Vegan ACT is a completely volunteer run not-for-profit organisation whose core purpose is to promote and support ethical veganism in the Canberra region. Fundraising is a crucial aspect to ensuring our ongoing ability to support the local community.
Massive thank you to the awesome businesses and organisations that have generously donated prizes!
We are an all vegan takeaway shop, everything that is sold is vegan, and the food that we sell is marketed to takeaway with the packaging we have.
Our packaging that we source is entirely plant based, is compostable, will decompose in 30-90 days if it goes to landfill, but is also recyclable. For example, the sandwich wedges are not plastic; they are made of corn starch.
We don’t have a grease trap yet and as such we are under strict conditions to what we can and can’t prepare on site so most of our food is brought in from suppliers. We also have to have minimal washing up which means we are not able to provide crockery etc. for customers and why we have the packaging.
We are planning on expanding as we have room out the back, so in a few months we will have dinners, functions, movie nights, and activities offered out the back.
Our menu is constantly expanding and when we have been able to get the right equipment we will offer a wide range of vegan food products!
On Friday’s we will offer take home packs so you can pick up a meal and take home to heat up; these will range from lasagnes, curries, risottos, sausage rolls, and pies!
*Truckload of one-day old chicks buried alive in ‘clean-up’ after crash*
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING CONTENT MAY BE UPSETTING
In the early hours of Easter Monday a truck carrying 108,000 one-day old chicks in containers crashed on Burley Griffin Way as it headed to a poultry facility in Tabbita. Most of the containers were thrown from the truck as it crashed down an embankment. Yass Valley Council were reportedly in charge of the ‘clean up’ that lasted until around midday the next day.
At around 4pm concerned citizens attended the site in case any birds had been left behind. As they approached, they could hear plaintive but feeble chirping. When they reached the site, a scene of utter devastation met their eyes. The area was scattered with thousands of little bodies both living and deceased. Everything in the area, including the living and dead chicks, had been bulldozed into piles of debris, with live chicks left to suffocate and die in the wreckage. Rescuers then worked for over 5 hours digging the babies out of the mounds by hand.
The accompanying footage makes clear that the actions of those involved in the transport of these animals and the so-called clean-up showed complete disregard for the thousands of lives affected. This kind of hideous occurrence epitomises the cruelty and suffering inherent in animal agriculture and the consumption of animals, and animal products.
There is more to come so please follow Vegan ACT for updates! If you have any enquiries please message us directly through the group, page, by calling on 0417 464 675 or emailing email@example.com
On Saturday, 19 August 2018, local author Nicole Godwin as launched her latest picture book, ‘Billie’ at the Belconnen Library in Canberra.
Join Billie the dolphin on this perilous adventure, as she sets off to find the biggest wave — the hugest of huge, the giant of giants — a wave that makes her feel happy, safe and free.
Billie travels the ocean, saving new friends from pollution, drift nets, whaling and much more.
This eye-opening picture book draws attention to the human-made dangers for dolphins and other marine wildlife. It highlights the urgent need to act now to protect and conserve our oceans. www.tuskbooks.com
I recommend nuts and seeds to the majority of my vegan clients. Nuts and seeds are energy dense foods rich in bioactive macronutrients, micronutrients and phytochemicals. Some vegan health professionals advise restricting dietary fat, including fat found in whole plant foods such as nuts, seeds, olive oil, coconut and avocados. Many vegans restrict or completely avoid these foods for this reason. Is the avoidance of healthful fats really necessary for the average vegan? It is true that there is good evidence for the use of very low-fat plant-based diets for people with severe coronary artery disease however there is little evidence to suggest that such diets should serve as the gold standard for vegans. Some of the most long-lived, healthy people in the world consume diets that often exceed 35% fat (such as the Mediterranean). The Mediterranean and many Asian diets are traditional plant-based dietary patterns that include nuts and are reputed for their beneficial effects on health.
Nuts and seeds are an excellent source of healthful fats, including essential omega 3 fatty acids which are known to improve blood flow, enhance immune function and reduce inflammation. They are rich in minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium and zinc, and are important sources of vitamins, especially vitamin E and folate. They are good sources of plant protein. Nuts and seeds are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants which favorably alter inflammation, oxidized LDL and endothelial function. Nuts and seeds have a low carbohydrate content and thus have the lowest glycemic index of any whole plant foods.
The research on nuts and seeds and human health is overwhelmingly favorable. Their consumption is associated with a reduction in heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, overweight, macular degeneration, dementia and gallstones. Consumption of nuts has been positively associated with longevity. Maximum benefits are associated with intakes of about 30-40g per day. Because nuts are high in healthy fats they are high in calories so try not to graze on nuts if you are concerned about your weight. A 2013 report in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that daily nut eaters were less likely to diet of cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.
Eat a variety of nuts and seeds, as each variety has a unique nutrient profile. Include omega-3 rich varieties such as chia, linseeds, hempseeds and walnuts. Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, a mineral which functions as an antioxidant and has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Tips to include more nuts and seeds in your diet:
Snack on nuts and/or seeds
Add nuts and seeds to salads and stir frys
Add nuts and seeds to smoothies
Add ground nuts such as flaxseed meal or LSA to your porridge or smoothie
Use nut butters such as peanut butter, almond butter (preferably no sugar and salt)
Thank you to everybody who supported the fundraiser for A Place of Peace Sanctuary last night, we had a blast and together we raised $1100 to go towards caring for the animals ❤️👏✨ Please check out their work and continue to support them!
Congratulations to winning team “Hail Seitan” who walked away with a prize of cookbooks, The Cruelty Free Shop vouchers and a tasty cake mixes and the honour of being crowned the (dark) royalty of trivia! 🤘 Team “Hey You #1” came in at a close second 😉
Vegan ACT is completely volunteer run and a registered non-profit dedicated to promoting and supporting veganism in our region in so many different ways, and we rely on this wonderful community to make these fundraisers a success and you always deliver – thank you! 🙌
Please get in touch if you would like to help with future events via firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxygen is Canberra’s all-in-one provider of premium, low cost health foods and sports nutrition products. Oxygen boasts Canberra’s largest variety of vegan products for gym and fitness at Australia’s lowest prices. Oxygen specialises in healthy products that bridge the gaps in our daily diet so their clients can feel great, think clear and progress to their health and fitness goals.
We’d loved to extend a 10% discount to all vegan act cardholders, noting that there are a small handful of products excluded (heavily reduced products and sale items). this discount should be applicable to around 95% of our product ranging.
Thanks everyone who attended the first Vegan ACT brunch for 2018! It was lovely meeting up with you all. The food was nice, as were the surroundings. Pleasant company, friendly service and a bit of shopping afterwards.
Bitten Goodfoods is about 85% vegan. Apart from maybe one (usually) omni option, anything else is vegetarian. They have some really interesting products in the shopping area, some I haven’t seen elsewhere. There are some animal products in the fridge and on the shelves but a lot of it is vegan-friendly, and much of it is organic.
Thanks also to Bitten Goodfoods for welcoming us and putting two vegan specials on for us. They also carry a range of Pana Chocolate’s desserts.
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 email@example.com
See Bede’s recent TEDx Talk here. You can also watch Bede being interviewed and read more about his sanctuary here.
Come to a special celebration of World Vegan Day in the Great Hall Of Parliament House in the nation’s capital, Canberra! One of the most significant buildings in Australia and the political heart of the nation. This is the first time such an important vegan event is being held in Parliament House and the Parliament House Executive Chef has created a world class vegan menu featuring Indigenous and gourmet plant produce. To toast the celebration there will be a fine vegan Sparkling Pinot Rose from Goodwill Wine. Please refer to the beautiful menu below.
There will be a display of Vegan Kids Magazine and Cruelty Free Super information, raffle prizes, and inspiring videos from animal sanctuary charities from around Australia.
Thought provoking speakers will include Joey Carbstrong, Greg McFarlane from Vegan Australia, Dr Anthony Hadj and Melissa Vanderhorst. Our MC for the occasion is Ron Prasad.
At the 1000 eyes cupcake challenge members of the public are offered a FREE cruelty free cupcake if they take the time to view footage of Australian farming practices and have a chat with us about ending animal suffering and making the change to a vegan lifestyle. I mean, who could say no to free cake??
Joey is a vegan educator, animal liberation activist and inspirational speaker who we are excited to have joining us for this event and look forward to hearing about all his experiences and activism around Australia. Check out his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/joeycarbstrong/
Please contact Laila via messenger if you can donate cupcakes or have any questions
Organic Kama is proudly Australian owned and operated from Canberra.
Our natural skin care range is beautifully handcrafted using cruelty free and 100% vegan ingredients. We are proud to say we are fully Cruelty Free Accredited. www.organickama.com.au
A well planned vegan diet can easily supply your daily protein needs. Legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, plant-based milks and vegetables are all good sources of protein. However a vegan diet can also fall short in protein if it relies too heavily on fruit (like in some raw vegan diets) or incorporates too many vegan processed foods (confectionary, crisps, biscuits, refined foods).
Protein needs are very individual and are related to factors such as body mass, activity and age. Protein needs are greater if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. There are also some medical conditions that increase your protein needs. Speak to a health professional if you need help working out your protein requirements.
An average weight male will need a minimum of 60g protein per day. Let’s take a closer look at the protein content of some common vegan foods and see how easy it is to achieve this goal.
Tofu (firm) ½ cup = 100g
Tempeh ½ cup = 100g
Lentils ½ cup cooked
Chickpeas ½ cup cooked
Edamame ½ cup
Kidney beans ½ cup cooked
Soy beans ½ cup
Sanitarium Vegie D’light Vegie Roast (120g serve)
Falafels – 3 (50g)
Almonds 30g (25 nuts)
Cashews 30g (25 nuts)
Peanut Butter 1 tbsp
Hemp seeds ¼ cup
Chia seeds 1 tbsp
Tahini 1 tbsp
Pumpkin seeds ¼ cup
Flaxseeds ¼ cup
Soy milk 1 cup
Rice Milk 1 cup
Protein enriched Rice milk 1 cup
Almond Milk 1cup
Soy yoghurt 200g tub
Coconut yoghurt 170g tub
Amaranth 1 cup cooked
Oats 1 cup cooked
Quinoa 1 cup cooked
Brown rice 1 cup cooked
Kamut 1 cup cooked
Millet 1 cup cooked
Vegetables and fruit per ½ cup
Note that there is a large variation in the protein content of plant-based milks. Soy milk contains the most protein at 9g per cup however most other plant based milks are poor sources of protein. Some plant milk are enriched with protein . (Look out for future updates on both soy and plant based milks)
So in order to achieve his minimum 60g of protein per day, our average male could aim for:
Breakfast: Chia breakfast pudding 2tbsp chia seeds + 1 cup protein enriched rice milk + 2 tbsp flaxseeds/flaxmeal + cinnamon + 1 serve fruit
Lunch: Quinoa Salad 1 cup cooked Quinoa + ½ cup edamame beans + 1 cups salad vegetables + drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice
Dinner: Dhal 1 cup cooked lentils + 1 cup cooked brown rice + 1.5 cups cooked vegetables
Snacks: 30g almonds + 1 serve fruit + 1 slice sourdough bread with ¼ avocado
Total protein = 70g/2000 calories
It is better to get your protein from whole foods as they contain other key nutrients such as iron, zinc and calcium. If you rely on protein powders to reach your protein target it can be harder to meet your requirements for these other vital nutrients. However, there may be times where a protein powder may be useful. Vegan athletes, growing teenagers or elderly vegans may find a protein powder can help meet their higher protein needs. Vegan protein powders are based on plant proteins such as pea, soy and rice. Such supplements provide between 15 and 25g protein per serve.
Written by Linda Smillie – Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist. BSc, Grad Dip Nut Diet
I am a Canberra based dietitian who specialises in plant based diets and gastroenterology. If you are new to plant based eating or a long term vegan I can help make sure you are getting all the essential nutrients you need to optimise your health. I practise at Waramanga and Garran. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
137 racehorses have died on Australian racetracks since the 2016 Melbourne Cup and many more die each year as ‘wastage’. For more info about why horse racing is not okay please visit www.horseracingkills.com
Lots of peeps showed up to enjoy a free vegan BBQ*, hosted by Animal Liberation ACT, as we said ‘Nup to the Cup’ at Glebe Park in Civic on Tuesday 7 November between 1:30-4pm.
In the Belconnen suburb of MacGregor, around 200,000 curious, intelligent hens live out their lives in sorrow-filled, windowless sheds. When these hens reach 18 months old, with egg production dropping, they are sent to slaughter and replaced – with young chickens who are subjected to the same process.
Join us in shining a light on the lives of chickens, and imploring Canberrans to help end the harm and exploitation of chickens by choosing not to consume eggs or any animal products at a candle-lit vigil held by Vegan ACT & Animal Liberation ACT on Saturday the 4th of November.
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 email@example.com, or message Tracey via the Facebook page.
Animal Liberation ACT’s protest to oppose the kangaroo killing in Canberra was held in the City from 4.30 – 6 on Wednesday May 31.
The aim of the protest was to bring the ongoing atrocities of the kangaroo kill in Canberra to the public, and to raise awareness about the significant acts of violence being perpetrated on an iconic and gentle native animal and their young.