2017 Year in Review

Farewell 2017, what a year you’ve been. We’ll never let go of the idea that a kinder world for all animals truly is possible—heading into this new year, we have so much to feel hopeful about.

If this is what we could achieve for animals in 2017, imagine what we can do in 2018…

If you’re able, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. As ever, we’re humbled by the love and support we’re shown—we can’t thank you enough.

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Kind Christmas

Look who came to spread some joy to the residents this Christmas—Santa and a merry band of helpers. ❤️💚❤️

Thank you to everyone who supported Edgar’s Mission​ in 2017, your belief in our work ensured that every day for our many residents felt like Christmas 🎄

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One year ago, this happened…

Christmas time is meant to be a time of joy, but for so many pigs it’s anything but. On this day last year, with the festive season well and truly upon us, one story of hope touched the hearts of people all over the world. The story of Carol and her cheeky tornado of a trio: Cookie, Candy and Kris Kringle. We also wanted to share their arrival video with you again, because who doesn’t want to see the moment a mummy pig is reunited with her beautiful babies?

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Happy Birthday Pam: The shoulders we stand on

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What is it that makes a person great? Is it that they’re up from dusk to dawn caring for those close to their heart? Is it that they help those who find themselves alone and without a friend in this world? Is it that they see a stark unfairness in this world and dedicate their life to correcting wrongs?

It’s easier to walk the road most travelled; you can lead a life, for the most part, unchallenged. Caught up in the ebb and flow of society, it’s comfortable to ride the wave of familiarity. You fit in the world and the world fits your picture of what’s normal. But what if you saw something, thought something or felt something that tipped normality on its head—what would you do? If you were Pam Ahern, you’d turn your own life upside down to challenge the newly-seen injustice head on.

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Evening of Kindness

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We ate, we listened, we laughed and we walked away feeling inspired. Thanks for coming along to our Third Evening of Kindness last Thursday, we loved meeting so many of you and the night went without a hitch.

The evening was marked by rousing recollections, starting with Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director Pam Ahern, followed by Striking at the Roots author Mark Hawthorne and concluded with Founder of the Food Empowerment Project, Lauren Ornelas.

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This is big

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Huge, in fact. This festive season we’ve been able to take Animal Ambassadors Marty, Penelope Sue, Betany and Wendy all over Australia in our biggest ever billboard campaign, and it’s all thanks to you.

Christmas is heralded by family and joy, but for so many farmed animals it’s a time of anything but. We want Australians to come face-to-face with the animals they perhaps never give a second thought to, but whose kind they directly affect—pigs like Penelope Sue who only smell fresh air and feel the warmth of the sun on their last days. Continue reading

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Driving Kind

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“Where ever you go, whatever you do, make your kindness count”

And that is just what happened today as we headed to Melbourne in the company of one forthright and “don’t mess with me” chicken, Kung Fu Panda.  Whilst the details of our important mission cannot be revealed until next week, we can tell you that our day was brightened by fellow commuters who showed their love and support of our work.  From the tradesman who inched up to our vehicle as we were stuck in traffic, wound down his window and shouted, “I love your quote, I don’t eat animals”, to the lovely young lady who waved excitedly at us at the traffic lights and all salutations in between, we truly appreciate your support and take great comfort that you too are driving the world to a kinder place for all.

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Cooking with Kindness, a tasty launch

Among all the excitement of the Cooking with Kindness launch today, Elmo, Eddie, Rose and Red Baron had time to schmooze with their adoring fans. There was much anticipation over the arrival of the animal ambassadors, who stole the hearts of our wonderful guests, but oh the food—it tasted as good as it looked.

The morning went off without a hitch and we had a blast among friends, food and festivities. A selection of tasty treats taken directly from the pages of Cooking with Kindness were so kindly brought along by a host of brilliant chefs and we were lucky enough to devour every single one. Also joining us on the day were musician and host Lindsay McDougall and Dan Maio from the Getaway Plan.

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Baking in kindness

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While you were watching the AFL Grand Final, sisters Aurelia and Imogen, along with their friend Sofia, were hard at work fundraising for Edgar’s Mission.

After baking the cruelty-free gingerbread players, sporting the jersey of the Crows or Tigers, Aurelia, Imogen and Sofia manned their stall and raised an amazing $592. We can’t thank them enough for their efforts and generous hearts—and for helping make the world a kinder place for farmed animals.

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A winning heart

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Well we’re impressed, for a number of reasons. One, young Jayden completed a 10km run. Two, he completed the run in 1 hour 7 minutes. Three, he raised a whopping $1,800 for Edgar’s Mission.

But the most impressive thing about Jayden is his kind and generous heart—for someone so young to dedicate himself to achieving for the benefit of other speaks volumes. We can’t thank Jayden enough for his mammoth efforts and helping us help animals. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

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Hear it’s your birthday!

Today, October 18, we celebrate the birthday of Saturday Lamb.  She rolled into our world almost three years ago and crash landed into our hearts.  Although her congenital spasticity has robbed her of the proper functioning of her back legs it has not robbed her of her zest for life.  Daily, aided by her custom-built wheel chair, Saturday wheels about the sanctuary and rolls into the hearts of all she meets.  Her plucky resolve to take each day as it comes it truly inspirational for all she meets. Celebrating her third birthday in style, she did so with her best friends Steddie Eddie and her human folk who wait on her hand and hoof.  Tucking into her wheetbix cake, garnished with lucerne and topped with three carrots, Saturday’s verdict was “the day was not baaaad, not baaaad at all”.

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See the light, see the power of kindness…

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Every day here at Edgar’s Mission we see the power of kindness, simple acts of human benevolence to make the world a better place for all. And today that kindness kicked in to gear yet again as we flicked the switch and the farm will now be run on solar power during our daylight hours.

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Our greatest glory

A sweet, mop-topped little lamb came into our care on the 27th of September in 2016. Because she had this wonderful old-world charm about her, we could think of no better name for her than “Petal”. As beautiful and cheeky as she was (like any other lamb), Petal was unable to express all the exuberance expected of a lamb, because she couldn’t walk.

Her back legs were pretty much useless and unable to bear weight, and with little to no sensation in them things were not looking too good for Petal – and our hearts sank.. The original vet who saw Petal thought she was suffering from “joint-ill”, a bacterial infection whose most likely entry point was a wound on the stump of what had been her tail. But that didn’t quite sit well with us, so off to another vet went Petal for more extensive tests and diagnostics. And this time we got an answer, but sadly not one so readily addressed. Petal had suffered a terrible trauma to her spine, fracturing a vertebra at the junction between her spine and tail bone. From there, a most laboursome rehabilitation program began.

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We have a dream

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Transcript of speech delivered at Melbourne chapter of the World Day to End Speciesism.

A wise woman once uttered the words: “Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one’s time, for dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams, we plant the seeds of our future”.  

We have a dream. Each and every one of us here today has a dream, and we are here today because of our shared dream. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you all for gathering here on this remarkable day as we take that dream from the recesses of our hearts and minds and place it centre stage as we seek to make the world a kinder, more just place for all of her inhabitants. Continue reading

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Teaching Kind

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Huge shout out of thanks to the Catholic Regional College in North Keilor for allowing us to be a part of your school year. Today we hosted the last of four groups of students who have spent the day with us, sharing our vision for a kinder world for all.

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If you too would like your school, community or work group come and visit Edgar’s Mission and partake in a thought provoking day filled with critical thinking, farm tour and animal cuddles. Please drop us a line [email protected] Remember we are located in Lancefield, Victoria.

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His name is Herb

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Last Friday we shared with you the story of a goat, who, due to no fault of his own, found himself on the wrong side of the law. He had foiled plot after plot to take him down – both by gun wielding police and bow and arrow wielding camouflage-clad would-be hunters, who were no match for the handsome wether. Thankfully, what did hit him was the kindness of a very compassionate marksman. His name is Manfred Zabinskas, from Five Freedoms Animal Rescue. Continue reading

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Our new billboards!

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What the world needs right now is a little more kindness. And who better to promote kindness than a few of our very own animal ambassadors?

Around Australia right now, Panky Calf, Daisy Kid, Brad Lamb and Cookie and Candy are larger than life. Along with their beautiful portraits is our quote, asking onlookers to consider – “If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?” Continue reading

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All things grow with love

“Aerodynamically the bumble bee should not be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know that, so she goes on flying anyway”.  Two years ago today, Fanta came into our world and while few would have given her any chance of surviving, no one told Fanta that, so she went on trying anyway. And look at her today. ‘Tis true, all things grow with love, even a wee lamb named Fanta.

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The things that unite us

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As the scissors began to surrender to the dense felt that was now the fleece of the gentle Angora doe we had hastily named Julie, we doggedly battled on. Why hastily? Let me explain. Julie was one of 27 of the large herd of Angora goats recently surrendered into our care reaching a crisis point in their welfare. These gentle goats were burdened by more than four years’ worth of fleece (that’s missing over 8 shearings, as Angoras need to be shorn twice a year) and countless parasites (both internal and external), and crippled by overgrown hooves.

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The warmth of kindness

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In the middle of winter, the warmth of kindness continues to shine brightly. Yesterday, Liam and his mother Camille paid us a visit, well actually, they paid Saturday a visit. Watch the heart-warming video of their meeting below.

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Elysia and Miranda

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Thinking of Elysia and Miranda, who both recently turned 12, the words of the Dalai Lama come to mind: “[i]t is vital that when educating our children’s brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts.” For their combined birthday party, rather than gifts they asked if guests could bring a donation to Edgar’s Mission – raising an amazing $510!

Whether they learnt such thoughtful generosity from their parents, teachers or from their own kind hearts, Elysia and Miranda have proven beyond any doubt that teaching kindness and compassion is priceless. Thank you to Elysia, Miranda and your guests, your donations will go a long to helping so many animals now and into the future.

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Operation Helping Hand

A herd of beautiful Angora goats is in desperate need of a helping hand. And that is just what we have swung into action to make possible. With the first of these goats having arrived at our sanctuary we have already commenced urgent and much-needed hoof trimming, wigging* and dag removal**. All goats have been treated for parasites and received vitamin injections. Despite being emaciated, they are welcoming of our kindnesses and are really very sweet. Bucks will shortly be castrated, and each animal assessed for any vet work required.

What we need most right now are offers of life-long homes for the animals, they truly deserve that. Angora goats do need more upkeep that other goats, with regular fleece removal and wigging essential. If you are able to assist, please send your contact details to [email protected]

We do ask for your patience in reply as our workload has suddenly increased manyfold.

* wigging is the removal of fleece from around the eyes of goats to ensure they can see
** dag removal is the cutting of lumps of encrusted faeces from the rear end of animals

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You beauty!

We’re blown away – we’ve just reached our $100,000 Kindness Challenge target. Thank you so much to everyone who has kindly donated and shared this campaign – we are truly humbled by your support and belief in us.

How does it feel to reach our target? Well, we’re over the moon, and our new friend Gerald is over the pillow. But it’s not too late if you want to help, you can still donate here. And stay tuned for another update in the coming days.

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RACV, RACV come in

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You’re standing in an open paddock, lost and confused, hard on your luck. Your only friend is stranded along beside you. Who do you call? When you’re a goat, you hope against hope that it will be Edgar’s Mission and the Kindness Van coming to your rescue.

This is exactly the situation Bertie and Gertie found themselves in earlier this year. Throughout their rescue, in rugged terrain with no mobile reception, our walkie-talkies became invaluable. But sadly – our walkie-talkies were nearing the end of their lives. Continue reading

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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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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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