Category Archives: Animal & Cruelty Free

Plant Cafe – Cape Town city centre

One of the biggest pioneers of food in Cape Town.

A cafe established in 2013 to promote plant-based food choices and to provide a space in Cape Town for vegans, vegetarians and people with food allergies. Their website has a great resources page (including Vegan recipes).
Recent news: Fridays now open until 21:00.

Website: http://www.plantcafe.co.za
FB: /PlantCapeTown
Twitter: @PlantCT

Free Range Pork – But what about the breeding sows?

Regardless of whether your Pork is sourced free range, the more important question to ask your supplier is whether the sows used to breed pigs are confined in breeding crates or not?

Reading material::
1. Read more on Compassion in World Farming’s long running campaign to free all breeding sows.

2. Read more on Woolies getting involved to improve standards for breeding Sows

3. CIWF’s list of sources of kinder food

Folks we’ve found so far who explicitly comment on their breeding sows are:
Happy Hog Butchers – Aston

Can you help us grow this list?

Credits:
Thank you to: http://www.faculty.rsu.edu/ for imagery

Apollo beer – Vegan / vegetarian friendly beer

Quality craft beer Cape Town

Apollo Brewing Company are the 1st brewery in Cape Town to source a settling agent alternative to Gelatin (Beef/Horse/Pig derived).

Vegecoll by Laffort is a potato based product which aids the settling of proteins in beer to help produce a clear beer.

Tel: 081 725 3959
Website: www.apollobeer.com
FB: /ApolloBeer
Twitter: /ApolloBeer

A boycott is one of the most single powerful votes that you can make

A few years ago, I was offered the name of a company during a conversation:
“Proctor & Gamble”.

Do your homework and you’ll realise that this corporation have made a fool out of anyone who owns a pet, claims to love animals or has tried a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle in ignorance.

Why? Answer: This company blatantly tests on animals!

Excerpt from the uncaged boycott website:

“Traditionally known for their soaps & detergents, P&G now produce a massive range of products tested on animals. E.g Pantene Pro-V, Herbal Essences, Head & Shoulders, Ariel, Daz, Fairy, Max Factor, Olay, Iams, Eukaneuba etc.”

You’d be surprised how many of your regular daily products are made by P&G: Hair care, cosmetics, perfumes, personal hygiene, laundry care, snack food, paper and feminine hygiene, and even pet food. “

And yes, we’ll agree that not everyone can afford alternative products!.. or can they? An entire separate post in it’s own right.

The point to make here is simple:

There are many folks out there supporting these products in ignorance and those who know and apathetically continue to vote and buy unethical products even when they can afford to make a switch.

Until we flesh out this post, check out all the Proctor and Gamble brands which support animal testing for items as trivial as detergents and toiletries.

The start of any change is awareness, and dialogue (without lecturing, eek!). Start talking to friends & family about this if it’s important to you!

Warning: Be prepared to watch good people you know, do nothing despite receiving the above knowledge. Humans are creatures of habit.

Fooling you: “Product not tested on animals” vs “The ingredients that make up a product”

Watch out for false misleading claims.

If a product states anything along the lines of “New improved recipe”. Then it’s been tested on animals.

By law, all new synthesised chemicals (ingredients of a product) have to be tested on animals to be passed for usage in products.

What are your alternatives?

  • Look to your kitchen & garden for alternatives. Less costs, less foot print, less packaging, less synthetics fo your body
    Many household items can serve as alternative cheaper replacements for body products.
  • Skin:
    Olive oil on cotton removes eye make up really quickly.
    Witch hazel concotions make great skin toners (Wellness warehouse sell an affordabl with hazel and rose product)
  • Hair:
    Bicarbonate of soda as hair shampoo.
    Vinegar (white or apple cider etc) as conditioner: You can soak Rosemary (antiseptic, softener) and/or Lavendar in the vinegar and strain after a 1 or more weeks to make a lovely smelling concoction. Dilute with water as required and apply to hair, rinse or leave in.
  • Buy an Aloe vera plant or request one on Gumtree for free. Aloes multiply quickly & you can separate out the babies for an endless supply.
    Aloe vera is amazing for your skin’s health. Burns, rashes etc (contains Vitamin E & more).
    40 Ways To Use Aloe Vera
  • Household cleaning:
    Lemon, vinegar and detol make great counter cleaning disinfectants
    Dish washing liquid has had the same recipe for years, add detol and you have a perfect floor, bathroom & toilet cleaner.
  • Keep an eye out for product which are: certified organic

Credits:
Imagery sourced from: http://www.theprospect.net/

Rescue Battery Hens Cape Town

At the end of their 1st of 3 laying cycles, caged battery (egg layer) hens are sent for cull after a dismal life of confined servitude.

You can rehome these hens to your backyard for a happy retirement and you are likely to receive some eggs on the side while these very sweet and funny ladies live out the rest of their lives (0-3 years) in peace.

Visit this not for profit initiative’s website (launched Cape Town, Nov 2013): simply fill out their adoption form and you’ll join the queue for adoptions rescues which reopen after winter in October 2014.

Website: http://www.rescuebatteryhens.co.za/
FB: /RescueBatteryHensCapeTown

Cape Town Markets – Community

Oranjezicht CityFarm

The Oranjezicht City Farm is a non-profit project celebrating local food, culture and community in Cape Town, South Africa.

They’re always looking for volunteers. Be sure to join their Facebook page to get the latests news.

Open to the public every Wednesday between 4pm and 6pm, one is able to pick an incredible selection of locally grown seasonal produce. Really worth checking out and supporting.

Tel: 021 801 5799. corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht, adjacent to Homestead Park. Cape Town city centre

Website: http://www.ozcf.co.za/
FB: /OZCFarm
Twitter: @OZCFarm

City Bowl Market on Hope

City Bowl Market on Hope is becoming the place where Cape foodies meet.
Relax at this fun market every Thursdays (16:30 – 20:30) and Saturdays (09:00 – 14:00)

Enjoy live music, good company and delicious food from around the world.
Their mission is to be a viable and sustainable, independent, quality food market, rooted in the local community

Address: 14 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Website: http://www.citybowlmarket.co.za/
FB: /CityBowlMarket
Twitter: @CityBowlMarket

City Bowl Market vendors to check out:

The Hungry Herbivore (Raw vegan meals / Desserts / Snacks)

FB: /HungryHerbivore
Twitter: @HungryHerbivore

 

Namaste Cape Town Waterfront

Vegan & vegetarian indian street food at its best right here in Cape Town @ the Waterfront’s Market on the Wharf.
Filling lunchtime rice pancakes cramped full of vegan delights, spicy dhal infused soup, etc. See menu screenshot below.

You can find them in the upstairs section of the market and enjoy your meal in chilled Indian lounge setting.

Tel: 076 518 5315.
Website: http://www.marketonthewharf.co.za/the-market/
FB: /VaFoodMarket

Bay Harbour The Market Hout Bay

Packed full of vendors who are leading way forward with conscientious food. This is a market not to be missed!

Website: http://www.bayharbour.co.za/

FB: /pages/Cape-Country-Lamb/141019789248441
Twitter: @BayHarbourMkt

Bay harbour market vendors to check out:

Cape Country Lamb (Organic free range meat)

“Our A Grade lamb is sourced from farms using low stress stock handling techniques and is free from unnecessary additives, hormones and preservatives.
This enables us to guarantee the free range lamb that you get is 100% organically produced and can be traced back to its farm of origin.”

FB: /pages/Cape-Country-Lamb/141019789248441

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Tibetan Teahouse – Simons Town, Cape Town

Food for body & soul.

The Teahouse leads onto a deep-set and sheltered verandah which has fabulous views over False Bay and is ideal for whale watching.

The menu offers imaginative and tasty vegetarian and vegan food, styled on original Tibetan recipes

Tel: 021 786 1544. 2 Harrington Road, Seaforth, Simon’s Town

Website: http://www.sopheagallery.co.za
FB: /TibetanTeahouse

Boycott = Voting. Who’s on our Boycott list?

Remember: Your spending votes and shapes the world we live in. This list will become much longer but initial culprits we recommend to NOT support:

  1. Proctor & Gamble (test on animals! Chances are you unknowingly have household items in your home from this corporate giant)
  2. All the fragrance, skin care and make up brands that you see when you walk into an Edgars. Yes! All of them! (test on animals)
  3. Johnson & Johnson (the biggest organ in your body is your skin. It’s highly absorbant. Your baby’s body should not be exposed to all the synthetics in this product)
  4. Nestlé (evil) own Loreal (animal testing)
  5. Macdonalds (low grade, factory farmed meat, children media targeting)
  6. KFC (factory farmed, genetically modified chickens)
  7. Garments made in China (major sweat shop issues likely: South Africa’s garment industry collapsed and many lost their jobs as we cannot compete with slave labour prices)
  8. Monsanto (patenting the world’s free seeds, bankrupting poor farmers for fertilisers or reuse of GM seeds, bankrupting organic farmers who’s crops turned GM from neighbouring GM Monsanto fields)

…And Yes, before you say it, we agree:
Clearly boycotting is a luxury of choice available to only those who can afford, this Blog is aimed at folks who spend their salary freely or without minimal thought etc etc.
Reminder: Not all boycott decisions imply a higher price. Initially it requires you to have curiousity & to start inspecting the labelling of items you regularly pick up off the shop shelf.

Credits:
Imagery from: www.indiegogo.com