Why is Cheesecake so happy?

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Because she has a nifty new shelter stacked with mounds of soft straw to laze in. And as we write to you, another shelter is being built. But we’re not stopping yet! Watch the video to see what we have been able to achieve so far.

Every day we edge closer to reaching our $100,000 goal in our Kindness Challenge – and we’re over three quarters of the way there. There are only ten days left until the campaign closes at the end of the financial year. If you haven’t already, please consider helping us reach our goal by making a tax deductible donation today. There are some fun perks to claim for your generosity, like planting a fruit tree followed by a guided tour of the sanctuary, where you’ll meet some of the animals your donation has helped.

We’re so humbled by the support we receive from people such as yourself: kind words, kind gestures and kind donations are what keep us going every single day. With your help we’re able to give so many farmed animals the lives they absolutely deserve, and for that we cannot thank you enough.

If you have already donated, please accept our deepest thanks and enjoy this as an update of what you’re helping us achieve.

Please note: Even though Pam is a whizz with the hammer-drill, we’re leaving the building up to the professionals.

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They need their mothers, too

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What would drive one 10-year-old student to make a presentation to 7 of her teachers? A kind heart, that’s what. Propelled by concern for the chicks who never know the warmth and safety of their mother’s wings and who can suffer a host of physical issues due to the artificial conditions, Stephanie educated her educators on Chicken Hatching Projects.

Through her engaging account, Stephanie made one point that struck to the heart of her reasoning: chicks need their mothers, just like we do. Often, the main argument for Chicken Hatching Projects is they teach children about empathy for other lifeforms, but in reality they teach the opposite. By depriving chicks of their mothers and bringing them into a world where their future is uncertain at project’s end, children are taught life is disposable and might is right. By contrast, Stephanie knew they deserved better. She knew even though chicks look different to us, their need for the love of their mothers was the same.

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Hitched to kindness

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Earlier this month, love birds Kate and Nathan tied the knot. While all weddings are unique and special, theirs had a touch of kindness. Rather than giving gifts, guests were asked to instead donate to Edgar’s Mission – and we can’t thank them enough for the thoughtful generosity of the happy couple and their guests.

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Planning a special event and want to help animals? We’d love to give you a hand putting together all the resources you’ll need to create your own donation cards to fundraise for Edgar’s Mission, just email [email protected]. Continue reading

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The Promise

Have you ever made a promise in the hope you’ll one day be able to fulfil it? One year ago today, a vow made many moons ago was honoured.

Looking into the eyes of two goats tethered outside of a Laverton knackery, the words, “one day I will rescue you” were uttered. Catwoman and Dobbin’s story is a heartening reminder to never give up – every new day brings the promise of change for the better.

If you would like to help us keep changing the world for farmed animals like Catwoman and Dobbin, please consider donating to our Medical Fighting Fund. Another wonderful way to help is to share this post. Thank you!

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Martha loves Mandii

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‘tis a fact, the aged ewe, Martha, loves her tiny baby, Mandii—in fact, she is besotted with her. All the while either nickering to her or gently nuzzling her side, this is truly love in its purest of forms. Despite the now-happy outcome for both Martha and Mandii, it has been a tragic road for them to get there.

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We place Martha’s age around ten to twelve years, judging by the wear and tear on the worn-down little stumps that were once her pearly white incisor teeth. Squeezing the last dollar from Martha, she had been impregnated yet again, more than likely to produce even more prime lambs (those destined for human consumption). However, this time circumstances arose that saw Martha become lost, unclaimed and apparently helpless, although the latter is not entirely correct, for dear Martha’s steely resolve ensured she would never give up, despite her pitifully thin but heavily pregnant body. Continue reading

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Kindness Van Mk II

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As a not-for-profit we rely on the generosity of others to continue our lifesaving work. Earlier this year, Macquarie Bank so kindly donated $10,000 to help us make a difference for farmed animals.

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The Cruelty Free Shop

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Where were you when the world’s biggest vegan store opened? Pam and the dashing Red Baron were right there, in the very thick of it.

Boasting over 50 vegan cheeses, ethical clothes, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as mouth-watering pies, cakes and coffee. You won’t be disappointed. The cheese selection alone is enough to make the journey worth it, and then stay for lunch and peruse the Edgar’s Mission photo gallery.

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500 degrees of kindness

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Bright, forward thinking, compassionate and initiative driven, are just some of the qualities that define Samara, a year five student from an outer Melbourne Primary School. Putting all these things into play recently saw Samara take to her kitchen and whip up some amazing, cruelty free lip balms, but it didn’t stop there.
 
Selling these to her classmates saw Samara raise $500.00 for her favourite animal charity, Edgar’s Mission. So impressed by Samara’s actions, Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, headed down to Samara’s school to be presented with the cheque. “Not only will many animals be the recipient of Samara’s kind and selfless gesture” said Pam, “but she has inspired her entire school to make a positive difference in the life of others. I am truly proud of Samara and her mother, Desiree, who assisted her daughter. And I am deeply touched they hold our work in such a high regard”.
 
Samara commented that she was moved to action after reading ‘The Gift of Kindness’ and wanted to do something to help the many animals she had read about.

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David Copperfield has a story to tell

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Whilst our David Copperfield is no magician, he certainly did manage to wrangle himself out of a life and death situation. And in doing so, he does have a story to tell. A story of one dear little lamb and the goodness of the human heart—four, actually.

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Little David was born on a sheep-farming property in the far north of our state. Unknown to the humans charged with her care, sadly, his mother, who had recently given birth to a male lamb, had passed away. With predators hovering and harsh weather prevailing, the chances of David Copperfield writing another chapter in his life seemed bleak. And had his mournful cries not pierced the ears and heart of a kindly family who serendipitously happened to be staying on the property, he surely would be no more. So, heading back to Melbourne with an extra one in tow, the two young children of the family formed a determined bond with the wee lamb. Children have such a natural instinct to care for the vulnerable; sadly, such an exemplary trait is all too often extinguished with the passage of time. But thankfully not in this family. Continue reading

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

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I’m not really sure; in fact, to be honest, do we really know why anyone does anything? I guess the best way of finding out would be to get inside another’s head. So, to crack the answer to this age-old question, I want to take you on a bit of a road trip, a journey to find out not only what it means to be a chicken but also to find out who they really are.

Chickens began flapping out of the groves and scrublands of India and Southeast Asia around 8000–10,000 years ago and into domestication. A primary progenitor of today’s chickens, Gallus gallus domesticus, is the red jungle fowl. However, the red jungle fowl does not have the yellow leg and skin colouring we see on many of these modern birds which suggests an opportunistic and romantic interlude or two by the grey jungle fowl who does.

Did you know that today, on this planet, chickens outnumber we humans by around 3 to 1? So where are these 19 billion feathered wonders? Sadly, for these highly intelligent and inquisitive birds, most cannot see the sunshine, smell fresh air or even take more than a few stifled steps, let alone contemplate crossing the road. But contemplate they do.

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Where are they now

Every month we shine the spotlight on a family who have chosen to bring new faces into their homes and hearts and adopt one or a few rescued animals. Read on to see how Miss Reddy, Eden and Felicia are going in their new forever home.

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Molly Day

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On this day, May 31st, 2012 a truck carrying some 400 sheep crashed on a busy overpass of the Metropolitan Ring Road, just outside of Melbourne. The accident caused many of the hapless animals to rain down on the cars passing below. Dead, dazed and injured sheep made for a horrific sight, as speeding cars crashed into them. Many of the injured sheep were shot on site with the remaining survivors corralled and then sent on to complete their journey to the abattoir, but one sheep escaped. The unsinkable Molly Brown, as she was christened, cheated death that night not once but twice and she went to win the hearts of people all around the world. Emerging days later with a head injury but otherwise unharmed, she was to find sanctuary here at Edgar’s Mission where she will live her remaining days in peace. Molly’s story of survival is a reminder that even in our blackest of hours there is always hope and for this reason we have declared May 31st Molly Day.

Ways to be kind to sheep

  1. Keep sheep in your heart and not on your plate, try some meat free alternatives
  2. Ugg boots are for Neanderthals? While humans have moved on from our cave dwelling and animal skin wearing days, you still can look cool and keep your feet snug in hip cruelty free Ugg boots
  3. Sponsor Molly Brown and help keep the sheep at Edgar’s Mission happy!

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Trotwood Copperfield, a lamb by any other name …

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Trotwood Copperfield, although small in size, is great in courage. Perhaps a reflection of his saviour, who could have simply driven past on that fateful day when they spied the wee chap desperately trying to suckle from his sick mum, who was unable to rise. Pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and almost without a hope of kindness to save him, this could have been Trotwood’s worst day. But it wasn’t—although he didn’t know it yet. With help at hand proving to be almost as elusive as a phone signal, our kind heart could have been forgiven for giving up.

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A journey to a kinder world

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Every year we here at Edgar’s Mission open our farm gates to hundreds and hundreds of school students and in doing so we trust we are guiding them to a kinder way of living.  Last week we introduced the year nine students of Kilbreda College, in Mentone, to the fascinating world of cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, goats and our adorable resident turkey, Martin.  “There can be no doubt” said our Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, “that looking into the eyes of these animals has the power to touch hearts, transform lives and make the world a kinder place for all”.

If you would like to book a school visit please email [email protected]

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Little Girl Pink

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A call from our friends at the RSPCA in Castlemaine to assist with an orphan lamb saw us presented with one of the saddest babies we have ever met. Even her pretty pink jacket, warm bottle and a cute as a button new friend in Little Boy Blue could not stop this wee lamb crying. Desperate were her pleas for the one thing we could never give her: her mother. Hearing the frantic bleats, and seeing her desperate pacing left no doubt in our minds that lambs form the strongest bonds with their mothers, something circumstance cannot break. One of our most heart-breaking of days was the first day with Little Girl Pink, as she cried and cried and then cried some more for the mother she would never see again. No amount of sweet milk formula nor cuddles was going to cut it for her. As the days slowly rolled on, Little Girl Pink came to terms with her situation, a stoic resolve guiding her through.

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Little Boy Blue

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A tiny lamb suddenly appearing in the headlights of a late-night traveller was something this kind-hearted driver least expected. But sadly, this was no tiny baby who had simply lost their way, as a serious head wound told of a lucky escape from a predator, who dropped the hapless animal some distance from where he ought to be. But this is where Little Boy Blue’s luck turned from bad to bright, as he was taken home and a call hastily made to Edgar’s Mission. With the wound still fresh, several stiches were needed to close the gaping hole in the little guy’s head. Now all he needed to make his life complete was a warm bottle and snazzy jacket (resigning ourselves to the fact that, sadly, Little Boy Blue would never see his dear mum again). But with determination in our stride, compassion in our hearts and teddy bears at the ready, we have promised our new friend that we will be the best mum for him we can ever be.

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Anne of Green Gables

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Dear little Anne of Green Gables, and her ever-present smile on her sweet face, reminds us daily of the vulnerability of her kind. And also, the goodness of the human heart. From the vantage point of her country home, the feeble cries of an abandoned and newborn lamb saw our hero swing into action as night time was quickly descending and wily foxes were no doubt surveying their quarry—awaiting their time to pounce. This was most definitely a case of finding the right place at just the right time for little Anne of Green Gables.

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A single act of kindness

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A couple of weeks back, on a cold and bitter day, an abandoned ewe, who had been inhabiting the grassy verge of a train line, gave birth to not one but two tiny lambs on the train tracks. The terrified and confused mother, quickly fleeing, urging her babies to do so also. Yet young and weak, they could not. On seeing this happen, our brave heart knew that with the busy morning express train shortly to hurtle down that very line as it did at the same time every day, the wee lambs would surely be killed. Thinking swiftly with his feet and his heart, his single act of kindness spared the two baby lambs. With their condition critical and no colostrum in their system, time was of the essence if there was to be any chance of saving the lambs. Not long thereafter, the baby lambs were in our care as we set about a plan to return the next day and, aided by daylight and a deft team of kind crusaders, attempt to catch the terrified ewe. Although, to be honest, we doubted our chances, as we pondered whatever had happened to her to cause such fear in her heart.

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Saturday

When Saturday was born she looked just as any little lamb should, but when she tried to move things went decidedly pear-shaped. The sweet little Suffolk ewe could barely manage more than a few steps before falling down, making her human carers question how they could provide her with a good life. As determined as Saturday was to live, so too were they driven to find her a place where she could get the care she needed – and that’s when they found Edgar’s Mission. Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

On this Mother’s Day we celebrate mothers, in all their glorious shapes and species, and thank them for making the world a kinder and safer place for those they love.

We’d like to dedicate Meghan’s uplifting rescue story to mothers everywhere, may your babies stay safe and sound.

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Somewhere

A journey of a thousand kindnesses begins with a single pig…

Right about this time on the 10th of May in 2003, I grabbed my car keys and in the company of my best little buddy, ET Good Doggie, we set off on a journey to collect a pig. A journey that has certainly been one hell of a ride. Please sit back and watch this clip that has seen me reach the destination of somewhere.

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Have you spotted our All Mother’s Day stars?

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Clarabelle, Carol and a few of their friends have taken residence around Melbourne and Sydney CBD, sharing their messages of motherly love. If you’ve spied them in your travels, we’d love to know about it.

Please take a snap (if it’s safe to do so), share it with us here and don’t forget to hashtag #allmothersday.

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Campaign Action of the Month

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Right now, Animal Health Australia (AHA) is managing the development of a new set of national standards for Australian poultry industries. This is massive – it’s a rare opportunity to have our voices heard as we speak up for millions of chickens.

But we’ve already learned of reports that the process is heavily weighted to industry interests over those of the animals. This is where you come in. AHA assert the standards will create “a suitable industry position that meets community expectations.” We know that the tide is fast turning against cage egg production and concern for the immense suffering of broiler chickens is growing. Laying hens suffer a range of health issues from the unnatural egg production, genetics has imposed upon them greatly reducing the quality and quantity of their lives.

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International Respect for Chickens Day

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what is means to me.

They are the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus-rex and they outnumber humans more than 6 to 1, yet for the 43 billion chickens on this planet so few are rarely seen, let alone respected. But all that changed today, May 4th, as lovers of these feathered wonders around the globe celebrated chickens in all of their glorious forms on International Respect for Chickens Day. Continue reading

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One helluva sheep

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Timmy’s life could have been so different if not for the goodness of heart of the human who saw him first, all those years ago on a cold winter’s day in August of 2007. Spying the bewildered little orphan on an open stretch of the road, where no orphan little lamb should have been, Timmy was bundled up with a blanket and love and was soon on his way to Edgar’s Mission. Perhaps Timmy knew, in some way, that it would only be fitting that he repay the kindness and that his life would see him go on to touch the hearts and minds of people around the world—showing them that our impact in life should never be restricted by the form one has taken, and that our goal in life should be to make the world a kinder place for all. Timmy achieved both of these things and more as he unwittingly became an ambassador for sheep, and indeed all farmed animals. Diplomatic to the core, yet never wavering from his mission, and all he did was act naturally.

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Look what you’ve done.

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Dawn and Carol are now larger than life, standing tall and proud, asking motorists to see them for who they are: mothers. We couldn’t have done this without your generosity, so thank you.

Want to win a private tour of Edgar’s Mission for yourself and your mum? Head to our website allmothersday.com.au and download our free recipe eBook to go in the draw.

If you’re thinking of giving to help animals, please consider donating to our billboard campaign here.

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We couldn’t do it without you!

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Each and every day, in so many ways we give thanks to those who believe in the work of Edgar’s Mission.  Whether it be your kind and generous financial donations or goods in kind, or even heartfelt words of support – we could not do what we do without you, you make it all possible as you buoy our spirits and help us ensure that the animals in our care will never be forgotten again and that they will want for nothing to make their worlds complete.  Most recently we have been touched by the kindness of our friends at The Animal Rescue Appeals and visitors to our sanctuary.  Your thoughtful gifts are a true testament to the statement “kindness begets kindness”, and for that, from the bottom of our hearts we thank you.

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Goodwill Wine

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When the good people at Goodwill source new wines, they take to independent wineries across Australia. Not only do they promise quality boutique bottles of wine or your money back, they donate over 50% of profits to charity.

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Two Shakes of a Lambs Tail

If red makes cars go faster, can it make tails go faster too? Little Boy Blue would have you believe this fable is fact, but it’s not the red coat that fuels that waggling tail, it’s something deeper.

 

Little Boy Blue lost his mother and almost his life, but he’s still here and his love for life is plain for all to see. You can see it in the way he melts into cuddles, in the way he lays in the sun with his buddy Little Girl Pink and in the way he blissfully shakes his tail while drinking in that sweet, warm milk.

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Farewell Timmy

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He came into our lives in the winter of 2007, and now in the winter of his life, he has left.  Timmy Lamb, as he was fondly known, became one of the most recognisable members of our extended Edgar’s Mission family. His illness today was as rapid in its onset as was the love for sheep he evoked in all whom he met.  

With over 450 animals in our care and a gracefully growing old population, we are never too far away from farewelling one of our flock. Sadly, it never gets any easier to bare or fairer to understand. Timmy’s passing has hit us hard and although the sun will rise tomorrow and our dear Timmy will not, our resolve to speak up for his kind will rise to even greater heights – a fitting legacy to the most affable chap we were truly fortunate enough to share the last ten years of our lives with.  If ever there was to be a Noble Peace Prize granted to an animal, we could think of no worthier recipient. 

Timmy, a sheep, our friend, and inspiration. Forever in our hearts, you shall remain.

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