March to Close All Slaughterhouses – 11 March 2017

Original Post including photos by Michelle

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!

Facebook event page:

Canberra – March to Close All Slaughterhouses 2017

Saturday, 11 March 2017 11:00 am

@ Fountain outside Canberra Centre (in City Walk near David Jones)

Creator: March to Close All Slaughterhouses Australia

 

Spring Bake Sale, BBQ & Jumble Sale for Vegan ACT – 17 September 2016

Your donations to, and purchases from the sale were so *so* appreciated, and as always, all funds went towards helping animals by promoting and supporting veganism in our region.  Thank you!

If you would like to donate funds to support the work of Vegan ACT,  please click ‘Donate’ and enter the amount you wish to give.  If you wish to purchase membership or products at the same time, please go to our shop instead.



Working Bee at A Place of Peace Sanctuary – Saturday, 5 November 2016

Just wanted to say a huge shout out to everyone who came all the way out to A Place of Peace for a working bee, and made such a difference on Saturday. It was such a beautiful group of big -hearted souls, and we were so very grateful for the help. You are all awesome!!

Original Post by Michelle

Thank you to Billie Dean, Andrew and Tamsin for everything you do for the animals and of course for your warmth and hospitality towards the volunteers at the Vegan ACT working bee for A Place of Peace Sanctuary on Saturday.
We felt honoured to lend a hand for a day!

Have a look at what this incredible family of animal advocates get up to on their website http://billiedean.com/animal-advocacy/a-place-of-peace
and Facebook Billie Dean Deep Peace Trust

If you’d like to support their work for animals, please donate: http://billiedean.com/donate and visit their online shop at https://www.redbubble.com/people/Deeppeacetrust/shop

Human Meat – Relate to Who is On Your Plate Outreach – 8 October 2016

Human Meat Canberra

Original Post by Laila

Here are the photos from the Human Meat protest with Vegan ACT & Animal Liberation ACT last Saturday!

It was a fun and successful day, we were able to set up efficiently and everyone worked fantastically as a team to get the show up and running. It was great to see and hear everyone that was involved sharing their ideas and suggestions and going the extra mile to make everything run smoothly. We would like to give a big thank you to all the volunteers that came together to make this event happen, our beautiful meat actors: Gareth, Andrew, Tammy, Africa, Asmita, Barbra, Melita and Reeni. Our fabulous sign holders: Ebony N, Ebony P, Steve, Rachel, Tanya, Anne, Jackie and Ali. The awesome speakers for handing out flyers and speaking to members of the public: Rohan, Liam, Michelle, Nicole and Laila. To Donna for handing out delicious free cupcakes, the amazing cupcake bakers, all of the wonderful people that collected materials and resources for this project to bring it all together AND the fantastic Tina and Adrian for taking these photos and videoing the whole event.

Although we reached many people either people walking by directly or the passing traffic which gave us many toots and thumbs up, this has been a great learning experience for how to improve next time. To see how it all comes together, what works, what doesn’t work and the location are all a huge part of making events like these successful. We hope to see you all getting involved again!

Video to come soon!

Vegan ACT @ ICAS Conference and Living Green Festival – October, 2016

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Original Post by Michelle

It’s been just over a week since Canberra’s iconic Vegan festival, Living Green Festival, and the ICAS Conference – we at Vegan ACT think we’ve just about recovered from the awesomeness overload and are already looking forward to next year 😉

Vegan ACT would like to take a moment to appreciate just some of the people who made it the best weekend yet!
First to thank our brilliant Vegan ACT stall volunteers: Laila El Ayadi, InvaderAli Clough, Mark Ferguson, Ebony Norris, Ebony Palmer, Rohan Beviss, Reeni Rubio-Martinez, Elle Fant, Lynnette Hawley, Maddison Hawley-Tatten, Jackie Radisich, John Smith, Emma Wannell, Gareth Gwych Tudor and Michelle Isobel. I hope you enjoyed introducing veganism and the community to people all day long – you represented the work of Vegan ACT splendidly.

Big, warm, fuzzy thanks to the organisers of Living Green Festival: Jess Ferry, Tara Ward & Tracey Lofthouse. You are magical beings and we are so grateful for what you do for the vegan community and veganism each year. Canberra wouldn’t be the same without you xx

Thank you to everyone who came to the Vegan ACT stall to say hello, browse through our fundraising gear and vegan literature or try the virtual reality experience. We sold lots of outreach t-shirts and totes, and we can’t wait to see you all wearing them around town! If you want to get more involved with volunteering for us, please get in touch via facebook or contact@veganact.org.au – every little bit helps.  🙂

Thank you also to all our fellow stall holders who made the festival an absolute treasure trove of food, vegan products and info.

We would also like to thank Lara Drew and Carolyn Drew for bringing the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Oceania Conference to the ACT on the 2 days prior to LGF. It was so stimulating and inspiring, we can’t wait to attend the next one, wherever that may be!
We encourage all of you to check out their Facebook page and have a listen to some of the talks that featured.

The Vegan ACT /Animal Liberation ACT /ICAS supermarket action and pre-LGF dinner was the perfect way to cap off the conference and lead into the following day of festivities.

We think that about covers it for this year – congrats and thank yous all round! All of you people giving a damn about animals just makes our year

Vegan ACT Bake Sale and BBQ Fundraiser for Signal Hill Sanctuary – 21 May 2016

Signal Hill Sanctuary is a place of refuge for exploited, abused, neglected and abandoned animals generally regarded as ‘farm animals’. It is set on 200 acres of pasture and natural bushland near the Yass River in NSW.
It exists to provide refuge, safety and a voice to farmed animals suffering, or at risk from, exploitation, abuse, neglect or abandonment. This sanctuary is run by one amazing human, Kris, and we are so glad to be able to connect the Vegan ACT community with her invaluable work.

All funds raised went to Signal Hill Sanctuary! If you would like to donate directly to Signal Hill now, please go to https://www.facebook.com/SignalHillSanctuary/app/190322544333196/

Little Oak Sanctuary’s “Be the Change” Charity Gala Evening – 20 August 2016

BE THE CHANGE CHARITY GALA EVENING!

With special guest speakers

  • Philip Wollen OAM, Australian Philanthropist, former Vice-President of Citibank and former General Manager of Citicorp,
  • and Ruby Hamad, Sydney based writer whose work often focuses on veganism, feminism and race. Ruby is a regular writer for Fairfax’s Daily Life website and for ABC’s The Drum website.
  • and MC Marisa Martin, creator of “Tegan the Vegan”

The evening presented an exciting opportunity to dress up and celebrate the positive changes  we can make by living compassionately whilst raising vital funds for Little Oak Sanctuary while enjoying delicious vegan canapes and drinks were served and being entertained by talented jazz musicians.

Fantastic items were also on offer via a silent auction along with amazing lucky door prizes!

Life According to Ohad Screening + video of Q&A – 29 July 2016

By Michelle

On Friday the 29th of July, we held Canberra’s first screening of acclaimed documentary, Life According to Ohad, about activist Ohad Cohen.

Life According to Ohad is a tale of a young Israeli activist driven to unveil, and end the horrors of the animal product industry, one action, one witness, one consumer at a time.  As we become acquainted with Ohad’s life as a vegan activist, we are also given admission to his struggle to reconnect with a family incomplete without him – a family seemingly indifferent to his life’s purpose. Perhaps a family you recognise, in your own.

As a special treat after the screening, filmmaker Eri Daniel Erlich and star Ohad Cohen Skyped with the audience to answer any questions, and talk a little bit about the film and other projects.

Thanks to everyone who came out last Friday for the Life according to Ohad screening and Skype! We hope everyone had an great night watching this touching film with which many of us so easily relate.

We were lucky enough to talk to the people who made the film possible via Skype afterwards: director, Eri Daniel Erlich and subject of the film, Ohad Cohen.

The footage of the interview is available to watch via the link (it is not a professional recording, nor by a professional interviewer as we’re all volunteers, but we hope you will enjoy this extra insight!).

If you want to support Eri and Ohad’s current project SuperMeat, which aims to make cultured meat commercially available in the next couple of years – please head to their Facebook page and make a donation.

Eri and Ohad wish to express that they realise this product may not be agreeable to some, and that it is not a product that was designed with vegans in mind, but non-vegans. They ask that people consider the undeniable impact this would have on the number of animals whom face short painful lives and ultimate slaughter.

It is definitely an interesting topic, and Eri and Ohad are certainly long-term, passionate vegan activists with an admirable drive to help animals, and we wish them all the very best with this initiative.

Special thanks to Eri, Ohad and everyone who helped and donated food for the evening <3

To find out more about the film, watch the trailer above or go to:  http://www.ohad-doc.com/

 

Vegan ACT & ALACT 1000 Eyes Actions – Winter 2016

During 1000 Eyes Experiences, organised by Vegan ACT and Animal Liberation ACT, we meet many wonderful people who have their eyes opened to the horrors of the animal product industry, and are most likely beginning a whole new journey tonight.

If you’re yet to witness one of these actions, have a look at this clip of the Canberra crew raising awareness for the animals:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/843m7kue0phhhaj/1000Eyes720p.mp4

Massive thanks to the wonderful Robert Davy for for donating his time to film and edit this clip.

Write to contact@veganact.org.au to help us open more eyes and hearts to the suffering on their plates, and to offer an alternative.

Garage Sale and Vegan Sausage Sizzle for A Place of Peace Sanctuary – 2 July 2016

Garage Sale and Sausage Sizzle

By Sia Brook

Thank you to everyone who has donated and supported the previous fundraising garage sales (from late 2015 to now). So far, we’ve raised over $1500 for local sanctuaries and aim to have the next one for Whisker Woods Sanctuary later in the year. The garage sales not only raise much needed funds to provide care for the rescued animals and in turn support these sanctuaries to further educate the public, we also hand out sanctuary flyers with all purchases and often have conversations about veganism. Please think about donating any unneeded items, thank you. For the animals.

Click here to see pictures from our garage sale for A Place of Peace Sanctuary

Click here to find out more about A Place of Peace Sanctuary

Vegan ACT’s A Poultry Place Sanctuary Autumn Working Bee – 29 May 2016

Vegan ACT Working Bee at A Poultry Place, Autumn 2016

Today Vegan ACT was lucky to host a working bee for local sanctuary, A Poultry Place.

The volunteers raked and wheelbarrowed, cleaned shelters, laid down fresh bedding, turned a paddock of branches into firewood and more, while Bede got around to jobs that required his attention. It was rewarding to know we’d helped make that to do list a little bit shorter.

Thanks to Ali, Mark, Rob, Ashleigh, Anthony, Shree, Gareth, Sue and both Michelles for volunteering today, to lend a hand for these animals, including the amazing Bede: the Human of A Poultry Place.

If you would like to make sure you hear about upcoming opportunities to volunteer in various ways, sign up to our newsletter at http://veganact.org.au/events/ or email contact@veganact.org.au

If you would like to help by donating to A Poultry Place you can do so to the bank account: BSB 012925 Account 484228991 or by contacting Bede at freechook@bigpond.com

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Click here to read about our November 2015 working bee at at A Poultry Place.