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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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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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