Making a Splash!

No it’s not raining cats and dogs but one could well think it is raining ducks with so many abandoned and needy ducks finding their way to our sanctuary of late.  And one such duck making a splash in just this way was, the aptly named, Splash! Despite being particularly handsome and friendly, when this wayward duck wound up at a local pound, he spent what would have been his final days with no one forthcoming for him. But good fortune finally found Splash as a caring shelter worker made the call to Edgar’s Mission just moments before his final fateful hour. Upon arrival at our sanctuary, the young duck quickly endeared himself to an EM volunteer and soon found a new pond to paddle in and heart to melt.

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Oh My Goat!

Life at an animal sanctuary is far from boring and today, more so than most, has certainly proven this to be true. Our hearts fell earlier this morning when we discovered that Othello, the goat who stole Pam’s heart upon his arrival last year, appeared to have suffered a broken leg as a result of a freak paddock accident. An emergency dash to the vet ensued where x-rays confirmed our suspicions to be correct – his leg had indeed broken below the knee joint (a 3rd metacarpal fracture) and will require surgery to insert a plate and enable the bone to heal correctly. And now, we wait with bated breath as our dear friend undergoes this procedure in order to restore his health. With the quote for Othello’s surgery in the thousands, it is for situations such as these that we at Edgar’s Mission have set up our Medical Fighting Fund.

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Edgar’s Mission on Bondi Vet

Did you see Edgar’s Mission on Bondi Vet? If you missed it you can watch it online here! (Episode 11)

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Teaching Kind

May 20-24 is Education Week, and once again Edgar’s Mission is proud to have been invited by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to be a part of this great and worthwhile initiative.  Teaching the children of today the importance of kindness and compassion along with the power of conscious citizenship ensures the decision makers of tomorrow will be well on the path to being just and fair individuals. And there can be no doubt that Polly, Timmy, Carmello and Mrs Jeeves have many more adoring fans!!

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Scooby Dooby Do Where Are You?

A long way from their ancestral home of South America was Scooby Doo, his mum, Daphne Blake, trusty sidekick Shaggy Rogers and his mum Velma Dinkley, when they were found not only down on their luck but in their condition as well.  Bearing the scientific name of Vicugna pacos, alpacas are members of the Camelid family and were first domesticated around 7,000 years ago, yet these teddy bear-like critters only made their first appearance in Australia in 1858.  Despite 336 pioneering alpacas originally setting sail, only 276 survived the seaboard journey to set their soft padded feet on our nation’s shore all those years ago.  Of this number, not one survived and it was not until 1988 that alpacas were to make their next cheeky appearance in the Land of Oz. Today, they number in excess of 60,000 in our country. While traditionally farmed for their luxurious fibre, alpacas are fast becoming sought after pets. But sadly, the abilities of many owners to care for these creatures do not meet the needs of these quizzical characters. Continue reading

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Today Tonight Broiler Expose

Last night, Today Tonight ran an expose on Broiler Chickens and the incredibly unnatural and cruel growth rate that has been bred into these birds. The feature includes an interview with Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director Pam Ahern. You can watch the segment online here.

Positive feedback for coverage of animal issues encourages more of it, so please thank the show’s producers by sending a message here.

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Scooby Scooby Doo… where are you?

Mucho gusto from Edgar’s Mission newest residents – Scooby Doo, Shaggy Rogers, Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley!!♥

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Meet Albert Einswine!

While he may not be too sure about the theory of relativity, he most certainly was sure about the reality of his predicament.  And it was not good!  Lost, bewildered and frightened was the young porcine Albert Einswine as he deftly ducked and dodged his way around a local park.  Happening upon an elderly couple whom he felt may see him as more of a friend than food, Albert tried his luck.  Proving his judgement to be correct, they wrangled the little guy into the back of their car and off to their local animal shelter.  Despite being absolutely adorable, with his black-tipped ears and bespeckled eyes, and incredibly intelligent, this ginger piggy who is so willing to offer his cute guttural piggy greetings had no one forthcoming to claim him.  But with a theory of kindness in their hearts, the good folk at the shelter contacted Edgar’s Mission and it wasn’t too long before one little pig was heard singing, ‘Yippy, skippy, I’m going to the Mishy.’

Throughout history, pigs’ lives have entwined with those of humans in so many ways and from the Eurasian wild boar, we now have over 500 different pig breed.  And while sadly, their fates are the servitude of humans, every now and then some get lucky, just like dear Albert.  If only each and every one of us took the time to reach down and feel the sweet smell of hog breath, to hear their happy and joyous piggy grunts- all a celebration of their just ‘being’. We too may feel the tug on our heartstrings telling us that it really is time to be kind to pigs.

Oh, and why is Albert Einswine so smart? Because he has ended up at Edgar’s Mission of course!

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Thanks a Million!

National Volunteer Week begins today, May 13 – Celebrating volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and with more than 6 million Australians lending willing hands we here at Edgar’s Mission would like to say ‘thanks a million for making everything we do possible’.

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Mother’s Day

What better way to end Mother’s Day than with a letter a kind soul has passed on to me, I have to share it with you all. I am touched beyond belief, to not only have had such a special pig in my life but to have such a wonderful friend. – Pam

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles

‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ Welcome home girls!

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Polly Pig’s Kindness Challenge

UPDATE 11/05/2013

WOAH!! Thank you to everyone who took part in Poll Pig’s $10 Kindness Challenge! Together we raise $2960!! On behalf of all the rescued residents who will benefit from your kindness we thank you!


On May 10th 2003 a tiny piglet came into the life of Pam Ahern, and she named him Edgar Alan Pig. This live changing event inspired Pam to quit her full time job and dedicate her life to the protection of farm animals like Edgar. 10 years on, and not only have thousands of rescued farmed animals been given a second chance at life but countless hearts and minds have been changed.

And today another pig trots by Pam’s side, Polly.  Filling Edgar’s formidable trotters is no mean feet, however Polly remains undaunted as she embarks on her $10 Kindness Challenge where she hopes to raise $1,000 in one day.

Please note you can donate more than $10.00, every penny will go towards making the world a kinder place for animals. Please donate today!


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8th May 2013 Update:

We would like to sincerely thank the many people who have filled out a Prospective Adoption Form and have offered to open their homes to ex battery hens as a result of our urgent plea yesterday. We have been inundated with offers of assistance and it truly is a testament to the kindness of the human heart, something which is the cornerstone of the work we do here at Edgar’s Mission. Whilst we are still sorting through applications and contacting people to make arrangements for collection this weekend and beyond, at this stage we believe we may have reached our target of 800 loving forever homes for these hens. A feat which, in the space of one day, is truly incredible! We will keep all further Prospective Adoption Forms on file for future rehoming or if this weekend’s rescue sees more than 800 chickens needing our help. If you have completed an application but have not yet heard from us, please hold tight, we will respond to all applications as soon as possible, although our lucky pigs and resident chickens still demand their dinner be served on time! If you have put up your hand to offer a home, have shared our post through word of mouth or social media or have kindly made a donation to our Medical Fighting Fund, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this rescue happen.

7th May 2013:

Without your urgent help we cannot save them all and they will be sent to slaughter next week. Edgar’s Mission has been contacted yet again by a battery hen farmer who has had a change of heart and wants to exit the industry. Most importantly, he wants to spare his hens the fate of being slaughtered.  But we have a problem, we need to collect and rehome the hens this coming weekend (Saturday the 11th and Sunday 12th of May) as we simply do not have the room to accommodate an extra 800 chickens here at the sanctuary. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Open your heart and home to one or more rescued battery hens by completing the adoption form below.
  2. Donate to our medical fighting fund to ensure we can provide veterinary care to those hens who require it.
  3. Volunteer at the sanctuary this Saturday, Sunday or Monday (you will need to be at the farm by 9.30am). Continue reading

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Don’t Drop the Ball – Meet Babe Ruth

While Babe Ruth, the American baseball hero was not known for dropping the ball, hitting a record number of home runs in his impressive career that spanned 22 seasons, our Babe Ruth comes with another tale of batting extraordinaire. Stepping up to the plate of kindness was Edgar’s Mission supporter and devotee, Linda Mira-Bateman, who literally dropped everything except the ball to race across Victoria and collect a tiny lamb. The lamb had earlier stopped both traffic and hearts when she was found in the centre of a road in the middle of nowhere with no other lambs or sheep in sight. Luckily for her, she was sighted by a Good Samaritan who too stopped traffic as she raced to save the tiny creature. Pitching a super human effort, a convoy of kindness came out of right field and delivered the little waif to Edgar’s Mission.

Tales of rescuing animals in peril drive right into the heart of who we are as human beings; we can choose to look away or we can choose to make a difference. And once you come to see the animals of this world as being just as deserving and capable of leading happy, meaningful lives as we are, surely there should never be a valid reason for dropping the ball of kindness.

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Normal and Natural

They are the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus-rex and they out number humans more than 6 to 1, yet for the 43 billion chickens on this planet so few are rarely seen.  Described as inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate and fun loving, our feathered friends have cognitive abilities that rival cats and dogs yet so few ever get the chance to know human kindness. If you do only one thing today for chickens please watch and share our short clip, ‘Normal and Natural’, after all shouldn’t it be normal and natural for humans to be kind.  (Please note there are no graphic images contained)

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International Respect for Chickens Day

This International Respect for Chickens Day please take a moment to view some of our favourite chicken photos from the year this by clicking here.

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International Respect for Chickens Day 2013

They are the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus rex and they outnumber humans on this earth by more than 6 to 1. Yet for the 43 billion chickens on this planet, so few are ever seen.  Described as inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate and fun loving, these creatures will have their special day this Saturday May 4th, which is International Respect for Chickens Day!

Chickens are indeed wonderful animals and if you have the chance to get to know them you will soon see they are far more worthy than the bird brained label we have placed upon them.  Chickens can learn their name, come when called and can even be taught tricks! Continue reading

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May Competition

Its Competition Time again!! For your chance to win an Edgar’s Mission prize simply leave a comment with a funny caption or email us. What is Xena Princess Warrior Duck so interested in?! Winner announced in May Trottings! Good luck!

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What if…

If you had asked me a little over ten years ago where I would be today, I strongly doubt I would have said, ‘Rescuing and caring for farm animals and spreading a message of kindness with the world.’ There is a wonderful quote that states:  ‘I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.’ And when I reflect back over all my life has been, I think this statement sums it up perfectly.  When I was younger, all I wanted to do with my life was to ride horses and have a pony of my very own. I guess that is pretty much every animal loving girl’s dream.  But ours wasn’t a particularly well off family and my folk were city folk. So my pleadings for a pony fell on deaf ears. However, to quote my mother, ‘The worst thing you can say to Pam is “You can’t.”’  This is not because I was a particularly belligerent child, but rather I relished a challenge then just as I relish a challenge now – that indefinable moment when you dare to ask, ‘What if?’.  So, the intrepid 5 year old that I was, took to my scooter (I was never allowed a push bike because my mother considered that to be far too dangerous). I removed the scooter’s tyres and, using a ‘borrowed’ pair of my mum’s pantyhose, I tied a tyre to each end. I then fashioned this, to my mind ingenious,contraption into a saddle straddling the kitchen stool.  Years later, I guess my mum got sick of never having any pantyhose so she took me off to the local pony club. And it was here that the foundations were laid for my association with farm animals. Continue reading

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Improving Animal Welfare or Legislating Cruelty?

Have your say on the proposed Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattle and sheep.

Animal Health Australia are seeking views from interested parties on how the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattle and sheep will ensure the welfare of these animals. The public consultation period closes soon, on May 6th 2013.

The proposed standards and guidelines are intended to create improved welfare outcomes for cattle and sheep. However, upon reading through these proposed standards and guidelines, one could be forgiven for questioning whether they achieve their intent. Continue reading

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