The Cruelty Free Shop Newsletter - January 2014
Happy New Year!
This month's newsletter is a bit late because I've been busy working on plans for our new Melbourne shop....Yes that's right, The Cruelty Free Shop will be opening a branch in Melbourne in February! We're very excited about becoming a part of the Melbourne vegan scene. Our shop will be conveniently located on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy right next door to Lord of the Fries and across from Vegie Bar, in fact there are five vegan restaurants within two blocks of us!
We're not sure of the exact date for our Melbourne shop launch yet but we're aiming for mid February. We'll be having a biglaunch weekend extravaganza with lots of free food and special offers so be sure to follow us on Facebook so you don't miss out on an invitation.
We hope you're having a happy start to 2014!
From Jess, Stef, Angela, Sophie, Hilary, Cara, Elizabeth, Robbie, Rikiah and our new Melbourne additions: Paul & Kat
The ABCs of veganism: Through fun rhymes and cute illustrations, Ruby Roth introduces 3-7 year olds to the major vegan food groups as well as broader concepts such as animal rights, animal protection and the environment.
Botanical Cuisine Cashew Mayonnaise
Raw, organic, vegan and handmade in Melbourne,Cashew Mayo is perfect for a salad, burger or on its own with some fresh veggies. This creamy creation of cashews is blended with the best olive oil and gently fermented.
Matt & Nat 30% off
To make way for the new season Matt & Nat range (due late Jan) we currently have a 30% off sale on all remaining Matt & Nat wallets. If you've had a hankering for a stylish Matt & Nat wallet then now's the time to grab a bargain!
Christmas Chocolates 30-50% off
Choc peanut butter snowmen 50% off, Mini Moo chocolate santas 50% off, Bonvita rice milk Christmas figurines 50% off, Plamil chocolate snowmen 50% off, Sjaaks European chocolate gift boxes 30% off - while stocks last.
Melbourne vegan city guide
The Vegan City Guide to Melbourne contains dozens of detailed reviews of vegan, vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants, bars, shops and events in Melbourne, along with insider's advice on what to expect as a vegan traveling to Melbourne, more Melbourne resources for the vegan traveler and a map showing the locations of every establishment listed in the guide. Get your copy now from Smashwords.com for only US$2.99 or from Amazon for Kindle.
Speaking tour: Will Tuttle
The Cruelty Free Shop is proud to be a sponsor of Will Tuttle's speaking Tour
A vegan for more than 30 years, Dr Will Tuttle, author of the best-selling The World Peace Diet, will be presenting the ideas from his book to audiences in 15 cities and towns across Australia and New Zealand in February 2014. "Food is our most intimate and telling connection both with the natural order and with our cultural heritage. But it is increasingly clear that the choices we make about food today are leading to environmental degradation, enormous human health problems, and unimaginable cruelty toward our fellow creatures." His encompassing message is one that will resonate with many people in Australia, not only vegans. Don't miss out, book your tickets to hear Will speak here: www.willtuttletour.org.au.
Rally for greyhounds
There have recently been some disturbing articles in the media about the treatment of dogs in the Greyhound Racing industry. Have a read of this one which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald last month and then take action by writing a letter and/or attending the rally below:
Please help us speak up for greyhounds and the exploitation of animals at the "Gone Are The Dogs" rally: Thursday 6 February, from 8–10am, Martin Place, Sydney. 90 % of the greyhounds born in NSW over the last 10 years are GONE. GONE = Killed due to injury, “retired”, destroyed for being slow, dumped at pounds and vets, killed for not chasing, exported to China, used as blood donors, shot, dissected by vet students, experimented on, drowned, bashed over the head, disposal of puppies not cut out for racing. RSVP on the rally's Facebook event page.
New vegan business: Vegan meals delivered
Veganmealsdelivered is an online food service for vegans, delivering pre-prepared healthy, nutritious vegan food directly to your door in Sydney, Newcastle, the Hunter, the Blue Mountains, Kiama, Nowra, Wollongong and many more areas. The food is the kind of nosh you would cook for yourself and your family if only you had time....curries, stews, pies, soups, salads, desserts, dressings etc. Lots of family-friendly food, great portion sizes and well priced. Veganmealsdelivered are coming back with a new menu on the 17 January and first deliveries will be 30 January. Order your vegan meals now atwww.veganmealsdelivered.com.au.
Don't believe everything you read
An important lesson in never assuming a lack of bias in journalism: This article, from The Australian newspaper, sings the praises of kangaroo harvesting. Not many people will have noticed that at the end it states that the author "travelled courtesy of Liquid Ideas". I googled Liquid Ideas and surprise, surprise, they just happen to be the PR company for Macro Meats, the leading processor of kangaroo meat for human consumption!
Save our sharks
A brutal and misguided mass cull of sharks is planned n in Western Australia. All human deaths at sea are tragic but this knee-jerk response is scientifically unproven and pushes already vulnerable species to the brink. Let's pile the pressure on WA Premier Colin Barnett to halt the senseless shark attack. Take action here.
Vege social events
Sunday 2 February, midday: Raw Tassie picnic at Nut Grove Beach in Sandy Bay: Please bring a raw vegan dish to share, your eating utensils and a rug to sit on. Please invite others you know who would enjoy the company of those exploring raw food. For more info visit www.rawtassie.com.
Saturday 25 January, 7pm: Social Vegans & Vegetarians of Perth dinner at Thai Paradise, Lot 71, 2 South Western Highway, Pioneer Village, Armadale. Join SVVP and RSVP on their facebook page.
Saturday 15 February, 7pm: Vegan/Vegetarian Society of Queensland social dinner at Loving Hut, Shop 2 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. $30 per person for a sumptuous vegan banquet. RSVP by phoning (07) 3300 9320 by 8/2. Non members are very welcome.
Saturday 25 January, 7pm: Sydney Vegan Club social dinner at Spice Villa Indian Restaurant, 136 Military Rd, Neutral Bay. Spice Villa is the first Sydney eatery to join the club's "Artichoke Initiative" and introduce a vegan menu to their restaurant so let's show them we appreciate it! Three course meal for $29.95. Join Sydney Vegan Club (free) and RSVP on their new website: www.sydneyveganclub.com.au.
Monday 17 February, 5.30pm: Coffee & Cake with Canberra Vegans. Come along for an informal discussion and meet other vegans, vegetarians and the veg-curious. Location tba, RSVP and get more info at the Canberra Veg Events meetup page.
Weekly events: Join Pop Up Vegan Eats (PUVE) to be invited to weekly social events and activities.
Charity of the month
The three musketeers are the latest survivors of a school hatching project to be given sanctuary at A Poultry Place. The companies behind hatching projects promote them as fun programs that enable children to see chicks actually hatching from their eggs and therefore teach valuable lessons about ‘the life cycle’. However all they do is teach kids that fragile chicks are nothing more than teaching aides, not sentient beings. And that they are disposable. At the end of the projects the chicks are usually collected by the company and become someone’s dinner.
A Poultry Place turns 13 this month. Over these years they have provided sanctuary for thousands of rescued and abused animals (mostly of the feathered variety). They receive no government funding and are completely reliant on donations to continue their wonderful work for the animals. Please consider adding a donation for A Poultry Place to your next Cruelty Free Shop order.
Recipe of the month
Anyone who lives in Melbourne will be familiar with Mister Nice Guy's fabulous cupcakes and if you're not, you need to get yourself out to the Ascot Vale to their all vegan bakery. Their cinnamon scrolls and curried "egg" bagels are amongst the best vegan food I've ever eaten!
This week's recipe of the month involves a visit to the Mister Nice Guy's website to get a recipe for their famous Cinnamon Scrolls: click here. Sophie made a batch of them for my birthday last week and they were amazing! So give it a try, get your house full of that lovely cinnamon smell and try to stop at just one! Then when you're in Melbourne visit Mister Nice Guy and try the real thing to compare.
Quote of the month
"Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives." Albert Schweitzer