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Vegan Makeup


ARBONNE – Various types
AVAILABLE AT – Shop Online (all profits from purchases made from the “shop online” link featured here, go to Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary!)
(vegan confirmation: http://www.arbonne.com/products/)

AUSTRALIS  – Makeup, fake tan, nail polish
AVAILABLE AT – Most pharmacies and Priceline – or Shop Online
(vegan claim: “At Australis, we love animals! … We also know how much you love animals, so we want you to be able to shop our Vegan range too! Our vegan-friendly products do not contain any non-vegan raw materials like beeswax, Lanolin alcohol derivatives and Carmine. All of our suppliers are certified and listed on the Choose Cruelty-Free list and none of our ingredients or products have been tested on animals.)

CHANTECAILLE – Makeup, skincare, sun, fragrance, spa
AVAILABLE AT – www.meccacosmetica.com.au or selected stores http://www.chantecaille.com/locator.cfm?c=AUSTRALIA
WEBSITE – http://www.chantecaille.com/makeup.cfm
(Vegan Claim: “All CHANTECAILLE products are not tested on animals. There are no animal derivatives, lanolin or mineral derivatives in the products. All skincare products are free of synthetic colors and fragrances, and do not contain any sulfate detergents, phthalates, nor petrochemicals.)
*Note! I noticed that makeup brushes sold on the AU shopping site state that they are made from squirrel hair!!! This is surprising from an otherwise seemingly ethical company. Avoid the brushes for now – I’ve sent an email to Chantecaille to get clarification. Interestingly, makeup brushes are not listed on the Chantecaille site.
– All products with a few exceptions (see vegan claim below)
AVAILABLE AT – Shop Online
Vegan Claim: Are Cover FX products vegan?
“Yes, all Cover FX products with the exception of MintTint FX & MintGlaze FX are vegan as well as cruelty-free.”

DU WOP – Foundation of Youth is vegan (not sure about other products – have sent email and waiting for reply, will update with more info soon)
AVAILABLE AT – Online at Feel Unique.
Vegan Claim: “Foundation of Youth is paraben-free, oil-free, vegan and uses an all natural preservative system derived from Japanese honeysuckle.  DuWop never tests products on animalsSEE LINK  (click the “more info” button)

ELF Cosmetics
AVAILABLE AT – Online http://www.crushcosmetics.com.au/elf?zenid=76dfac1cd6d8e04f9b75c9ccda14b4c7 & some pharmacies, cosmetic stores.
WEBSITE – www.elfcosmetics.com.au
(Vegan Claim; “We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project. Please see our philosophy page for further explanation on our company.”

FURLESS – Brushes (plus mineral makeup and lip gloss)
AVAILABLE AT – Online (see link above)

GABRIEL Cosmetics (and skin care)
AVAILABLE AT – Online (US based)
Website – http://www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com/index.cfm

JANE IREDALE (pure moist lipsticks)
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/jane-iredale-lips/jane-iredale-puremoist-lip-colours-spf.html
Website – https://janeiredale.com/au/en/mineral-makeup/lips/puremoist-lipstick.htm

NATIO – Cosmetics (and skincare)
NOTE – Everything is vegan but the lip colour and lipstick. Look in the FAQ’s http://www.natio.com.au/about-us/FAQs. Everything else is cruelty free, animal by-product free and animal testing free.
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.natio.com.au/shopping and in most supermarkets & chemists, Australia wide. Store finder here: http://www.natio.com.au/store-locator

LAVERA – Varying types
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.lavera.net.au/lavera/products/trend_organ ic_cosmetics and http://www.inspiredwellbeing.com/store/index.php and many health food shops & some chemists

LOGONA – Varying types
WEBSITE – http://www.logona.com/Startseiten/Startseite_E/index.html
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.organichaircare.com.au/ and http://joipure.com/ and PAWS Perth www.paws.org.au/store

MANIC PANIC – Various types
AVAILABLE AT – http://makeupnet.com.au/page6.htm
WEBSITE – http://www.manicpanic.com/

MODEL CO – Various types – see link below for vegan range.
AVAILABLE AT – Online, Priceline, Chemists, Woolworths
WEBSITE – Shop online – vegan range
NOTE! Not all products are vegan – see link above.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS – face, eyes, lips, nails
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.makeupandglow.com.au/
WEBSITE – http://www.occmakeup.com/
(Vegan Claim: http://www.occmakeup.com/faq.html)

WOTNOT – Vegan makeup brushes
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.ecodirect.com.au/wotnot-for-her-makeup.php
(the only products Wotnot have that they claim to be fully vegan are their makeup brushes http://www.wotnot.com.au/wotnot-for-her.htm#Makeup.  All other products do not have a vegan claim on individual product description pages so it would be worth checking with them first if you wish to try their other products (sun care, skin care & baby products)

ZUZU LUXE – Cosmetics created by Gabrielle Brand.
AVAILABLE AT – http://store.veganessentials.com/categories.aspx?Keyword=zuzu%20luxe (lipsticks Starlet and Vino De Amour come highly recommended!)
READ PRODUCT REVIEW – http://www.veganbeautyreview.com/tag/zuzu-luxe

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Delicious Vegan Recipes from healthingyou.com

A BIG THANK YOU to Alicia Galantic from healthingyou.com for these three scrumptious recipes. These recipes are big on taste, health and compassion – so get cooking and feel GREAT about it!

Thanks Alicia. ?

Black Bean Broccoli Burger

  • Ingredients
  • 2 cans of Unsalted Black Beans
  • ½ of an Onion
  • ½ of an Red Pepper
  • 1 cup of Broccoli
  • 3 tbsp. of Nutritional Yeast
  • ¼ cup of Oat Flour
  • 1 tbsp. of Vinegar
  • 4 tbsp. of Garlic Powder
  • 4 tbsp. of Cajun Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. of Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp. of Spicy Mustard
  • 1 egg replacement
  • 1 tbsp. of Coconut Oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Place the beans in a bowl and mash thoroughly or blend lightly
  3. Dice the onion, broccoli, red pepper and place in bowl with beans (set aside)
  4. Place the egg replacement, vinegar, mustard in bowl and stir thoroughly (wet mixture)
  5. Mix the wet mixture with the beans until it comes very moist.
  6. Blend the raw oats until it becomes a flour and stir in a bowl with the seasonings
  7. Next, mix the dry mixture into the bowl with the beans.
  8. Place the coconut oil on a pan and spread evenly
  9. Form the burgers into flat circles (size of your fist)
  10. Bake for 15 minutes and turn on other side, bake an additional 15 minutes.
  11. Note: these are extremely good on a whole wheat or gluten free bagel.. toast the bagel until golden. Melt the cheese on one side and place 1 tbsp. of vegenaise on other, followed by all your favorite toppings! I left this open because there’s a wide range of options to satisfy everyones needs.

Raisin Nut Energy Bars


  • 2 cups of Raisins
  • 3 tbsp. of Nut Butter
  • ½ cup of Almonds
  • 4 tbsp. of Chia Seeds
  • ¼ cup of Coconut
  • ½ cup of Pecans
  • ½ cup of Sunflower Seeds


  1. Blend the raisins in food processor or high speed blender until smooth (may have to add some water)
  2. Scoop the raisin butter in bowl and add the nut butter, nuts, seeds, and coconut
  3. Place Parchment Paper on top of pan and form squares out of the mixture
  4. Add extra coconut on top of the bars and place in freezer for 3-4 hours

Carrot Banana Bread Sticks


  • 3 Bananas (the more ripe, the better)
  • ? cup of Carrots Blended in Liquid
  • 3 to 4 Raw Baby Carrots to be Shredded
  • 2 tbsp. of Organic Apple Sauce
  • 1 cup of Brown Rice Flour
  • 1 tbsp. of Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. of Kosher Salt
  • 2 tbsp. of Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of Stevia Sweetener


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray non-stick spray in 8×8 baking dish
  3. Place carrots with little water in high speed blender/processor until liquid
  4. Mash bananas with applesauce and blend with carrot juice to form the wet ingredients
  5. In separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients such as brown rice, sugar, baking powder, salt.
  6. Take the raw baby carrots and shred small pieces within the dry ingredients
  7. Blend the wet and dry together until mostly smooth
  8. Pour the batter in the baking dish and cook for 50-55 minutes

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It’s Not all About the Food. But OMG – the FOOD!

There is something about vegans and food. Specifically, vegans and their food. I know that that is somewhat of a sweeping generalisation, but I can confidently declare that most of the vegan crowd I hang with sure do have a thing about the glory of what they choose to eat.

Years ago, as a child discovering my world, I was eating my dinner in front of television with my father. That was quite the norm in our house. Suddenly overcome with that childlike curiosity, I asked Dad where meat comes from. Wouldn’t you know it, a cow just happened to be on the screen, right then. Saving himself too much trouble, he pointed at the cow and simply said, “Them.”

What a slap in the face! Never would I have expected that I was eating the very beings for who I felt so much love and connection, even as a four-or-five year old. “I’m never eating meat again,” I spluttered. The irony of that scenario is that I didn’t have the remotest clue as to what was involved in turning a living, breathing, sentient being into a piece of flesh on a plate, but just like that, I knew it was wrong.

My resolve must have lasted at least for a meal or two. I made a couple of attempts at vegetarianism in my teens, even though Mum always made sure I at least ate gravy so that I would get some “goodness”. (Vegetables obviously weren’t good). It wasn’t until after I had moved out of home, had turned 26 and above all, witnessed the foulest thing I had ever seen to that point in my life (the commercial slaughter of a cow) that I finally gave up eating meat for good. Blissfully ignorant of things like battery cages and bobby calves, of castration without anaesthetic and infants being torn from their mothers, I carried right on eating eggs and dairy. I made especially certain that I got my three serves of dairy every day so that my skeleton wouldn’t desiccate by the time I turned 40 (yeah, clever marketing, dairy industry).

Besides, I was particularly fond of scrambled eggs, ice cream and – the big one – cheese.

If I were inclined to wallow, I would waste energy on wondering why it took another 17 years before I properly became vegan. Because it was only when I made my commitment to that philosophy and lifestyle, that something profound happened to my food. The Food Blinkers came off!

I can bet money that many vegans reading this will be nodding their head and smiling wryly in agreement. It’s not intellectual; it’s this thing we viscerally understand. Our lifestyle choice is not all about the food – but omg – the freaking food! More about that later.

The first tentative steps into veganism were on a lonely road for me, back in 2000. There were no mentors, no vegan friends; my Mum thought I was aiming straight for malnutrition. Soy milk tasted like ear wax. I certainly didn’t get 99,300,000 hits when I Googled “vegan”! My biggest ally was one supportive friend with whom I grew up. She moved to London and would visit her Mum back in Perth a couple of times a year. This dear friend would prepare suitable meals for me when we all caught up at her Mum’s, and she also presented me with my first vegan cookbook (called The Vegan Cookbook), which she lovingly and thoughtfully brought back for me from England. As far as I recall, there were no vegan cookbooks available pretty much anywhere in the universe at that time (apart from England!), and if there were, either I couldn’t find them or they must have been forgettable poop.

And you can’t jimmy a banquet out of forgettable poop.

I faltered soon after; admitting my Achilles Heel was made of little more than Jarlsburg. And most certainly the cheapest kilo block of cheese in the supermarket chilled section, because I ate so much of the stuff. When I ordered a deep pan pizza at Pizza Hut, that thing had extra cheese on it anyway, but I would order it with extra cheese on the extra cheese. Couldn’t be arsed cooking? Cheese sandwiches for dinner. Cauliflower was invented to be smothered in cheese sauce, because otherwise – what’s the point to a cauliflower? Dessert? Cheesecake. Tiramisu. Cheese and jam sandwiches.

What I have since discovered is that cheese is often the stumbling block for many humans who are vegetarian and are considering veganism. While they earnestly gravitate towards giving up all animal products because these people are truly compassionate and realise the moral implications of their continued consumption of, in this case, dairy, their yearning for cheese is a powerful yearning indeed.

It is a bit challenging for me to relate to this now, but I went through it big time. Nowadays the thought of eating a huge chunk of solidified, salted fat hardly has the pulling power it used to. I have since discovered a little dairy opiate called casomorphin and the subsequent suggestion that addiction to dairy is real. Jonathan Bechtel can give you a leg-up about it: “Beta-casomorphin-7 is a naturally occurring opiate, which is a compound that creates euphoria and is the basis for drugs like morphine, codeine, and oxycodone”. There is plenty of information about casomorphin; the fact that casein is present in the milk of mammalian mothers and its conversion into casomorphin helps calm an infant. There are also plenty of references to it as “Nature’s crack”. The short story is that if you tell yourself that you would go vegan except that you are addicted to cheese, you are exposing your crack for all to see…. The truth is you are an addict and should immediately enrol in a 12-Step program.

None of this was relevant to my epiphany about dairy, though, especially since I found out about casomorphin long after I embraced veganism. I once walked into a Peter Singer lecture in Perth a vegetarian. He talked about what happens to calves in the dairy industry. And I walked out vegan. Message received and understood. Me suffering withdrawals from cheese could in no way justify what happens to those babies.

Human mothers reading this, if you aren’t vegan now….consider how you would feel if someone took your baby away from you after he or she had suckled just enough colostrum for it to do its job. The wonder of motherly love is often represented by an image of Mother Cow and her baby. You think she doesn’t feel loss when a human takes her newborn away for the entirety of its infancy or even its life? Or do you believe that because she can’t tell you her pain in a language that you understand, that she doesn’t suffer? She might meet her daughter again when she (her daughter) is introduced to the dairy herd to begin her own continuous cycle of pregnancy, calving, loss, lactating and, finally, slaughter. Her sons are not so lucky – you can’t get milk out of a boy; many will be killed within five days; many will be slaughtered at four months of age for veal. Some will be allowed to mature into bulls to inseminate the dairy herd, after semen is artificially collected for artificial insemination. Are you shuddering in disgust yet? This is shudderworthy stuff.

Just another thing to remove those big, gentle beings from their natural urges and instincts.

Once I became vegan it did not take long and I was meeting other vegans and being shown all sorts of things of which, till then, I had been unaware. A couple of vegan social groups were forming as other people tested the waters around them. We started to gather once a week and share food and ideas, stories and information about new products. Then my partner, Jiffy, watched Earthlings and renounced his vegetarianism for veganism too. Together we embarked on an adventure that has been so incredibly rewarding and, just as a bonus, we have picked up some of the most amazing friends one could ever wish for.

They are kind, compassionate, generous; they love animals; they love their food, and they are eye-wateringly funny.

When we get together for a social gathering you can pretty much bet on the fact that the gathering will involve two things – firstly, food. Lots and lots of food. Secondly, lots and lots of laughing. We gather, we eat and we laugh. And eat. Mainly eat. And laugh.

Most gatherings involve a fair amount of awe to boot. I could tell you that I respect life and nature enough to feel humbled by it all, and cultivating a sense of awe helps one to stay grateful (and it would certainly be the truth). But mostly we are in awe of the food. You see, there is something about vegans and food. Speaking for myself, I experience sheer joy and amazement when I gaze upon a vegan spread. Commence fanging, and the experience becomes slightly transcendental.

This is probably beautifully described by my recent exchange with a shop assistant I met in a health store in a suburban shopping centre. I was looking for something and I asked him to help me locate it. I informed him it would have to be vegan and he piped up that he was a new convert to vegetarianism. He had been vego for only three months and boy, was he ever enthusiastic about his newly-adopted lifestyle. I listened to his exuberant sharing and thought I must have sounded a lot like that at times. Actually, I probably still do.

Then he told me all about how he had gone to a store or market and bought an organic cucumber. “The taste!” he squeaked, close to happy tears. Ah yes, Grasshopper – you are on your way.

So, what is it about vegans and food? For a start, the food is awesome. It is amazing. The vegans I hang out with give a damn about making meals tasty and, mostly, nutritious. Some omnivores are under the mistaken impression that vegan food is all healthy, but it isn’t. We have junk food too! But pretty much all of it, healthy through to junk, is delicious.

Secondly, vegans get a big kick in ‘veganising’ old favourite recipes. Just last weekend I was looking through my books for a banana cake recipe. The only one I could find without hitting Google was in one of two favourite vegetarian cookbooks I hoard from my former life. It called for milk, butter and eggs. Milk and butter are a no-brainer to substitute (soy milk or homemade cashew milk, and vegan margarine). Eggs? I made a vegan egg substitute staple – use a stick blender to blast a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with three tablespoons of water (equivalent to one egg). The recipe said two eggs, so I doubled the amount. Organic flaxseeds and filtered water, I might add. The cake came out of the oven all risen and cake-like. I split it in half, loaded on sliced, fresh strawberries macerated overnight in maple syrup, clapped it back together and topped it with a ‘cream cheese’ frosting. It was moist (mwah!), succulent (mwah!) and tasted so very, very, really very good.

While cakes are easy to veganise, the point here is that veganism is not a ‘diet’; it is especially not a lifestyle of doing without. It is a lifestyle of creativity and invention, wherein is thrown even a little bit of ingenuity, and you get the whole cornucopia of good stuff. Spaghetti bolognaise? Check. Gourmet hotdog with spicy Italian sausage? Check. Pizza? Of course! Lasagne – with ‘cheese sauce’. You got it. Breads, pies, cookies and the entire gamut of desserts from trifle to tiramisu – complete with whipped cream! If a soy cream is not to your liking, soak some unroasted cashews in water, then blend the crap out of them in a good-quality blender, one that purees those suckers at 38,000 rpm into the smoothest, creamiest consistency possible. Maybe add maple syrup or vanilla essence. Presto! Cashew cream! I even found a recipe for meringue on a packet of commercial egg replacer a few days ago. Haven’t gone there yet, but it is on my list of things to do. I now have visions of vegan pavlova.

And the best thing about veganising? Besides the deliciousness and the fact that nobody gets hurt? One has a really appreciative bunch of munchers who will gratefully lick their plates clean and weep with joy as they declare the cook a Vehicle of Greatness.

Ultimately, though, what I believe is the thing behind ‘vegans and food’ is less about the food itself than one might think. After all, there are plenty of omnivores out there who get almost as much pleasure from eating. From my own experience, I am convinced that this tangible lightness of being is more to do with the absence of guilt.

Oh, did you just feel something?

When I used to eat animals I could easily wipe off an annoying sense of doubt about what I was doing by declaring profound statements such as, “Humans were meant to eat meat!” This was clearly when I was someone’s God’s right-hand person and had an intimate knowledge of His (or Her) plan. As if! The truth is, I thought I did. I heard my Dad say it a few times in an effort to underscore his ‘right’ to consume someone else’s arm, although I’m not sure who gave him the right. Why was I feeling doubt about eating meat? I didn’t want to feel it; frankly it was interfering with my enjoyment of chowing down on someone else’s leg, not to mention all those other bits of someone else that tasted so good. I adored animals, but it was simply their lot to lie down and die so that I could eat their corpses.

That’s right, punters – ‘meat’ is just another word for ‘corpse’.

Yum yum.

When I look back, I remember sometimes feeling horribly guilty and I guess that the guilt was actually always there – young, healthy animals being killed just so that I could have steak or a Christmas turkey. A few moments of taste, is all. Burdened with empathy, it is hardly surprising that I did become vegan – but it was hands down the best thing I have ever done. The added bonus was that once I made my life’s commitment to veganism, I unwittingly shed the guilt yoke. Granted, it took me a while to notice. I knew I felt better about not eating animal products right from the get-go, but sensing and acknowledging that aforementioned ‘lightness of being’ didn’t happen for maybe a couple of years. Once I became aware of it, that sense of lightness was and is a most wonderful way to be.

Perhaps this is why we often hear omnivores complain about vegans wanting everyone to go vegan. Never mind that it is better for the planet, for us and of course, the animals – we have simply discovered a better way to be that goes far beyond walking the talk, and we really want everyone to feel this amazing way. It also goes far beyond ego and the human concept of us being the centre of the universe, or God’s chosen, or whatever you like to call being plain old selfish. In the Grand Scheme of Things, it is possible that we are no more a miracle than a dung beetle. Or, to put it another way: a dung beetle is every bit as much a miracle as we.

The bearable lightness of being. Why try it?

Because it is just awesome.

For the critters

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Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Pie from Vegweb = YUMMY!

I made this breakfast pie today and it’s seriously yummy! Thought I’d share with you all.

Ps: I recommend reducing the sugar to half cup or even a bit less if you don’t like things to be too sweet. Also to make your own egg replacer – all you need is 1/2 tsp bicarbonate to 1 tsp cornflower to 1 tbsp water (per egg). Whisk well.

Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Pie (Website Link)
I got this recipe from vegweb.com


  • 1/2 Cup applesauce or pureed pumpkin
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • Ener G egg replacer for 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup vanilla soymilk
  • 1/2 tsp ground sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 3 Cups dry oatmeal (instant or regular)
  • 1/2 Cup of raisins
  • 1 Tbsp or 2 brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Mix in egg replacer, soymilk, salt, baking powder, apple sauce, sugar and oatmeal.
  2. Beat well then stir in raisins.
  3. Pour into a lightly greased pie pan.
  4. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or 8+ hours).
  6. The next morning, preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Bake, uncovered, about 35 minutes or until firm. Serve hot.
  7. Makes: 6-8 servings, Preparation time: 10 minutes plus 8 hours in the fridge, Cooking time: 35 minutes

My Notes
Be careful, it may seem cooked on outside but mine was still a bit raw in the middle so be sure to use a skewer to test the inside. If still gooey – cook another 5-10 mins till it’s right. Oh and I add nuts too …. Walnuts go really well in this. This is yum on its own, or my fav way to eat it is served hot with oat milk poured over the top, or you can slice it and butter it and eat it for morning tea. Seriously good!

*apologies for the quality of this picture, it is the one that is featured on vegweb.com, unfortunately I cut into my cake and devoured it before I had the presence of mind to photograph it. 🙂

Rainbow Bridge

Krusty – Rainbow Bridge

Krusty (sheep). Arrived 1 January 2011

UPDATE: 2 May 2016
We are extremely sad to announce the passing of one of our original boys, Krusty. We loved you so much baby, and will never forget how you allowed us into your heart whilst you shunned all others. You chose us, and we have been blessed by your love.

This is a video taken of Krusty 4 years ago, not long after he came to live with us. Prior to this he was an “aggressive sheep”. Krusty was no fool, he very quickly assessed the situation and knew it was ok to let his guard down.

Meet Krusty from Animal Actionist on Vimeo.

Words can’t express how much we’ll miss him.

Rest in peace beautiful, wise, adorable boy.

This is Krusty. He was owned as a pet by another family who feared him as he would chase them across the yard (children & adults alike) and butt them if he could. The family wanted to get rid of him so we offered to help and he came to Happy Hooves with his girlfriend, Angel.

We spent lots of quiet, patient and loving time with Krusty when he entered our care – and the footage in the video shows the eventual change in his attitude towards humans.  It is a heartwarming thing to see an animal who has learned to trust again.  Love can cure anything. ??

The family that surrendered Krusty didn’t do anything wrong to him, so how he got so irritable is a bit of a mystery. They just probably didn’t get close to him. Or maybe the kids annoyed him? Sheep like peace and tranquility.  We don’t know what Krusty’s history holds but as he is an older sheep, it’s likely he has had a few owners during his time and perhaps some were less caring than others. Krusty’s mistrust of men was glaringly apparent when he first came to us, so this has meant that finding another home for him would be challenging, as few would tolerate his irritable ways with the patience and kindness that he needed.   Everyone is happier now that Krusty has come to stay at our place… Krusty most of all!

Would you like to help us to take care any of the other animals still with us?  One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.

**  Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary – Where The Good Life Begins  **

 …and sometimes where a good life ends too



Cruelty Free Festival 2012 in Subiaco

It’s that time of year again when my all time FAVOURITE event hits Perth – the Cruelty Free Festival! (insert fanfare, whoops and whistles here)

I was lucky enough to be involved in last years event where I manned the information table – handing out educational literature on animal issues and screening documentaries. This year I have been a tad too busy to get involved in offering my services but I still plan to go along and help out a wee bit at the A-MAZing vegan cake stall, sausage sizzle & pie stand. Yup – they’re ALL vegan and they were incredibly popular! Feedback from last years event was so positive with most of the food selling out within a couple of hours (so don’t go late – you don’t want to miss out this year!).

The other little plan I have up my sleeve for this years event is to bring along Timmy the Lamb so he can say hi to some of his fans. Yes, I say fans because Timmy has become a bit of a celeb on Facebook, and there are quite a few people just itching to give him a hug and hang with “Mr T”. I cannot say that this is definite yet as Timmy is still learning to tolerate crowds and he does have a bit of an inherent fear of dogs that may hinder his ability to attend a pet friendly event. My first priority is to Timmy’s welfare so only time and training will tell if he will be ok to come along. If he does, Timmy will be hanging out with the equally gorgeous Levy Lamb – who is quite the seasoned expert at attending public events and I’m sure will be able to give T a pointer or two on how to chill out and just soak up all the glory.

Apart from these two little stars… the Cruelty Free Festival has so much more to offer. From cruelty free fashion, food, cooking, products, and services to live bands, informative talks and a down right groovy and peaceful vibe.. this is one of Perth’s MUST GO events. Now don’t worry if you’re not a vegan or a vegetarian.. this event is for ANYONE and EVERYONE who wishes to enjoy a peaceful and happy day, whilst checking out all things “Cruelty Free”. There will be so much to see, touch, taste, listen to and do.. so pack your picnic rug, an open mind, a loaded wallet, and an empty stomach – then head on down and immerse yourself in all that good stuff.

The following additional information comes via Animal Rights Advocates – who are the organisers of the event. You can also click here to go direct to the Cruelty Free Festival website.

The Cruelty Free Festival is an initiative of Animal Rights Advocates Inc. The festival started in 2010 with the intention of raising awareness about animal rights, celebrating cruelty-free living, social justice and sustainability.

On the Cruelty Free Festival website you will find information about the festival including attendees, stallholders, transportation guides and anything else you will need to make the festival more awesome!

There will be cooking demonstrations, information booths offering materials on a wide variety of animal rights subjects, environmental sustainability, personal and family, health and lifestyles, fun activities for children, live music and so much more.

If you want to be kept up to date promptly, feel free to like us on facebook or listen to our bird tweet on twitter.

Conscious ConsumerSkin CareVegan Product Lists

Vegan Skin Care – The List

AESOP – Skin care, body care, fragrance, hair
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.aesop.net.au/products

AKIN – Varying types
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.purist.com.au/, Midland Gate Pharmacy (WA)

ARBONNE – Anti-aging skincare, babycare and more
AVAILABLE AT – https://www.arbonneinternational.com.au/shop_online/showCatalog.asp?category=16
And can request samples here- http://pages.oprius.com/QJY8A
(vegan confirmation: http://www.arbonne.com/products/)

AUM – vegan, organic skincare products.
AVAILABLE AT – www.theveganstore.com.au

AYANA – face & body products for mums and bubs
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.ayanaorganics.com.au/osc/

BOTANI – Face, Body & Natural Pharmaceutical
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.botani.com.au/ & Priceline

CHANTECAILLE – Makeup, skincare, sun, fragrance, spa
AVAILABLE AT – www.meccacosmetica.com.au
WEBSITE – http://www.chantecaille.com/skincare.cfm
(Vegan Claim: “All CHANTECAILLE products are not tested on animals. There are no animal derivatives, lanolin or mineral derivatives in the products. All skincare products are free of synthetic colors and fragrances, and do not contain any sulfate detergents, phthalates, nor petrochemicals.)

ENZOSKIN – Facial skin care (some products contain goats milk! check the ingredients list)
AVAILABLE AT: www.enzoskin.com
(vegan claim: http://www.enzoskin.com/#!__about-us/eco-friendly)

ENVIROCARE – Hair, Body, Face, Bath
PRODUCT LIST – http://www.envirocareearth.com.au/productlisting/personal-care-products/default.aspx
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.envirocareearth.com.au/where-to-buy/default.aspx

EVOHE – Skin care, hair care, mineral makeup
PRODUCT LINK – http://www.evohe.com.au/products_listing.ews?products.ewdCategory=2
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.evohe.com.au/index.ews
(vegan claim: http://www.evohe.com.au/clc_free_from_animal_tested_derived_products.ews)

GAIA – Skin care, body care, pregnancy, baby, men
WEBSITE – http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com/home.php
AVAILABLE AT – Find a store here http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com/GAIA-Skin-Naturals-Australian-Stockists or shop online here http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com/GAIA-Online-Store/
(Vegan claim: http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com/Our-Ingredients/) *note, one product is listed as non vegan, the rest are.

LAVERA – Womens, Mens, Babys
AVAILABLE AT – http://bioliving.com.au/lavera/shopping, http://www.inspiredwellbeing.com/store/index.php

L’OCCITANE – Various products – mens & womens (not all vegan, some products contain beeswax/honey but no animal testing)
AVAILABLE AT – http://au.loccitane.com/face-care,23,1,1283,142137.htm, L’Occitaine stores across Australia, store locater here: http://au.loccitane.com/boutique-locator-locate-a-l%27occitane-store-l%27occitane-australia,23,1,1224,29648.htm?country=australia

LOGONA – Womens, Mens, Babys (some products may contain lanolin – check the package) WEBSITE – http://www.logona.co.uk/index.html
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.organichaircare.com.au/index.php

LUSH – Varying products (face, body, personal, etc) Not all products are vegan though so check the ingredient list
WEBSITE – www.lush.com.au
AVAILABLE AT – online and various Lush stores Australia wide – see list here https://www.lush.com.au/shop/lush/storefinder

MYUTOPIA – Cleansers, toners, face & body moisturisers, shaving cream, mother & baby products.
AVAILABLE AT – www.myutopia.com.au

NATIO – Skin Care & Makeup
AVAILABLE AT – most chemists, retail stores and http://www.natio.com.au/skincare
VEGAN CLAIM – http://www.natio.com.au/about-us/FAQs
* note that some of Natio’s lipsticks contain lanolin or beeswax, and Natio Lip Colour in Pretty contains carmine.  Natio makeup brushes are made from pony and goat hair and are therefore – NOT vegan.

AVAILABLE AT – Australia wide store locater http://www.naturalinstinct.com.au/Product.aspx/WhereToBuy
WEBSITE – http://www.naturalinstinct.com.au/Product.aspx/Face

NATURES ORGANICS – Skin care & just about everything else! (hair, personal, household, etc)
AVAILABLE AT – Supermarkets and Chemists www.naturesorganics.com.au
(vegan claim: http://www.naturesorganics.com.au/about-us/our-commitment) *Note – this company confirms use of Palm Oil but maintains it is from sustainable plantations – read info at the link above for further information.

NATURES QUEST – Hair care, skin care, baby care, household products
VEGAN CLAIM: http://www.naturesquest.com.au/about.html
AVAILABLE AT: Online or search the stockist list by state here: http://www.naturesquest.com.au/stockists.html

PURE & GREEN – Skin Care, Bath & Toiletries
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.pureandgreenorganics.com.au/ or www.theveganstore.com.au
Palm oil free
Australian certified organic

PURE GAISHA – Body Care, Skin Care, Mineral Makeup
VEGAN CLAIM: http://puregaisha.com.au/
AVAILABLE AT: http://www.theveganstore.com.au/brands/Pure-Gaisha.html

VEGAN CLAIM: http://www.purist.com/brand-philosophy/

SANI HEMP – Soaps, SkinCare, BodyCare, Baby, Hair, Aromatherapy
AVAILABLE AT – Various stores Australia wide http://www.hemphealth.com.au/outlet.html

SUKIN – Various types (Skin, Body, Hair)
AVAILABLE AT – Chemists, http://www.sukinorganics.com/
VEGAN CLAIM – http://www.sukinorganics.com/content.asp?id=45&pid=17
Choose Cruelty Free (CFF) accredited – Certified 100% carbon neutral

TINDERBOX – Various types (not all products are vegan (contain beeswax) check ingredients)
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.cheekyherbs.com/

U LITTLE BEAUTY – Various – skin (face), body, hair – Organic
VEGAN CLAIM – http://www.ulittlebeauty.com.au/products.php
AVAILABLE AT – Online or from these selected stores.

WARMSIGH – handmade and totally vegan personal products, skin care, lip balm, candles
AVAILABLE AT – http://www.warmsigh.com/, Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/warmsigh, Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/warmsigh & Markets around Brisbane

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Futter – For all your Faux Butter needs

I made the “faux butter” today and it turned out beautifully! Tastes great and is very VERY similar in texture, meltability and flavour to regular butter. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to reduce or eliminate Palm Oil from their shopping lists, and to eat more healthily. (and of course, no animal products!) Thank you Veganster for this little gem. ?


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And So This Was Christmas!

So here we are, at the other end of it all. Another year flown by, another New Year ushered in with all its tacit promise of better things to come and promises made to be better humans. I anticipate that many New Year’s resolutions have been made by compassionate people choosing veganism to improve this entity we are, Humankind, to be kind to our fellow beings and to treat our planet with more respect.

In terms of Christmas, things are a little different at our home compared to what they used to be, and that is because Jiffy and I opted out of Christmas years ago. I had been disenchanted with Christmas for a long time, and he began to feel a similar discomfort. There are a number of reasons for my disillusionment; some, but not all based in veganism, and here’s a rundown:


My Dad was a no-nonsense atheist. Mum – you know, I’m still not entirely sure how she feels about God in any sense of the concept. She was raised a Lutheran. While Dad made his opinion clear, they left me to seek my own way and for a while I too was a confirmed atheist. Then as I became a bit disillusioned with science and its dislike of anything it can’t measure, I diluted my stance to agnosticism. I guess I am still an agnostic because I am both disconcerted by some of the evil acts that are perpetrated in the name of religion, yet ready to acknowledge that the concept of religion, in terms of giving people meaning in their life and a set of guidelines to help them aspire to be better human beings is wonderful, assuming it is not abused. Ultimately I believe there is something going on in the universe that’s a truckload bigger and more important than me (ok, probably a couple of things), so as long as I acknowledge that and continue through life without hurting anything then that’s okay. Right? Without hurting even the people who hurt others. Especially that last one. I’m not too good at that yet, but I’m working on it. That, and forgiveness. I can hang onto a grudge with all 20 digits for millennia. As I said, I’m working on it.

Golly, I’m the first to acknowledge I don’t have the answers! But at any rate, I felt that I was not in a place to celebrate the birth of Christ the way that Christians do. With all due respect, and acknowledging my belief that Christ existed, the fact is that I also believe that there are many avatars whose births aren’t celebrated in the all-encompassing fashion that his is (at least where I live), and who are as deserving as he. Buddha, for one.

To put it simply – isn’t Jesus Christ’s birth what Christmas is about? How’d all that other stuff get in there?


Ugly, ugly, ugly. Were any of you brave enough prior to Christmas to watch a movie or, perish the thought, the tenth rerun of a Big Bang Theory episode on a commercial channel? Were you suddenly overwhelmed by the urge to go out and buy stuff, especially stuff that was going to exponentially improve the quality of your life, like, say, a remote control helicopter? Did you want to go to Harvey Norman and buy something, anything, because, omg – they were giving you a-lot-of-months interest free? Did you realise that you forgot to buy something for your boss’s wife’s next door neighbour’s second cousin, and hallelujah you were saved because there were last minute Christmas gifts available JUST FOR YOU TO BUY?? Or perhaps, like me, you discovered the merits of the mute button on the universal remote (said remote, incidentally, being something that has improved Jiff’s life exponentially…..).

And those commercials were gentle compared to the ones for the Boxing Day sales that appeared one nanosecond after Christmas was done. Shops in the eastern states opened at 5:00am – to the queued up hordes – ? Really?

I remember being a kid in delicious agony having to wait for Father Christmas to deliver my prezzies. It was all about the prezzies-for-me. This was before I was old enough to feel obliged to return the favour, so I must have been pretty young. How did I become this Mini-Me who salivated at the exciting promise of new things and goodies? Sindy doll. The fancy Chrissy doll, whose hair could be short, medium or long, thanks to a roller in her head and a crank on her back. Barbie doll. Gee, lots of dolls. Toys, toys, toys. Some dumb people gave me food. Everyone knew food wasn’t presents! Worse, some idiots gave me clothes! Ya what?? Hasn’t anybody yet written the definitive guide entitled What to Give a Kid for Christmas so They Don’t Hate You?

Obviously the bar has been raised, because Sindy and Chrissy have been replaced by Xbox Kinect or sundry i-Gadgets. Or was that so five minutes ago? Gadgets! I first became aware of other (especially young) people and their gadgets – and the way said gadgets are changing our way of interacting with the world – during the three years I studied art in Perth 2008-2010. This involved two hours on buses and trains every day, a three-hour round-trip door-to-door, don’t get me started. But it offered me an opportunity to people-watch and it was usually me who was doing the watching. Apart from those thrillseekers who actually communicated directly with each other on public transport, most commuters were engaged in other activities. Many folk were reading books or the daily paper. Some stared into oblivion, trying to avoid gazing straight into the crotches of those who were standing. A few spoke on their mobile phones (and I am convinced that some of them were not having conversations with real people – they were just shouting controversial things into their phones to make it look like they were important. Or maybe had friends). Some txtd with great concentration. There were those with their ear buds in, listening to their music so loud that I could have sung along with it, even from the other end of the bus…that is, if I knew the words.

By far the most sobering were the people who sat in their seats and listened to music while txting, constantly, for the entire journey, without looking up occasionally to perhaps take in the view or reconnect with where they were at present. So lost in their own worlds, apparently oblivious to all around them – like the overtly funny but somewhat chilling scenes in Wall-E, where obese people sat in little pods with a computer screen in front of them, engaging friends via the computer, but not interacting with other real, live people directly next to them. And they’d lost the ability to walk. Silly cartoon, right? The txting earbud people I saw in buses and trains were so used to the constant soundtrack in their head that they didn’t physically respond to music. When a favourite song comes on I think it’s so gorgeous to be able to let go and tap hands and feet, move body, mildly headbang. Dance like nobody is watching. Sing like nobody is listening. Surely that’s not just me?

At a time when our consciousness is supposedly expanding, these must-have cool gadgets are informing us more about the rest of the world at the expense of relating to what is immediately around us.

But I digress.

The point is, one of the greatest inspirations for me to opt out of Christmas was how commercial and profit-driven it is these days. Maybe I am mistaken about the significance of Christ’s birth. Maybe in our world Christmas is about buying stuff. If so, a name change is in order – “Buy-mass”, anyone? Ok, that’s a bit lame. But you see where I’m at.

The Meatfest

There is a pig slaughterhouse about twenty minutes past our local town. Our town is on the highway and the pig trucks come through our town en route to that vile place, with their “cargo” of doomed beings. It is a sad and demoralising sight. Some of their squeals are bone chilling. If I am close enough to that truck, those little guys look me right in the eye and all I can do right then is apologise for my own species and ponder how anyone can believe it is okay to turn these living, breathing, feeling beings into a food that we don’t even need, that we eat just because we like the taste.

In about October each year the truck carries more pigs per load than the rest of the year. I don’t know for sure why, but my guess is that it has something to do with Christmas hams. From an ancient way of preserving meat when there was no refrigeration, to a mainstay in the sad Western diet; those unfortunate beings are killed and dismembered to be ingested by humans as part of the traditional Christmas dinner.

Joy to the world.

For any person with a modicum of awareness who has witnessed a piglet zooming gleefully around an open field, or exploring, playing, being loved or getting belly rubs, there is little to separate the piglet’s obvious joy from that of a dog’s in a similar situation. Sadly, most pigs are raised in factory farms, in overcrowded pens on concrete floors, no straw to bed down, in their own muck, for six short months until it’s their turn on the truck. And then, if it is a clear day, the ones on the outer edges of their level on the truck get to see sunshine for what may be the first and only time in their miserable lives. According to www.pork4kids.com/askafarmer.aspx there are approximately 850 million pigs in the world at any time. That’s a lot of misery, and that is only one of the intelligent species that we exploit.

Turkeys are also unfortunate enough to be part of our Christmas dinner picture, even with its decidedly American roots. Turkey marketing peaks in Australia around Christmas time. Just like chickens, turkeys have been bred to gain weight as fast as possible. A turkey’s lifespan could be as much as ten years, but here they are slaughtered at just 12 weeks old, and suffer diseases and crippling as a result of their rapid growth, not to mention cruel practices like debeaking. I just read a report that cites if a 3kg human baby grew at that rate, at just 18 weeks of age, that baby would weigh 227kg.

We are Frankenstein. But then, Frankenstein did not eat his creation.

I have seen a pair of rescued broiler chickens (those raised for meat alone). Having been allowed to live beyond the six weeks of age when chickens are usually slaughtered, these two young chickens, a male and a female, grew into something surreal. When I described them to a friend, I used the word “abominations”. They were so massive, they could barely walk on their crazily splayed legs. Encountering them filled me with revulsion and pity. They both died shortly afterwards; she first and then he, his end possibly quickened by grief. He’d lost his mate.

Well, enough of that. You get the picture. Another reason I opted out of Christmas was my inability to be gracious about nice, and even deeply religious and kind, people being good and pious at Christmastime, yet not giving a second thought to the creatures whose lives were taken for Christmas dinner. Or maybe giving a second thought and eating them anyway. A fleshfest at a time when leaders ask us to think of our “fellow man” and peace on earth seemed so hypocritical to me. How can there be true peace on earth when there is so much cruelty and hypocrisy? Getting back to science, that negative energy has to go somewhere…

Was anyone else ready to throw spitballs at Curtis Stone’s smiling face on the telly as he spruiked Christmas fare that is disproportionately meat-heavy? Turkey, ham, prawns, anything that moves. And along with the annual flood of Christmas recipes come the concurrent articles about how to lose the weight you put on over the festive season. That, right there, says so much about a troubling, wasteful side of us – that so many of us overindulge that there is impetus enough for the media to offer us articles on how to fix the unhealthy mess we made of ourselves in a very short period of time. In amongst that are your concerned government’s reminders to eat 2 fruit & 5 veg every day. Trust me, folks – they do that because they care for you. My Cynical Side is popping up and insisting I tell you that it’s actually because they anticipate the rapidly approaching and monstrously vast health crisis caused by our meat-centric, dairy-heavy sugar-laden, junk-food infused, vegetable-starved, fibre-free western diet. Oh Cynical Side, you little rapscallion, you mischievous imp – I forgive you.

See, I’m getting better at forgiving already. I thought this was gonna be hard!

So, without engaging in a regular Christmas, how did we spend the past couple of weeks? Jiff and I shared some special time with loved people and our critters. We ate wonderful vegan food and, in fact, Jiff used the opportunity very well indeed. He happily cooks up a storm in the kitchen at any time, but he has just discovered the best dhal recipe in the universe (thank you, IsaChandra – you legend!), not to mention the equivalent level of creamy tofu chocolate mousse (from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau).

You need a protein injection, you protein-deficient, sickly-looking vegan-type? Cop one in the mousse!

In between discovering them, he whipped up a few more awesome Indian dishes courtesy of Manjula (we love Manjula). We shared a few drinkipoos and a lot of laughs, and we acknowledged our fellow creatures with love.

We didn’t kill anybody.

And we toasted how great it is to be vegan. Happy New Year!

For the critters…