Get your Vegan Card for discounts galore (Local Vegan Business!)

Vegan Card is an Australia-wide discount card that is owned and run by one of our own, Tracey Lofthouse. It started in 2012 with the aim of helping vegans find small vegan-friendly businesses and get access to products more easily, and help vegan and ethical businesses grow and survive against the ‘big guys’. It wrapped up in 2015, and Tracey started it up again in 2016 with the same objectives. Vegan Card has close to 45 businesses all over Australia offering discounts from 5-25% on thousands of goods and services (you can find almost anything you need), and is adding to them all the time. There are plans afoot to expand overseas.

You may remember seeing the official re-launch at the Living Green Festival in 2016. Well, the Vegan Card has been back for almost a year already and the new financial year’s Card will be available for purchase very soon! Or you can buy one now for the remainder of 16/17 at a greatly-reduced price. The Card is available all-year around, so you can buy one anytime. The price decreases every month.

In Canberra you can use your Card at The Cruelty Free Shop, As Nature Intended and Dickson Health Foods, but Tracey is in discussions with several more businesses. There are currently 25 online businesses that can deliver to pretty much anyone in Australia, and local businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and various other towns and cities so you can use your Card when you travel. Like the Facebook page and keep your eye out for announcements as new businesses are added.

If you like supporting small and vegan businesses with the added bonus of getting discounts, check out the Facebook page and Website to see where you can use the Card, and how to obtain one.

If you are a vegan running your own business or know of a vegan business-owner who might be interested, please drop a line to tracey@vegancard.com.au, or message Tracey via the Facebook page.

Website:  http://www.vegancard.com.au/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/VeganCard/

Working Bee for the Chicken Folk of Little Oak – 13 May 2017

Vegan ACT thanks all those who volunteered for the Little Oak Sanctuary Working Bee this weekend! With your help we were able to help make a start on the new poultry run which will soon house many more birds in need.

We hope you awesome vollies had a rewarding day and you enjoyed meeting the animals and the delicious chicken-free lunch we shared!

For all interested, keep an eye out for the next Vegan ACT sanctuary working bee here 💚🐔🐤

Eggs Exposed Outreach – 12 May 2017

May is International Respect for Chickens Month!
To educate and raise awareness about these beautiful and intelligant birds Vegan ACT and Animal Liberation ACT reached out to the public with footage from chicken and egg industries in Australia and offering “egg free” treats for those who stop by to view and chat.

Here is the video shown on the night:  http://www.animal-lib.org.au/campaigns/animals-for-food/

If you would like to get involved leave a facebook message or email contact@veganact.org.au

Local Vegan, Alana, shares her recent Vegan experiences – 11 May 2017

Original Post by Alana from Vogue Vegans

My first day of street activism with these amazing people – promoting kindness over cruelty. It was so rewarding and overall such a positive experience! I had people say straight to my face (well, mask) after watching the video that they’re going vegan or eating a vegan meal for dinner tonight! It was for International Earthlings Experience Day which over 38 cities all around the world are taking part in! Watch the videos: www.watch1000eyes.com (all Australian footage so you can’t bury your head further in the sand by saying “that doesn’t happen in Australia”) or; www.nationearth.com/earthlings-1/

Video of ACT International Earthlings Experience – Saturday, 6 May 2017

Original Post by Laila

Thank you to everyone that participated and opened the minds of those that stopped by the event.  53 cities partipated this year united to bring to light the truth about the way animals are exploited all over the world and promote a life of compassion and peace.

And a huge thank you to Adrian and Tina from Red Gadget Films for filming/photographing and putting this awesome video together!

Previously (in 2016), 37 cities all joined together on one day to open the eyes and change the hearts of so many just through a connection, see video below.

Vegan Day Out in Canberra (Video Wrap-Up and Radio Interview!) – 29 & 30 April 2017

Video by Plant Health Man

On Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 April, local cafes and businesses offered vegan themed specials. We’re talking meal deals, two for ones, free coffees, food samplings, discounted vegan groceries, wine tastings and so much more.  Click on the event page above to read the goss.  You can also listen to a clip (about 9 mins) of Vegan ACT’s own, Michelle Swann, talking about the day on ABC Radio below

or click here to hear the full show (Michelle begins at the 23 min mark).

Latest Poultry Place Newsletter – April 2017

Poultry Place TurkeysClick here for the latest update from a Poultry Place:  April 2017

A Poultry Place is a no kill sanctuary which offers a safe, permanent home to rescued and unwanted domesticated poultry (roosters, chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese).
www.facebook.com/apoultryplace

A Poultry Place Newsletter Archive:

April 2017, March 2017, December 2016, November 2016, September 2016, July 2016, May 2016March 2016January 2016December 2015October 2015August 2015June 2015March 2015December 2014November 2014October 2014September 2014July 2014June 2014May 2014March 2014January 2014December 2013November 2013September 2013July 2013

You can always make a financial contribution to the running costs of A Poultry Place anytime via direct deposit to the following bank account BSB 012925 Account 484228991 or by contacting the human via freechook@bigpond.com

See Bede’s recent TEDx Talk here.  You can also watch Bede being interviewed and read more about his sanctuary here.

Plant Health Man ABC Radio Interview – 15 March 2017

March to Close All Slaughterhouses – 11 March 2017

Original Post including photos

Thank you from the organisers of the very first March to Close All Slaughterhouses in Canberra, Vegan ACT and Animal Liberation ACT, Lara Drew & Michelle Isobel<3

We were blown away by the response from the Canberra vegan community with over 100 participants. Your compassion, creativity and commitment was a force to be reckoned with.
We just know many members of the public went home with their complacency challenged and new possibilities awoken, so thank you! And thank you to everyone whose support we had from home and afar.

Thank you to our speakers, local heroes for the animals: Carolyn Drew, Bede Carmody and Tara Ward.

Thank you to all the helpers on the day and in the lead up who made it happen, too many to name! You are all wonderful!

Thank you to all the wonderful people who took photos on the day: Reeni, Tara, Jyoti and more. And of course to Gareth who took the photos we share now (and who is always behind the scenes helping make things happen!).

We can’t wait to do it all again next year, and then we will look back reflect on all the leaps forward we have made as a community in that time.

So let’s do it – let’s push things forward, for the animals!

 

Let’s talk activism!

A message from Laila

It may seem scary and intimidating standing before the public raising awareness about the truth and reality of animal industries, but if you’re passionate about your values and where you stand as a proud member of our vegan community this may be just the right thing for you!
We all remember how nervous we were our first time participating in these experiences, but we gained confidence from the positive effects we are having on members of the public and by supporting each other when we’re out there on the streets together.
Many people have shown an interest in attending outreach and activism such as protests, 1000 eyes experiences and the cupcake challenges and we understand some people may hesitate to attend due to being anxious or uncertain about how it will go and if it ends up having much of an impact or not, but as you can see from the photos and feedback we post we reach a lot of people and many people decide to make changes or even go vegan on the spot after taking the time to listen.
This kind of activism isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine! We all have our own ways of planting seeds. But if you’re leaning towards giving it a go, be brave and join us. It feels truly amazing and rewarding to have discussions with people about the reality of animal agriculture and educate people on veganism.
Everyone is welcome to stop by any of the events for a chat and to see how things run.
Please get in touch with us through Vegan ACT or contact Laila directly via messenger if you have any questions or concerns

New Cruelty-Free Shop, Braddon – 10% Discount for Vegan ACT Cardholders!

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Original Post by Michelle

Vegan ACT are absolutely delighted to announce that The Cruelty Free Shop will be offering a discount to all our card-carrying members (card must be presented in store)!
Yet another reason to pay this vegan paradise in on Mort St. Braddon a visit!

Thank you for your incredible support of the vegan community The Cruelty Free Shop <3

If you would like to support the work of Vegan ACT and receive a discount card to heaps of great businesses around Canberra, sign up to become a Vegan ACT at http://veganact.org.au/membership/

Other businesses who support Vegan ACT by offering a discount to our members can be viewed here: http://veganact.org.au/discounts/

‘Ella’ (Picture Book) by local Vegan author, Nicole Godwin

A word from Tusk Books

We create children’s picture books that give a voice to those that yelp, roar, swing, moo, oink and trumpet.  Our first book, titled ‘Ella’ was launched on 28 August 2016 at the National Library of Australia as part of the Canberra Writer Festival. [Click here to find out more about the launch and watch the video!]  You can help teach kids about compassion and conservation through the captivating picture book featuring Ella the baby elephant who was taken from her mum and works the streets in the tourist industry.

Where can I find out more?

How do I buy it?

Spread the word!

Please ‘like’ the Tusk Books Facebook page and share it with your friends!