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If we could talk to the animals
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If we could talk to the animals

Posted 9 March 2011   by         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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Never Feel Porky Again!
Posted By Jane

Never Feel Porky Again!

Posted 25 November 2010   by         Permalink | 9 Comments

Tags: Pigs, swimming, factory farms

I know I'm not alone when I say that in my swimmers I sometimes feel ... well, porky! But I know I'll never look this porky in the ocean! We've discovered a whole family of pretty porkers on Big Major Spot Island who can put all my fears to rest.

These cute little pigs have nothing to do all day but sun themselves on the sand and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. Nice work if you can get it! Have you ever seen more contented babes in your life?

Aside from doing wonders for my body image, these piggies lift my spirits because I know that these swimming swines will never have to endure the torture that millions of pigs on the other side of the world have to put up with in factory farms across Australia.

Piglets born in factory farms have their tails cut off through the bone without pain relief. They are then taken away from their mums and fattened up in crowded pens, only to be slaughtered -- but not before being gassed or electrically stunned first.

Are you stunned yet? I am, because it gets worse.

Mother pigs can spend their whole pregnancy in tiny metal crates, which are too small for them to even turn around in. Did you know that pigs are as smart as a three-year-old child? Imagine locking a toddler in a bathtub for 4 months! If only animals were given a choice...

It should be plainly obvious to anyone lucky enough to swim among these precious pigs in the Bahamas that pigs would rather be our friends than food. But you don't need to leave town to be an angel to pigs -- YOU can help make their dream come true by taking the pledge to be veg!

Ah, I'm dreaming of the day people and piggies all over the world can swim happily together ... and not look too porky in the process!! Now with the weather warming up, don't you feel like taking a dip now?

(Special thanks to Julie Edwards and Travis Rowan for the use of their beautiful photographs)

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Kendra Cooks Cupcakes with Compassion!
Posted By Jane

Kendra Cooks Cupcakes with Compassion!

Posted 30 August 2010   by         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: Pigs, factory farms, cupcakes, activism

Fantastic Animals Australia and Unleashed supporters continually amaze and delight me with the creative ways they speak up for animals. From leafleting and protests to simply talking to their friends about why they should consider animals, I'm proud to be part of such a wonderful community.

And last week was no different. We received an email from supporter, Kendra, to let us know that her workplace was now full of people who had recently taken the pro pig pledge after learning about the cruelty of sow stalls.
How did they find out? Check this out!

Kendra used her culinary skills to create these eye catching cupcakes highlighting the plight of mother pigs in factory farms across Australia.
It sounds a bit odd to say that seeing those sow stall cupcakes made my mouth water. I feel a bit better saying that the greener cupcakes look just that bit more appetizing!

Cupcakes were the order of the day all round Kendra's office, but none generated more buzz and discussion than her sympathetic sweets! And she no doubt changed a few workmates' buying habits at the same time.

Nice one Kendra! And thank you from the pigs!

Has this inspired you? What are you gonna spell out in the icing of your next batch of cupcakes?

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Big Phat Fat Bet: The Results

Big Phat Fat Bet: The Results

Posted 12 June 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 14 Comments

Tags: Kyle and Jackie O, Jackie O, 2DayFM, pigs, factory farms, obesity, weight loss, vegetarian, donate

Earlier this month I mentioned Jackie O's 'fat bet'. Australia's leading lady of the airwaves had been challenged on air: lose 4 kilos and Kyle Sandilands would donate $5K to her favourite charity, Animals Australia (or, don't – and the money goes to a factory farm!).

An absurd bet, you might think (particularly when we all knew Jackie was perfectly proportioned already! Sheesh!!) But absurdities aside, Jackie knuckled down for the animals' sake, worked hard, and held Kyle to his word… And the result? Well it was a verrrry close call, but I'm glad to report that despite being 200g short of her target weight, Kyle saw the light and wrote out one big phat cheque to Animals Australia – that will be used to expose the cruelty of factory farming!

How did Jackie lose the weight? It's no secret that it's easy to shed excess weight on a healthy vegetarian diet – and that's exactly what she did!

Whilst Australia wrestles with the dubious title of "world's fattest nation", we salute Kyle for inspiring us all to fight our collective waste-line. But next time Kyle, perhaps you might like to challenge yourself to lose 4 kilos (or maybe 10?). We could run a new ad campaign about the link between obesity and the consumption of animal products with the proceeds ;-)

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Kyle & Jackie O's 'Fat Challenge'

Kyle & Jackie O's 'Fat Challenge'

Posted 1 June 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 24 Comments

Tags: Kyle and Jackie O, Jackie O, 2DayFM, pigs, factory farms, vegetarian, donate

If you're a 2DayFM listener you're probably aware by now of Kyle's "fat challenge". But if you're not, the self-admittedly rotund co-host of the Kyle and Jackie O show has accused the ever-gorgeous Jackie of being fat! (Yes, it's a topsy turvy world we live in).

It seems that Kyle is so concerned about Jackie's health and belt size that he's issued his vegetarian co-host a challenge: lose 4 Kg and he'll donate $5,000 to her favourite charity: Animals Australia! And if she fails...? Kyle says he'll give the $5,000 to a pig factory farm -- Jackie's worst nightmare!

Now, I don't know where this mic-slinging diva will even find 4 Kg to lose... but if anyone can do it for the pigs, I'm willing to bet that Jackie O can.

The outspoken radio personality and former Big Brother host has already shown her commitment to helping animals by not eating them. She also posted information on her website to inform listeners about the miserable lives of animals trapped in factory farms in Australia. Go Jackie!

Who do you think will win the fat challenge? You can have your say and pass on your encouragement to Jackie on the 2day fm website. :-)

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