After the expose on factory farmed pigs on 60 minutes last night, I decided to write a letter to Coles & Woolworths:
Dear Decision Maker,
It is a no brainer that the industrialised abuse of farmed animals will not be tolerated by an informed society – and that your patrons will be looking to you to support “humanely raised” animal products. Whilst this is, of course – an essential step for a retailer such as yours to take – I sincerely hope you will also increase your stocks of meat alternatives (vege meats). The simple fact is that free range and organic are again just “labels” and “guidelines” that can be manipulated and abused – at the end of the day producers will “do what it takes” to meet demand and this very fact is what has created this mess in the first place. If we significantly decrease our meat demand the production levels can be scaled down – removing the supply/demand “need” for intensive farming. When you consider too the environmental implications of animal agriculture, the reasons to reduce meat are more compelling than ever. We look to you to please fill this growing need for alternatives.
I hope the terrible realities of intensive farming gives us all reason to think deeply about the role we play and the effect our purchasing choices have. It’s all very well to demand that producers change their methods but we have to remember that they are doing what they have to do to keep up with heavy demand. So it is up to us to reduce that demand – and reduce it significantly!
As you already know – I decided to remove myself from the “consumer chain” completely two years ago and became a vegan. I did this because it suddenly became clear to me that every time I purchased an animal product, I was saying “I’m ok with whatever the producers are doing to these animals, I support it”. I could see that no amount of “labeling” (ie; freerange) will ever be a guarantee that the animals I eat will be treated well. I came to this conclusion as I considered a society that starts to put heavy demand on these labels … How could this industry ever really change if the demand is so high? There will be an ever increasing population of people, increased competition, fewer resources and dwindling unoccupied land …. It just doesn’t pan out. I then started to investigate the health & environmental impacts of a meat versus vegan diet. Everything started to make sense – all of these very important issues were linked – so it was an easy decision for me to make, and a decision I have been very happy with ever since – no regrets. (yes, there is life after cheese!! 🙂
I’m not asking you to become a vegan (although that would surely make my heart sing with hope) … I’m just laying out the situation as I see it and inviting you – dear reader – to consider these points and to think about what you can do.
We are all responsible for our world, and in these troubling times we have much to consider. The writing is on the wall for the animals, our environment and our health – it really is up to us to take a stand and demand change.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Will you be making any changes to tackle the issues that are important to you? Please share your thoughts with us, I would love to read your point of view!
Peace & love – from Mars xxx
A sow confined to gestation crate
*** UPDATE!! FLORENCE HAS FOUND A LOVELY NEW HOME :)***
Desperate Pets Announcement: 18 Nov 09
Please share this – Florence still doesn’t have a home – she’s just beautiful and time’s running out. Anyone interested, please contact Freedom on 0403 152 991, 9442 3618 or at email@example.com – from the Shenton Park Cat Haven (Perth Western Australia).
Florence is, simply put, an awesome cat. She is absolutely stunning to look at – pure white and fluffy, with one piercing blue eye and one mellow green eye – and has the personality to match. If you are looking for a family cat, the kind who will smooch around your ankles, hang out with visitors and not mind being picked up and slung over the kids’ shoulders, this is the cat for you. She is approximately 18 months old, so still has the activity levels and playfulness of a kitten, without the curtain-climbing, litter training etc.Flo does like to be very dominant with other cats, so would definitely prefer being a spoiled only child, but I think she would adjust to living with a dog quite well. There is really not a lot to say about this girl, as she is, quite simply, a great cat. We do strongly recommend that, as with all white cats, Florence be a completely or at least mainly indoors cat, as she will be extremely prone to sunburn and subsequent cancers, but she has been totally indoors at my house for over a month now with no concerns whatsoever – she is not the sort to sit mournfully by the door, begging to go out!
When she was initially handed in to Cat Haven as a stray, Flo was really in quite poor condition, with huge matts all over her body, so she has a bit of a funky haircut at the moment, but she does love being groomed so if you keep on top of doing this regularly, there won’t be any problems in this regard. We were initially suspicious that Flo had signs of ringworm, which is why she came to stay with me in the first place, however this has never developed into anything. Anyone who takes her on needs to be aware that she has now been exposed to ringworm and could potentially develop signs within the next few weeks, however I consider this very unlikely and anyway, ringworm is an extremely mild and easily treatable itchy skin condition, no different to having athletes foot. If she were to develop signs and required medicating, this would be at no cost to the new owner. Other than that, Flo is in fantastic health and is eagerly awaiting meeting her new family. If you think that could be you, please contact me on 0403 152 991, 9442 3618 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
You have no doubt read about this amazing BETTER THAN CHEESECAKE recipe I made on World Vegan Day – well due to overwhelming demand, I have posted the recipe for you to enjoy. To see more delicious vegan recipies, click on the Recipes tab at the top of this page or on the left hand column.
For those of you who have endured my ravings about the raw vegan food detox I attended in October – I KNOW you’re desperate to learn more, (who could blame you?) so here is the link to the Embracing Health website.
The kind and very talented lady who runs the retreats is Leisa Wheeler and I can assure you, she knows her stuff when it comes to natural health and diet! During 6 days of detox you learn more about the very essential role a clean diet and lifestyle plays on your health and overall wellbeing than you’re ever likely to remember (thank god for the information folders – thanks Leis!). You not only cleanse your body during the retreat – you also open your mind, debunk mainstream health and dietary myths, tap into your personal power and before you know it you’re feeling amazing and you’re ready to truly take control of your health – possibly for the first time in your life.
These retreats are so much more than just detoxing off junk food – they are a tonic for your whole person, an essential education and a truly holistic approach to addressing your health and lifestyle concerns. I highly recommend Leisa and her amazingly wonderful team to anyone who wishes to heal – on any level – in a safe and compassionate environment.
Thank you Leisa (and all the participants at the WA Busselton retreat) for gently guiding and supporting me to another level of health, awareness and happiness.
Just wanted to blog quickly to mention our great success in celebrating World Vegan Day. We invited 7 wonderful people to wine & dine with us, to meet the animals, to hear their stories and to share the beautiful vibe of peace and tranquility we enjoy every day here at Willow Springs.
Our group was a small assembly of diverse individuals who eat differing diets but share a common interest in good food, the plight of animals, the environment and our health. Meeting the animals (some pets – some rescues – all loved) and dining on authentically cruelty free, healthy and environmentally friendly cuisine was symbolic of our shared concerns.
The vegan dining experience went incredibly well, we were so happy to see everyone enjoy their meals (most reaching for seconds!) and requests for recipes at the end. The menu was as follows;
Chickpea, lentil & barley shepherds pie with cheezy breaded crust; served with tomato & zucchini salsa and blackened brussell sprouts.
Jiffy’s Mongrels (caramel banana tarts with cashew cream – thanks so much Geoff & Ramona!) and Better Than Cheesecake (raw vegan cheesecake with raspberry sauce). See the droolworthy photo!
The food was delicious, the company was top quality and the focus of the day – Veganism – was inspiring. What an AWESOME day!
HAPPY WORLD VEGAN DAY!
Be sure to click on the Animal Action Alert tab to learn about what we’re doing to help abandoned and/or abused Perth animals. To see the latest edition of the Action Alerts, click on the archive link on the right side of this page – we create a new one at least once a week – sometimes more – so if you’re thinking of taking in a new pet, please PLEASE consider any of the wonderful animals featured on the alerts.