Animals Australia Creates for a Cause

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Do you have an email address, an appreciation for fuzzy wuzzy animal photography, and few moments to spare? If so, you can help raise $60,000 for a deserving animal advocacy group!

Several talented supporters have submitted photographs to Canon’s Creative for a Cause contest on behalf of Animals Australia. Just vote for one of Animals Australia’s entries – then spread the word!

Says Animals Australia:

These two little rescued piglets are experiencing the sun on their backs for the very first time…

This is just one of the amazing pictures that you can vote on to help win a $60,000 donation to help fight animal cruelty. Voting in the photography competition, run by Canon, closes in just one week!

We are grateful to the many talented photographers who have submitted images on behalf of Animals Australia. All entries are now in, so now we need your help! Please click the images below and vote for both of our leading photos. Your votes could potentially direct much needed funds to help strengthen our vital work on behalf of animals.

Please also consider placing a vote for any or all of these other wonderful images.

You can only vote once for each image, but you can vote for as many images as you like. Please also ask your friends to vote, and post a link on Facebook!

Animal Australia has thumbnails of eight images on its website; just click on each to go to Canon’s website and register your vote. The competition is stiff – 2175 images from 883 contributors – so spread the word.

Hurry and vote today – the contest closes Friday, July 9th.

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Everyday Activism / Truth in Advertising

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Animals Australia - Recipe, 1

I’m been a bad, busy blogger lately, and for that I apologize. Between the DNC, the RNC, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the hovering hurricane Gustav (and Hannah and Ike and Josephine), and the seemingly neverending rise in police repression and brutality, I am burnt. out. So I went on a bit of a staycation last week, and took in some local sights that I’ve been wanting to for awhile (staycation photos galore!).

Anyway, I thought I’d share this awesome ad campaign from Animals Australia. The series depicts photos of “mouth-watering” (*gag*) meat dishes along with their recipes. Instead of twelve ounces of pork and a cup of red wine vinegar, however, AA’s recipes call for gestation crates and animal cruelty.

I love the juxtaposition of beautiful gourmet food photography and graphic descriptions of factory farming practices. At first glance, the layout looks as though it might be straight out of a meat-worshipping cookbook a la Anthony Bourdain. But once the reader leans in closer, wham! Truth in advertising, baby. Genius.

As an added bonus, the ads are perfect for some stealth activism. Simply print out a few (hundred?) copies and insert them in the animal-unfriendly cookbooks in your local Barnes & Noble store. Or, heck, a friend or relative’s own cookbook collection, if you want to be doubly snarky.

The rest of the series is after the jump. (Click through to each pic’s Flickr page to read the full text.)

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Animals Australia: Save Babe campaign

Monday, April 30th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Animals Australia – enquiries [at] animalsaustralia.org
Date: Apr 30, 2007 1:31 AM
Subject: E-ALERT – Pigs sentenced to another 10 years of cruelty…

Trouble with links or images? View this message online: http://www.savebabe.com/eupdate/

SENTENCED FOR 10 MORE YEARS

On April 20th, nine Australian politicians charged with the responsibility of reviewing cruel pig industry practices voted to allow the use of inhumane sow stalls to continue unabated for another decade.
These politicians ignored community views, pre-eminent science, international precedents and their ethical responsibilities to provide millions of Australian animals with fair and just governance.

All is not lost. Recently the world’s largest pig producer—US-based Smithfield Foods—announced a voluntary phase out of sow stalls over the next decade. The following week Canada’s largest pig producer followed suit.

These decisions were not forced by governments; they were forced by community concern. In the US Burger King (Hungry Jacks in Australia) and major supermarkets have listened to consumers and have committed to sourcing free-range products—their purchasing power is underpinning the decisions by pig producers to end cruel practices.

Change for Australian pigs will be brought about when these powerful companies are made aware that civilised societies will no longer tolerate industrialised animal cruelty.

It is time to make uncaring politicians irrelevant.

Please take a moment to send this important message. Tell McDonald’s, Hungry Jack’s and Subway that whilst Australian politicians don’t care about animal cruelty—you do.

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