Turkey Lovers’ Day: Show Me Love

Marty

When we talk of love, what do we mean? An altruistic and affectionate love that compels us to protect another? Or are we talking about something we take pleasure from, a self-fulfilling love? The word is one and the same, but it has many different meanings. And deeper than that, the consequences of how we express that love are worlds apart.

Here at Edgar’s, we love Marty Turkey. Everyone who enters our sanctuary gates and is welcomed by Marty and his brother Ivan fall head over heels for the duo. Sadly, it’s not usually love at first sight as visitors are initially a little aghast at these two strange, giant creatures who don’t match their picture of what a turkey should look like. Wild turkeys, with their dark feathers and slender necks, aren’t revered for their physical beauty, but they’re svelte and effective, with the means to fly and perch in trees for safety. They are perfectly evolved beings able to thrive in their natural habitat. Continue reading

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Find a Rainbow Day: True Colours

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Babette arrived in a shroud of mystery. The phone rang: “is this Edgar’s Mission? There’s a package for you at the gate.” And indeed there was. We rushed to the gate, heads brimming with all possibilities, but we could never have expected anything as precious as what awaited. Four cardboard boxes had been ruggedly, yet lovingly, stuck together and air holes carved in the top, with a note reading “Friends not food. Please save us!” Inside sat Babette and her eight siblings. Continue reading

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Bunnies need you

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Every year at Easter time, pastel bunnies holding baskets adorned with patchwork eggs grace our TV screens, supermarket shelves and seep into our brains, but the reality for many of the creatures behind the smiling caricatures is far from joyous.

This Easter we’re asking you to join us in speaking up for our dear little friends by heading to our Hop into Action for Bunnies post and helping make the world a kinder place for rabbits. Bunnies need you this Easter, please rise to the challenge and be their voice.

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Be Cruelty-Free Week: Food

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Be Cruelty-Free Week is dedicated to spreading awareness of the cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics on our fine feathered, finned and furry friends. We’d humbly like to add there are so many other easy ways to live cruelty-free.

The domestication of farmed animals was a game-changer in the search for ever more and convenient protein sources. Agriculture has also changed dramatically over the past 50 years, the way that food makes its way to your plate is a far cry from farming of old. While some might call the intensification of food production as advancement, others would argue society cannot truly progress if it’s propped upon the toiling backs of the vulnerable. Factory farms are no place for the intelligent and curious animals they house, who want to live no less than your pet cat or dog, not to mention the horrors of the abattoir. Continue reading

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Be Cruelty-Free Week: Entertainment

Be Cruelty-Free Week is dedicated to spreading awareness of the cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics on our fine feathered, finned and furry friends. We’d humbly like to add there are so many other easy ways to live cruelty-free.

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Exotic animals are undoubtedly beautiful and getting up close to them can be the experience of a lifetime, unfortunately these experiences are causing animals to endure lifetimes of suffering. Riding elephants, walking with lions and tiger selfies are just a few of the cruelest wildlife tourism attractions notching up visitors. Here animals are forced to perform for the entertainment of tourists, elephants are made to “submit” through starvation and beatings so people can ride them, while tigers can be drugged and have their claws pulled out so they’re safe for humans to take “selfies” with.

When you next pack your bag for that much anticipated trip away, please don’t forget to pack your kindness. Not all animal tourism is cruel, there are many reputable sanctuaries that rely on visitors to help support animal and environmental protection initiatives. You might never ride an elephant or cuddle a tiger cub, but contributing to the wellbeing of these beautiful creatures is the greatest gift you could give them and yourself.

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Be Cruelty-Free Week: Leather

Cruelty Free Week

Be Cruelty-Free Week is dedicated to spreading awareness of the cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics on our fine feathered, finned and furry friends. We’d humbly like to add there are so many other easy ways to live cruelty-free.

We all know about the cruelty involved in fur, but leather often sneaks under the ethical radar. Many would argue leather is a mark of quality and status, but the unseen suffering animals killed for their skins endure is undeniably horrific.

Why be cruel when it’s so easy to be kind? Kindness is always fashionable, especially now there are so many cruelty-free shoe, clothing and accessory brands popping up far and wide. In Melbourne we have Vegan Style, but in the digital age access to ethical stores online is the new black. Check out Moo Shoes, this list of brands by The Vegan Scholar or go to Shop Style, type in vegan at the top and then choose from the categories on the left.

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Day One of Be Cruelty-Free Week

Ruby App

Today marks the beginning of Be Cruelty-Free Week, a week dedicated to spreading awareness of the cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics on our fine feathered, finned and furry friends.

Why be cruel when it’s so easy to be kind? Ruby has download the free Choose Cruelty Free app and you should too! Continue reading

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