In the past year Ben & Jerry's has made incredible progress by introducing non-dairy flavours to their brand. Today I am happy to say that they have released 3 additional flavours:
This addition of flavours is HUGE - proving a demand for dairy-free desserts is evident of the vegan revolution. I can't wait to see what else Ben & Jerry's has in store for us!
After 33 years in captivity, SeaWorld has officially announced the death of Tilikum (Tilly) - their most exploited orca history. At just two years old, Tilly was captured off the coast of Iceland and taken away from his family and his home to be used for entertainment. He spent his days performing meaningless tricks for food but was also manipulated sexually. Tilly was used to breed 21 children - 11 of which died - for SeaWorld to train and sell. Living in captivity caused Tilly to become mentally and physically ill. He suffered a collapsed dorsal fin and worn teeth from chewing on the concrete bars which enclosed him. The constant stress drove him to kill three humans, which prompted the movie Blackfish in 2013. Leading up to his death he had been receiving treatment for a bacterial lung infection, but the actual cause of death remains undetermined. For years, animal activists have been fighting to #FreeTilly, and though he is gone, the fight is not over. Please continue raise awareness to help save others like him - share this article and urge others to Boycott SeaWorld!
Happy New Year everyone! If you are looking to make a resolution this year that will help animals, the planet AND yourself, you've come to the right place! Below I have listed 3 resolutions that are easy to stick to with a little compassion. 💖
1. Go cruelty-free!
It's 2017 - there is absolutely no reason we need to be supporting this, when we have the option not to. To see the Beauty Without Bunnies official lists of brands that do and do not test on animals, click the images below, print them out and shop! Easy as that!
2. GO DAIRY-FREE!
I've said it before and I'll say it again - dairy is bad news on both health and ethical platforms. The following are some of the quotes I've collected from various organizations and medical professionals explaining the health factors of consuming dairy:
As for ethical problems raised, I'm just going to leave this video here...
For my reasons why I went dairy-free, as well as in-depth desctiptions about the types of dairy-free milk, check out my article All About Vegan Milk.
When people find out I'm vegan I often get questions and comments such as "But I could NEVER live without ice cream!" Well, good news! There are SO MANY dairy-free ice cream and dessert options out there that you don't have to! I recommend So Delicious but there's also Tofutti, Soy Dream, Rice Dream, Almond Dream, Coconut Bliss, even Ben & Jerry's makes non-dairy flavours! If you're looking to go out for a scoop, you can get sorbet at TCBY, Tutti Frutti, Pink Berry, etc. And the dairy-free options don't just stop at ice cream - there's something for everything and everyone!
3. STOP WEARING ANIMAL FURS AND SKINS!
I have a Vegan Fashion Guide coming soon that will explain all about how animals are harmed in the process of creating various garments, but until then check out this cruelty-free fabric guide. Start by donating the clothes you have now, then shop accordingly.
That's it for this one, hope you all had a lovely end to 2016 and are ready for another year of positive changes! Remember - "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
In 2015, Canada introduced the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act (Bill S-214). "This enactment amends the Food and Drugs Act to prohibit cosmetic animal testing and the sale of cosmetics developed or manufactured using cosmetic animal testing. It also provides that no evidence derived from animal testing may be used to establish the safety of a cosmetic." (openparliament.ca) The legislation was lead by Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen in consultation with Humane Society International/Canada and Animal Alliance of Canada.
As of December 13 2016, Bill S-214 passed it's second reading in the Senate with overwhelming support. It will now be reffered to the Standing Senate Commitee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.
Below is a except from "Debates of the Senate (Hansard)." Debates - Issue 87 - December 13, 2016.
If you are looking for any way to help end animal testing in the meantime, you can sign the global pledge to #BeCrueltyFree and stop supporting these brands!
The Bank of England has recently admitted that the new £5 note which went into circulation in September, contains traces of tallow - a form of beef or mutton fat, processed from suet - and the internet has been going crazy. A petition has been launched calling on the central bank to stop the use of animal products in its currency, reading "This is unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the U.K." Both the Bank of England and Innovia Films - who provided the polymer containing the tallow - have said that they only recently became aware of the issue. Innovia claims to be looking for ways to get rid of the traces but that it is a difficult, time consuming process. The company also supplies polymer to 23 other countries (including Canada, Australia and New Zealand) but could not say wether or not it also contained the ingredient. Today, the Bank of Canada confirmed that the polymer substrate used as a base for bank notes contains additives that may be produced from tallow. They say it would make up less than 1% of the total weight of the substance, but all in all, our money is not cruelty-free. What do you think about this "meat money" controversy? Let me know in the comments below.
Back in December 2015, a small dog (Justice) was discovered behind a shopping centre with his neck, paws and snout bound in electrical tape. Justice was taken to the Humane Society where he was treated for his injuries. The man responsible for the abuse was sentenced to jail and Justice made full recovery in his new home.
This year, a plush toy in Justice's image is being sold by Windsor/Essex County Humane Society to raise money for animal cruelty investigations. The plush costs $30 and is being sold at Devonshire Mall from November 12-20 (more information here).
This morning around 7 am, a transport truck carrying pigs to the slaughterhouse tipped over on a Burlington road. Animal activists gathered at the scene in hopes of rescuing any pigs they could find. Well known Toronto activist Anita Krajnc (Toronto Pig Save) was handcuffed and put into the back of a police car for trying to help injured pigs at the crash sight. A few pigs have been spotted running loose in the area, some pigs died in the crash but the others were herded to the slaughterhouse for an even worse fate. Several hours after the accident PETA made a statement asking everyone to "turn away from bacon and ham, rather than turning away from what these animals endure every day."