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The Cruelty Free Shop Newsletter - June 2014

A cruelty-free winter

As we move into winter please avoid buying doonas or jackets filled with down. Down is the soft undercoating ducks and geese have to keep them warm and is either ripped from live birds or is a by-product of slaughter. Either way it's definitely not cruelty-free, read more here.

As it gets colder we naturally gravitate towards familiar comfort food. Luckily there are vegan versions of all those favourites available: macaroni & cheesecheese toasties, soups, casseroles and more. It's easy to veganise any non-vegan dish. Hearty casseroles can be made with mock meatsor simply by adding more veges, as can soups. Either veganise your favourite pre-vegan meals or get onto the net and search for vegan recipes - you'll be overwhelmed with choice!

Have a happy, warm & cruelty-free winter!
From all of us at The Cruelty Free Shop

New Products

Caramel Popcorn

Once you start, you just can't stop! Seriously more-ish Caramel Popcorn. Also available in "Butter" Flavour. Both are vegan and palm-oil-free.

Speciesism The Movie

Speciesism takes viewers on an adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide the secrets of factory farming to come face-to-face with the truth.

Fry's Chicken-style Burger

Scrumptious chicken-stye burger patties! Put in a bun with lettuce, mayo and pineapple and you have a delicious vegan fast-food treat.

Hot Chocolate Mix

Absolute Organics instantchocolate drink is fairtrade and organic and will warm you up on cold winter days. Add a Freedom Foods vegan marshmallow and you're all set to go!

More new products

We now have stock of three exceptional animal rights films on DVD: Earthlings, Speciesism and Forks over Knives. Hold a screening for your friends and family to help them understand why you're vegan (and why they should be too!). You can watch the trailers for each of these films on our website.

Absolute Organics Chocolate

This range of delicious chocolates ticks all the boxes: organic, fairtrade, palm oil-free and of course vegan. They come in beautifully presented 100g blocks with cocoa nibs, aztec berries, puffed quinoa and coffee beans or bags of chocolate coated banana pieces, aztec berries, cocoa nibs and quinoa puffs. Absolute Organics chocolates are available now online and in Sydney, they are due into our Melbourne shop this week.

Loving Earth Raw Chocolate
We have expanded our range of the wonderful Loving Earth raw chocolate to include: caramel, crunchy mint, coconut mylk, orange & gubinge, maqui, acai & cacao and 72% dark. We also have Loving Earth's Drinking Chocolate in stock. All are vegan, fairtrade, organic and palm oil-free.

Isa Does It Hardback edition (as we were only able to get 4 copies, this is available online only)
100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes

Unlike most of the glucosamine products on the market,Freeda Glucosamine is 100% vegan and is not made from shellfish.


50% OFF Clif Bloks Tropical punch, Orange & Mountain Berry flavours: were $6.30 , now only $3.15
25% OFF Clif Bloks Black cherry and Strawberry flavours: were $6.30 , now only $4.75
30% OFF Clif Bars: were $3.10, now only $2.20
25% OFF Bioflan Pudding Mixes

Could you be an activist for animals?

The answer is YES, everyone can be an activist for animal rights! There are so many ways to be an actvist. If you've never done it before start small; wearing a T-shirt with an animal rights slogan is a great way to get people thinking (you can even make your own), take vegan baking (with anI'm Vegan food flag) in to your workplace to show people you can have delicious food without animal cruelty, carry around a stack of pamphlets and leave them where people will read them such as your doctor's waiting room or community notice boards.

If you're ready to take the next step, go to an Animal Liberation meeting, hand out pamphlets, staff a stall, hold a vegan bake sale, join a protest, volunteer at a vegan festival. All forms of activism are valuable and anyone can be a voice for animals at any time. Whatever your chosen method is, it's important to get out there and do it - everyone can make a difference!

Here is a collection of images of people spreading the word about animal rights & veganism from Veganism A Truth Whose TIme Has Come. Two of our Cruelty Free Shop campaigns are in there: our Melbourne shop's VEGAN window display and the Vegan Day Out event that we run in Sydney.

Upcoming vegan festivals

Sydney Vegan Expo: Sunday 3 August

The Vegan Society NSW is excited to announce the return to Sydney of the Sydney Vegan Expo on Sunday 3 August. With a wonderful line-up of speakers, entertainers, stalls and demonstrations it will be a great day for all the family! More info: www.sydneyveganexpo.com.au

Canberra Living Green Festival: Sunday 12 October

Sydney Cruelty Free Festival: Sunday 26 October

Adelaide Vegan Festival: Sunday 16 November

Melbourne World Vegan Day: date TBA (usually at the start of November) www.wvd.org.au

Tofurky, Daiya & Cheatin' update

Tofurky deli slices and sausages and Redwood Cheatin' slices will be back in stock late this week. The ETA for Daiya cheese keeps changing but we believe it will be arriving mid July. Follow us on Facebook to be the first to find out when Daiya arrives.

Vege social events

Saturday 28 June, 7pm: Vegan ACT social dinner at Kingsland Vegan Restaurant Shop 5 Dickson Plaza, 67- 69 Woolley Street, Dickson. Come along to meet some fellow veg*ns  and veg friendly people. RSVP here.

Weekly events: Join Pop Up Vegan Eats (PUVE) to be invited to weekly social events and activities.

Monthly events: The Vegan Catchup is a monthly get-together for Melbourne vegans and their friends and family. Come along and meet like-minded people in a casual environment.

Saturday 21 June, 7pm: Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Queensland social dinner at Green Edge, 229 Lutwyche Rd. Cnr Le Geyt, Windsor. Non members are most welcome. RSVP by phoning 3300 9320.

Saturday 21 June, 7pm: Sydney Vegan Club social dinner at Spice Villa Indian restaurant, 136 Military Rd, Neutral Bay. For more information and to RSVP click here.

Sunday, 22 June, 1pm: Macarthur Vegetarians social lunch for vegetarians, vegans and those wanting to be.  Bring a plate and come and join us at a private house in Ambarvale.  Details: Glenys on higlenys@ozemail.com.au or 4625 8480.


Charity of the month

Rumpole is one of 10 rescued donkeys who live at Brightside Sanctuary in Tasmania. Rumpole's herd of 100 were captured by dealers from the wild in the Northern Territory. The donkeys were trucked for 3 days to Victoria where they were put up for sale, mostly for pet meat.

It was soul destroying at the sale seeing this closely bonded herd split up one by one and put into trailers by themselves, terrified and alone. As they were wild jacks (stallions) and unhandled their chances were not great so Emma from Brightside decided to rescue 10 and keep them together as their own little herd. 

The ten wild donkeys they bought to Brightside made a terrifying journey from The Northern Territory to Tasmania but they are happy now. They are learning to trust people and every night they join the rescued camels, cows pigs, sheep and chickens in the barn for dinner. Rumpole is the friendliest, he loves cuddles from people he knows if they approach him quietly.

Brightside Farm Sanctuary offers a permanent home to over 250 rescued animals. They also rescue and re-home 3-500 animals each year, placing them in approved loving homes. They are reliant on donations to continue their work for animals so please consider adding a donation for Rumpoleand his friends at Brightside Sanctuary to your next Cruelty Free Shop order. 

Recipe of the month

Chilli and Corn Muffins from "Isa Does It" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Watch "how to" video here

Quote of the month

"If you don’t want to be beaten, imprisoned, mutilated, killed or tortured then you shouldn’t condone such behaviour towards anyone, be they human or not." Moby