breeding dog in a puppy factory. But I'll let her tell you the story herself ;)

Have you ever adopted an animal from a shelter? I'd love to hear your story in the comments.

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If battery hens could rap what would they say?

If battery hens could rap what would they say?

Posted 1 May 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Trillion, battery cages, chickens, chicks, eggs, factory farming, video, song, music, Make it Possible

Not only is NZ rapper, Trillion, a talented musician, he's a pretty good mind reader I reckon. His song 'Dirty Dozen' gets in the head of a caged chicken and, well, you can probably guess that it's pretty dark. BUT Trillion's track is creating a brighter world for chickens. Have a listen and then I'll tell you about how this song is helping to free chooks from cages:

What did you think? This bit in particular got me in the feels – "I want my life, let me outside, let me live in the light". Seems like such a basic request but millions of birds are denied the simple pleasure of sunlight, spending their whole lives confined to crowded cages :(

Thankfully, it doesn't have to be this way. Over 100,000 battery hens have already been freed from cages by Animals Australia supporters making kind choices this year! (Have you signed the pledge yet? You can do so here.) And Trillion is using his awesome track 'Dirty Dozen' to help make an even bigger difference for hens! Not only by spreading the word about the true cost of cage eggs through his lyrics, but by donating profits from the sale of the song to help animals :) What a good egg! (Geddit? #sorrynotsorry)

Anyone that can rhyme irreverence and benevolence is already going straight to the top of my playlist, but helping animals too? I'm in! Click here to download a copy of the track for yourself and make a donation to Animals Australia's campaign to make battery cages history!

Which is your favourite lyric from the song?

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WATCH: Chance encounter with mother and baby whale

WATCH: Chance encounter with mother and baby whale

Posted 2 April 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: whales, oceans, video, cute

Are you still pumped from the GREAT news that Japan's whaling in the Southern Ocean has FINALLY been banned? (In case you missed it, the full story is here.) We have been buzzing here at Unleashed and this video of a mother whale and her baby was the icing on the cake. These lucky tourists got an incredible up close demonstration of how curious and friendly whales can be ... when they don't have harpoons pointed at them:

It's not often we get such a remarkable and up close look at life under the sea. Click here for 10 more things that might surprise you about the big blue.

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This vid pretty much says it all really ...

This vid pretty much says it all really ...

Posted 14 February 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Vegan Smythe, factory farming, pigs, crates, Make it Possible, video, song, music

"I HATED being in a cage (for barely an hour) to make my new song-video ..." says Vegan Smythe.

Imagine living your entire life like this:

Billions of animals are living like this every day around the world – sleeping on concrete surrounded by bars. BUT, we can fix this! Here's the solution, in 2 mins:

Already helping to Make it Possible? Click here to share this video to your Facebook wall to help inspire others to do the same :)

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2013: Biggest year yet!

2013: Biggest year yet!

Posted 23 December 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 16 Comments

Tags: Year in Review, video, Make it Possible, live export, dairy, bobby calves, puppy farms

This has been a HUGE year for animals. And it wouldn't have been possible without you. :) Celebrate this year's best bits with our year in review vid:

If you shared our campaigns, went to a rally, emailed a politician, handed out flyers, made a pledge against cruelty or did anything else to speak up for animals this year then give yourself a massive high five!

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Next year, we'll be keeping up the fight for a better world for animals. To make sure you don't miss any of the action in 2014, join the Unleashed Action Team.

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Free Birds!

Free Birds!

Posted 28 November 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Free Birds, turkeys, birds, whyveg, vegetarian, vegan, Woody Harrelson, film, video, entertainment

It’s no secret that I love cartoons, and I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I love animals ;) so you can imagine how excited I am for an animated movie about turkeys :) (especially one with a message of compassion):

How cute are those turkeys? You know where I’ll be when this hits cinemas early next year. Probs nosh down on some of this delish tofurkey beforehand :)

It’s no wonder that Jake and Reggie wanted to give their fellow turkeys a hand. We don’t have Thanksgiving here in Australia, but turkeys are by no means safe from the plate. Around 5-6 million turkeys are killed for their flesh in Australia every year. These birds spend their whole lives in large sheds, cramped in with loads of others. (Click here for everything you need to know about how turkeys raised for meat are treated and to sign the pledge to make kind choices.)

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Neat little fact about Free Birds: Jake is played by Woody Harrelson, who doesn’t eat turkeys OR any other animal :) In an interview with USA today, Harrelson joked, “I’ve been really studying for this part for a long time because I’ve been a vegan for 23 years. I had an instinct a long time ago: Don’t eat turkeys. Eventually you’re going to play one.” There ya go, straight from the turkey’s mouth - being veg could be a good professional move ;) Click on Woody’s head to kick-start your cruelty-free career today.

What other celebrities do you know of who are meat-free?

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Imagine if you'd never seen Christmas...

Imagine if you'd never seen Christmas...

Posted 25 November 2013   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Christmas, cute, video

Can you believe there’s only one month til Christmas? What is your favourite thing about the holiday season? This beautiful video brought a little tear to my eye as it reminded me of my absolute favourite thing about Christmas time. See if you can guess what it is:

If you guessed alarm clocks, you would be incorrect. The thing I love most about this time of year is getting to spend it with loved ones. My mum wakes us all up with carols and my brother and sisters and I will play card games and eat delicious food until we can’t move.

But it’s also the time of year when I think about all the animals that won’t get to enjoy the simple thing I often take for granted – love. Millions of pigs and chickens will spend Christmas in factory farms, devoid of any kindness. Countless cats and dogs will sleep in shelters, as there is no loving home for them to go to.

There is a way, though, that you (and your loved ones) can help create a world where all animals feel love, just like the bear in the video – by starting an online gift registry and encouraging your friends and family to make a gift this year that will help make a difference for animals.

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TV star protects Neighbours, and the world!

TV star protects Neighbours, and the world!

Posted 24 September 2013   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: vegetarian, go veg, video, environment, global warming, factory farming, Josef Brown, Neighbours

Everybody needs good neighbours. And Josef Brown (who plays Sergeant Matt Turner on Neighbours) is a real good’n. In between fighting crime in Erinsborough, he managed to produce an awesome web series about the impact our food choices make. Check it out:

Who knew Josef Brown was secretly a talented writer and producer as well as an actor?! (He can also dance, but I’ll leave that for another time so as not to explode your brain.) You can watch the full ‘At the Fork’ series here.

Josef has been meat-free for 22 years now. In that time, his choice has not only saved thousands of animals' lives, he’s significantly reduced his environmental impact. So he’s looking out for his neighbours, and his children’s neighbours and his grandchildren’s neighbours ... Ok, I might’ve taken that ‘Neighbours’ metaphor too far but the point is that he’s a top bloke.

As the boy’s Dad asks in the video, if it would help solve the world’s problems, would you go meat-free? If the answer is yes, click here now and join Josef in helping to improve the future of our planet, for both humans and animals.

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This is how ewe headbutt

This is how ewe headbutt

Posted 16 September 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: sheep, bulls, wool, mulesling, video, cute

Here’s three things you might not know...

1. Sheep make excellent teachers:

2. The wool industry can be a pain in the arse for sheep:

3. Helping sheep is easy as. Give wool the flick.

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P.S. Have you ever seen anything cuter than that sheep walking backwards?

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Good mooove Hughesy!

Good mooove Hughesy!

Posted 21 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: dairy, Dave Hughes, video, cows, milk, bobby calves

Meet Dave Hugs, aka Hugsy.

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He is Dave Hughes’ newest number one fan. Why?

First this: (Heads up: there’s a little bit of language in this clip.)

And now this:

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Hughesy is giving up cow’s milk! This morning he said he’d have a go at giving up dairy for the calves, saying “I do believe that milk is for baby cows.” Hugsy did this face:

Why is Hugsy so excited about this news? Well, what happens to calves in the dairy industry is pretty grim. To produce milk, cows need to have a calf. And like most mums, cows form very strong bonds with their babies. Yet, most calves born into the dairy industry are separated from their mums within days of their birth, and what happens to them next is something the dairy industry doesn't want you to know:

The good news is that it is so easy to eat dairy-free these days. And health experts are starting to realise that cow’s milk might not even be all that good for us. If you’ve been thinking about going dairy-free, why not “chuck a Hughesy” and try it out? You might feel better for it and you’ll be saving lives!

The other good news is that Hugsy is on his way to meet his favourite Aussie comedian right now! We’ve sent him over with a bag of delicious dairy-free goodies to NOVA 100 to say a big thanks to Hughesy on behalf of all the ‘baby cows’.

If you’d like to send some love to Hughesy for being such a good bloke, head here for ways to get in touch with him.

P.S. If you want to get your hands on some dairy-free choccies as well, head over to our 3 minute chocolate challenge for a chance to win some for free! 

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Young girls fight to free pigs.

Young girls fight to free pigs.

Posted 20 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Make it Possible, Coles, factory farming, pigs, chickens, video, Activist Challenge, contest, winner

This put a HUGE smile on my face!

When I was ten years old, I thought that being active meant getting out of bed on athletics carnival day. (Somehow mum always saw straight through my carnival day sickies.)

But Tess and Phoebe from Summer Hill (doesn’t that sound like a magical place?) have a whole different idea about what it means to get active. They have been using their karate craft-making skills and butt-kicking baking abilities to campaign for animals!

“We want to see a world without factory farming because animals deserve so much more than to spend their whole life cooped up in a tiny cage,” say Tess and Phoebe. And they are not alone... More than 150,000 people have made the Make It Possible pledge to help end factory farming:

Thankfully there are activists out there like Tess and Phoebe who are speaking up for animals. Which is why they are Unleashed’s latest Activist Challenge Winners. And if you're feeling inspired by Tess and Phoebe's efforts, you can head here to start raising funds for animals as well.

Have you been getting active for animals? Tell us what you’ve been up to and you could be the next Activist Challenge winner. (Psst psst ... there’s an awesome prize pack in it for you ;) ).

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"I AM HERE!"

"I AM HERE!"

Posted 17 August 2013   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: dogs, pet overpopulation, video, adopt

Animals don’t have a voice. Some animals don’t have a home either.

This video shows how two Chilean students helped some invisible dogs be seen:

August 17 is International Homeless Animals Day. In Australia, roughly 23 animals are put down every hour because they do not have a home to go to. You can help solve this problem by pledging to always adopt your companion animals. (Click here to make the pledge now.)

P.S. This video was shared with me by Izzy, an 18 month old kelpie x who was rescued from a pound in Broken Hill, NSW, just minutes before she was due to be put down. Now that she has found her forever home, she has been able to start her career as a comedian. Check out her very funny Facebook page here.

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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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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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If you were a bird ...

If you were a bird ...

Posted 26 June 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: birds, cages, video

If you were a bird, even just for a day ... it sounds like the beginning of a Beyoncé song but it is actually the thought behind Brett Frawley and Grace Keyworth’s short doco, which made it to the finals of ABC’s Mini Shot competition:

It is easy for everyone to see that flying would be the bees knees, (with pooping whilst flying coming a close second). We even use the bird as a symbol of freedom. And peace. And love. And yet so many of them are put in tiny cages.

Wouldn't you agree, there's a tragedy in that?

In the wild, most birds are flock animals. They fly together, groom each other, play and share parenting duties. Many species even mate for life. And a long life it can be, with parrots living anywhere up to 100 years. 100 years! I wonder if parrots get a letter from the Bird Queen on their 100th birthday...

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When you consider the fact many birds fly countless kilometres a day and spend hours foraging for food, it is hard to imagine how those living in small cages could ever have the same quality of life.

Of course, many people with birds will do everything they can to give them a good life. But sadly, for many birds in captivity, loneliness, boredom and stress can drive them to repetitive behaviour (like swaying from side to side), picking out all of their feathers and aggression. I'm sure I'd get pretty frustrated too if I had wings, but couldn’t use them.

What would you do if you were a bird for a day?

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Factory farmers scared of flying pigs

Factory farmers scared of flying pigs

Posted 6 June 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: Make it Possible, ad, Coles, factory farming, pigs, chickens, video

I've been on the edge of my seat these past few days, wanting to let you know about Animals Australia's Make it Possible shopping bags being sold in Coles supermarkets. But the last day or so has been a real rollercoaster ride. So now that news has changed.

The National Farmers Federation has been doing everything it can to keep shoppers in the dark about factory farming. And we're simply not going to let that happen!

Here's the rundown:

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When Coles announced that they would be selling our Make it Possible bags in stores for the month of June, the rural lobby went into a frenzy. They called for producers to boycott Coles. (Someone needs to tell them that opposing a campaign to help people make kind choices for animals is really not a good look.)

Coles stood strong in their support of the campaign and have been overwhelmed by public praise, from everyone, except factory farmers and live exporters (big surprise). But sadly, amidst the vicious attack from the NFF, those at the heart of this issue -- the animals -- were being forgotten. And we could not stand by and let that happen!

The hens in tiny cages, the mother pigs crammed in crates, and the 'meat' chickens who will never see sunlight need their stories to be told!

We knew it was time to get the conversation back onto the animals ... So we've asked Coles to remove the bags from sale, for now. And we're switching gears and putting our foot down on the accelerator!

The farming lobby doesn't want to see this little pig in supermarkets? Fine. We'll beam her into every living room across the country instead! Starting next week, the award winning Make it Possible ad will be back on television -- nation-wide. In case you're wondering which ad I'm talking about, here's a refresher (the extended version):

I'm sure you are just as mad as I am about the farming lobby opposing an initiative to improve animal welfare. So channel that outrage into action, and help achieve what they so desperately wanted to avoid -- exposure of how animals suffer in factory farms. Here's what you can do to help:

  • Share the Make it Possible film on your facebook page. Make sure everyone hears about the cruelty the NFF wanted to hide.
  • Send some love to Coles.They deserve a cyber high five. They've been a leader on animal welfare amongst Aussie supermarkets and we'll keep encouraging them to do more for animals.
  • Grab yourself a Make it Possible bag here. (Since you can't get them in Coles anymore, we've put them on special online.) Then waltz that little piggy right into Coles for every other shopper to see. If you get a picture of yourself shopping with your bag, make sure to post it on Unleashed's facebook page, because I wanna see :)
  • Piggify your profile pic

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Compassionate 3-year-old becomes YouTube star

Compassionate 3-year-old becomes YouTube star

Posted 3 June 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: go veg, vegetarian, video, cute

Luiz is only three years old but he has made up his mind that he is not going to eat anything (or rather, anyone) with a head. In the last couple of days, he's become an internet sensation, with over a million views on YouTube.

There comes a time in every child's life when they realise that meat used to be an animal. I remember the day my little sister realised that 'pig' and 'pork' were one and the same. She put down her fork and cried. I'm embarrassed to say that at the time I laughed at her and told her to eat her chops.

Now, it seems perfectly reasonable to me that she should have this reaction and I wish I could go back in time, give her a cuddle and make her a veggie burger. But at that age I had already learned to accept what society says is 'normal' and 'ok'.

Children don't just accept. Children ask questions. A lot of questions. All the time. The questions Luiz asks his mum are questions that I wish I'd asked earlier. It was only years later, that I realised, like Luiz, I wanted animals to 'stay standing up'.

When did you first make the connection between meat and the animals it came from? How did you react?

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From war soldier to animal advocate

From war soldier to animal advocate

Posted 24 May 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: IAPF, Damien Mander, poaching, hunting, Africa, conservation, vegetarian, go veg, inspiring, video

I just love seeing a big, burly bloke go all Superman to help an innocent animal, don't you? Well, Damien Mander's story is just that. And it's got buffalos and elephants and snares and rangers and special ops and ... how about I just let him tell you about it:

Wow! What a great question Mander poses to everyone at the end! Now I know, as an Unleashed member, you're brave enough to speak up for animals, so I'd like to pose a different question to you:

What are you going to do this week to make a difference for animals?

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Goats too?!

Goats too?!

Posted 21 May 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: live export, goats, action, Animals Australia, investigation, video

We all know Australia exports sheep and cattle for slaughter, but did you know we also export goats? :-(

A new Animals Australia investigation has revealed MORE cruelty in the live export industry, this time in Malaysia, and this time to goats! This is the first footage of exported goats ever released and they are literally screaming out for help.


Animals Australia's investigators witnessed goats being roughly handled, shoved into bags and stuffed into the boots of cars. When these unlucky animals arrive at their final destinations, stressed out and frightened, they have their throats cut while fully conscious.

It is absolutely clear that live export rules aren't working. EVERYWHERE we look in this trade, we find cruelty.

What happened to these goats really makes me sick. Worse still, we've also recently uncovered footage of a poor bull, we've named Jacob, who was one of many animals brutally killed in Egypt .

Want to put your foot down against live export cruelty? Then take action today:

If you're 18+, head here to tell your MP to ban live export.
If you're under 18, click here to tell the PM whats what!

It is a little known fact that goats have been known to show unconditional love, just like a dog. So show some love for goats and together we can make a difference for them!

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Everyone Deserves A Day Off!

Everyone Deserves A Day Off!

Posted 17 January 2013   by Anthony         Permalink | 12 Comments

Tags: Australia Day, Everyone Deserves A Day Off, lamb, video, go veg

Two things bring us together as Australians - we're all mates and we all love a day off. This Australia Day, YOU can join the campaign to give our animal mates a day off too - a day off the menu! It'd be un-Australian not to...

Shane Warne, the cast of Home and Away, and a Bondi lifeguard. What do they all have in common? They're all Australian and they all love a day off. Every year across this great nation, Australians unite on January 26th to celebrate our shared love of having a day off. (Umm ... that's right, isn't it?) This year you can make a stand for our four legged mates, by keeping them off your plate. On Australia Day ... Everyone Deserves a Day Off.

However you choose to celebrate your day off, fight un-Australianism, and bring a plate of delicious veggie tucker. Going to a barbie? Cook up some true-blue veggie snags. Picnic? What could be more Australian then taking some lamingtons! Beach party? Wrap yourself in an Aussie flag and take some veggie wraps. The options are as wide as this dry, brown land we call home. You could even host a barbie yourself, encouraging friends to bring a cruelty-free plate.

There's heaps of other ways you can get involved but the best way to celebrate all that's good about Australia is to keep meat off the menu.

Being Australian means more than just ending all your words with the letter "O". So this Australia Day, stand up for the underdog (undersheep?), because Everyone Deserves a Day Off!!

If you're over the idea that being Australian means eating animals, then share this campaign far and wide! You know it makes sense. ;)

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Relive 2012 with our Year in Review vid!

Relive 2012 with our Year in Review vid!

Posted 20 December 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: video, Year in Review, Make it Possible, live exports, rodeo, racing

2012 has been HUGE! Forget Gangnam Style, One Direction and Diablo 3 - this year has been all about animal rights. See what I mean with this inspiring year in review.

Everything in that vid was possible because of your support. So if you shared a campaign on Facebook, went to a rally, wrote an email to a politician, tweeted at a celeb, made a personal pledge against cruelty, or did anything else to support our work - then THANK YOU!!

All we want for Christmas is a world where all animals are free from fear and suffering. It's a good thing our New Year's Resolution is to make that happen! I hope you'll be a part of it in 2013!

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YOU CHOOSE: Which shark vid do you prefer?

YOU CHOOSE: Which shark vid do you prefer?

Posted 13 November 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: sharks, hunting, video

I saw two videos to do with sharks yesterday. One of them depressed me immensely, while the other made me laugh...and think. Laughthink - what's the smiley look like for that? Anyway, check out both vids and make your own mind up.

The first one actually made the news. It's from WA and was posted online in the last couple of days. I'm not going to say too much more about it, because I'm trying to cut down on the amount I swear. WARNING: This is NOT a nice video, so be ready to quickly press the stop button.

Awful, hey? If you couldn't watch it, the vid shows a whaler shark hung in the air, still alive, being clubbed on the head with an iron bar. The person who posted it to Facebook also bragged about shooting a tiger shark, adding the comment, "Let the blood run free I say."

Scare-mongering about sharks seems to have reached a new low in WA. The state government there has announced plans to shoot great whites who swim too close to Perth beaches. I'm not saying there's a direct link between the state government's plan and the video that was posted on Facebook. But if you've got our politicians saying it's ok to shoot protected great whites, it sends an awful message that sharks don't deserve compassion.

Which leads on to the second video I was talking about. This was posted yesterday to the forum by Unleashed member JordanBajc. Not only did he post it ... he made it!! Take a look - it's a humorous take on a serious issue.

A recent poll showed that 83% of the state opposed the government's shoot-to-kill plan; even footy star Nic Naitanui spoke out in support of the sharks.

If you think that sharks deserve protection, then take action. Send WA pollies an email urging them to adopt non-lethal alternatives to protect swimmers.

When you're done, tell me what you think of the two vids here. And feel free to throw compliments in about JordanBajc's clip. I think it's really good - how bout you? Post your comments below!

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Make it Possible takes flight!

Make it Possible takes flight!

Posted 23 October 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: Make it Possible, factory farming, video

If you haven't seen it already ... this is the video that instantly became one of Google's top news stories yesterday, and is featured on online news websites around the country!

That's the extended web video for Animals Australia's biggest campaign ever - to end factory farming in Australia. The campaign is officially called Make it Possible, and the craziest thing about the attention it got yesterday is this: it doesn't officially launch until TONIGHT!

So, tonight at 7pm, make sure you and your family and friends are near a telly to witness Animals Australia's groundbreaking ad. Judging by the huge response it generated yesterday, these ads are going to cause a massive shift in the way Australians think about animals.

Here's just some of the reactions already seen on Facebook. (Note: names changed to ones I find funny).

You can help animals stuck in factory farms in heaps of ways. But here's just two things you can do right now.

1) Share the video: - on Facebook - on twitter. (I know, easy right?)
2) Take the Make it Possible pledge yourself.

Check in on the blogs again over the next few days and weeks, I'll have heaps more ways for you to get involved. Until then though, get the word out there about Make it Possible, and start thinking for yourself about how you can help make a kinder world possible.

Oh, and don't forget - 7pm tonight!!

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The Great Rabbit Rescue!

The Great Rabbit Rescue!

Posted 25 May 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: bunnies, rabbits, factory farming, FREEDOM, video, good news

Meet Olivia. Not only is she absolutely adorable in a way that only bunnies can be, she is also extremely lucky. She was recently rescued from a rabbit factory farm with 300 of her friends, who are probably right now having the mother of all parties at Big Ears Sanctuary.

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Olivia has taken to exploring the nooks and crannies of the sanctuary.

Olivia and the other rescued rabbits had been confined in tiny wire cages, similar to the ones battery hens are kept in. In these conditions rabbits suffer from all kinds of health problems and injuries. They're eventually then killed and sold as meat. They're not given the space or opportunity to do rabbit-y things like exploring, making friends, digging, eating fresh grass and annoying Elmer Fudd.

When news spread earlier this year that a rabbit farm in Tasmania was for sale, Big Ears Animal Sanctuary, Radical Rabbit and Freedom for Farmed Rabbits hatched a plan to save the rabbits from slaughter or being sold onto another farm. They teamed up to purchase Olivia and her 300 bunny buddies. Then began the huge task of treating the sick and injured and getting them all to their new home at Big Ears Sanctuary.

Olivia and her floppy-eared friends are now experiencing the great freedom of the outdoors. They're also enjoying nestling into the laps of anyone who visits them. Yep, I'm thinking the same thing as you - what's the absolute quickest way to get myself to Big Ears Sanctuary!?

Factory farmed rabbits in Australia suffer much of the same cruel treatment as their carrot-loving cousins in Europe. Compassion in World Farming (a colleague group of Animals Australia) recently completed their investigation into the reality of rabbit farming across Europe. It doesn't make for pleasant viewing.

While you and your mates perhaps can't scrape together enough dosh to buy up old rabbit farms, you can make a difference to rabbits stuck in the same situation as Olivia was. By being kind to bunnies, rejecting factory-farmed, and choosing cruelty-free alternatives you can help ensure rabbits like Olivia live a natural, happy and full life.

If you think Olivia's story is better than Peter Rabbit's and Brer Rabbit's COMBINED, then you'll probably wanna head straight to this website (www.bigearsanimalsanctuary.com/rabbit-rescue.php) where you will spend the next half hour having your heart melted by adorable photos of fuzzy bunnies. Fact.

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50 cows make a break for it!

50 cows make a break for it!

Posted 11 May 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: cows, live export, cattle, video, FREEDOM

As Australians, we love the underdog. We cheer on the unlikely hero, hoping they'll overcome all odds, and get the happy ending they deserve. When I heard of the mass cow breakout in Broome earlier this week, there was part of me that couldn't help but cheer the heroes on.

Of course, I realise that when cows are on the loose their own welfare is at risk. But sadly, where they were headed before they escaped was likely to be much worse. And their dash for freedom was a little reminder that if animals had a choice, there would be no live exports and no slaughterhouses.

Broome is an absolutely beautiful place. Unfortunately it's also a loading port for Australian cattle being sent overseas. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that animals who are exported don't have much to look forward to. The journey is stressful enough, but even that doesn't compare to being slaughtered fully conscious in a country with no animal cruelty laws. (btw, you can help end the trade with just 30 seconds of your time).

Now, cows aren't dumb, so it's no big surprise that some of them made a daring moo-ve (awful pun, sorry) to escape. In a stirring moment, around 50 of the bovine rebels made a break for it! Some dashed inland, some headed to the coast.

This story of animals making a break for freedom is one that occurs many times throughout the year. Sometimes the lucky escapees even get to live full, contented lives on sanctuaries. This particular incident is tinged with sadness though. Of the cows that escaped, 16 headed out to sea, with only seven able to be rescued. The rest drowned.

On the flip side, around 20 of the "Friesian Fighters" (a nice pun for the cow fanciers out there) are still livin' large, roaming the scrublands around Broome! How long they'll be free for is anyone's guess, but I've got my fingers crossed that they never again see the inside of a truck, ship or slaughterhouse.

Maybe the Broome escapees had found inspiration in this song?

n.b. Of course, I'm not suggesting that cows be armed with rifles. That would be ridiculous -- like suggesting that 12 year olds be allowed to go hunting by themselves (or tbh ... at all!). That'd be nuts! Oh wait ...

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Guitar hero garage sale!

Guitar hero garage sale!

Posted 2 May 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: Jona Weinhofen, bands, ebay, video, music

If you're anything like me, then there's probably one thing you like more than scoring a bargain on eBay -- and that's scoring a bargain on eBay ... from a world famous guitarist. And if there's one thing even better than THAT -- it's knowing that some of the money you part with will go towards helping animals!Imagine how stoked I was to hear then that Jona Weinhofen (guitarist in I Killed the Prom Queen and Bring Me the Horizon) is having a massive sale on eBay and slinging some of the money raised towards Animals Australia.

Wherever he travels round the globe, Jona is pretty easy to spot. He's the fella with lots of ink in the vegan cafe. Now once again, if you're anything like me, then your own metal band may not actually get the chance to tour the world (I guess we just weren't that good). But don't stress ...because if you hit up Jona's garage sale you'll at least LOOK like you have. Jona's lead got me thinking -- how easy would it be to have your own garage sale to raise funds for animals?? Plus you get to clear your room of all that gear you don't use anymore. Win-win!

Here's some words from the man himself. "As a devoted vegan and animal lover I have been supporting Animals Australia since 2008 when i did my first photoshoot & campaign with them. Ever since, i have closely followed Lyn White and the team's progress with speaking out on behalf of animals. That's why I'm more than happy for part proceeds from this sale to go towards supporting their latest projects."

If you're wondering about the 2008 campaign Jona is referring to, then check out this video I've dusted off. There's a bit more hair and a bit less ink - but that's definitely still Jona speaking up for the animals!

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Missy Lends Her Voice to the Birds

Missy Lends Her Voice to the Birds

Posted 30 April 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Missy Higgins, chickens, eggs, battery cages, video, bands, music

Missy Higgins is the complete package -- a chart-topping musician, a budding actress, and best of all, she practically oozes compassion. As well as releasing her latest (sure-to-be) hit album, Missy has joined forces with Animals Australia to give her beautiful voice to the most abused animals on the planet -- battery hens.

So why is Missy speaking up for hens? Well, in the EU, battery cages have been completely banned. But get this -- in Australia, 12 MILLION hens are still imprisoned in battery cages! Whaaat??

These hens live their whole lives in a space no larger than an A4 piece of paper. They can't stretch or flap their wings; and as chicks they have their beaks sliced off with a hot blade! And I hate to say it, but there's so much more I could tell you.

So ... YOU know about the cruelty involved with cage eggs, and MISSY knows about it too. What about your friends though? If you think they should know, then throw the video on your facebook or share it on twitter.

P.S. There's another reason why you should give eggs a miss. The biggest difference you could make for our feathered friends is to simply not buy eggs. It's easy, makes sense and hey ... it doesn't cost anything!

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WIN dairy-free Easter goodies!

WIN dairy-free Easter goodies!

Posted 20 March 2012   by Jesse         Permalink | 121 Comments

Tags: Easter, chocolate, giveaway, dairy, bobby calves, milk, video

!easter-2.jpgEaster is just around the corner. If you're as loco for cocoa as me, you're probably already drooling over the idea of a long weekend devouring chocolate. But we couldn't wait that long... We're getting into the spirit of Easter early and are giving away a delicious cruelty-free Easter pack to one Unleashed member now. Read on to find out how this lucky person could be you ;)

While Easter can be a sweet deal for us, it's often a sour deal for animals. But it doesn't have to be. By going dairy-free you can be sure to have an awesome Easter while also being sweet to animals.

Here's why...

Because dairy-free chocolate is amazing!
Don't take my word for it. If you're a chocoholic, you owe it to yourself to try Bonvita Rice Milk Chocolate (they even do white chocolate!). And that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are loads of other delicious dairy-free chocolates out there.

Then there's this...

Most Aussies don't realise that over 700,000 dairy calves (called 'bobby calves') are killed as 'waste products' in the dairy industry every year. But going dairy-free means chocolate doesn't have to be a death sentence for dairy calves.

You might even be surprised how easy ditching dairy can be. Not only is there a great range of dairy-free chocolates in most supermarkets, we've got the (dairy-free)-cream of the crop in the Unleashed shop, to make it super-easy for you to get the perfect prezzies to put on your own wishlist this Easter!. Check out these goodies:

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How amazing are they! And what's even more amazing is you could score one of these for free. Just tell us who you'd most like to share dairy-free chocolate with and why. Leave a comment below, and the best answer will score an 'Easter Chicken Gift Pack', including 2 delicious bonvita rice milk egg packs and an adorable chick adoption.

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2nd April 2012 And the winner is ....*em* who plans on using this choccie to start a new dairy-free chocolate addiction in her workplace!

Huge thanks to everyone who entered the comp - what a generous bunch you all are!

Don't be too disappointed if you missed out - remember you can grab dairy-free chocolate in most supermarkets in the health food aisle... See it must be good for us!

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Live export cow cruelty exposed again!

Live export cow cruelty exposed again!

Posted 29 February 2012   by Jesse         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: live export, video, investigation, ABC, cows, Animals Australia

So did you see the live export story on ABC last night? If not, let me fill you in...

They aired shocking footage from a new Animals Australia investigation in Indonesia. (btw, you can check out the story here) I don't know how many times pollies need to see animals being packed on ships, sent to countries with no laws to protect them, and brutally killed before they'll get it. It's pretty obvious to the rest of us: live exports = animal cruelty

Last year, the government introduced a new system and promised we wouldn't see these horrible images on TV again. Minister for Agriculture, Joe Ludwig has been saying today that "What this actually demonstrates is that the system does work." But I'd like to get a second opinion: Does this look like a system that's working to you?

P.S. If you want to pester your pollie about banning this bloody business, drop in here.

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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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Inspiring film: 'The Witness' - watch it online

Inspiring film: 'The Witness' - watch it online

Posted 28 December 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: video, inspiring, factory farming, fur, veg, companion animals, film

I always love hearing about how people got into animal rights. For me, it was discovering how animals are raised for food. Lots of people just always loved animals. But how can someone go from being scared of animals to rescuing them and campaigning for them?

That's exactly what happened to New York activist, Eddie Lama. To find out how someone can make such an incredible transformation, check out this great doco (called "The Witness") about his inspiring story.

(Btw, you can watch the full doco online here. So once you've checked out the trailer below, grab some popcorn and a friend to watch the full film! And just be warned that while most of the doco is inspiring and positive, there are a few graphic scenes.)

Click here to watch the full film online now.

So what did you think? Feeling inspired? Now tell me... How did you get into animal rights?

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Animals sing "12 days of Christmas"

Animals sing "12 days of Christmas"

Posted 23 December 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Christmas, cute, video, funny, companion animals

I hope you and your four-legged friends have a very Merry Christmas!

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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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Check out our Year in Review video!

Check out our Year in Review video!

Posted 13 December 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: video, Animals Australia, year in review, live export, factory farming, milk, wool, sheep, cows, chickens

Gosh, what a year it's been! Animal rights hit the mainstream in a big way in 2011. Check out this inspiring vid by Unleashed's big sister, Animals Australia for some of the highlights:

We just want to say a big 'thank you' to you for everything you've done to support our campaigns this year. If you attended a rally, wrote emails or letters, took action on our website, or did anythign else to support our work, then thank you for helping us have such a big impact for animals in 2011.

Here's to another great year in 2012!

p.s. Don't forget to share this video with your friends on facebook and twitter to show them what you've been a part of achieving in 2011.

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Slaughterhouse closed for cruelty

Slaughterhouse closed for cruelty

Posted 7 December 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: slaughter, pigs, meat, investigation, video, veg

Paul McCartney said "If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be a vegetarian." Check out this recent footage from a Victorian slaugtherhouse and let me know if you agree:

I cringed every time one of those pigs was stabbed in the eye with the stunner... and when that desperate pig was beaten to death with a sledgehammer -- shocking! So shocking in fact that when Animals Australia gave this footage to the authorities, the slaughterhouse was shut down within 24hrs.

But what really haunted me was seeing the fear in the pigs' eyes, huddled together in the corner of their pen; and seeing them squeal in terror as their companions were killed in front of them. Because while that stabbing with the stunner may be illegal (and was part of the reason the slaugtherhouse was shut down), there are no laws that can protect animals from the fear those pigs suffered in their final moments.

The investigator who took this footage, 'Kate', also described something she couldn't capture on video: another pig who escaped and ran into the scalding tank (a pit of boiling hot water, used to remove hair from the dead pigs). What a terrible way to go :(

This is just one slaughterhouse -- one that also killed free-range animals and was regularly inspected by authorities. It certainly makes you wonder what might be going on behind closed doors in other slaughterhouses!

So what do you think? Is Paul McCartney right when he says "If slaugtherhouses had glass walls everyone would be vegetarian"?

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Proof Cows Are Jazz Cats!

Proof Cows Are Jazz Cats!

Posted 7 October 2011   by JessB         Permalink | 9 Comments

Tags: cows, dairy, cattle, music, video

Who said cows don't have an ear for fine music?! An American jazz group put this theory to the test when they recently performed in front of a crowd of captivated, music-loving French cows. Check out the video below, very cute!

I especially like how all the cows stand to attention side-by-side, their ears honed in on the music, seemingly twitching in curiosity and pleasure! Adorable! Just a sunny afternoon of grass munching and jazz - what better way to pass the time?

If only dairy cows, who sing their own songs of sorrow, when their new born calves are taken from them only hours after birth and are trucked off to be killed as 'waste products' of the dairy industry; and steers, castrated, de-horned and branded without pain relief in the beef industry could all experience a little less human cruelty and a little more human kindness and creativity.

Cows are intelligent and inquisitive creatures that form strong social bonds with their bovine buddies, and according to scientists, even enjoy solving mental puzzles! This video just goes to show these amazing animals are every bit as intriguiing and deserving of our respect as dogs, cats or any other animal...

Have you got any cute or funny cow stories/videos to share?

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Countdown to Be Kind to Animals Week!

Countdown to Be Kind to Animals Week!

Posted 29 September 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: veg, edgar's mission, activism, video, take action

It's all happening next week! Not only is it World Veg Week, but the wonderful people from Edgar's Mission animal sanctuary have launched Be Kind To Animals Week -- a week for everyone to take simple steps to improve the lives of our furry (finned, feathered and scaley) friends!

There are plenty of great things you can do to get involved:

You can act at home, by taking your best friend for a stroll (more than once I hope!); or putting a nesting box for birds in a tree in your backyard.

You could act local, by volunteering at an animal shelter; picking up rubbish on the beach; or writing a letter to the editor of your local paper about an animal issue you are passionate about (live export maybe? Or jumps racing? Puppy farms?).

Or you can make a change in your own life (to have a big impact!), such as taking the Veg Week Challenge and saving two animals' lives by taking animals off your plate for the week (or longer!); or committing to buy products that aren't tested on animals.

Remember, even if you're already rockin the cruelty-free lifestyle, you can extend the Veg Challenge (or any other Be Kind to Animals Week initiatives) to your friends and family, neighbours, workmates, teachers, etc. The more the merrier (and the better off animals will be for it)!

To get you in the mood for Be Kind to Animals Week, here's a gorgeous video of two amazing inhabitants from Edgar's Mission:

Leave a comment below - What will you be doing to be kind to animals next week?

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Animals Australia gets the thumbs up from Gruen!

Animals Australia gets the thumbs up from Gruen!

Posted 15 September 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: The Gruen Transfer, live export, fur, battery hens, vegetarian, video, Animals Australia, advertising

A couple of weeks ago, I was chuffed to see the panel on The Gruen Transfer discussing Animals Australia and RSPCA Australia's very own Ban Live Export television ad!

Not only that but they discussed quite a few ads from different groups on really important topics like fur, battery hens, going veg and an ultra clever ad on the destruction caused by unsustainable palm oil. Check out the discussion - it gets pretty heavy!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on all the ads. Which was your fave? What tactics do you think work better than others and why? Do you have any great ideas for tv commercials that raise awareness for animals?

Oh, and check out Animals Australia and RSPCA Australia's latest joint ad to ban live export here!

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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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Don't Miss The Cove on Sunday Night!

Don't Miss The Cove on Sunday Night!

Posted 26 August 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 12 Comments

Tags: dolphins, The Cove, video

Every year in a sleepy little Japanese village called Taiji, a horrific event takes place. And it took one small group of activists with undercover cameras to expose this bloody secret to the world:

This Sunday at 8.30pm on ABC1, you can see the Academy Award-winning film for yourself. The Cove threw the international spotlight onto Taiji and is so explosive that officials in Japan tried to stop it from ever being shown there.

Well now it has been, and as more people become aware and speak out for these dolphins, the harder it becomes for the brutal killing to continue. So make sure you tune in and tell all your friends to watch too!

Head here for more info on the film and ways that you can help save dolphins in Taiji.

Have you already seen the film? What did you think?

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Ban Live Export National Rally a Huge Success!

Ban Live Export National Rally a Huge Success!

Posted 16 August 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 16 Comments

Tags: live export, video, rally, protest, cattle, cows, sheep, ban live export

Were you one of the thousands who came out to voice their opposition to live exports at the Ban Live Export National Rally on Sunday? What an amazing turn out and what an amazing atmosphere!

Thank you to everyone who helped send a strong message to politicians that Australians want this cruel trade stopped. If you made it along to the rally, leave a comment below. We'd love to hear about your experience of the day!

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The Black Spurs say Live Export Ain't Right!

The Black Spurs say Live Export Ain't Right!

Posted 10 August 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: The Black Spurs, It Ain't Right, live export, video, music, activism

I don't know about you guys, but I lurrrrve my Rock and Roll! It's no secret that I'm pretty fond of animals too so when I heard that The Black Spurs had written a song about banning live export, I was interested.

Nothing prepared me for how awesome the song is though! Check it out!

The footage that Animals Australia filmed in Indonesia of the cruel live animal export trade was enough to outrage guitarist GG Twang to pen the powerful lyrics. But then, he went one better, and donated the song to the Ban live Export campaign!

Yep, all the proceeds from this little pearler go to Animals Australia and for $1.69 on iTunes it's cheaper than a soy latte!

If you're in Sydney, you can see The Black Spurs perform "It Ain't Right" at the Sydney Ban Live Export National Rally this Sunday 14th August.

For everyone else, I reckon we should learn the words and sing them loud and clear at the rallies in all the other major cities this weekend.

Get your rock on guys, and let's rally together to Ban Live Export!

It Ain't Right - The Black Spurs

Herd them into ships, to sail the open seas
The lucky don't survive, the stress and disease
To feeding lots far and wide, on foreign sovereign ground
To take their final rest before the butcher's killing ground

Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, animal rights
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, it ain't right!

Slaughter box is open, leg ropes tied and bound
A mighty slap as the Brahman's back, hits the concrete ground
One by one they follow, trembling in their stride
To face the blade of the butcher's trade, conscious and alive

Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, animal rights
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, it ain't right!

The politicians argue, the experts disagree
Live export is no answer, let's end the suffering
Let's start to think it over, find a better way
Cause right is right and wrong is wrong stand up and voice a change

Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, animal rights
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, it ain't right!

I can't say for you, but it's plain to me
It ain't right to mistreat life cause pain and misery
We need to feed the world, every family
But not forget to show respect for all that lives and breathes

Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, animal rights
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, it ain't right!
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, animal rights
Live ban, live ban, live ban, live, it ain't right!

GG Twang 2011

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The Only Voice They've Got

The Only Voice They've Got

Posted 29 July 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: video, factory farming, chickens, eggs, milk, pigs, bacon, sheep

Every now and then you see a clip that really makes you stop and think. This is undoubtedly one of them:

It's not every day that you'd get such a short vid that manages to get in so many shocking elements in such an effective way.

From the bacon slices to the roast chicken, the eggs, the milk and even the mayonnaise, this talented film maker has provided a voice for pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens and dairy cows in just 30 seconds. All the while flickering this important line "You may be blind to this but you're the only voice they've got".

And the final sound of an innocent sheep crying really brings home the point that we must use our voices to help end the suffering of these exploited animals.

Thanks so much to Brett Ludeman from Storybottle for creating such a haunting vid for Unleashed, and for showing others the reality of their dinner or their cup of milky coffee.

What do you think of this ultra short film? Do you know anyone who would be blind to this? You could share the video and help them open up their eyes and their ears and use their voice to help animals.

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Australia Rallies Against Live Export (& You Can Too!)

Australia Rallies Against Live Export (& You Can Too!)

Posted 20 June 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: live export, video, rally, protest, cattle, cows, sheep, ban live export

On the weekend, thousands of people attended rallies in cities nationwide with one very clear message for Prime Minister Julia Gillard -- Ban Live Export!

If you missed the rally (or even if you did make it!), the animals still need you to make voice heard: Take part in the Virtual Protest to ban live export. Check it out!

Head here to upload your own protest video now and tell Julia Gillard "If you can't hear the animals, hear us!"

Tonight the campaign train visits the Australian Parliament with Independents Andrew Wilkie and Nick Xenophon and Greens' Adam Bandt introducing bills that, if passed, would finally see an end to live export.

We'll keep you posted on that news. In the meantime - Lights. Camera. Action to ban live export! We can't wait to see your video :)

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Ultra fine wool? Ultra cruel wool.

Ultra fine wool? Ultra cruel wool.

Posted 24 May 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: sheep, ultra-fine wool, factory farming, video, George Negus

Did you catch 6.30 with George Negus last night? He aired a shocking story about Australia's new breed of factory farming - battery sheep. If you missed it, don't despair, here's the video:

Unbelievable, huh? And to think this is all for a fashion trend - ultra-fine wool. Well done to George and the team for running the story!

If you wanna do something to help these poor sheep, join the Unleashed campaign to end the factory farming of sheep! Click here to ask the Victorian Government to ban these cruel single pens.

Then check out this moving video and share it with all your Facebook friends and Twitter followers. Help us get the word out there!

Sheep have been suffering in silence inside these sheds for way too long!

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Words of Wisdom From a 7yr Old

Words of Wisdom From a 7yr Old

Posted 21 May 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: veg, environment, extinction, biodiversity, video

Today (May 22nd) is International Day for Biological Diversity, so I thought I'd share this little video with you:

Even Olivia knows the world needs to pull its socks up when it comes to protecting animals! If a 7 year old knows it, surely adults can get it too right?

Sadly, Australasia isn't going so well in the biodiversity department. I mean, we have loads of amazing species of flaura and fauna, the trouble is that according to conservation experts, our native plants and animals are disappearing faster than anywhere else on the planet.

So while we scramble to save the pandas of China, the Orangutans of Borneo and the Bengal tigers of India, it's also good to know what we can do in our own backyard to save the bilbies, potoroos, frogs, orange-bellied parrots, spiny skinks, sheathtail bats, sharks, burrowing crayfish, even native snails and bees that make Australia amazing but are critically endangered. (I've only skimmed the surface here - check out this list!)

Rainforests, scrub and woodlands generally have a rich variety of animals and plants, but that quickly disappears when you cut down the trees! And according to the UN, livestock production is one of the key contributors to deforestation, species extinction - not to mention land, water and air pollution.

So it would seem that going veg can save more lives than just the one on the plate! Sounds like a win-win to me! More animals safe from extinction and more yummy food in our bellies :)

Einstein said "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." But it doesn't take a genius to see we need to do more to protect biodiversity. And what better place to start than with what we eat? Aren't you hungry for change?

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The Bravery of an Ex-Battery Hen

The Bravery of an Ex-Battery Hen

Posted 19 May 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: chickens, cage eggs, battery cages, factory farming, video

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An ex battery hen has won a Braveheart Award from a veterinary clinic in the UK! Angel was struggling to lay an extra large egg when her human companion (and rescuer) Lorraine Fox noticed she had a prolapsed vent.

I hear you asking "What's a prolapsed vent?"
Lightning fast biology lesson: Sometimes called "uterine prolapse". If a chicken is attempting to lay an egg that is larger than normal, part of her oviduct (the equivalent of a human female's uterus) can be pushed out as well. As you can imagine, having raw inflamed tissue that should be inside the body exposed outside of the body is extremely painful. (Sorry, if you're a tad squeamish!)

Fortunately, the crook chook was rushed off to the vet straight away. After some very tricky and complicated surgery (called a cloacapexy - there's your new word for the day!), Angel recovered amazingly well and was back to her old self within a day :)

Unfortunately prolapses are actually a fairly common occurrence among laying hens, both in cages and free range. The difference between hens on factory farms in battery cages and Angel, is that Angel now has a loving attentive human companion who noticed that she was sick straight away and raced her to the vet to save her.

Battery hens are almost never this lucky. Stacked in cages up to 4 levels high with up to 5 hens to a cage, it's easy for workers to not notice sick birds. Many birds with prolapsed vents die in agony from infection in their cage and are not discovered for days. If they are discovered, they are likely killed, or worse, simply thrown out live and left for dead. This may have even been Angel's fate had she not already been rescued by Lorraine.

If only every hen was lucky enough to a loving, caring home and friends to look out for them!

Do you know of an animal who deserves a bravery award?

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Win A Double Pass To See Disney's Oceans!

Win A Double Pass To See Disney's Oceans!

Posted 11 May 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 39 Comments

Tags: giveaway, Oceans, video, fish, film

The wonderful people at Hopscotch Films have given Unleashed a stack of double passes to see advance screenings of the latest Disney blockbuster, Oceans.

Doesn't it look amazing? What a great way to give people a glimpse into the lives of sea animals!

The oceans have been plundered by outdated and cruel fishing methods driving many species to the brink of extinction. This movie shows that a lot of these animals aren't all that different to us - they form amazing bonds and play and protect each other. We should be doing all we can to protect them!

Tell us below what you're going to do to protect our oceans and you could win a double pass to see this spectacular movie before anyone else!

Hurry, comp closes noon Monday May 16th so don't plod along like a walrus!

PS The tickets are only valid for Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd May (not valid after 5pm on Saturday) at the following cinemas :
Sydney - Palace Verona & Palace Norton Street Cinemas
Melbourne - Palace Como Cinemas
Brisbane - Palace Barracks Cinemas
Adelaide - Palace Eastend Cinemas
Perth - Cinema Paradiso Cinemas
Canberra - Greater Union Manuka Cinemas
So please only enter if you can make it to a screening! ;)

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No One is Safe from Jumps Racing!

No One is Safe from Jumps Racing!

Posted 5 May 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: Jumps racing, horse racing, take action, entertainment, horses, video

Ok, so I knew jumps racing was dangerous and often deadly for the horses, but I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this footage from yesterday's 'Grand Annual Steeple' (more like Grand Disaster!) at Warrnambool Racing Carnival:

Seven people (including a toddler, an 80yr old woman and a 12yr old girl) were injured when Banna Strand jumped that 2m fence and plunged into the crowd.

With five horses already killed after falling during races across VIC and SA this year [Update 20/05/11: Another 2 horses have since died, bringing the total deaths to seven horses in seven weeks.], and now seven people injured, it's high time this recklessly dangerous and cruel sport was put down for good. Please take a moment today to click here and send a letter to the ministers of SA and VIC (the only 2 states foolish enough to allow this cruelty) calling for a ban on jumps racing (and yes, you can still send another letter, even if you have sent one before - maybe just change the letter content a little).

Please also take a moment to vote for a ban to jumps racing in these opinion polls:

  1. The Age (Age poll #1 closes TODAY)
  2. The Age (Age poll #2)
  3. Fox Sports
  4. WA Today
  5. The Brisbane Times
  6. The Herald Sun
  7. The Daily Telegraph
  8. The Advertiser
  9. The Weekly Times
  10. 7PM Project

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Jumps Racing Claims More Victims - Take Action!

Jumps Racing Claims More Victims - Take Action!

Posted 3 May 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 41 Comments

Tags: jumps racing, horse racing, take action, entertainment, horses, video, Warrnambool

This year's jumps racing season has barely started and five horses are already dead They're heading into week 6 now and the odds are stacked against the horses. Those racing in jumps races are at up to 20 time great risk of injury or death than horses in flat races.

The Warrnambool Racing Carnival started today. This 'spectacle' features a steeplechase that covers 5500 metres and includes 33 jumps. Can you imagine running that far with a person on your back and having to clear jumps at the same time? It's a tough ask, and tired, exhausted horses often fall suffering terrible injuries. No wonder there's already been one death today. Sadly, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the 'green screen' come out again in the next few days.

You can help stop this carnage! Here's a few simple ways how:

RIP Casa Boy
RIP Hammerblow
RIP Squire Rex
RIP Java Star
RIP Shine the Armour

[Update 20/05/11: Another 2 horses have since died, bringing the total deaths to seven horses in seven weeks.]

Let's hope they end this cruelty before this list gets any longer!

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Sea Creatures Light Up the Oceans!

Sea Creatures Light Up the Oceans!

Posted 27 April 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: fish, oceans, video

Have you ever stopped to think how amazing sea creatures can be? And I'm not talking about the beauty of a whale's song or the playfulness of jumping dolphins. I'm not even talking about the fact that some sea turtles can swim the ocean for 150 years. Although all those things are pretty awesome!

I'm talking about the creatures who live far beneath the waves in the deepest darkest waters of the ocean. The creatures who, if it weren't for videos like this one, we may never have the chance to see.

Aren't those pictures some of the most amazing things you've ever seen? It's called bioluminescence. Forget fireworks - nature's lightshows are SO much more awe-inspiring. Check out this picture of millions of dinoflagellates lighting up a whole wave!

It just goes to show, the ocean's full of creatures who are so much more incredible (and clever!) than we often give them credit for (and that includes fish who sadly end up on dinner plates!). I just had to share this cool video with you guys!

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This Is Not What The Doctor Ordered!

This Is Not What The Doctor Ordered!

Posted 18 April 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 25 Comments

Tags: animal testing, video

During World Week for Animals in Laboratories, there are loads of things you can do to help end cruel animal testing for products like cosmetics and skincare. And wouldn't it be great to put an end to burning and poisoning animals just for the sake of a new deoderant or toilet cleaner?

But sadly, cruelty to animals in labs doesn't stop there. Did you know that millions of cats, dogs, mice, rats and monkeys suffer and die for the sake of medical research too? Check this out:

Like the video says, using animals in medical research is unpredictable, unreliable and unnecessary. And this quote really resonates with me -
"Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research" - George Bernard Shaw

I love organisations like Humane Research Australia and Dr Hadwen Trust in the UK, who work tirelessly to raise awareness and show that this cruelty is unnecessary. They promote and develop alternatives and show huge achievements in medical science in the name of humane research (that is, research that doesn't involve animals at all!)

Will you join me this week in honouring all animals confined in cruel labs and raise as much awareness for them as we can? Share this vid on Facebook to let people know about humane research.

After all, we have a voice. Animals suffering in labs don't.

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"Human Eyeballs on Toast"

"Human Eyeballs on Toast"

Posted 14 April 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: factory farming, video, music, bands, veg

I always get a kick out of discovering new songs about animal rights and so just wanted to share a beautiful song I discovered today with you: "Human Eyeballs on Toast", by Peter Broderick. I thought the lyrics were very thoughtful:

American singer/songwriter/composer, Peter Broderick says he has been "back and forth vegetarian" his whole life, and picked up Eating Animals by Jonathon Safran Foer to try and work out once and for all where he stood. He says the book gave him "some really clear answers" and inspired/outraged by what he'd read he wrote this song from the point of view of animals in factory farms.

This is from Broderick: "I find the animal agriculture industry (especially in the USA) to be deeply, deeply disturbing and incredibly sad, and this song is a product of that sadness."

If you want to know more about how animals in Australian factory farms are treated, you could start by clicking here.

Let me know what you think of the song.

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The Easiest Way to Feel Great...

The Easiest Way to Feel Great...

Posted 7 April 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: health, meat, veg, environment, video, funny

Today is World Health Day.

So I thought I'd share a little something with you:

Funny, right?! And it's enough to make someone want to Pledge to be Veg, isn't it! Which would be a great way to help yourself this World Health Day -- not to mention improving the health of animals and the planet we live on!

"Just saying is all." ;)

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Food for Thought This Earth Hour

Food for Thought This Earth Hour

Posted 24 March 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: environment, Earth Hour, meat, veg, video

Whip out the candles and get ready to turn out the lights, 'cause this Saturday is Earth Hour. At 8:30pm, people across Australia (and around the world) will flick off their switches to shed light on climate change.

There's really no denying our planet is sick: climate change, species extinction, water shortages, pollution... the list just goes on and on sad.gif

The theme for this year's Earth Hour is 'Beyond the Hour'. So, 'beyond the hour' what can you do to help heal our planet? Well personally, I'd prescribe that people take action for the planet 3 times a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner! I'll let New York Times food writer Mark Bittman explain:

"We have to take matters into our own hands. Not only by advocating for a better diet for everyone, but by improving our own. And that happens to be quite easy: less meat, less junk, more plants. It's a simple formula." thumb.gif

Einstein also put it well: "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." Which also reminds me of this video...

So this Saturday, I'll be having a delicious candle-lit vegan dinner to celebrate Earth Hour. What about you? What will you be doing for Earth Hour?

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If we could talk to the animals

If we could talk to the animals

Posted 9 March 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: dolphins, dogs, pigs, foxes, rabbits, mice, rats, fur, factory farms, video, funny

Have you ever wondered what your dog or your cat would say if they could talk back to you? I'm certain my dog, Kia would tell me she doesn't care if she has her own chair, she'd rather sit in mine! I also have no doubt that as I type this, she is trying to say "Hurry up, let's go outside for a tug of war!"

And what would animals say to each other? I really hope this video is close to the truth ;)

A biologist from the Bahamas might be on her way to discovering what animals really have to say. Denise Herzing has been working with dolphins for years and has devised an amazing way for humans and dolphins to communicate. Using symbols, and a keyboard synthesizer that creates sounds similar to those naturally produced by dolphins, they can actually ask each other for particular objects, like a ball or a scarf. How incredible! And she thinks it's only a matter of time before more complex interactions get started.

So just what will dolphins tell us?

And what about less fortunate animals? What would foxes and rabbits raised for their fur say? Or chimps and rats in labs? Or pigs and chickens in factory farms?

(Alright Kia, I'm nearly finished!) But I'd love to know, what do you think animals would say to us?

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Generation XL

Generation XL

Posted 1 March 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: obesity, health, vegetarian, vegan, fast food, video

Have you heard? They're predicting that the current generation of Aussie teenagers will be the first to have a shorter life expectancy. Isn't that disturbing!

The recent study by the Cancer Council and Heart Foundation estimates that 1 in 4 highschool students are overweight or obese - putting them at greater risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses. (btw, this cartoon does a great job of illustrating the problem)

I don't get it! We know the facts and people still eat junk! I mean, we know that unhealthy meat-centric diets have been linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer - our country's top killers. We know that on average vegetarians and vegans are less likely to be overweight or obese, and have a longer life expectancy than meat eaters. We know that most fast food is junk, and is bad for us and the environment. Yet Australia is one of the largest countries in the world (and I'm not talking about the size of our land mass) and it seems we may only be getting larger

Speaking of fast food and junk, this recent ad takes an interesting approach to trying to combat the problem of childhood obesity:

What do you think of the ad? How do you feel about the prediction that the next gen might be the first to live a shorter life? Is this the scariest news you've heard all day? Leave a comment below!

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The best love story you'll ever read

The best love story you'll ever read

Posted 14 February 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: valentines day, love, books, geese, gibbons, video

Love is in the air. Everywhere I look around...

Ahem... Sorry. I got a bit caught up in the moment...

Rather than give you tips on the best chocolates to win your sweetheart over today, I thought I'd share a sweet story of love that I read a few years ago. I'll only ruin it if I try to put it in my own words, so here's the story, as told by Gary Kowalski in his book "The Souls of Animals":

Geese are famous for their fidelity to their partners. Once the initially shy female has warmed up to the romantic posturing of the gander and joined him in the "triumph-call," the two are wed for life.

One morning many years ago, a farmer living near Buenos Aires witnessed the heart-rending tenacity of this love when he went riding on horseback and noticed on the plain ahead of him two geese, a white male and a brown female, walking in the distance. Drawing closer, he observed that the female was plodding steadily southward. The male, greatly agitated, walked about forty or fifty yards ahead of her, periodically rising into the air with forlorn cries. After flying a short way the gander turned back to rejoin his mate in her weary march. This pattern was repeated again and again. The female had broken her wing and, unable to fly, had set forth afoot on her fall migration to the Magellanic Islands. Driven by his deepest instincts to fly south, the male nevertheless refused to abandon his partner, but remained loyal in her hour of need, plaintively begging her to spread her wings and join him in the long flight home. The pair was truly faithful "until death do us part."

And this is hardly the only remarkable story of Cupid working his magic amongst other animals...

Shakespeare wondered whether music is "the food of love". For gibbons it certainly is! Young male gibbons usually sing a solo early each morning. Young female gibbons don't sing at all, but instead are attracted by good singers. But it's once a pair of gibbons gets together that the real music begins. Once a female has picked a male, she will begin to sing with him. They will practice singing together every day, until they have created their own elaborate and unique duet. Their whole song can last up to a quarter of an hour, building towards a peak with the two of them whooping and calling as they swing through the branches, high up in one of their favourite trees.

Or what about cranes, who seem to dance not just to romance a mate, but for the sheer fun of it. And speaking of dancing, you've got to give these guys points for trying, even if they don't get the girl:

Happy Valentines Day! I hope you can share a little of the devotion of geese, the creativity of gibbons and the free-spirited joy of cranes with your loved one today ;)

Are you doing anything special this Valentine's Day?

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Dairy's Dark Secret

Dairy's Dark Secret

Posted 26 January 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 27 Comments

Tags: dairy, milk, calves, cows, video, campaign, laws, vegan, chocolate

Want to be let in on a secret? Here's one the dairy industry would rather you didn't know...

Pretty bad, right? Can you believe the dairy industry is now quietly trying to make it perfectly legal to deny a bobby calf any feed for 30 hours before he is killed. Even criminals on death row get a last meal!

Outraged? Good! If you want to stop this awful cruelty, then the most important choice you can make is to go dairy-free! It's simple, healthy and as an added bonus, good for the planet! To make things even easier, we've already prepared a dairy-free shopping list for you!

And now it's time to make your voice heard!

  • Click here to tell the dairy industry how much you think their treatment of bobby calves sucks.
  • Then click here to share this video on Facebook and let all your friends in on dairy's dark secret.
  • Then go here to find out how you could win some delicious dairy free chocolates!

And keep an eye out in major papers this week for something else we've got cooking up for this campaign ;)

Personally, I can honestly say that since dropping dairy, I've never gone without. I mean - have you tried a Tofutti Cutie? Heaven! I still drink 'milk', eat 'cheese', chocolate, yoghurt and ice cream but I leave the cows out of it.

Tell me... what's your favourite dairy-free treat?

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Friday (warm and) fuzzies

Friday (warm and) fuzzies

Posted 5 November 2010   by Karen         Permalink | 13 Comments

Tags: cute, video, cats, rats

In so many ways, the animals have it worked out. Whilst we humans appear to have mastered technology, no matter how hard we try, we'll simply never be able to run faster, travel further, or hide better than nature's own team of superpowered critters. But all's not lost. I like to think there are some things that we can still learn from our furry friends.

Like ... how to get along... :-)

Happy Friday!!

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Say 'Nup' to Melbourne Cup

Say 'Nup' to Melbourne Cup

Posted 1 November 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 12 Comments

Tags: Melbourne Cup, horse racing, jumps racing, funny, video, The Onion

It's silly hat season again, with the Melbourne Cup set to take place tomorrow. I still find it hard to believe that the whole nation stops to watch horses being whipped so that they'll run as fast as they can in circles!

To show that not everyone thinks horse racing is something to celebrate (because it sure isn't if you're a horse), this is what I'll be posting to facebook tomorrow (Feel free to do the same!):

If people really want to lose their money and wake up with a hangover the least they could do is leave the horses out of it! I could rant all day about how cruel (and dull) horse racing is, but the satirical news site The Onion has already done a hilarious job of highlighting one of the many problems with the industry:

While I'm on the topic of funny videos and problems with horse racing, I've got one more thing to say. The sooner the horse racing industry gets rid of jumps racing and replaces it with this the better!

Right, you've heard what I think of Melbourne Cup. Now, what about you? Leave a comment.

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Close Encounters With a Cuttlefish

Close Encounters With a Cuttlefish

Posted 14 September 2010   by Sim         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: cuttlefish, fish, diving, oceans, video

Not long ago I took some friends to a favourite diving place of mine in Melbourne called Cottage by the Sea. This particular place has deep overhangs and crevices that provide shelter and feeding ground for lots of ocean life. It's home to one of the most inquisitive and cute 'fish' (actually an invertebrate, like an octopus) in the world - the Cuttlefish.

Imagine a creature that can change colour and texture on demand, can hover, shoot forward or backwards and has eyes that can look into your soul. A cuttlefish is SO much more than a piece of calcium washed up on the beach. This vid will give you a better picture:

One of my favourite things to do when diving is poke my head into the caves in the reef and see how fish are spending their day. I was doing exactly this when all of a sudden a large cuttlefish shot out and grabbed one of our air gauges with his tentacles! (Cuttlefish use their tentacles to explore things, just like we might pick something up with our hands.) The gauge was bright yellow and he was flashing different colours trying to match it. He seemed highly fascinated with the colour and shape of the gauge. Then he suddenly let go and hovered right near my friend's mask, having a good long look at her. Cuttlefish can actually make eye contact!

Our playful cuttle then moved on to another diver in our group who was quite nervous about the strange creature in front of him. I think the cuttle sensed this and actually toyed with him. The cuttlefish would dart forward; the diver would back up and the cuttle would raise four of his tentacles above his head and lower the other ones in a really funny gesture.

Then the cuttle moved towards me. He gently touched my raised hand with his tentacles before hovering up to my mask to look me in the eye!

We watched for a long while as the cuttle moved away from us. But when we decided to move on, I turned back a few times to see him slowly following us, watching us the whole time.

When we surfaced we couldn't stop talking about our cuttle encounter. We felt he was communicating with us and that we were lucky to be in the presence of such an intelligent creature.

I have no doubt that most sea creatures feel pain, and since this experience with the cuttle (who are directly related to squids) my friends haven't eaten any calamari. It's often the case that people won't knowingly contribute to the killing of an animal they feel empathy for. So why should our marine creatures be any different?

I love retelling this story because I know people who hear it will never look at cuttle bones on the beach the same way again. Would this kind of experience stop you eating squid or cuttlefish? Or have you given up seafood altogether?

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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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Lady Gaga Gets Gory

Lady Gaga Gets Gory

Posted 8 September 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 42 Comments

Tags: Lady Gaga, meat, Vogue, gross, video, slaughter, veg

Lady Gaga has taken the cake for revolting this week by appearing on the cover of Men's Vogue in Japan wearing nothing but a bikini made of raw meat. *gag*

Ok, I know Gaga has built her fame on her outrageous fashion, but draping yourself in the flesh of butchered animals is just tasteless attention seeking. In fact, Miss Gore-gore looks about as ugly here as is the reality of how that meat-kini came to be dead. But pictures speak louder than words, so I'll let you decide which is uglier.

What do you think? Which is uglier Lady Gore-gore, or the reality of what happened to the cows she's wearing?

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If Horses Could Talk (And Shoot!?)

If Horses Could Talk (And Shoot!?)

Posted 26 May 2010   by Jane         Permalink | 16 Comments

Tags: Jumps racing, horse racing, take action, entertainment, horses, video, funny

Have you ever broken a bone? I have, I was 5 and I broke my collar bone at school - YEEEOUCH!! Lucky I'm not a horse, that's all I can say! Because if I was, I wouldn't be here to tell the tale...

We've all seen it far too often. Horse after horse breaking bones from falls in jumps races. These poor guys don't have the luxury of a loving family who'll nurse them back to health. But then, a loving family wouldn't force you to perform a death defying spectacle for their entertainment, now would they?

I wonder what was going through the mind of poor Sirrocean Storm (RIP), when he broke his hind leg in a jumps race at Warnambool, a few weeks ago. I wonder if he dreamt of doing something like this:

...you couldn't blame him if he did!

If you want to help stop horses from being needlessly injured and 'humanely euthanised' please write to the VIC and SA Racing Ministers and tell them to put an end to this unfair abuse of gentle animals.

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Milk: A Rather Sickening Story

Milk: A Rather Sickening Story

Posted 8 April 2010   by _Matt         Permalink | 23 Comments

Tags: guest blog, milk, dairy, cows, environment, health, soy milk, video, 7:30 Report

This week the 7:30 Report ran a story on the dangers of milk. According to the program, regular milk may be linked to a long list of diseases including: heart disease, diabetes, autism and even schizophrenia!

Should we really be surprised that a drink intended for baby calves isn't ideal for adult humans? As Dr. Michael Klapper said: "The human body has no more need for cows' milk than it does for dogs' milk, horses' milk or giraffes' milk."

So milk might make you sick. But what the report didn't mention is that it's also making the environment sick. It takes about 200 litres of water to produce just one glass of milk. That's almost as much water as many people use for all their household activities in a day!

But perhaps the darkest side of the dairy industry is what happens to the animals. Cows do not automatically produce milk. Just like humans, first they need to have a baby. So what happens to the calf? Every year in Australia, 1 million baby calves are slaughtered as 'waste-products' of the dairy industry. Their flesh may be sold as pink veal, their bones may be crushed-up and made into designer dog biscuits, and the lining of their stomachs may be used in the process of making cheese.

Now that's enough to make anybody sick!

Fortunately, enjoying milk without such sickening side effects is a breeze! Next time you're at the shops, why not try one of these fantastic cruelty free milks?

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Soy milk: My personal favourite. It's high in protein and fibre. My recommendation? Try out Sanitarium's So Good Lite if you like that milky taste. But then if you asked Karen, she'd tell you that Vitasoy's Soy Milky Lite is the way to go.

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Rice milk: A favourite for some in cooking. If you've got a sweet tooth, this may be the option for you as it's known for its sweeter taste compared to other milks. Vic Unleashed Street Team Co-ordinator Rochelle's recommendation: go get yourself a carton of Vitasoy.

Almond milk, Oat milk, and the list goes on... If you're feeling really adventurous you can even make your own, for example this recipe for cashew milk.

The neat thing with all of these is that not all soy/rice/almond/oat milks taste alike. So there's one to suit everyone's taste. On the flip side, it might take you a little exploring to find the one that suits you. So if at first you don't succed, try another brand ;)

And don't forget to comment below and share which one's your fave?

Ps. The story doesn't stop there. You can also find delicious non-dairy cheeses, creams, cream cheeses, ice creams, and most importantly chocolates!

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Have You Seen This Ad?

Have You Seen This Ad?

Posted 6 April 2010   by Sim         Permalink | 22 Comments

Tags: Earth Choice, ad, video, oceans, animal testing, environment

I'm seriously happy about the new Earth Choice ad that's currently airing on prime time telly. It seems to be the first ad that brings to light the plight of our marine animals. It scares me that the world has largely forgotten them.

I wanted to cry when the stingray was being used as a cleaning rag and the octopus as a mop. I'm a diver and I've had interactions underwater with octopuses that lasted for minutes. These highly intelligent creatures can communicate by changing their colours, the tentacles can express emotions such as anger and affection. They express curiosity through touch and they will look you in the eye to check you out. I've even seen them open jars to get something inside.

And it's not just our ocean life that gets poisoned by many of our household products. Supermarket shelves are lined with products from companies like Procter & Gamble, Colgate/Pamolive, Johnson & Johnson, and Glade who still test on animals! As if it weren't bad enough that we're flushing chemical cocktails into the oceans, first they're dripping them into the eyes of rabbits, feeding them to mice and giving dogs chemical burns just to find out how toxic they really are!

Fortunately, Earth Choice is just one of many great brands that are looking out for animals. There are plenty of others that you can find in pretty much any supermarket, for example: Blast, Planet Ark, and Seventh Generation.

Every time we go to the supermarket we can make a powerful choice not to support animal cruelty. And let's face it, the animals need us (octopuses and bunnies alike). There's just no need for us to torture animals in labs or destroy our oceans just to wash the dishes! So take the pledge to say 'No!' to animal tests and make sure to support brands that look out for our oceans.

What did you think of the ad??

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60 Minutes: Behind the Scenes Footage
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60 Minutes: Behind the Scenes Footage

Posted 26 November 2009   by         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: pigs, 60 Minutes, factory farming, Animals Australia, investigation, video, Christmas

Did you catch Animals Australia's piggery investigation on 60 Minutes on Sunday? If not don't worry, you can still see the segment on the 60 Minutes website.

I'm so thrilled! Just think, more than 1 million Aussies saw the truth about Australia's pig industry. Many will have never thought about where pork, bacon and ham come from before. And now they know that animal cruelty laws fail to protect animals raised for food, and that these profit driven animal industries aren't looking out for the wellbeing of their animals they're looking out for their wallets.

After the show, our office was flooded with phone calls and emails from shocked viewers who had no idea of the routine cruelty of the pork industry. Many of these callers have sworn never to eat pigs again after seeing behind the closed doors of factory farms!

And now's your chance to see the behind the scenes footage of Animals Australia's investigators inside the piggery:

The 60 Minutes expos no doubt had a huge impact! And coupled with Animals Australia's TV ad campaign, Australian pigs have never had a louder voice speaking out against their cruel treatment.

Many people will be considering where their food comes from for the very first time. So it's prime time for us to speak up! Ask friends and family if they saw the show, and what they thought of it. Get talking about the issue! You never know, with your help a few more people might opt for a cruelty-free Christmas this year!

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We're On TV!

We're On TV!

Posted 10 November 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 20 Comments

Tags: pigs, advertising, video, factory farming, TV

How many times have you wished that the cruelty of factory farming would be exposed on national TV. I know I have ... often. And this week I'm super excited because this wish has just come true!

We have just launched our first ever TV ad campaign and our sights are set squarely on exposing the cruelty of the pig industry. So check it out:

Please help us make the most of this amazing opportunity. Speak up for pigs by sharing the video with all your friends. And make sure to post it to your Facebook.

For the pigs!

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A Fact to Cripple Your Enthusiasm for Burgers

A Fact to Cripple Your Enthusiasm for Burgers

Posted 16 October 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 14 Comments

Tags: vegetarian, health, E. coli, news, video, meat

Ever heard of someone being paralyzed by their food? I hadn't. Ok, I could imagine it happening if someone slipped on a banana peel ;) But seriously, I wouldn't have thought it possible.

But then I read about Stephanie Smith, a 22 year old dance instructor who suffered such severe seizures from eating a hamburger that doctors had to put her in a coma for 9 weeks. And when she woke up, she was paralyzed!

What could Stephanie have possibly eaten to cause that? An 'Angus Beef Patty' contaminated with E. coli - a bacteria found in faecal matter (or should I say poo particles). And how would faecal matter end up in food? Take your pick: rubbed onto the meat from dirty skin, from unclean tools, or from an intestine being knicked whilst carving up the corpse.

Granted, not all E. coli is harmful to humans, and Stephanie's reaction was severe, but all the same, EEK! And while E. coli contamination may be a gamble, one thing that is a sure bet is increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and strokes. Hmm .. no thanks!

So anyway, if you've got some time to spare, the NY Times article about Stephanie and food safety is very interesting. As is this one by Jonathon Safran Foer (author of Everything is Illuminated) about his experience of becoming vegetarian. They're both long, but they're worth the read.

And if you've still got some time to burn after that, then you probably need to find yourself some friends (yes I know that includes me!). But also, you might like to check out the Larry King Live debate on the safety of eating meat in response to these articles.

Now that oughta keep you out of trouble for a while ;)

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Save Warren!

Save Warren!

Posted 17 September 2009   by Angie         Permalink | 24 Comments

Tags: advertising, animal testing, rabbits, video

'Warren' is the star of a brand new 3D animated clip made by those awesome guys at Choose Cruelty Free to raise awareness about the hidden horrors of animal testing! This amazing little film has already made its online debut on YouTube and hopefully will make it to TV later in the year.

CCF should be commended for this powerful animation that will hopefully challenge average Australians to buy household and cosmetic items that don't contain the added cruelty.

Every year millions of animals are poisoned, burnt and killed in the name of 'science' a poor science that is unreliable, inaccurate and as dangerous for us as it is for the animals!

If this gets you as fired up as it does me, then let's take some action! Firstly, make sure you make the "Say no animal testing" pledge and then start spreading the word about this video! Stick it on your MySpace and Facebook and help give Warren a voice!

Want to do and learn even more? Grab your student info kit from CCF today.

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Inspiring New Doco: The Burning Season

Inspiring New Doco: The Burning Season

Posted 7 July 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: documentary, orangutans, environment, video

If you're thinking of catching a flick this week, you might like to check out the new Aussie doco "The Burning Season" (starting 9th July). Narrated by Hugh Jackman, this film follows the young Aussie entrepreneur, Dorjee Sun, in his efforts to save the Indonesian rainforest and the orangutans who live.

The trailer looks fantastic. Who doesn't like an inspiring story of someone changing the world!

While you're waiting for the film's release, you might also want to check out the accompanying website. The site offers ten practical ways that anyone can help the planet. It's good to see reducing meat consumption makes a mention.

If you catch the film, I'd love to hear what you think.

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Mayor Bucks Rodeo and Wins Award

Mayor Bucks Rodeo and Wins Award

Posted 23 June 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: rodeo, Mayor Ron Clarke, Gold Coast, entertainment, Compassionate Citizen Award, sport, video

Kudos to Gold Coast Mayor, Ron Clarke, for speaking out against the cruelty of rodoes. In an interview last week, Mayor Clarke, expressed his disgust at the 'sport': "They (rodeos) are definitely human entertainment at the animals' expense." For his outspoken act of compassion Animals Australia has awarded Ron Clarke the inaugural Compassionate Citizen Award.

As an Aussie sports legend, Ron Clarke knows what being a true sportsman is all about. Ron can boast a running career including an Olympic medal and the breaking of 17 world records. So after seeing a rodeo first hand, it's no wonder he's appalled by the brutality of the 'sport'.

To make horses and bulls buck, a tight strap (called a 'bucking strap' or 'flank strap') is used to squish their senesitive hind area, causing pain and discomfort. To make things worse the animals are physically taunted, and may even be zapped by electric prods (despite this being illegal in most Aussie states). Check out this footage, taken at the 2003 National Rodeo Finals at Tamworth, to see for yourself:

While the riders may volunteer to participate (beats me why!), the animals are helpless victims. Earlier this year at an SA rodeo, Animals Australia's investigator, Wendy Parsons, witnessed first hand as a bull broke his leg and was shot, and a steer limped off on 3 legs. And at another rodeo this year, on the Gold Coast, a horse died after crashing into a fence.

It's great to see Mayor Clarke speaking out for these animals. If you have a moment, you may even like to write to congratulate him.

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Lame Gymnast Euthanised

Lame Gymnast Euthanised

Posted 20 June 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 8 Comments

Tags: jumps racing, horse racing, euthanasia, horses, sport, entertainment, video, funny, The Onion

Today the Onion brings us the touching story of Shawn, a champion gymnast who tragically fell while practicing on the uneven bars and had to be euthanised after breaking her knee.

Fortunately, in reality we don't actually shoot gymnasts in the back of the head if they happen to take a wrong step (you can imagine how many budding athletes would volunteer for the sport if we did..?). But not all professional athletes are so lucky.

Today at Moonee Valley, Whatsourgo became the sixth horse to be killed in jumps racing in Victoria this year after he fell and broke his leg on the last hurdle. Now, the jumps racing industry would like us to believe that 'owners love their horses' *cough* *bull$#!t* *cough*. Whether or not you believe them I think we need to hold them to their word and demand that they to do the only humane thing possible: put an end to jumps racing. Stat.

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Animals That Are Better Than Me

Animals That Are Better Than Me

Posted 25 February 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 12 Comments

Tags: animal intelligence, pigs, video, funny, apes, pidgeons

Here's something different for a bit of fun. This is a good laugh:

So this video got me thinking. I wonder what other animals might show me up ... for example, did you know that pigeons are better at visuo-spacial problems than humans (you know, like those problems where you have to rotate a 3D object in your mind)?

Or what about the fact that gorillas can lead their families over hundreds of kilometers back to the best feeding spots at just the right time of year for the food to be there. I know people who get lost on the way to the local shops!

And did you know that pigs perform better on memory games than many primates. I don't know how many times I've forgotten the pin for my bank card, and it's only 4 digits. Actually the studies that proved this were pretty cool. They used joystick controlled computer games to conduct the research. Apparently the pigs really dug playing computer games. Who knows pigs might not just have a better memory than me, they might beat me at guitar hero ... everyone else can!

Leave me a comment let me know what other animals you think are better than me. But be nice, I'm a gentle soul :-)

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Animal Planet to the Rescue!

Animal Planet to the Rescue!

Posted 15 January 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: veg, video, funny, environment

This is the coolest thing I've seen all week! If you're like me and think it's pretty cool to have a planet to live on (and want to keep it), and you dig animation, then check out Animal Planet's new tips to protect animals (and the planet)...

And while you're at it,send them a thank you emailto let them know how fantastic they are for encouraging people to eat less meat. There's no better way to save the planet, so kudos to them for speaking up!

p.s. If anyone out there has animation skills to offer up,drop me a line. We can always put you to work to kick ass for animals.

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Sam Neill Sets the Record Straight

Sam Neill Sets the Record Straight

Posted 17 August 2008   by Jesse         Permalink | 10 Comments

Tags: Sam Neill, veg, video, funny, bbq

Heres a bit of a laugh. Many of you will remember Sam Neil making a brain-dead buffoon of himself when he starred (or rather dimmed) in Meat and Livestock Australias ads where he suggested humans needed meat to be smart. Perhaps Sam didnt check out our list of brainiac vegetarians before he signed up to make a fool of himself. If he had, we would have realised that Einstein, Pythagoras, Da Vinci, Plato, Socrates, Newton (and the list goes on) were all vegetarians.

Anyway, this video posted on YouTube by VeggieVidz and starring a younger, and perhaps wiser Sam Neil, who sets the record straight.

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