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Which celebs are using their powers for good?

Which celebs are using their powers for good?

Posted 25 September 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: celebrities, Jona Weinhofen, Missy Higgins, Brian May, Ricky Gervais, Action Team

Sometimes you hear of celebrities doing some crazy things and you think, "Maybe they're not the best role models." (Michael Jackson swinging his kid over a balcony, anyone?). But then sometimes you hear of them doing something that's actually pretty worthwhile. Check out these celebs who've decided to use their powers for good rather than evil, and see how you can be a star for animals too.

I'm gonna start with Brian May, guitarist for rock legends Queen, just because I like his hair so much. Brian is a driving force in the opposition to a proposed culling of badgers in the UK. Badgers are native to the UK, but farmers are worried that they spread disease among their cattle. Rather than look into alternatives to prevent this from happening, farmers are insisting on just shooting badgers en masse. Brain May is using his celebrity status to make the public aware of this, and hopefully prevent it from happening. You can protect animals in Australia from suffering at the hands of hunters too. Send a message to the pollies in charge that hunting is cruel and unnecessary - and that it needs to stop.

Keeping with the musician theme, Australia's own Missy Higgins is renowned for her efforts in helping animals. Despite constant touring and releasing a new hit record, Missy found time to make a stand against battery cages. Hens in battery cages go their entire lives without feeling the sun on their feathers and the ground beneath their feet. Instead they are crammed several birds to one wire cage with no room to spread their wings. Missy jumped at the chance to help battery hens, providing her time and voice to an Animals Australia campaign to get rid of battery cages in Australia. You can help too, by pledging to make the battery cage history.

There's no denying that Ricky Gervais is one of the funniest people on Earth. The compassionate comedian is also very vocal in speaking out against testing on animals, and with 3 million followers on twitter the message is reaching a massive audience. How could anyone not be against animal testing though, when you hear the cruelty the animals endure for the sake of a new lipstick or toothpaste? Thousands of animals every year are confined in laboratories only to be burned, poisoned and killed in unnecessary product tests. You can join with Ricky against animal testing, by taking the pledge against products tested on animals.

This list could go for days, but I'll wrap it up with a favourite celeb here at Unleashed - Jona Weinhofen, guitarist for Bring Me The Horizon (and also I Killed the Prom Queen). Vegan for over 10 years, Jona has put his fame to good use by talking up the benefits of a vegan lifestyle - for both you and animals. He recently committed to donating proceeds from a garage sale to Animals Australia, and his tumblr feed is a constant source of cool info and ideas for fans interested in animal protection. (You can also keep track of the latest developments with his beard growing - he's in love with that beard!). Jona proves that there's a hundred different ways anyone can get involved. Join the Unleashed Action Team and find out for yourself how easy it can be to help animals!

If you've got a craving for more news about animal-loving celebs, you may wanna take a look at this list of stars who are all living vegan or vegetarian. It is a LONG list!

p.s. With all your new knowledge about compassionate celebs, you'll be over-qualified to enter our current comp to win your choice of shirt from Herbivore Clothing in the US. Find out how to win, but hurry 'cos entries close this week!

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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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Macbeth Kicks to Give Away!

Macbeth Kicks to Give Away!

Posted 26 November 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 77 Comments

Tags: giveaway, Macbeth, vegan, leather, fashion, Jona Weinhofen, bands

Want to kick off the new year in style? Well we've got just the thing! Read on and you could win a specky new treat for your feet.

We all know that Macbeth make rad shoes. For starters, they were co-founded by Tom DeLonge, of Blink 182 fame. Not to mention they've got musicians like Mike Dirnt of Green Day designing moshpit stompers for them. And last but definitely not least, most of their shoes are leather free. So you can strut in style whilst leaving the cows to be cows.

We were chuffed to learn recently that one of our fave people, Aussie guitar maestro Jona Weinhofen from Bring Me the Horizon (+ ex-Bleeding Through, + ex-I Killed the Prom Queen) has got on board with Macbeth to promote their vegan range.

So to celebrate all things stylish, cruelty-free and that rock your socks off, we've got 2 pairs of Wallister Macbeths to give away! Just check out our exclusive interview with Jona (from back in his Bleeding Through days), and then to enter leave a comment to tell us how you plan to step up and make a difference in 2011 (winners will be announced in mid January).

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