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/
Above is a short video and below is the full audio of my interview on ABC Radio Canberra if you missed it.
Thanks to the great Adrian Muscat for the video.
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
Hi y’all, looking for Uni of Canberra Vegans. Some awesome people on campus are starting up a UC Vegan Society. The more people to join the better. PM me with your details if you want to join/show support and solidarity
hello welcome 2 the vegan sharehouse group! use this group to find a new house or a new housemate 🙂
~ Vegans Only, Obviously ~
(personally am o.k. with vego/vegan-questioning people being in the group bc this is abt accessibility!!)
– no homophobia, transphobia, misogyny etc.
– posts should state location, rent, utilities incl, pets, smoking etc.
– non-sharehouse posts will be deleted bc I am an EVIL OVERLORD ADMIN but also there’s better groups for general vegan posts 🙂
– if you’re being a soggy weetbix you’ll be deleted
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1106490632799906/
Big shout out to everyone who helped with the Vegan ACT Bake Sale, BBQ & Jumble Sale! Everyone who baked, donated goods, worked on the stall, invited their friends and came along to enjoy the food and company has warmed our hearts with their generosity and have made such a difference for this little volunteer-run non-profit for the animals! It was a beautiful day.
The funds raised are so appreciated, and as we speak are going straight into Vegan ACT projects and tools to help us make Canberra a kinder place for animals every day, and raise awareness of Veganism in the capital.
We have so many good things on the way that we use your donations for…
Some highlights in the near future will be:
– a double-sized stall with dedicated outreach volunteers at the amazing Living Green Festival
– another fabulous advocacy workshop
– 360° virtual reality outreach
– an improved vegan dining guide
– release of our outreach tees and totes at Living Green
– a presentation with vegan psychologist Clare Mann in November
– a documentary screening
– the dramatic Human Meat demo on October 8
– more working bees
– another bake fundraiser for Whisker Woods Sanctuary in November
If you want to see our work continue to grow, please consider becoming a member of Vegan ACT, making a donation or having a look at our range of fundraising products – all in our online store
(If you’d like to get involved with helping/volunteering please get in touch!) 🙂
Hi all, my picture book about a little elephant in the tourism industry was launched on Sunday 28 August as part of the Canberra Writers Festival at the National Library of Australia.
This is the first in a series of picture books telling the stories of various animals used in tourism.
You can get more information about Ella at www.tuskbooks.com.
Hey Everyone. Tax time is approaching & we are an all vegan ethical family accounting business 🙂 our business services are available exclusively to the vegan community.
If you own an ethical business we can help you get ready for the end of financial year with bookkeeping at just $25/hour and we can coordinate your tax & BAS services. Make sure you comment below if you send a pm so I know to look for it.
Our mission is to provide a high quality professional accounting service, with a focus on facilitating the growth and development of ethical vegan businesses. Financial Philosophy’s business services will be available exclusively to the vegan business community and will be provided at a discounted rate to ensure accessibility to small businesses. We aim to maintain a community based presence and provide support to animal welfare groups as well as our own two activism projects, The River Project and Vegans Inspiring Change.
By now you have probably heard about if not seen the dreadful ad that uses the word Boomerang to advertise Invasion Day but incites violence against Vegans. Here is what some Vegans came up with in response.
Canberran, Mike O’Shaughnessy, fashioned this:
And former Canberran, Chris Delforce, quickly came up with something to show how things really are:
Meat and Livestock Australia issued a ‘take-down’ notice to Aussie farms: http://mumbrella.com.au/mla-issues-take-down-notice-over-lamb-ad-parody-showing-slaughterhouse-scenes-339938#more-339938
Also check out our new Australia Day (Invasion Day) Pinterest board:
ADO Director Mike Rosalky delivered an eloquent speech in defence of all animals at the RSPCA ACT Forum ‘2015-2075: A Vision of Animal Welfare in the ACT’. Mike argued persuasively for laws that would protect the fundamental interests of all animals, based on their shared capacity to suffer and to feel pain and emotions. As Mike said in his talk: “In their ability to suffer, a kangaroo is a pig is a dog is a human!”
Interview by Farz Edraki (666 ABC Canberra), 4 September, 2015
From journalist to animal activist, Bede Carmody hatched a plan for an animal sanctuary for chickens; fourteen years later, it’s still going strong.
Click on the image below to listen to the story. Click here to find out more about the sanctuary.
AnimalACTivism Collective organised an ACTivism seminar with Kym Staton the founder and director of the Sydney Vegan Club. This inspiring seminar took place on the 13th of June at the Friends Meeting House in Turner and was very well attended. Delicious food was provided.
In this seminar Kym shared some incredible insights that SVC has gained through analysis of the results of ten different modes of outreach and his approach for bringing about a vegan revolution via the most strategic and cost-effective activism. He shed light on the systems that create and sustain the paradigm of systemic animal cruelty, critically analysed the options for activism, and showed how effective activism strategies have the potential to enable us to achieve a vegan Australia by 2025.
As a result of this ‘Team Earthlings ACT’ was set up to organise an Earthlings screening using Kyms strategy’s with Crowdfunding and Indiegogo. 22 people were on the working team with Jyoti Dambiec being Team Leader coordinating the group. If you wish that you could do more for the cause and have some solid skills and strategies to use, get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. Its not anywhere as complicated as you might think!
Seminar Topics Included:
* An equation for calculating the effectiveness of different forms of advocacy
* An analysis of ten different outreach initiatives and their results
* An analysis of leading vegan educators in the world, and their varying approaches
* Sydney Vegan Club’s current strategy and why it is succeeding to educate and inspire massive change.
* Can everyone go Vegan?
* The ‘Kindness Continuum Curve’
* How to avoid creating barriers for change in others
* How to locate a VIP (Vegan in progress) who is looking for guidance
* How to successfully educate and inspire a partner or family member
* Five reasons to be optimistic about achieving total animal freedom, and a vegan world.
* The three best ways you can get involved
As a full time animal-freedom activist and vegan educator, over the past two years Sydney Vegan Club (SVC) founder, Kym Staton, has helped guide over 1,000 people into a vegan lifestyle. In this time, he’s had the opportunity to try many different modes of advocacy, vegan-spirational events, and co-write The SVC 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge. He has also built a community of over 5,000 members who are helping to crowd-fund and run this dynamic new organisation.
Listen to a recent radio broadcast here: http://www.2ser.com/component/k2/item/15696-activism-and-animal-rights
Message from Chenoa Wilson, Canberran Vegan
My partner and I are currently travelling through the world and often get the comment “Oh, but it must be so hard travelling as a Vegan…” Actually we’ve been eating like a king and queen here in South America and I was inspired to create a group called What Travelling Vegans Eat, combining two of my loves; good Vegan food and travelling! I thought it could be a good space for those of us travelling to share our experiences and be inspired as well!
If you’re interested at all or know someone who would, feel free to join and share too!
Chilly nights and Frosty mornings signal the start of Winter at Little Oak!
Only a few days “officially” into winter and overnight temperatures are already reaching close to minus 10 degrees! Thursday 4th June saw overnight temps dip to -8.5C degrees – enough that all of our horse residents had frosticles on their whiskers!
We are so grateful and glad that we were able to erect shelters for all of our residents before this cold set in, and we continue to work on providing the highest level of care possible for the animals we provide sanctuary for. We value these guys as the amazing individuals they are, and want to provide them the best possible conditions to allow them to express themselves.
If you’d like to contribute towards our Shelter campaign, it is running until early July, and you can donate here! If 1000 people donated $25 each, we’d meet our target – so please donate to our chuffed campaign and share share share! https://chuffed.org/
Note from Rowena: While you are donating, you can listen to this beautifully joyful and aptly named tune which was released in January and seems as if it were written for the sanctuary!
Shawna was only in Canberra for 3 weeks but we were very fortunate to attend her talk to 106 ADFA/UNSW students and collaborate with her to organise a screening of the Environmental movie ‘Cowspiracy’ for the students.
Shawna wrote: My talk “Change the World. Eat Great Food.” will reveal how what you choose to eat can either save this planet, or destroy it. I will expose the devastating effects animal agriculture has on our planet, the animals we share it with, and our health. We will attempt to understand how things got this way by exploring the influences surrounding our eating habits and government policy. By the end of the talk, I hope to show you how easy, healthy and delicious it is to change the world by eating great food, and how you will naturally inspire others to do the same.
I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with my rescue pitbull and husband, who is currently a PhD student at ADFA. I have a degree in Psychology and I am currently studying to become a Holistic Nutritionist. My husband and I have been happily vegan for 4 years and I’ve been an active member of Ottawa Animal Defense League for 5 years. I’ve participated in many protests, including one at Marineland in which we stormed the gates, and I’ve also taken undercover footage of a local roadside zoo for PETA. At every opportunity, I try to raise awareness of injustice towards animals and the environment. I see life as a gift that we must pay back by taking care of each other, the planet, and all of its creatures.
Synopsis: My talk “Change the World. Eat Great Food.” will reveal how what you choose to eat can either save this planet, or destroy it. I will expose the devastating effects animal agriculture has on our planet, the animals we share it with, and our health. We will attempt to understand how things got this way by exploring the influences surrounding our eating habits and government policy. By the end of the talk, I hope to show you how easy, healthy and delicious it is to change the world by eating great food, and how you will naturally inspire others to do the same.
We had three great hand-painted banners, plus two big collaged people, and placards to stand and march in solidarity with refugees.
Feedback has told us that it sends a really powerful message out to the public about Vegans ‘Caring’ when we are at things like this and organisers assure us that we are more than welcome at such events.
It’s completely appropriate for people to attend events such as this as part of a group, in our case as Vegans in Solidarity with Refugees. RAC (Refugee Action Committee) actually encourages this as they feel it demonstrates the broad range of community groups who support refugees.
RAC wrote: The Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees is an annual event in Canberra where community, church, political and union groups from across the region gather together to voice their strong opposition to the Australian government’s shameful refugee policies.
Last year’s rally saw over 2,000 people march through the city demanding an end to the mandatory detention of refugees and other cruel policies aimed at denying refugees their legal right to have their claims processed. Regardless of what our politicians say, it is not illegal to seek asylum in Australia by boat, not even under Australian law, and every asylum seeker has the right to live safely in the community while their claims are processed.
Written by Jyoti Dambiec
If you haven’t been to this, it’s great! In the past three years some of us have had vegan stalls, done chalk art, put up vegan paste-ups, and scattered vegan information about which proved very effective. This year Animal ACTivism Collective had a friendly, low-key Vegan presence with a small suitcase display. I sold vegan activist stencil laminated prints and smaller photocopies to pop up anywhere as well as my ‘Flying Lady Ceramics’, including some of the sought after skull pottery.
This is what some of our previous suitcase rummages looked like before all our material went 100% Vegan:
On the evenings of 15 and 23 January, groups of ten or so gathered at Jyoti’s house to watch the brilliant and just-released movie Cowspiracy with attendees enjoying a delicious dessert of Blackberry and Apple Crumble with home-made vegan Coconut ice-cream (The blackberries were came fresh from Jyoti’s organic Vegan garden).
It is a powerful movie and a must see. It is an excellent one to show to non-vegan friends, especially if they are concerned about the environment. It does not contain graphic images apart from one small 30 second scene which you know is coming and you will miss if you blink, and also two scenes of fish slaughter.
About the Movie: Cowspiracy: the film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see!
“Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet." — Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Director of "The Cove" “A documentary that will rock and inspire the environmental movement." — Darren Aronofsky, Director of "Noah" and "Black Swan"
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged. As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.
Here are images of an ANU Environment Collective screening of Cowspiracy in 2016: