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Friday, November 2nd, 2007
7:20 pm
[help_animal]
Animal Abuse in Ukraine
www.LuckyLovers.net friends and romance network, the site which is constantly involved in Animal Welfare programs, joins forces with Kiev City Society for the Protection of Animals in protest to the inhumane treatment of animals, abuse and cruelty in Ukraine.

About 156,000 stray cats and dogs are annually hurt, abused and killed in Ukrainian cities and towns. When caught by the dog catchers, some stray animals are used for painful experiments.
Stray dogs are often bludgeoned or put to death by electricity or caught using an inhumane poison and sometimes die slow, painful deaths. Instead of putting an animal to sleep with the use of euthanasia (i.e. the act of killing an animal painlessly), the animal service uses dithylinum (suxamethonium chloride), a poison which paralyzes the animal and causes it to die of suffocation in a few hours of agony. There is ample evidence that the poor creatures are still conscious and feel all the pain before they die. It is often the case that animals are beaten with legs and metal sticks, whereupon they are buried or burned alive.

Lots of people witnessed animals being tortured and murdered - little kittens tied up in plastic bags and thrown in the river, people intentionally run stray pets over with their cars, newly born puppies dumped on vacant land without their mother and left them to die.
Stories are endless and make hearts of every Human Being bleed.

Authorities of small Ukrainian communities for ever used and are still using different kind of poison - rat poison and recently they "discovered" a new method of killing stray animals - Isoniazidum (Tubazidum) anti-tuberculosis drug causing cheap, but very slow and painful death

more information is available here: www.LuckyLovers.net/petrescue.html

To sign a petition to Ukrainian government, please, go to
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-slaughtering-stray-animals-in-ukraine
Friday, November 3rd, 2006
1:43 pm
[prenna]
Live & Let DIY Fest Brisbane (advanced warning)
+LIVEANDLET D.I.Y. FEST+

Friday, Saturday and Sunday - December 1/2/3 2006 - BRISBANE

W.T.F?

The liveandletdiy fest will be a convergence/supernova/festival in brisbane over the weekend of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd December at ahimsa house community centre, West End. This will be 3 days of workshops, stalls, bands, performances, screenings, actions and any/every expression i between.
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Friday, July 29th, 2005
1:58 pm
[ex_mother_ca391]
Adelaide vegan / vegetarian community
As I'm sure many of you have noticed, not every vegan / vegetarian food or product is available in every state of Australia, which can be very frustrating. It would be useful for there to be a veggie community for each state. So, I've created one for Adelaide. I suspect the membership process will be initially slow, as I've not come across many vegans / vegetarians from Adelaide on LJ as yet but they must be out there somewhere.. and hopefully they'll find this community and we can then start to help each other out with advice / questions / discussion, etc.

adelaide_vegans
Thursday, May 5th, 2005
11:28 am
[prenna]
Fur help needed in Sydney & Melbourne
From an e-mail I received:

Auckland Animal Action (New Zealand) are meeting soon with a store that we campaigned against recently called Zambesi that was using raccoon fur in their clothing.

The owner agreed to remove all real fur from all of his stores in the meantime.

He has stores in Sydney and Melbourne. Are there any people on this list in those cities that can check these stores for us so we know if he's being truthful with us? :-)

email us back at
aucklandanimalaction @ yahoo .com

ZAMBESI:

167 FLINDERS LANE CITY MELBOURNE VIC

8 CROSS STREET DOUBLE BAY SYDNEY NSW
Thursday, March 17th, 2005
10:20 pm
[nuka_cola]
hair gel?
Hello everyone! I'm new and I have a question... what hair gels sold in Australia are vegan? I'm assuming that none of the commercial brands are vegan, but I would prefer a more natural product anyway. I'll make my own if I can't find one that's convenient for me to buy (so any recipes would be welcome). Thanks!
Sunday, March 6th, 2005
1:27 am
[ex_mother_ca391]
Risotto
Does anyone have a recipe for a vegan or strict vegetarian risotto?

I've tried combining various different vegetables and beans, and I've tried using pasta sauce, peanut satay sauce, avocado and mashed pumpkin (not all at once of course!) as a base but it always turns out a disaster.

Any ideas?

Thanks! :)

P.S. By strict vegetarian I mean no eggs (I just don't like them) and no meat by-products.
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
6:32 am
[worrying]
andrew g is vegan!
i think that is wicked (i'm not a fan by any means) but i wish he would talk about himself and his veganism more- i would guess he is a pretty popular (and thus influencial?) figure amongst the trend following youth... but i don't suppose people converting back and forth from veganism to omnivory just because their idol is is great, but it could open up some minds at least.

i found out by picking up this month's issue of 'new vegetarian'... have you seen it? it's not so great but not so bad.

x-posted, i'm not sorry, if i was i wouldn't have done it
Monday, January 17th, 2005
3:58 am
[ex_mother_ca391]
Questions about pet food & mouth wash products.
Does anyone know of any pet food companies in South Australia, or who import to South Australia, that don't conduct animal experiments?

Do vegans with cats generally feed their pets a meat-free diet? I've got a cat and I feed her tuna and sardines but I feel gulity every time I do so. Do cats really need meat or can they lead perfectly healthy lives without it? If so, what can you feed a cat that isn't meat, fish or chicken?

Also, are there any cruelty-free companies that import to South Australia that make mouth wash, and breath mints / tabs / sprays?

Thanks so much for any help :)
Monday, November 22nd, 2004
11:00 am
[m0squit0]
Enchiladas & Mexican Rice
I've made this recipe a few times and everytime I am suprised by how bloody good it is, so I thought I would share it with everyone :)

I made this last night and used 2 x Old El Paso Enchilada Kits, which have 8 corn enchiladas and a packet of enchilada sauce in each, so you're getting 16 enchiladas with this recipe (Although both packs last night had 9 in them so we got 18!). We had about 3 enchiladas each and there were 5 of us, so we still have yummy leftovers for later. I like having the leftovers, means less cooking in the days that follow. I also make this sometimes when there are only 3 of us, and I use just one pack then. If your using one pack you will have some filling left over, but you can freeze that for later or what I do is put aside half the veggies before the enchildada sauce is added and use for a different recipe. Obviously for 1 packet you just use half the enchilada sauce in the veggies and half on the top. It's all pretty much up to taste etc and I dont think you can possible mess up the recipe.


Enchilada Filling:
1 zuchinni
1 carrot
1 green capsicum
1 onion
1 can red kidney beans
1 packet of enchilada sauce

"Cheese" Topping:
1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons vegan margarine (I prefer nuttelux)
1 tespoon mustard

Mexican Rice:
1 cup rice
1 jar of old el paso salsa (mild, medium or hot depending on your taste)

Ok this is such a simple easy recipe but tastes divine.

First make up your enchilada filling, cook the onions til they are see through, add carrot, capsicum, zuchinni and cook for a bit. Then add one of the packets of enchilada sauce. When the veggies are getting soft add the drained red kidney beans.

Next make the "cheese" sauce, this sauce is soo easy and even my non-vegan kids prefer it over real cheese! In a saucepan combine the yeast, flour, salt, garlic & water mis it all together thoroughly and then stir over a high heat, don't leave it at all just keep stirring. It will start to thicken up pretty quickly and when it is quite thick take it off the heat. Then stir through the margarine and the mustard and put aside.

I get the rice going at this point cos it takes a lil while and I hate it when its undercooked. For this I add a little olive oil to the bottom of my pan add the rice and mix it around until the grains of rice take on a solid white colour rather than a transparent look. you will have to stir constantly to stop any burning. (I saw this on Huey's cooking show I think and he said it makes the rice not gluggy cos it seals in the startches, something along them lines anyway) Now through in the jar of salsa, and I add about 1-2 jars of water as well, stick a lid on turn the heat down and leave this to cook.

Now we contruct the enchiladas and put it all together. You have to cook the enchiladas in the microwave for a minute, make sure to throw that lil sachet thing out (you can just follow the instructions for that part) Place a pile of the filling on each echilada and roll up, placing them all in a greased baking dish. Then layer this with the second packet of enchilada sauce, and finally layer the cheese topping on it all. Bake in a hot oven until the edges are browning and your rice is cooked ;)

Serve as many as you like on a bed of rice and enjoy!

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
7:17 am
[worrying]
i'm tired of the varying stock varieties from supermarket to supermarket.

my local bi-lo is quite lacking in the tofu/faux meat departments and also the health food isle is only a very small shelf... basically, all the real vegan godies.

however, if i venture a bit further north to a more popular coles my selection of vegan friendly products increases tenfold.

this is good, but it's bad. because i don't drive (anti-car!) and it's hard for me to carry large shops back and forth in nothing but bags with my puny arms.

it's not fair that depending on where i live i have more/less of a selection to select from. so now one of my favourite things to do lately when i venture out of town is to check out the local supermarkets asap to see what they have that i've been missing out on- and it SUCKS.

i wish supermarket stocks were regulated across the state- but supply and demand i suppose? perhaps i should request my local order in certain tofu/vegan products? has anyone done this before etc?

x-posted to aussie_veggies, aussie_vega, veggiemites

Current Mood: focused
Tuesday, October 5th, 2004
7:44 pm
[prenna]
From http://www.rootsofcompassion.org
"ANIMAL TO HUMAN TRANSPLANTS BANNED!
Early in 2004 ALV's (Animal Liberation Victoria - Australia) antivivisection campaigner Paul Crossley prepared a detailed submission to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to oppose the move to allow xenotransplantation in Australia. Xenotransplantation is the “transfer” of organs, tissues or cells from one species to another. Currently many painful, cruel experiments are taking place all around the world often involving pigs and primates. In some great news for animals, The NHMRC have just announced that they are imposing a five year ban on clinical research into animal to human organ transplantation, and a total ban on non-human primates ever being used in such research. Ethical concerns about the use and welfare of animals were cited as a key consideration in imposing the ban."
Thursday, September 2nd, 2004
3:07 pm
[m0squit0]
How strict are you?
What sort of things are acceptable to you or not acceptable? Is cooking a vegie burger or sausage on a grill where meats are being cooked acceptable?? What about chips fried in the same oil as meat things, so chips from a fish and chip shop say.. What about if a packet lists may contain traces of dairy or eggs?

I eat 'Not Burgers' a lot - I love them, and they are listed on the VNV website as being vegan, but they do say on the packet may contain traces of milk or might be egg.. I understand though that this is just because they use the same equipment to make things which do contain them ingredients and the not burgers most likely dont have any in it or it would be so very minute.. Its like the whole may contain nuts thing, they have to put it to protect there asses.. I figure that if they are not actually in the ingredients list then its ok. But my friend decided to cut out anything that had the disclaimer. So I said to him well what about cooking at home, you use the pans that your family cook there meat, eggs & dairy in.. you chop on surfaces where meat has been.. so maybe when cooking in your kitchen you actually have "traces" of these products.. Seems to me to be making being vegan harder by being soo pedantic, where what is a better thing is to make people see that it isn't soo hard..

What is your stance on this??

x-posted to aussie_vegies & veggiemites

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, June 15th, 2004
3:53 pm
[worrying]
Sleepy Jackson
lookie lookie!

i found that on this website. how awesome that an australian band are involving themselves with peta and writing letters on their behalf! hoorah!
Thursday, May 27th, 2004
1:49 am
[worrying]
Alcohol.
http://www.vnv.org.au/AlcoholByName.htm

a neat little list of beers available here and their status as either vegan, vegetarian but not vegan, and suitable for neither.

enjoy, all, which is me. ;D

i just by accident posted this to aussielj, whoops!
Tuesday, May 25th, 2004
2:45 pm
[worrying]
Sanitarium are silly plz.
i buy my soymilk from sanitarium: so good lite. today i bought regular, but that's irrelevant.

i hate that they're only available in 1 litre cartons. i've actually not found one soymilk brand (though sanitarium is the best, IMO) that comes in a larger capacity, even by a wee bit.

i e-mailed sanitarium a while ago asking if their soymilk came larger, i.e., something that they'd supply to a hospital, but they said no.

i'm annoyed at all the packaging i have to waste. if i could buy bigger cartons, i 1- wouldn't need to replace the 1 litre so often 2- wouldn't go through so much packaging 3- save a few cents here and there.

but, aside from that, i love sanitarium. they provide me with heaps as a vegan, but that's just my little annoyance.

happy day, not that anyone will read this. <3

Current Mood: blank
Thursday, May 20th, 2004
6:18 pm
[worrying]
Noodie.
*revives community, not*

these are awesome.

i mention them because on every bottle they specifically go out of their way to brag about how they don't use any added things via a cute little messages, cute bottle sticker, and all of that. vegan, but of course.

i had a kiwi fruit & apple one with my tea.

edit-

What is a nudie smoothie?

A combination of fresh fruits and honey blended with natural yoghurt made from milk from cows that are happy and content* and genuinely love their lives. Cows that are tended to and lovingly hand milked by a vestal of vegan virgins.


hit a raw nerve! boo.
Friday, January 2nd, 2004
9:10 am
[worrying]
Pain relief garbage.
From reading a lot of what vegans have to say about medications in the United States - apparently all (most?) medicines for anything have to be approved by, whatever, and to be approved they must be tested on animals.

Does anybody know if medications here must go through a similar process? I've been taking a lot of Ibuprofen lately because of migranes, and was wondering. Ty!

Current Mood: sore
Thursday, December 18th, 2003
2:05 am
[mookitten]
Cute name..!
Sunday, November 2nd, 2003
3:37 pm
[rhianami]
The absence of posts in this community and lack of attention it has recieved is such a shame. Also, perhaps lack of Australian vegans?

I have interesting finds I wish to share with fellow Australian vegans. I want to hear other people's finds, opinions, suggestions, experiences.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, May 8th, 2003
12:14 pm
[anisetta]
<3--

    I am not sure what to say, except: hello, and welcome, and this is, er, for Australian vegans. 'Veggiemite' because I am a corny little vegemite, and junkie-esque. I thought we might be able to help each other out with Australian brands instead of gazing in envy at talk of foreign nondairy puddings... along with anything else you can think of. Recipes, questions, whatever.

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