Plant Health Man ABC Radio Interview – 15 March 2017

Original post by Darren Cutrupi

Here is the audio of my interview on ABC Radio Canberra this morning if you missed it. Not sure how long it will be there for.

There will be a video coming in the next day or two thanks to the great Adrian Muscat. I will post that on the PlantHealthMan website and on facebook. (abl-2017-03-15-darren-cutrupi-vegan-food-warrior (1))

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 ACT and Surrounds Vegan Sharehouse Network on Facebook!

Housemate Queanbeyan

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:

Vegan ACT Upcoming Projects/Events

Thank you

By Michelle


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

Thank you
(If you’d like to get involved with helping/volunteering please get in touch!) 🙂


Book Launch of ‘Ella’ (picture book) by local author, Nicole Godwin – 28 August 2016

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

Or go to our ‘Ella’ product page to find out more.


Financial Philosophy – A NSW accounting business for Vegans

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.

Vegan Responses to Australia Day (Invasion Day) Lamb Ad 2016

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.

Vegan Sidekick:

Vegan Sidekick Ad Image


Canberran, Mike O’Shaughnessy, fashioned this:

Lee Lin Chin


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:

Also check out our new Australia Day (Invasion Day) Pinterest board:

Follow Vegan ACT’s board Australia Day (Invasion Day) on Pinterest.

Local VeganACTivist engages in brilliant advocacy for ADO – 25 September 2015

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!”


Seminar: Strategy For A Vegan Australia By 2025 – Saturday, 13 June 2015

Kym Staton Audience

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 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
* Q&A

About Kim
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:

Chenoa’s New ‘What Travelling Vegans Eat’ Facebook Group

Banana and Oat Waffles in Cusco, PeruMessage from Chenoa Wilson, Canberran Vegan

Hi everyone!
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!



Winter has arrived at Little Oak Sanctuary – Donate to help!

Little Oak Winter Is Coming

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!

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!

Talk “Change the World. Eat Great Food.” by Shawna Lee Harrison – Friday, 1 May 2015

Shawna-Lee Harrison

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.

Contact or for more information.


Vegan Presence at Palm Sunday Rally For Refugees – 29 March 2015

Rally for RefugeesWritten by Jyoti Dambiec

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.

Suitcase Rummage at Art Not Apart Festival – Saturday, 14 March 2015

Suitcase Rummage

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.

Local vegan artist, Patrick Duthie, also had his ‘Living With Monsters‘ book at the great discounted price of $20 and local vegan artist, Jana, had some great stencil work for sale.

This is what some of our previous suitcase rummages looked like before all our material went 100% Vegan:

Cowspiracy Movie Screening & Blackberry/Apple Crumble with Coconut Ice-cream – Fridays in January 2015

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:

Lucent Film Screening – October 2014

 lucentby Rowena

What's done in the dark will be brought to the light...

On Friday, 24 October, Lucent was screened in Manning Clark’s Theatre 5 at ANU by Animal Liberation ACT with catering by donation from Veganarchy Baking.  It describes itself as “a feature-length documentary about the vast yet largely unseen suffering inherent to Australia’s pig farming industry.  Narrated by Lindsay McDougall (The Doctor from Triple J), the film contains footage from over 50 farms and slaughterhouses across Australia – much of this footage has never been seen before.”

The film starts off with clips filmed at an animal sanctuary and shows pigs as they should be: displaying natural behaviours such as playing, foraging and building nests. Then, the light goes out and we are shown what life is really like for pigs who are bred and killed in Australia.

It covers the whole unimaginable process: ‘milking’ boars, artificial insemination of sows, confined pregnancy, restricted nursing, separation, fattening, transportation and slaughter.  It also has a short section at the end to ensure that viewers realise that all of the animal industries are absolutely abhorrent and utterly unnecessary.

It is encouraging that almost everyone would go out of their way if they came across an animal who was suffering yet it is unfathomable that most choose to ignore the fact that they themselves create untold suffering by supporting the animal industries. Anyone who consumes animals and animal products should watch this film so they can face up to what they are paying to have done for them.  Just like Earthlings, if the mere sight of their plight is too hard for our eyes, what on earth must it be like for their bodies and minds?

I know there were many Vegans at the event but we needed to watch this film too to have a better understanding of what goes on. I’m sure memories of what we saw will stay with us and remind us to keep up the fight and encourage others to see the light.

You can watch the full documentary here:

You can also go here to like the ‘Aussie Pigs’ Facebook page:

What others are saying about the film:

“As a passionate vegan I was thinking, why would I subject myself this but I decided to. I will now highly recommend it to anyone who is mentally ready. It is an important education to remind us that humane animal agriculture in Australia is a callous myth and that the worst animal cruelty is rampant right here in our own backyard, in our so called best facilities. Anyone with any doubt that their friends and family are supporting the greatest moral outrage in human history, must see this film. Thank you for your inspirational work. I am fired up.” – Brian Champ

“An excellent documentary exposing the pig industry in Australia. Lucent pushes beyond the conventional documentary style by interweaving a human-activist edge to the film by presenting activists in their political quest to both liberate and expose the treatment of animals. Lucent brings to light the oppression of pigs, while creatively capturing glimpses of activists going about their direct action work. As well as highlighting the atrocious pig industry in Australia, Lucent captures the heart of the animal liberation movement message reminding us that we are all in this world together, humans and non-human animals.” – Lara Drew