A little Ray Ray of sunshine just came into our world …

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Driving almost halfway across the country to find a safe haven for a little lamb is not something everyone would do. But that is exactly what Alex did to save the life of little Ray Ray, a sweet little lamb who was born without eyes. This condition, known as microphthalmia, afflicts lambs whose both parents carry this recessive gene. It is characterised by either very small or absent eyes; in Ray Ray’s case, her eyes are absent. But that does not stop her in her desire to experience the world and all of her magic. Showing courage where few would, Ray Ray loves nothing more than to jump with wanton abandon at any opportunity. Slowly too she is learning to gravitate to the sound of our clapping hands, and her “seeing eye buddy” is growing accustomed to wearing a bell.

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Sometimes getting lost is the best thing you can do …

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Who would have thought that getting lost could save a life? Well, that is just what happened recently when two kind hearts set off for a trek that was to last several hundred kilometres to deliver a little blind lamb to Edgar’s Mission. But with a GPS with a mind of its own (and don’t we all know and love those!), our heroes were directed down a road most certainly least travelled and right into the path of a little lost lamb.

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Broom, broom, it’s Lamborghini

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In 1963, Italian manufacturing magnate, Ferruccio Lamborghini, decided he wanted to build sophisticated cars, cars that would be defined by their elegance, power and comfort. History reveals that Ferruccio admirably achieved his goal. Today, Lamborghini is synonymous with style, head-turning grace and a distinct turn of speed. But for us at Edgar’s Mission, when we think of the word, what comes to mind is an adorable and cheeky little orphan lamb who goes by the name of Lamborghini, who also has style and head-turning grace—as well as a cute little jump of glee producing a distinct turn of speed when the word “bottle” is mentioned.

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Plastic bag ban is coming

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Did you know that the Plastic Bag Ban is on its way?

Victoria is in the process of phasing out plastic bags, with many supermarkets setting dates to officially say no to plastic bags! Did you know that over fifty million plastic bags make their way into our precious environment! Not only do plastic bags have devastating effects on our environment, but they never truly disintegrate. Plastic bags can hang around for 1000 years!

What can I do to help?

Well, this is where we can all make a difference. A simple change can make a huge impact. Consider replacing your plastic bags with a reusable bag – on that can be can be used as many times as you would like, maybe even forever?  You can also fit heaps more goodies in on reusable bag, compared to a plastic bag. Continue reading

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A Mother’s Love

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A mother’s love is nothing short of magical. A mother is strong, a mother is resilient and a mother never gives up.

Mothers come in all shapes and species. Our mums, your mum and mums from all over. They are all unique, but there is something they certainly share and that is a Mother’s Love.

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Gentle Latefa

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On the receiving end of the #FiveDollarFriday five star treatment, last week was our cow herd, featuring the gorgeous and gentle Latefa. Pedicures were the order of the day and cutting edge technology on hand in the form of a mobile hydraulic cattle crush and experienced and knowledgeable cattle hooftrimmer. Trimming the hooves of our beloved bovine residents is not a small task and ensuring this procedure is carried out with a minimum of stress is paramount. The dynamic system you see in action here caresses each cow and with the use of hydraulic motion gently tips him or her on the side for a quick and effective pedicure treatment to be performed with a minimum of fuss or stress. Of course Latefa and friends were soon treated to a round of wheet bix for their efforts and we rest easy knowing their hooves have been tended and are in the very best condition to ensure healthy and active lives.

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The things we do for love

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It is no secret the little hen we have called How Now has truly succeeded in capturing our hearts here at Edgar’s Mission. Not only has her plucky resolve to survive the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against her struck a chord with many, it is in those quiet moments of reflection alone with this dear girl that her true being has shone through. Chatty in nature and never hesitant to alert us if anything we have done is not exactly to her liking, we are reminded time and again that precious beings like How Now have their own distinct personalities and that each one is a unique individual with likes (green grapes), dislikes (red grapes) and favourite things (being chauffeured around in her pram by Pam). Continue reading

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Turkey Lovers’ Day: Show Me Love

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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

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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.

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

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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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