If there’s one thing we hate, it’s OIL SPILLS! But if there’s one thing we love, IT’S PENGUINS IN SWEATERS! The Penguin Foundation is still looking for “jumper” donations to help penguins in rehabilitation, but really I think they need more donations of the monetary kind. So if you want to help, you should adopt a penguin! That would be so fun!
You can get the sweater pattern and find more info and donation links on the Penguin Foundation website.
Sharks in Australia FINALLY get hip to Twitter »
Hammerhead pic from SLSWA’s Twitter feed.
Sharks have never been on-trend, shall we say, but this is downright irresponsible. Only now getting on twitter? Get it together, sharks! You guys are apex predators! You should be early adopters, leading the way for society!
But yeah, in an effort to avoid shark attacks, 338 sharks in Australia have been fitted with monitors that detect when they are close to the beach. When they get within half a mile of shore, their size, breed and approximate location is tweeted from the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter account.
Some are critical of the program because they think that if there is no Tweet, people will interpret that as no threat, even though not all sharks are tagged. Personally, it seems like another measure to help people avoid sharks, that works with other measures. It could even help sharks with their current, longstanding PR problem just by increased visibility when they aren’t killing people and are just being sharks. I’m curious to see what happens.
Have you seen these orphaned baby fruit bats? Look at them, with their tiny baby bat blankets and their tiny baby bat bottles! Just look at them being so insanely cute I can’t even take it!
I was planning on going down to Australia and batnapping them immediately, but Grist says the Australian Bat Clinic, where they live, could really use some donations and volunteers, so maybe a less felonious trip is in order.
[thanks to my brother for the tip!]
Zooborns (which we usually don’t link to because we are Not Here for Zoos) has a few more photos of Anzac, Peggy, and Cupcake, which you should look at right away for maximum adorable animal benefits.
[photo via Zooborns]
Here’s a commercial from Animals Australia about factory farming. The video is 11+ minutes but the commercial is at the beginning in the very first two minutes (it’s for movie theaters, there’s a shorter version for TV). It’s kind of the craziest thing I’ve ever seen…but I’ll admit, it totally made me tear up. Nothing too graphic, just, like, bittersweetness. Though the rest of the video may be more upsetting.
They are trying to get this commercial to run on TV all over (the world?) tonight! You can help by donating on MakeItPossible.com. Now, tell the truth, did you cry?
Australia’s National Food Plan may include vegan issues »
That’s the way to do it, Vegan Australia.
The magical island of Australia (or as we think of it, Evil New Zealand), is right now creating a national food plan. The government wants “to foster a sustainable, globally competitive, resilient food supply that supports access to nutritious and affordable food.” Which is admirable!
The leader of NFP project, Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig, minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, has been meeting with interested parties nationwide, and taking public comment since releasing his ministry’s first issues papers on the subject in June 2011. This week Vegan Australia submitted its own set of recommendations to the NFP, because vegans care a lot about the direction of food production. As quoted in the International News Magazine, Vegan Australia recommends the NFP should
Ensure all Australians have access to affordable and adequate fresh fruits and vegetables and other plant foods irrespective of income by 2015.
Improve the health of Australians and lower the burden on the health system by reducing the incidence of dietary related diseases.
Use Australia’s land resources more effectively and sustainably.
End the use of animal agriculture systems within the next 20 years by building up and supporting Australia’s fruit, vegetable and grain producers.
"End the use of animal agriculture systems within the next 20 years"! As in, TURN AUSTRALIA VEGAN. I love it. I love that the first tenet is "food justice" and the last is "National veganism." Those are big goals! Read them all in the official submission [pdf].
Would our Australian readers (or any antipodean readers, if you follow Australian news) please tell us your opinions on this? Is it a tiny issue? Is the country abuzz with cries of “Let us eat steak!”? Are Australian vegans like the ideal-world version of the silent majority? OK that can’t be true—no vegan is silent. But I don’t know anything about anything, so let your favorite pink dinosaur know: What is up with the National Food Plan? Will Australia be vegan within our lifetime?
Should he be killed because of his breed? Help save Rocket »
I’ve been following this story on Facebook for a while now and it’s long past time I post something about it. The beautiful dog above is named Rocket. He’s from Australia and currently in quite a predicament.
The story is that during a storm, a fence broke, he was spooked and got out of the backyard. Like a good boy, he went to his porch and waited by the door for his mom and dad to come home. At this point, somebody reported him as a loose dog. Because of breed-specific legislation and because he resembles a pit bull-type dog, he is now being held at an undisclosed location while his family fights to save his life and get him back. So sad.
People have donated to help Rocket and because of this, they were able to get Rocket a lawyer. Here is the latest update from their page:
After appearing in the Supreme Court today, we are pleased to advise that we have been granted with leave to appeal Vcat’s Decision. We are today a little step closer in hopefully getting our beloved boy back.
A Big Thank You to all who are supporting Rocket through this tough time. We would have never had an opportunity to save our boy without your assistance.
Please continue to check in to Rockets Page for future updates on new hearing dates. We hope to have some new news on Rocket Soon. We have still not been made aware of where he is, or how he is. But we are trying our absolute hardest to find out.
We miss him so much.
They are still far from through this, though, and if you can donate, they would be grateful. We can’t all donate yet because they are still working on an international Paypal, but I think we have some readers in Australia. Here is the info for donating:
To donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, the amount, and if you want to remain anonymous or not.
National Australian Bank
Account Name: ForDogsSake Australia
Account BSB: 083-175
Account Number: 14-117-2498
I encourage you to check out Rocket’s Facebook page and do all you can to support him.
Orphaned kangaroo and wombat are BEST FRIENDS.
Anzac the joey was brought to the Wildlife Kilmore Rescue Centre in Victoria, Australia; at five months old, he was three months too young to be out of the pouch. The Kilmore staff placed him with Peggy the womat, and they reportedly spend every minute—sleeping and waking—together.
Do yourself a favor and check out all the giant, adorable photos of these two little marsupials, because they are hands-down the BEST. Goodbye, California, I am going to Australia to spend the rest of my life with Anzac and Peggy.
Adorable baby goats in coats, eating roses! »
COME ON! You’ve got to be kidding me. This is like Anne Geddes-multiplied-by-baby-unicorns-cute. These little goats in coats come to us from Edgar’s Mission in Australia. Are you totally in love?
OMG how much do I need a purse goat?! I’ll feed him roses all the live long day.
These five little orphans made their way to Edgar’s Mission and now they are struggling to see humans as kind and caring, instead of mommy-stealers.
You can sponsor these five guys if you are so inclined, just head over to their page!
Vegan lemon meringue pie from Mister Nice Guy Cupcakes in Melbourne, Australia! Even though only one of these adorable bakers has an Australian accent, which I found totally disappointing. We love Australians!
They are both exceedingly adorable, however, and I 100 percent want to make this pie now. Who doesn’t love a lemon meringue pie? Suckers, that’s who, and now there’s a vegan version, we can all be winners with our fancy fluffy pies. Hooray!