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The Cruelty Free Shop Newsletter - January 2015

Happy New Year!

What are your New Year's resolutions? Ours are:

1. To help people make compassionate choices by offering an ever growing range of quality vegan options.
2. To increase our charity support and animal rights advocacy work.

In order to achieve this The Cruelty Free Shop team had a planning day last week and came up with lots of exciting ideas for 2015. We'll be doing more fundraising for animal sanctuaries, collaborating with animal rights groups to get more exposure for campaigns, introducing a Loyalty Program to reward our regular customers, runningfacebook competitions, staging events such as Vegan Day Out and Wine & Cheese Tasting Nights, upgrading our website and increasing our product range. It's going to be a fun (and busy) year!

Enjoy our first newsletter for 2015 and be sure to check out our Top Ten Most Popular Products of 2014 - it's official, the two main vegan food groups are chocolate and cheese!

New Products

LAIKA Magazine

All the way from New York, Laika is THE vegan lifestyle magazine with interesting articles, cruelty-free fashion & beauty, travel, vegan recipes and more. It's the perfect summer holiday reading material!

Miyoko Classic Double Cream Chive Cheese

Made by the author of the popular "Artisan Vegan Cheese" book this versatile Double Cream Chive Cheese packs a buttery, savoury and mild herbal garlic flavour. 

Plant Powered Women

In this book you'll meet women with compassion, women who love animals, women who respect their bodies and health, and women who are pioneering and blazing a trail to create a kinder, sustainable and just world for all!

Vegan Probiotics

Restore healthy digestive function and strengthen your immune system with these Vegan Probiotics. Each 20 billion organism vege capsule contains 6 different species of probiotics with the added support of prebiotics.

2014's ten most popular vegan products

Have you tried them all?

1. Bio Cheese
2. Daiya Mozzarella Shreds
3. GoMaxGo Jokerz Bar (vegan snickers)

4. Holy Cow Golden Crunch
5. Daiya Cheddar Shreds
6. GoMaxGo Twilight Bar (vegan mars bar)

7. CFS Savoury yeast flakes
8. Opti3 Omega 3 capsules
9. Vegusto Melty Cheese
10. Cheezly Mozzarella

Sale: chocolate, handbags & candles

HALF PRICE: All Christmas chocolate including Alpha chocolate Christmas trees, Plamil chocolate snowmen, Bonvita chocolate figurines, Nestar choc coated cranberries gift bags and Nestar choc coated ginger gift bags. On sale until sold out.

20% OFF: All Matt & Nat designer men's and women's handbags and backpacks

25% OFFLucerna Christmas scented candles; Gingerbread, Christmas bush & Plum pudding varieties

More new products


Miyoko's Kitchen Double Cream Sundried Tomato Garlic cheese
Miyoko's Kitchen High Sierra Rustic Alpine cheese
Natural Food Colourings: made from fruits and vegetables
Bake & Destroy Cookbook: good food for bad vegans
Life To You Raw Macaroons: now in a handy 2 pack
Orgran Wafer Crackers with quinoa
Bed & Broccoli cheezy sauce mix

Charity begins at the Cruelty Free Shop!

We had a hugely successful year of fundraising for animals at the Cruelty Free Shop in 2014 culminating in our in-store Charity Christmas Trees. With your help we raised over $9,000 for animal rescue groups and sanctuaries including: Peru Street Dogs, Monika's Doggie Rescue, Save A Dog Scheme, Cat Protection Society, Brightside Sanctuary, Manning River Sanctuary, Fiji Dogs & Cats, A Poultry Place and NSW Hen Rescue.

In addition to that we sold a staggering $14,000 of Edgar's Mission merchandise through our shops with every cent going straight to the sanctuary to help them continue their wonderful work for animals.

If you have a sanctuary or no-kill rescue group in Australia and would like to be included in our Charity of the Month scheme, please get in touch with us as we are scheduling our 2015 recipients now.

Cruelty Free Shop hamper in the media

Check out our Cruelty Free Shop gift hampers getting all famous in this article: "Pamela Anderson sent a hamper overflowing with cruelty-free products to model Lara Bingle, who recently announced she and partner Sam Worthington were living a vegetarian lifestyle." Click hereto read more.

New vegan B&B opens

Forest Haven is a vegan, eco friendly Bed & Breakfast that offers comfortable, friendly accommodation and serves delicious vegan meals while being ethically and sustainably responsible. They are situated on 9.5 acres of forest near Beaufort, with plenty of places to sit and relax and watch the local birdlife; keep your eyes open and you may see a kangaroo or wallaby hop by too. Book your relaxing vegan weekend away here:www.foresthavenbnb.com.au.

Vege social events

Wednesday 21 January, 6pm: This months vegan coffee and cake meetup is at Cafe Essen, 5/6 Garema Pl, Civic. Come along for a chat and a cuppa to meet new friends in a friendly, informal setting. More info here.

Sunday, 25 January, 12.30pm:  Macarthur Vegetarians social lunch in Bradbury. Vegans, vegetarians and those wanting to be all welcome. For details, phone Glenys on 4625 8480.

Saturday 31 January, 7pm: Sydney Vegan Club social harbour cruise, have fun meeting like-minded people and dancing the night away with music and DJs. Click here for tickets.

Saturday 24 January, midday: Vegan Life social lunch at Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, 2258 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach Invite your friends! More info here.

Friday 23 January, 6pm: Vegan Catchup social dinner at the Abbotsford Convent Supper Market. Set under the stars, surrounded by heritage gardens and historic buildings, there is no better place to welcome the weekend. More info here.

Charity of the month

Al & Tom's story is a particularly upsetting one, they were being used as bait for hunting dogs. These goats had spent their entire lives in small cages housed next to the dogs who attacked them and were subjected to horrific abuse. Fortunately they were rescued by caring people and taken to safety at Hart Acres Animal Haven. Al & Tom arrived traumatised and terrified of everything. 

At first, these gentle goats would hide whenever people came near and cower at the sound of a closing gate, now they try to climb up their human carer's leg to get to treats! Al and Tom now spend their days basking in the sun, roaming paddocks and being mischievous (as goats tend to be!), free from fear and harm.

Hart Acres is a haven for abandoned and abused animals to be rehabilitated and live, long and happy lives. The sanctuary is reliant on donations to continue their wonderful work for animals so please consider adding adonation to Hart Acres to your next Cruelty Free Shop order.

Recipe of the month


4 burrito wraps
1 pack of VBites Chicken-style Pieces, cut into 1cm slices
1 tsp coconut oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 large capsicum, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
1 chopped tomato
1 tsp cayenne pepper


- Heat a large frying pan and add the coconut oil, onion and jalapeno pepper until fried and then add chopped tomato, capsicum and cayenne pepper.
- Cook the VBites Chicken-style Pieces for 2 minutes under the grill or in a preheated oven at 180°C
- Heat burritos by following instructions on packet
- Place filling in wrap, roll and serve with vegan sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

Quote of the month

"If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth - beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals - would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?”  George Bernard Shaw.