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The Cruelty Free Shop Newsletter - August 2014

The vegan calendar is full!

What an exciting time of year for vegans! Over the next three months there are six vegan festivals (including the Vegan Day Out in Fitzroy in two weeks!), nationwide animal rights film screenings and an Australian Animal Activists Forum. Find all the details below and get ready to be inspired (and have fun) at all these fantastic events.

New Products

orange-macaroons-2-for-nl.jpgLife To You Macaroons

Life to You raw, organic, vegan macaroons come in five delicious flavours: orange, chocolate, blueberry, raspberry and vanilla. We are also stocking Life To You raw crackers and granola.

fourre-vanilla-sandwich-for-nl.jpgFourre Biscuits

Fourre biscuits are sandwiched with either vanilla or chocolate cream. Great with a cup of tea but I bet you can't stop at just one!

cfs-yeast-flakes-100g-for-nl.jpgCFS Yeast Flakes

We are pleased to be able to offer our own Cruelty Free Shop brandedSavoury Yeast Flakes. By stocking our own brand in 100g and 500g bags, we have been able to drop the price to you by $1 per bag. We know vegans love this stuff so making it cheaper for you makes us happy!

shreds-pepperjack-for-nl.pngDaiya Pepperjack Shreds

We were let down by the Daiya importer and got a lot less than we ordered but they did make it up to us by slipping us some extra of the Pepperjack flavoured shreds. Pepperjack is a smooth cheese with a slight chilli kick. Very delicious on mexican food, toasties, pizzas or anywhere you'd use melty cheese.

August specials

30% OFF: All last seasons Matt & Nat bags & wallets
30% OFF: Clif bars
20% OFF: Tofurky ground "beef"
30% OFF: Selected Lavera products
50% OFF: Clif Bloks
50% OFF: Bioflan pudding mixes

Vegan Day Out in Fitzroy

On Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August, to celebrate vegan-friendly Fitzroy, local cafes and businesses will be offering vegan specials: meal deals, two for one, free tea, food and drink sampling, discounted vegan groceries, discounted wine, wine tasting and more.

Join us for a celebration of veganism and support Fitzroy's vegan-friendly businesses. Bring your non-veg friends and family along so they can try delicious (some discounted, some free) vegan food, wine, drinks and treats. 

Collect your Vegan Day Out map from The Cruelty Free Shop (385 Brunswick Street) to get all your special offers. For more information and to RSVP visit the VDO Facebook event page.

New season Matt & Nat

Matt & Nat are Canadian designers of the most gorgeous and high quality vegan women's and men's bags and wallets. We are very excited as we've been advised that our shipment of the new season range has left Canada and is on its way to The Cruelty Free Shop, due at the end of August. The new range with all new colours and styles is absolutely gorgeous - you'll love them! Keep an eye on ourFacebook page to be the first to find out when they arrive.

Canberra's Living Green Festival

Now in its third year, Canberra’s Living Green Festival focuses on the relationship between climate change, the environment, and animals.  The theme of the Festival is ‘a kinder shade of green’, and showcases easy ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and be kinder to the other animals we share this planet with.

This all-vegan festival features live entertainment, speakers, children’s activities, 100% plant based, low carbon food plus many market and community stalls, all of which combine to create a fun festival atmosphere in the Albert Hall. Sunday 13 October, free entry is free. www.livinggreenfestival.org.au

Sydney's Cruelty Free Festival

Sunday 26 October: Bigger and better than ever before, the Cruelty Free Festival is moving to a fantastic new indoor venue for its 9th year. With space for twice as many stalls, art shows, fashion parades, speakers, demonstrations, films and entertainment, it's going to be the best CF Festival yet! www.crueltyfreefestival.org.au

Other vegan festivals

Melbourne World Vegan Day: Sunday 9 November
More details in our next newsletter: www.wvd.org.au

Adelaide Vegan Festival: Sunday 16 November
Victoria Square, Adelaide: www.veganfestival.info

Cruelty Free West Expo: Sunday 23 November
10am-3pm at WestWaters Hotel and Entertainment Complex, 10-20 Lake St, Caroline Springs, Victoria: www.csawn.org

Cowspiracy film premiere

The Australian premiere of the film Cowspiracy will be held at the Sydney TWO EARTHS event on Saturday 16 August. The event includes the film, speakers, vegan food tastings and live music.

"Cowspiracy will be as eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth. It follows the story of Kip, a passionate environmentalist and filmmaker, who is discovering the biggest secret that even the most powerful environmental organisations are too scared to talk about." Book your tickets through Eventbrite.

Shark cull documentary

The Shark Cull is a Sea Shepherd documentary on the Western Australian shark cull, exposing the brutal cruelty of the controversial program that took place off the WA Coastline last summer.

This explosive documentary is a must see for anyone interested in the protection of sharks & marine conservation and is screening at multiple locations around Australia. Get your tickets from: seashepherd.org.au.

Animal activists forum

Become an informed activist by attending the annual Animal Activists Forum which is being held in Sydney this year on the 18th & 19th of October. The forum aims to encourage sharing of skills and resources between activists, to increase the skills and effectiveness of activists, to increase networking between activists and to inspire activists to continue their work. Book your tickets now: www.activistsforum.com

Charity of the month

Little Noah was born on a dairy farm. As is the case with most male calves born to dairy cows, Noah was torn from his mother's side soon after birth. This was a traumatic event for his mother and for a newborn whose only security has been taken away from him. Noah was put in a pen by himself and spent the night terrified, cold and crying for his mother.

Most bobby calves are killed at a young age to make veal but luckily for Noah he was spared this fate when he was rescued by the lovely people at Manning Valley Sanctuary. Heart breakingly, Noah continued to cry for his mother every night for weeks but with lots of TLC he has settled in and, along with five other rescued calves, will live out his life in safety and peace with his new friends. 

Manning River Farm Animal Sanctuary is a new sanctuary in NSW whose mission is to provide a forever home to rescued farm animals in a safe & loving environment, free from harm and exploitation. The sanctuary relies on donations to continue their wonderful work for animals so please consider adding a donation for Noah and Manning Valley Sanctuary to your next Cruelty Free Shop order.

Recipe of the month

A filling and hearty soup with a taste of the orient. Serve with crusty bread or a light young-leaf salad. (serves 4)


1 pack of VBites Chicken-Style Pieces
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 small cup of miso
1 litre of vegetable stock
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
6 oz rice noodles
1 large onion (thinly sliced)
1 cup peeled carrots (around 2 large ones thinly sliced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2-3 oz bean sprouts
2 oz button mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp of mixed herbs
½ tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp sweet sake (optional)

- In a large pan sauté the onion and carrots in the oil for about 7 mins.
- Add the garlic, button mushrooms, herbs and black pepper and sauté for another 5 mins.
- Add the vegetable stock and the chickpeas. Bring to a boil.
- Then add the bean sprouts.
- Add rice noodles into the boiling stock water.
- Cook for 10-15 min, stirring occasionally.  Add miso and stir until blended. (Add extra miso and sake if you would like a stronger flavour.)
- Add the soya chicken and warm through (do not overcook vegan chicken).

Source: http://www.vbites.eu/

Quote of the month

"The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality." Arthur Schopenhauer (German Philosopher 1788-1860)